AC United Football Club's under-12 girls team enjoying a magical season

Great season: The AC United Football Club under-12 girls team: Chiara, Elisha, Olivia, Rita, Sophia, Carisa, Ariana, Orshina, Ella, Olivia, Valentina, Angelina and Siena.
Great season: The AC United Football Club under-12 girls team: Chiara, Elisha, Olivia, Rita, Sophia, Carisa, Ariana, Orshina, Ella, Olivia, Valentina, Angelina and Siena.

AC United under-12 girls co-coach Michael Herrera has run out of superlatives to describe his team.

It's little wonder. The team, which plays its home games at Powhatan Reserve, went undefeated in the Southern Districts first division competition.

Not only didn't they lose a game, they didn't concede a goal. Not one goal!

In their 12 games they scored 74 goals and goalkeeper Elisha Cassarino kept a clean sheet in every one of them. That's an average score of 6-0 on their way to winning the premiership by 17 points.

They kept their incredible streak going in Saturday's semi-final when they defeated Chipping Norton 4-0 to reach the grand final.

Their only loss came in the State Cup semi-finals and even then they didn't concede a goal (losing on penalties after dominating the match) and drew praise from the opposition coach labelling them as the "benchmark."

Continuity has been a big part of their success with 10 of the 13 girls having played together for the past four years. This is the first year they are playing in their right age group. Last year they lost the under-12s division one grand final playing a year above themselves.

To keep the team sharp, they play mid-week games against under-13 Skill Acquisition Program teams from Southern Districts and Marconi.

It's no surprise representative honours have come for the players with team captain Olivia D' Alessandro and vice-captain Angelina Scamardella selected to represent the NSW PSSA girls team at the National Football Championships in Canberra in August.

"They are an amazing bunch of girls. We are privileged to coach these girls. A lot of these girls could have left to play at a higher level but they just enjoy playing together," Herrera said.

The team: Chiara Badolato, Elisha Cassarino, Olivia D' Alessandro, Rita Di Martino, Sophia Furia, Carisa Herrera, Ariana Ivastanin, Orshina Khosho, Ella King, Olivia Riquelme, Valentina Riquelme, Angelina Scamardella and Siena Vlahadamis. Coach: Micheal Herrera, Coach: Domenic Badolato, Goalkeeping coach: Chanise Jamhour and Manager: Silvana Scamardella.