On January 20th and 31st, the Louisiana Dynamo/Dash 08/09 Girls traveled to Texas to compete in the Houston Premier Cup against top teams in the region. The Louisiana Dynamo/Dash program serves as a pathway for elite players within the Louisiana Dynamo pyramid to receive greater exposure to higher-level training and playing opportunities and increase the prospect of identification.
The 08/09G TDP included players from the Louisiana Dynamo and Baton Rouge Soccer Club. The first match of the tournament was against a tenacious Lonestar team. The girls fought hard but would fall to the Lonestars 3-0. After getting a taste for the tough competition, the LA Dynamo/Dash 08/09G would come back to win game two by a score of 2-1 and post a 3-0 shutout in match number three.
The back-to-back victories would send the LA Dynamo/Dash girls to the championship game versus the Lonestar team the girls had lost to in the first match. The game was highly competitive and finished tied at one at the end of regulation. The Lonestars eventually would go on to edge out the finals win on penalty kicks. Despite the disappointing finish, coaches Louie Smothermon and Chris Mitchell were pleased with the team’s growth from game one to the finals. “It was an incredible final, and the girls showed tremendous improvement over the weekend,” said Smothermon.
The next event in early April will be the Dynamo/Dash experience training with the Dynamo/Dash Girls Academy staff and playing Girls Academy teams!
Learn more about the Louisiana Dynamo/Dash Talent Development (TDP) program here.
Team photo from left to right:
Top row– Coach Chris Mitchell, Addison Crews, Victoria Shipp, Ella Boedfeld, Kate Montet, Ella Kate Johnston, Sydney Bonnecaze, Anie Catherine Landry, Becca Campbell, Camille Toussant, Coach Louie Smothermon
Bottom Row– Bailey Puhekker, Lily Broussard, Olivia Martin, Olivia Girouard, Savannah Mitchell, Emma Waguespack, Grace Waguespack, GK Charli Knickerbocker