Lourdes Academy’s girls soccer team received words of encouragement from a well-known face in the soccer world ahead of its Class 5A girls soccer state championship match against Oviedo in DeLand on Friday.
International soccer star David Beckham, the face of Miami’s soon-to-be MLS franchise, wished the team well in a video posted on the school’s Instagram account.
“I just want to say congratulations to our Lady of Lourdes varsity soccer team on winning this season,” Beckham said in the video. “I know you’re en route to the state championship game and I wanted to wish you luck. ... Go out and have fun. You’ve earned it. Go Bobcats.”
The Bobcats went on to win their first state championship with a 1-0 win later that afternoon after scoring a second-half goal.
Beckham also gave a shout out to the team’s three captains — seniors Niki Molina, Taylor Cosio and Ale Lora — as well as senior goalkeeper Amanda Puig.
“Keep that goal clean, please,” Beckham requested of Puig.
Puig did just that, holding tough on defense to keep the shutout intact and preserve the team’s lead until the final whistle.