DPL SUMMIT – AT the top!
DPLSUMMIT23 – AT THE TOP!
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 20th, 2023) – The #DPLSUMMIT was the epitome of a Memorable and Purposeful Endeavor. A True Battle to find the Best Teams at each age group in the DPL. Here we celebrate the Champions, those that made it to THE SUMMIT and those that fell just short. This inaugural event was as spectacular as one could have imagined and the games were intense. Let’s take a closer look at the teams that thrived in the 1st ever SUMMIT Championship.
G2010 – U13 SUMMIT championship
Two big favorites heading into the event made their way to the final and left it all on the field in the DPL SUMMIT CHAMPIONS Bracket. Coming into the final Liverpool IA Socal swept aside Dallas Surf (2-0) and then faced local powerhouse Sunrise Sting. A real battle ended up in a 4-2 Liverpool victory but they were pushed all the way. On the other side of the bracket, Pinecrest Premier dispatched of both Triangle Utd and Rhode Island Surf in close games both ending up 3-2. The final was strongly contested and Pinecrest fell short in a 2-0 loss. Liverpool IA Socal showing their prowess in front of goal and strength of defense. Both of these squads will look to the DPL National Finals in Cincy as their new big challenge.
In the DPL EUROPA SUMMIT Bracket Elk Grove took care of business beating Albion SC Idaho in the final. Elk Grove beat Central Washington Sounders (4-1), NEFC NS (2-1) before a narrow 1-0 game them the trophy. Albion Idaho had shown their quality leading up to the final betaing AZSC (3-1), Central Coast Academy (1-0) and will be looking to build on their performances leading into playoffs.
G2009 – U14 SUMMIT championship
The depth of this age group is frightening. Each game on the Journey to The Summit for both SD Force, 2022 National Champs and Tormenta from the Southeast conference was a challenge. SD Force put away Tophat and Sunrise Sting on their way to the final, with Tormenta beating tough foes Ginga FC and Walnut Creek Surf by fine margins. The Final would be battle with SD Force coming out on top with a 2-1 victory.
In the DPL SUMMIT EUROPA U14 bracket BC United beat Southwest Conference teams SDSC Surf (2-1) and Central Coast Academy (1-0) on the way to the Final vs. Inter Atlanta Blues. The Blues swept aside Florida teams Pinecrest (2-1) and West Florida Flames (3-1). The final saw BC United battle to a 3-0 win.
G2008 – U15 SUMMIT championship
Pinecrest came into the event with a 12-0 record and laid the foundations for a Championship run early beating Blitz Academy 4-0 before swiping away the challenge from NEFC NS in an epic game finishing 5-3. Fellow pre-event favorite City SC were taken care of in a game full of quality (2-0). On the other side of the bracket Southern Soccer Academy showed grit and character beating New Mexico Rush 5-4, LA Surf (2-1) and Cape Coral (4-0). The final saw both teams go at it in a game full of transitions. Pinecrest finished their chances and ended up the champs in a 3-1 battle.
G2007 – U16 SUMMIT championship
Southern Soccer Academy across the full event had some outstanding results and the U16’s were no different. Opening up against West Florida Flames Girls Academy Squad (2-1), before handling local team Pinecrest (2-0) and finishing bracket play and securing top spot by tying Cape Coral (3-3). Triangle United (11-1-4 heading into the event) started like a house on fire taking out West Florida Flames DPL, then narrowly beat City SC (1-0). The last bracket game saw them up against La Roca of the Mountain West Conference coming away with a 2-1 victory. The final was a great show of quality and full of excitement. SSA taking home the victory and the Summit Championship despite a valiant effort from Triangle Utd in a 3-2 win.
G2006 – U17 SUMMIT championship
The Champs delivered, period. Prior to the event we had highlighted the task of wrestling the trophy away from Liverpool IA Socal and we questioned whether they could be knocked off their perch. Storming through the preliminary rounds against Orlando City Lake Nona, Cape Coral and then overcoming fellow Southwest powerhouse SD Force, Tophat lay in wait in the final. Tophat had a tougher run to get to the Championship game having to go through Santa Monica Surf (2-1, PKS), Sunrise Sting (2-1) and FC Tampa Rangers (2-0). Champions just know how to get the job done and Liverpool showed their quality in a tidy 3-0 victory to take the Championship home to SOCAL and place alongside their National Crown.
G2004/05 – U19 SUMMIT championship
This Age group did not disappoint. Undefeated West Florida Flames were a pre-event favorite and scored 9 goals in their opening 3 games vs Orlando City Lake Nona (3-0), Rhode Island Surf (5-2) and City SC (1-0) to set up an epic battle in the Championship game. We told you to keep an eye out for La Roca (8-1-3) from the Mountain West who came into the event with big ambitions. 2-1 victories against Sunrise Sting and Santa Monica Surf brought them face to face with the West Florida Flames GA. La Roca didn’t look back and came away with a 1-0 win setting up the chance to play WFF’s DPL squad for the championship. West Florida Flames DPL are deep and they showed their strength in depth to win 3-1.
The challenge was to rise to the top. To The Summit.
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The DPL is an Elite National All-Girls League. The Mission of the DPL is to develop the player and empower the person in a purposeful and memorable environment.
The DPL Vision:
We believe through superior experiences, players will be able to showcase their talent, discover collegiate opportunities and create community around the game.
We are a standards driven national league that will encourage clubs to compete and grow, maximizing the development of their players. By creating a cohesive framework in line with the most dynamic organizations in the country, where Nothing is Given and Everything Earned, we will raise the bar in youth soccer… together.
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