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Tophat shines with age group titles at state cup
by Greg Oshust
June 19, 2014 08:46 AM | 1706 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / North Atlanta's Caroline Saltmarsh, left, helped lead Tophat 16 Gold to the Under-16 girls' title at the Georgia State Cup soccer tournament in Columbus May 24 through June 1.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / North Atlanta's Caroline Saltmarsh, left, helped lead Tophat 16 Gold to the Under-16 girls' title at the Georgia State Cup soccer tournament in Columbus May 24 through June 1.
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The Tophat Soccer Club came away with championships in four of the seven girls’ age groups at the Georgia State Cup tournament in Columbus May 24 through June 1.

Tophat 14 Gold won the girls’ Under 18 championship, while Tophat 16 Gold claimed the U16 title, Tophat 17 Gold was victorious in the U15 age group and Tophat 18 Gold claimed the top prize in U14.

Efforts to contact Tophat 14 Gold coach Ryan Crabbe, Tophat 16 Gold and 18 Gold coach Troy Garner and Tophat 18 Gold coach Ted Colburn were unsuccessful at press time.

It was an impressive showing for the Buckhead-based organization, which has established itself as one of the top soccer clubs in the state.

With their wins, the four teams from the soccer club qualified for the U.S. Youth Soccer Region III Championships, which will be held Friday through June 26 in Baton Rouge, La.

Each team will have three games in pool play in each age group Friday through Sunday. The top two teams in each of the four pools will advance to the quarterfinals Monday and Tuesday, with the semifinals scheduled for June 25 and the finals June 26.

Tophat 14 Gold — consisting mainly of recently-graduated high school seniors — won the U18 girls’ championship with a 1-0 victory over NASA G14 Elite 1-0 in the finals June 1.

Westminster players Liza Lingenfelter and Sheridan Nulty — who has signed with College of the Holy Cross — are among the players for Tophat 14 Gold, along with Lovett teammates Kimberlin Rogers and Rachael Western (Davidson), St. Pius X’s Kaitlyn Orman (Samford) and Kirby Retherford (Mississippi State), North Atlanta’s Teresa Durham (Emory), Holy Innocents’ player Grant Wilmer (Carnegie Mellon) and Marist’s Stephanie Krouskos (Virginia).

Tophat 16 Gold — comprised of rising high school juniors — defeated Concorde Fire Elite 2-1 in the U16 girls’ championship game June 1.

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