Viera Girls Are No. 1 In Winter FAB 50 High School Soccer Team Rankings
By Space Coast Daily // April 12, 2016
Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame Team of the Year
The Viera girls state championship soccer team has been selected No. 1 in the Winter SIMA FAB 50 High School Soccer Team Rankings. The winter high school season states includes Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Located near Orlando, SIMA (Soccer Institute at Montverde Academy) is an elite level soccer specific training experience.
Viera was 22-1-1 and won the 2016 Class 4A state championship. The Hawks knocked off back-to-back undefeated teams – St. Thomas Aquinas and Niceville – to win a second straight state title.
Sarah Kelliher and Central Florida signee Jordan Walsh scored the goals in the 2-1 state final win over Niceville. Viera ended the season on a 14-match win streak.
St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale was ranked No. 2 and American Heritage of Plantation was ranked No. 3.
Other teams in the top 10 were San Ramon Valley of Danville, CA; Carondelet of Concord, CA; St. Johns Country Day of Orange Park, FL; Flower Mound of Flower Mound, TX; Allen of Allen, TX; and James Martin of Arlington, TX.
“I could not be more proud of our team,” said Hawks head coach Courtney Baines-Lundy, a former soccer star and member of the Space Coast Sports Hall Of Fame.
“Our players are examples of leadership and talent. Their goal was to take this one game at a time and with this they battled to reach their goals.”
The Viera Girls soccer team was also selected as the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame’s 2016 Team of the Year and will be honored during the induction ceremony on May 13.
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