PROVO Four members of the BYU women's soccer team helped to propel the Utah State Select Team to a national championship in the United States Adult Soccer Association by winning the George F. Donnelly Cup held in Carson, Calif., Jan. 19-21.
All-American forward Katie Larkin won the Most Valuable Player Award for the tournament, and forward Kassidy Christensen contributed three goals.
Defensively, keeper Erika Woodbury and defender Nicole Urry also played starting roles on the team. Forward Katie Fellows was also recruited to play on the team, but was unable to participate due to injury.
"It was fun playing in the tournament because it was all good soccer," Christensen said. "Every team was there to win and had the best players from their states. It was easy to score, though, because we got to play our type of soccer."
Four teams competed in the three-day tournament, with the top team from each of the four regions competing.
Utah was joined by Massachusetts, Minnesota and Florida. Utah beat both Massachusetts (4-0) and Minnesota (3-1) and tied its match against Florida (1-1).
The players were chosen from the top adult soccer players in the state.
Players from other Utah universities were also recruited to play on the team as well as former college athletes.