Roseville student athletes lead soccer club to rare USA Cup accomplishment

From left, Kylie Jones and Norah Sandy. (submitted photo)

The North Suburban Soccer Association U13 girls’ soccer team etched its name in history at the 2019 Target USA Cup, which took place in Blaine July 12-20. 

Led by Roseville’s Kylie Jones and St. Paul’s Norah Sandy, the team won not one but two championships at what’s billed as “the western hemisphere’s largest youth soccer tournament.”

The association’s U13 girls became the first American female youth soccer team since 2006 to win both the USA Cup Weekend kickoff and USA Cup Weeklong tournaments. 

It’s a feat known by competitors as “The Double” and only three other American girls’ youth teams have accomplished it in the event’s 35-year history.

Jones and Sandy are both eighth graders at Roseville Area Middle School. The dynamic duo keyed a midfield that frustrated opponents with a relentless attack and demoralizing defense, posting an 11-1-1 tournament record and a 29-5 goals-scored versus goals-allowed differential.

“These ladies played 13 games in eight days, most of them in 95-degree heat,” says head coach Sharon Lokowich. “To never let up and to walk away with two championships, it’s just a remarkable accomplishment for any team at any age level.”

Founded in 1970, North Suburban Soccer Association was the first organized youth soccer club in Minnesota. The community-based organization serves over 1,100 youth athletes throughout the northern Twin Cities region. The club sent 14 teams to the 2019 Target USA Cup, which welcomed teams from as far away as Japan, Liberia and Brazil.

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