The South Hillsborough Soccer League's under-15 competitive girls' club team, The Green Hornets, finished third in the state. They are the first of the league's competitive traveling teams, boys or girls, to advance to a state championship tournament in the club's 30 year history.
The Green Hornets, who play at Big Bend Road and Interstate 75, made club history as the team of 13-, 14- and 15-year-old girls made it into the Hackworth-Davis Cup in Plantation March 31-April 1. The Hackworth-Davis Cup is the Florida Youth Soccer League's state level tournament hosting the top four Division 2 competitive teams from around the state in different age groups for both boys and girls.
After an 8-1-1 regular season against teams from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, Polk, Pasco and Hernando counties, the Green Hornets went on to win the coveted Braden-River Halloween Tournament and then advanced out of the state's Region C tournament to qualify for the Final Four in the state.
In the state semifinal, the Green Hornets lost a heart-breaker, 3-2, to the South Florida representative from Cutler Ridge.
The Green Hornets' leading scorer, Brittany Cox, scored two goals in the narrow defeat. South Hillsborough's girls went on the next day to defeat Ocala in the consolation game 5-2 behind two goals from Caitlyn Poli, two goals from Dyondra Rossbach and one from Kelly Moores. The victory placed the Green Hornets third in Florida for the season.
The Green Hornets will play in the under-16 division during the 2007-08 season; tryouts for the team will be in June for girls under age 16 as of September of this year.
For information on joining the Green Hornets, contact Mike at 918-7666.