CORPUS CHRISTI – The Warcats girls U14 soccer team, a group based out of Corpus Christi, recently won the Super 2 State Championship and were recognized by the Nueces County Commissioner’s Court on Jan. 8. The Warcats are under the Great Western Soccer Banner and completed an undefeated season with the state title win.

“This is a great honor for the Commissioner’s Court to recognize us and I think you’re going to see big things from a lot of these girls,” Warcats coach William Curtis said. “They come from different schools all over the place, and you’ll see them become stars in their own right as they get into high school.”

The team is made up of players from Calallen, Corpus Christi, Flour Bluff, and the Gregory-Portland area, eight of which qualified for the Olympic development pool for Texas.

It was a wild ride to the championship, with all types of victories along the way.

“We had some close games,” Curtis said. “We had games where we had to come from behind. We had games that we had to play a man down, for various reasons.”

But none of the matches compared to the one that meant the most.

“In the state final, we came from behind in the final 10 minutes of the game. We came back from two goals down to tie it and then win in an overtime shootout,” Curtis said. “Incredibly resilient group of girls. They’re very dedicated to their sport. They really represent the best of youth in this area. It’s been a great season. I think you’re going to see big things out of soccer in the Coastal Bend and Corpus Christi.”

One reason Curtis is certain good things are on the horizon for area soccer is the training his team used during its state title run. Curtis said the Warcats have been working with Giraldo Elite Futbol for nearly a year and it has greatly helped.

““They are doing incredible things with youth soccer in the entire Coastal Bend community,” Curis said of Giraldo Elite Futbol.