Portland, OR - After romping through the OPL 2012 Fall NPL Division, and nearly winning the 2013 GU15 NPL Division, the THUSC Onyx set their sights on winning the girls inaugural National Premier League Champions' Cup, pitting the winners of the country's various NPLs against each other in a national championship event.
The Oregon State Cup Champions descended on Colorado in late July, and kicked off their tournament with a 3-1 win over Carlsbad (3-0), followed by a crushing 7-1 win over the Chicago Fire Juniors out of Missisipi. "This was such a great competition," said Onyx player Monet Kunz. "None of these teams give up when they're down a goal or more."
Onyx would get their first test in the last game of group play, a 1-1 draw against the NJ Crush FC. "That was a great game," Onyx coach and THUSC Director of Coaching Tom Atencio recalled. "We tied that team atop the group standings, but thanks to a better goal differential we went through as number one and had a great semi-final matchup."
And indeed, it was a great game. A bruising goal-fest, Onyx would push their way into the NPL Champions Cup Final with a hard fought 5-4 win over the Davis Legacy out of Southern California. Now all that stood between them and that trophy were Florida's JFC Elite. "We were tired, but we got up for that last game and had that gas pedal on for 70 minutes" Kunz said. Teammate Emma Graham followed, "and it was great. We won 2-0 and we earned it. The whistle blew and we were all so pumped knowing finally, we're the number one team. It was such a feeling of achievement, not only for ourselves but knowing we represented Oregon and that all the hard work paid off with us ending as the top team in the nation."
The Onyx have dispersed to their local high schools across the Portland Metro area, and will reconvene in November to begin plotting their defense of the NPL National Crown. They were recently featured on KPTV, which you can check out here.