Local soccer team to compete in Nationals this weekend

GRANGER, Ind. (WNDU) - Notre Dame football is not the only Michiana team playing for a National Championship.

The Junior Irish Premier Girls soccer team is making the trip down to Bradenton, Florida tomorrow to play in the Super Y League North American Finals.

"I think we are going to do really well," Irish center midfielder Paulina Carles. "I think we can make it pretty far. It's a great feeling to be recognized for all this hard work over the summer."

The Club is made up of girls from nine different high schools in the area who have been practicing twice a week

"It's really exciting," Irish holding midfielder Anna de Varona. "I was just hoping for more experience and to get better but I've been very surprised and excited of the outcome we've had. Going to Nationals is crazy."

The team certainly isn't lacking confidence as they say they can kick it with some of the best teams in the country.

"The expectation is to go down and win Nationals but I also want to make sure they have a great experience," head coach Jesse Urguhart said.

One is thing for sure, it'll be something the team has never experienced. The Junior Irish Club has been around since 1977, and in the organizations 41 years of existence, this is the first team to ever make it to Nationals.

They are on the verge of something special.