Grant Traylor: Beadling U-15 Girls get nice surprise after losing
BARBOURSVILLE -- One of the loudest celebrations Tuesday afternoon came from the U-15 Girls Beadling 94/95 (PA-W) team at the awards ceremony.
Ironically, the cheers and hugs came after a loss in the US Youth Soccer Region I Championship game to Scorpions Elite (Mass.).
That's because despite the loss, Beadling is moving on to the US Youth Soccer National Championships, which take place July 21-25 at Overland Park, Kan. Beadling will represent Region I because Scorpions Elite (Mass.) already has a slot in the tournament after the team's performance in the US Youth Soccer National League.
Beadling coach Denny Kohlmyer found out the news Monday night, but didn't tell his team because he did not want it to affect their play in Tuesday's title game.
After the 2-1 loss to Scorpions, Pennsylvania-West president Natalie Schwoeble alerted the team of the news while they were receiving their medals.
She said it was a proud moment for her to let them know after they handled the loss with such dignity.
"When they left the field, they didn't cry or anything," Schwoeble said. "They just took it graciously and came over to accept their award. The excitement is an exciting one for Beadling soccer."
Kohlmyer didn't want to let his team know until he was sure. He also didn't want anything to distract them from the game with Scorpions Elite.
"We sensed it last night, but we weren't sure one way or another," Kohlmyer said. "When you play a team that makes you pay for every single mistake, it's hard but hopefully, they will rise to the occasion in Kansas City."
Beadling, a program with more than 110 years of soccer tradition, is looking for its first national championship.
Now, the U-15 girls get the opportunity to make history.
FAIR PLAY AWARDS: Two more West Virginia teams won Fair Play Awards, given to teams with outstanding sportsmanship during the tournament.
The U-14 Girls (WVUSC Shox) and the U-19 Girls (West Virginia Chaos) received their awards Tuesday.
On Monday, it was announced that the West Virginia's U-13 Boys (WVSC Rowdies) and U-14 Boys (CFC Fury) also won the awards.
CORRECTION: A transposed score from pool play led to West Virginia being credited with one more win than they actually had in a recent story.
West Virginia teams finished the tournament with nine wins, not 10 as listed before.
Grant Traylor is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or firstname.lastname@example.org.