Roccaro, Speck Help Lead Courage To ICC Women’s Title

Courage, Roccaro, Speck
Cari Roccaro (left) and Meredith Speck.

The first Women’s International Champions Cup trophy will live in North Carolina and two Courage players with Long Island roots played key roles in the team’s victory.

East Islip native Cari Roccaro and Rockville Centre native Meredith Speck saw major minutes in North Carolina’s 1-0 win over Olympique Lyonnais Feminin at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium. Former U.S. Women’s National Team star Heather O’Reilly scored the game’s lone goal in the 10th minute.

With the win, the Courage — currently the top team in the National Women’s Soccer League — become the first ever Women’s ICC champions. In the four team-tournament, they defeated five-time UEFA Champions League winner Olympique Lyonnais and Paris St. Germain 2-1.

For the second straight match, Speck was in the starting lineup and Roccaro, who started against Paris St. German, came on in the Lyonnais match in the 31st minute replacing Yuri Kawamura.

North Carolina played the ICC tournament without several key players, including Crystal Dunn of Rockville Centre, who were on international duty for the Tournament of Nations played in Kansas City, East Hartford and Bridgeview, Il, in late July and early August.