DUNWOODY, Ga. — A pair of Dunwoody teens helped lead their United Futbol Academy soccer team to a National Championship this summer.
Camryn Lampron, a junior at Dunwoody High School and Marisa Lambert, a sophomore at Wesleyan, play for UFA Norcross 03G Premier, which claimed the national title by defeating Hawaii Rush Maui 3-1 in the championship game at National Cup XVIII played in Denver in July.
The National Championship was the pinnacle moment of an historic season for the UFA Norcross 03G Premier team. This talented group of soccer players dominated their opposition all year, compiling an astounding 39-1 record competing against some of the nation’s best teams in league, tournament and showcase play.
“This is a phenomenal group of girls with a lot of talent,” said coach Sergio Magana, who has led this team for the past three years.
That talent was on full display playing against the top teams in the country at National Cup XVIII, as UFA went undefeated and never trailed in any game it played. They opened the tournament with an impressive 3-2 victory over Salvo SC (Minnesota).
That was followed by a 1-0 win over PDA Surf (New Jersey) in the second round. UFA then dominated their final match of the “knock-out” rounds, defeating Challenge (Texas) 6-0 to ride some momentum into the finals. A convincing 3-1 victory over Hawaii Rush in the championship game left no doubt that UFA was the nation’s best U16 girls team.
National Cup is US Club soccer’s club-based National Championship competition, with both boys and girls divisions ranging in age from 13U to 19U. Teams advance to the finals by first winning National Cup regional or qualifying state cup titles.
National Cup XVIII Finals took place July 19-23 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. A total of 216 teams representing 32 states competed for a chance to make it to the champions’ stage and hoist the Doug Hamilton Memorial Trophy.