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Mary of Nazareth Wins Three Washington Archdiocese Soccer Championships

It was quite a weekend for student athletes at Mary of Nazareth School, as they were crowned soccer City Champions in three of the four top divisions of the Washington D.C. Archdiocese CYO. Both the U14 Boys and U14 Girls teams won the City Championship in games played at the Maryland SoccerPlex stadium on Sunday afternoon, and the U12 Girls team won the title City Champs on Saturday.

“Three city championships in one year is a blessing,” said Mary of Nazareth School Principal Michael Friel. “Our student-athletes conducted themselves well on the field and overcame serious competition. I was especially impressed with their drive to win and how well they performed under stress. A huge congratulation goes out to our soccer coaches, our sports committee, and our Athletic Director, Rich Huelbig."

Many of the players on all three teams live in the Germantown area.

“I am very proud of all of our CYO soccer participants and volunteer parent coaches,” said Christian Schneider, the school’s soccer commissioner, and head U14 girls’ coach. “Since the first recorded CYO City Title Championship in 1999, Mary of Nazareth has won two Varsity Girl’s titles in 2001 and 2002, one Varsity Boy’s title in 2008 and one Junior Varsity Girl’s title in 2009. Winning three CYO City Title Soccer Championships in one year is a huge historic accomplishment for our school.”

The Darnestown school’s championship weekend began on Saturday afternoon when the U12 Girls team, made up of 5th and 6th graders won the City Championship with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Holy Redeemer at the Holy Redeemer field in Kensington.

The U12 Girls dominated their division all year going undefeated and outscoring opponents 47-7 during the season got goals in the title game from Madeline Schneider, of Damascus, and Daniela Serrano, of Boyds, while Reagan O’Rourke, of Germantown, set up both goals with nifty assists.

“I am very proud of our young players for their commitment, preparation, and hard work throughout this soccer season,” said U12 Girls Head Coach John Feeney. “Each member of our team contributed to our 10-0 record and winning the City Championship. We truly appreciate the tremendous support we received from the Mary of Nazareth School community this weekend. It reflects the pride and camaraderie of the students and parents that are a part of this great Catholic family.”

The winning continued on Sunday as the U14 Boys also played a team from Holy Redeemer in Kensington at noon in the stadium at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds. The 7th and 8th-grade boys won 2-0 to earn the second City Championship of the weekend. The boys were 3-