Posted On February 6, 2014 by PUSC
At the request of Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), 16 girls from Placer United Soccer Club traveled to the State Capitol Monday to meet with winners of the year’s NCAA soccer champions — the women’s soccer team of UCLA. The UCLA women’s soccer team was honored by the Legislature for winning its first NCAA championship in the program’s history.
“This is such a unique opportunity for the young players to meet the best in college soccer,” said Senator Jim Nielsen. “Connecting young children with accomplished college athletes gives them aspiration and motivation to continue their dreams.”
Accompanied by their parents and coaches, soccer players from Placer United introduced themselves to the UCLA champions and received autographs.
Jeff Flint, Placer United Board Chair, noted how excited the young players were to meet with the national champions. “This is such a great honor for our players. They have been talking about it and thinking of what memorabilia they should bring to have autographed.”
In December, UCLA captured the NCAA title after defeating Florida State Seminoles in overtime with a score of 1-0. Under the leadership of Head Coach Amanda Cromwell, the Bruins finished the season with a 22-1-3 record and defeated three number one seeds en route to the championship.
UCLA Head Coach Amanda Cromwell reflected on the team’s visit to the Capitol, “We had a great experience in the State Capitol today. It was nice to be recognized by all the Senators and the State Assembly. The reception at the end was very unique in that they brought some club players in from Placer, and it’s always nice to join the college players with the young girls to see their role models front and center and get to meet them, talk to them and get autographs. We thank everybody at the State Capitol for all their efforts.”