Storm sophs win regional title
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A pair of Red Storm rising sophomores claimed a prestigious title on Tuesday morning, as Madeline McCracken and Samie Scaffidi were part of the McLean 96 Green team that won the US Youth Soccer Region I U-19 Championship in West Virginia.

McCracken and Scaffidi will now play for the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championship, which will take place from July 25-31 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Texas.

McLean opened up competition by routing Vincent United Pride, 8-2. Both Scaffidi and McCracken scored for their squad in the lopsided victory.

Following a 1-1 draw with VSA Heat 96 Blue in the semifinal, McLean clinched a spot in the championship, a rematch of the opening tilt between McLean, the only team to go unbeaten in preliminary play, and Vincent United.

McLean cruised to a 3-0 victory, thanks in part to Scaffidi’s second goal of the tournament.

Scaffidi made an immediate impact on the Red Storm in 2015, seeing action in 14 matches and recording an assist in the process.

The freshman from Maryland helped the Red Storm register its finest regular season on record this past fall, as the squad won a program-best 15 matches and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in just three seasons.

McCracken, who has been invited to a number of United States Women’s National Team training camps, will make her St. John’s debut this fall after transferring from Boston College in January.

The Virginia native made 16 appearances during her rookie campaign with the Eagles, including four starts.

St. John’s will kick off the 2016 season on August 19, playing host to CCSU at at Belson Stadium.

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