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Hopkinton duo leads club team to soccer nationals

by | Jun 14, 2023 | Sports

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The New England champion FC Stars 06 club team includes two Hopkinton High School players, Georgie Clarke (front row, third from left) and Nina Tzouganatous (front row, far left).

A pair of Hopkinton High School soccer standouts will be showcasing their skills on the national stage this month, as Georgie Clarke and Nina Tzouganatous join the rest of their FC Stars 06 club team at the Champions League tournament in San Diego.

FC Stars posted a 19-1-3 record through the spring and captured the New England region of the Elite Clubs National League, earning a spot in San Diego, where play will kick off on June 24.

“I am so excited, I can’t wait,” Clarke said. “It’s been a month since our last showcase in New Jersey, so we will have over a month to prepare, and I feel like our coaches are going to prepare us well for this.”

Clarke, a junior who has committed to Boston College, is a striker for FC Stars and one of the team’s offensive threats. Tzouganatous plays outside back, and she said the seeds for a strong season were sewn over the winter.

“We started training during the winter, and those practices were pretty intense,” Tzouganatous said. “It was more intense than we had trained before. We started with two strong wins and started our season on a high note, and the harder we worked, the more we built our confidence.”

Tzouganatous is a sophomore and is in the process of figuring out where she wants to play at the next level. She said sharing this experience with Clarke has made it even sweeter.

“I love my high school teammates, and it’s so fun that I get to play with Georgie on my club team,” she said. “It brings us closer, and it also helps us throughout the high school season.”

Clarke described having Tzouganatous on the same club team as “the best thing ever.”

The San Diego tournament will feature dozens of the top club teams from across the nation. FC Stars is guaranteed three games in pool play and will have the opportunity to advance if the team does well in those games. Both players said they also hoped to spend some time exploring San Diego, including taking in a pro soccer game and checking out the city’s world-famous zoo.

In addition to being a place for great competition, the tournament also affords players the opportunity to play in front of hundreds of college coaches. Clarke said a recent event in New Jersey, during which FC Stars did not lose a game, saw more than 160 coaches check out the team’s three contests.

Clarke praised both the FC Stars coaching staff and her personal trainer, AJ Thomas, for getting her ready for the biggest tournament of the year, and she is looking forward to the competition and to the chance for the younger players on her team to get a ton of exposure.

“I am excited for the experience of playing top teams and the adrenaline of the games,” Clarke said. “We will be trying our best to move on and get to the highest level we can.”

Tzouganatous said that the Stars are feeling good heading into the event.

“I think our team is pretty confident, but we are trying not to be overconfident,” she said. “We just want to work hard and do our best.”