Together with their club team, four Springside Chestnut Hill Academy soccer players made history this summer.
Rising seniors and SCH soccer stars Bella Brown, Abby Fitzmaurice, Elena Franklin, and Brigid McDonald are members of the Philadelphia Soccer Club's Coppa Rage team, which won the Under-17 national title in July. The club team went 6-1-0 during the regular season and became the first-ever Philadelphia Under-17 girls team to win the national championship. The girls beat Tonka Fusion Elite of Wayzata, MN, 5-0.
The club team’s head coach, Tom DeGeorge, is a former SCH assistant coach and the brother of the current SCH girls soccer head coach, Maria Kosmin. Maria and the four girls are no strangers to championships: This past year, the SCH girls soccer team won both the Inter-Ac League and the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association (PAISAA) titles.
Coppa Rage lost the championship game in 2021, so they said they were determined to win this year in Kissimmee, FL, training hard even on days “off.”
“We made history together,” Bella told The Philadelphia Inquirer after the win. “These girls are basically like my sisters. I’ve been playing with them for years. I can literally count on them for anything.”
The four girls will enjoy one more season together on their club team and one more fall alongside their fellow SCH soccer players.