Champlain Valley Union High School soccer players Haliana Burhans, Paige DuBrul, Laura Jennings and Audrey Morehouse helped Nordic Soccer Club’s 17 Premier Girls team net the first win by a Vermont youth soccer team at a National Youth Soccer championship.
The team recently returned from the Y League National Finals, held at the IMG Academy in Florida.
After an initial 3-0 loss to New York Magic in their opening game, Nordic rebounded with a close 1-0 victory over TSF Academy from New Jersey. Burhans scored the game’s lone goal midway through the second half.
In their final group game, needing a win to advance to the semi-finals, Nordic fell short to a FC America team from Orlando, Fla., 7-2. Burhans tallied her second goal of the tournament, with an additional goal from Allyssa Tenney.
Nordic finished the tournament with a 1-0 victory over Quickstrike FC from New York, with Burhans adding to her tally of three goals in four games.
Nordic 17 Premier Girls qualified for the Y League National Finals after winning the New England Division of the Y league this past summer.
—Observer staff report