Unique bet fueled Nashville soccer team to nationals
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —
There is a group of young ladies who are making a name for themselves on the national soccer scene. Nashville United Soccer's girls Under 17 team earned a bid into the President's cup and will represent the south, vying for a national championship. But it's what motivated this group of girls to achieve their success so far that makes them unique.
Nashville United head coach Cameron Eades has his suit pressed.
“If they won Regionals, I’d have to wear a suit to coach,” explained Eades.
And after that bet, the wins followed suit.
“For them to win and go to Nationals, it was worth being in a suit in 100-degree heat,” said Eades.
The Nashville United Soccer Association's U-17 squad is one of few Tennessee teams to represent the Southern region at Nationals. Next week, this group of girls from eight local high schools will come together one last time in Indianapolis to try and bring back a national championship.
“I’ve dreamed about bringing back the trophy. Being able to say I’m a national champion is a dream come true and looking back to November, I never expected us to make it this far,” said Father Ryan senior Sam Stocker.
“It means the world to me. I have never won a championship before,” added Grace Christian junior Gabby Jones.
Jones’ seven goals at regionals propelled NUSA to the become one of the final four teams, feat she couldn't even imagine accomplishing five years ago. Jones came to America from Sierra Leone.
“I had never played in cleats. We played barefoot in gravel with oranges as soccer balls because we didn’t have soccer balls,” explained Jones.
But now Jones and her teammates are on the brink of capturing Tennessee soccer history, and with the help of Coach Eades in that suit, they'll do so in style.