Girls too hot for US squad


Soccer

THE heavily Tweed populated Gold Coast Women's Soccer rep side has taken on some of the US's best collage players - and won.

The Gold Coast open women's side claimed the inaugural International Pacific Challenge Tournament at Palm Beach on Thursday night.

The local girls beat fellow finalists USA White 4-3 in a nailbiting match to get their hands on the soccer ball-shaped trophy. The series, held on the Gold Coast at venues including Tugun and Palm Beach, featured the Gold Coast open and under 18 sides as well as the USA White and Blue sides.

The visiting teams were drawn from universities across the US - where soccer is one of the major sports for women. Tweed-based Gold Coast coach Belinda Kitching said they had worked hard against the very tactical US Whites.

The two sides went goal for goal.

Former Tweed and Murwillumbah player Jade Bianchetti scored the winning goal just before full-time with Tweed's Sally Knight and Kingscliff's Ellie Crawley also among the scorers. Kitching said due to the success of this year's competition, the event would now become an annual competition and would be event bigger and better next year.

"It is definately going ahead next year," she said. "We are trying to get Asian teams in



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