Tucson Soccer Academy in NPL 16U Semifinal Round

(Team Photo)

National Premier League 16U Finals
July 13-17: Westfield, Indiana

The TSA 01 GIRLS RED beat MSC Lakers Elite (Louisiana) 2-1 on Saturday to advance to the NPL Semifinal Round to be played on Sunday, July 16 in Westfield, Indiana.

The 16U team from Tucson needed to win their final match of pool play to advance due to a loss on Friday. TSA finished pool play with a 2-1 record, edging out four other teams for the at-large berth.

Salpointe standout Kalista Kakou scored twice in the final moments against Louisiana to clinch the semifinal appearance. Kakou was the Southern Arizona Player of the Year.

TSA qualified for the NPL Finals by winning the Arizona National Premier League (NPL) by finishing 5-0 and outscoring opponents 18-1.


Thursday, July 13
TSA 1, NJ Wildcats Fury 0
(13: Tatianna Lizarraga from Savannah Samorano)

Friday, July 14
South Shore Select 2, TSA 0

Saturday, July 15
TSA 2, MSC Lakers Elite 1
(74: Kalista Kakou; 77: Kalista Kakou)

Sunday, July 16: Semifinals
TSA vs. Long Island SUSA G01 NPL

Talia Williamson, Cienega
Tatianna Lizarraga, Catalina Foothills
Isabella Santavicca, Ironwood Ridge
Nevaeh Rascon, Mountain View
Savannah Samorano, Tucson
Anay Garcia, Sunnyside
Grace Kaufman-Fuller, Salpointe
Hannah Draper, Catalina Foothills
Jordyn Ives, Mountain View
Sydney Lenhart, Salpointe
Aerin McQuillen, Rincon-University
Kalista Kakou, Salpointe
Aryanna Sanchez, Salpointe
Aviannah Bracamonte, Salpointe
Campbell Rogers, Catalina Foothills
Cody Lynn, Marana
Meghan McClafferty, Catalina Foothills
Hope Hisey, Canyon del Oro
Coach: Amy Garelick
Coach: Todd Garelick


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at


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