Goalie Sandiford leads Eagles U-23 to national title

McDonogh alum backstops California team in PKs

July 18, 2011

Led by goalkeeper Chante' Sandiford (McDonogh), the Eagles Under 23 of Camarillo, Calif., defeated the Kansas City Dynamos, 2-2 (4-2 penalty kicks), in Bowling Green, Ky., to win their second straight U.S. Adult Soccer Association national title and become the first team to win four age-specific USASA national championships.

"I feel so comfortable, absolutely at home in the goal, and I love the challenge of keeping the ball out of the net," said Sandiford, an Owings Mills resident who played for the Baltimore Bays, Bethesda Rapids and Washington Freedom youth development program.

She is a rising senior at UCLA who will start her third season for the Bruins this fall.

USC sophomore Haley Boysen tied the game with 30 seconds left in double overtime to send it to penalty kicks.

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