Monarchs to Play in Soccer Championship

Six gals from a local youth travel team are making their debut in a national soccer event.

By Bill Gelman
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Some of the girls on the Disney trip were previously members of the 2008 Monarchs that won the Golden Goal Tournament in New York.

When Walter Stewart created the Anderson Monarchs Girls’ Soccer Club 12 years ago, he never envisioned one day he would be taking some of his players to Orlando, Fla., for a national competition.

But, later today, Stewart, six of his players and some of their parents will arrive in Walt Disney World with a chance to showcase their skills at the Kick It 3v3 Soccer World Championship. The 12-and-under squad will play at least four games, plus playoffs, in the event that runs through Monday. The bracket also includes teams from Colorado and North Carolina.

“We would love to win it, but we want to be competitive,” Stewart said. “We also are going primarily to have fun.”

Each side has three players on the field with three subs. Games consist of two, 12-minute halves or the first squad to reach 12 goals, whichever comes first. There are no timeouts and the game clock does not stop during play. Matches can end in a tie, except in the playoff rounds.

The Monarchs, an African-American female travel program, qualified for the event last summer by winning the Eastern Pennsylvania Regional in Lancaster. Making the trip are: Jlon Flippens, of 24th and Wolf streets; Brianna Banks, of 23rd Street and Snyder Avenue; Kahlaa Cannady, of North Philly; Kiya Wilson, of Mount Airy; Shynelle Fry of Overbrook; and Alasia Betty of Sharon Hill.

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