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May, 2021

16 Alum Featured on 2020 College Cup Rosters

The College Cup. The Final Four. The Frozen Four. College Football Playoffs. These are all synonymous with the best of the best when it comes to college athletics, and 16 NCFC Youth alumni were rostered on 4 of the 8 men's and women's programs this past weekend that took center stage in the 2020 (back-dated because of COVID delay) Men's and Women's College Cups hosted in Cary, NC.

This year, like everything else, was different for student-athletes. Traditionally, college soccer is held in the Fall, followed by conference championships and the College Cup culminating the season in December. While some programs hosted some form of a fall season, many conferences and programs completely delayed their seasons to the spring or created a hybrid schedule. Whichever path they took, they all had their eyes on the NCAA College Cup which was moved to May 2021.

Lucky for us, due to the continued effects of the pandemic, the NCAA relocated the entire NCAA post-season, which featured 48 teams on the women’s side and 36 teams on the men’s side, to North Carolina. The preliminary rounds were hosted across 9 sites in North Carolina stretching from Wilmington to the Triad area and everything in between. As the field narrowed, the Sweet 16s through the College Cups for both men and women were hosted at WakeMed Soccer Park. For these few weeks, WRAL Soccer Park became an official host training site for the NCAA and welcomed many teams through our facility while in town.

This move to NC brought many NCFC Youth alumni “home” and in our backyard, making the games accessible and easy for parents, friends, and supporters to watch. Flocks of former players were scattered across North Carolina in the early rounds battling to keep their chances alive for a National Championship. For 16 players, they earned the opportunity to take center stage at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park for the College Cup (i.e., final four showdown). Alongside these players were two coaches with current and/or former ties to NCFC Youth (UNC Women’s Associate Head Coach: Damon Nahas & UNC Men’s Head Coach: Carlos Somoano). For one, Felicity Baker (’00 NC Courage Academy) will forever now be a women’s college soccer National Champion with Santa Clara.

We are so proud of all of our alumni for advancing to the post-season, and we enjoyed being along for the ride and supporting each of them along the way.

NCFC Youth is a longstanding local host partner of the College Cups along with the Town of Cary, Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, and UNC Chapel Hill. Each December, we host the Girls or Boys visitRaleigh.com College Showcase alongside the College Cup to give visiting teams the opportunity and excitement to be part of this grand finale college soccer event. In addition, our staff supports event operations through personnel to run the clock, man the sub table, provide ball kids and player companions (in non-Covid times), help with ticket taking and ticket sales, and other event day responsibilities.

Before we know it, we’ll be hosting the 2021 Men’s College Cup in December, and we look forward to seeing which former players will be featured center stage.

2020 Women’s College Cup NCFC Youth Alumni

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Emmie Allen
Maycee Bell
Tori Hansen
Marz Josephson
Maggie Pierce
Brianna Pinto
Riley Quinlan
Laura Sparling
Alexis Strickland
Paige Tolentino
Associate Head Coach – Damon Nahas

Virginia
Peyton Goldthwaite
Laney Rouse

Santa Clara – National Champions
Felicity Baker


2020 Men’s College Cup NCFC Youth Alumni


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lucas del Rosario
JP Philpot
Alex Rose
Head Coach – Carlos Somoano



Written by Katharine Eberhardt, NCFC Youth Business Development Director

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