Dallas, TX - July 1, 2018 - In an unprecedented conference season finish, Sting Dallas ECNL qualified all five age groups into the Champion’s League Bracket of the ECNL National Playoffs, solidifying the teams amongst the top 32 across the Nation. As the only club in the Texas Conference to accomplish this finish, the 2017-18 Season for the Sting Dallas ECNL teams was a success even before the first whistle at the National Playoffs. However, the storied season of the Sting Dallas ECNL teams would not end with Conference play.
At the top of the table, Sting Dallas ECNL U14 went undefeated and is the only Texas Conference team to qualify for the National Finals, winning their bracket and joining three other clubs in Richmond, VA in July for the chance to compete for a National Championship. Winning all four of their games against some of the best competition in the Nation, the team showed tremendous talent, organization, and perseverance, finishing out the week with a hard fought 3-2 victory over a tremendous opponent in GSA Force.
Sting Dallas U16 ECNL was also the only team from the Texas Conference to advance to the elite eight, finishing their National Playoff run with three wins, and one hard fought 1-0 loss against San Diego Surf on the final day. While the final result was disappointing, the week was a huge success for the group who sits in the top 10 finishers nationwide in the age group.
Other Sting Dallas ECNL teams also had a successful week with Sting Dallas U17 ECNL finishing second in their bracket with two wins, and a hard fought 3-2 defeat in their final game against Washington Premier, knocking them out at the round of 16. The Sting Dallas U15 team played very close games, but finished with one loss, one tie, and one 2-0 victory finishing on a high note, and playing very well against a talented Crossfire team. The Sting Dallas U18/19 team entered the event amongst the top 16 in the country for the National Finals and finished 1-1-1 against some very tough competition.
With all five Sting Dallas ECNL teams finishing in the top 20 amongst the nation’s top talent, the week was an immense accomplishment and capped off an unprecedented season of success for Sting Dallas ECNL. Looking ahead to the National Finals, all eyes are on the U14 Dallas ECNL team in hopes they will bring home the Sting Organization’s 3rd National Title in the ECNL. Regardless of the result – this Sting Dallas ECNL 2017-18 season has ranked at the top of the list for the Sting Organization and the Texas Conference.