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W.Va. youth participates in national soccer game

November 28, 2005

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Alyssa Plourde, 13, of Locust Hill in Charles Town, W.Va, participated recently in the Super-Y Soccer League National Games at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla.

About 128 teams representing Canada and the United States in the 13- to 17-year-old age groups qualified for the event by winning a regional division. Alyssa plays goalkeeper and mid-fielder for the Northern Virginia Majestics Club of USL which finished the summer season with a 7-2-1 record as champions of the Mid-Atlantic division.

The girls Super-Y league is a Regional Soccer Program affiliated with the women's W-League, the current highest level of soccer played professionally by women in the United States and Canada.

Alyssa received two match Most Valuable Player awards for her contributions on the field during the tournament. The U13 Majestics finished their four game event; placing fifth overall out of 16 teams in their bracket with a 2-2 record, registering shutout wins in the final two matches.

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Alyssa began playing soccer at the age of 7 and currently is playing at the highest level of league play with the Majestics in division 1 of the Washington Area Girls Soccer (WAGS). She was a founding member of the travel program team the Purple FURY that grew out of the JCYSL recreational league. In the Spring 2005 season, playing keeper as a member of the VISTA Shockwave based near Braddock Road, Va., she helped guide her team to a 28-2-1 record finishing as State Semi-Finalists in the Virginia State Soccer Tournament and culminating the season with five consecutive tournament championships.

She is currently competing in the WV ODP program and is scheduled to play in Virginia Beach in the Old Dominion Cup Tournament Dec. 3 and 4 as goalkeeper for WV Lady Stingers coached by Florin Marten of Salem International University Men's soccer team.

A seventh-grader at Shepherds-town Middle School where she runs cross country and plays basketball, Alyssa also maintains a 3.125 grade point average.

For more information about the Super-Y program go to supery.uslsoccer.com.

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