National champions were crowned at the 2003 US Youth Soccer National Championships at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md.
The Far West Region (Region 4) took home four national titles on the day, with the Southern Region (Region 3) and Region 1 close behind with three gold medals each. The Midwest Region (Region 2) brought home two titles.
To the delight of the local crowds, the Casa Mia's Bays of the Boys Under-15 division, one of the hometown teams playing throughout the week, emerged as National Champion, while the Bethesda Excel, the second local team to advance to ""Championship Sunday,"" lost to the San Diego Surf in penalty kicks for the Girls Under-16 title.
Boys Under-14 – US Youth Soccer National Cup
In today's action, the 88 CASL Elite defeated the Nether Mustangs for the Boys Under-14 crown. Nether's Hunter Woron opened scoring in the 67th minute, before CASL's Watson Williams scored in injury time to make it 1-1. Just five minutes into the overtime period, CASL's Brett King notched the championship goal. With the tally, King also won the adidas® Golden Boot Award in his division.
Girls Under-14 – Elmer Ehlers Cup
Playing closely throughout the match, the Slammers FC and FC Delco Fusion decided their national title match in penalty kicks. The Slammers FC took home the Girls Under-14 title by winning points from mark by a score of 4-2. In field play, FC Delco opened scoring in the 8th minute with a tally from Julie Edwards. The Slammers tied the game 1-1 with a score from Megan Jesolva in the 65th.
Boys Under-15 – adidas® Cup
The Casa Mia's downed the Lou Fusz FC 2-0. Jonathan Ports tallied the first goal in the 46th minute, with Kwame Darko making it 2-0 in the 51st. Head Coach Stephen Nichols recalled his team's motivation. "We've been waiting for this for two years. Last year we were 3-0 in the round robin and didn't give up a goal, but came up short in the finals,"" said Nichols. ""This is the most relentless group of kids I've ever been involved with. One through eighteen they are unbelievable. We got together in November and said anything less than a championship was unacceptable."
Girls Under-15 – Kristine Lilly Cup
The PDA Wildcats captured the Girls Under-15 crown and finished the tournament at 4-0-0. Elisabeth Redmond, winner of the adidas® Gold Boot Award, notched the only goal for the Wildcats during injury time.
Boys Under-16 – D.J. Niotis Cup
In the Boys Under-16 division, Southern California United downed the Albertson Red Storm Clash 2-0. So Cal's Diego Barrera opened scoring, netting one in the 5th minute. Joshua Levy notched the security goal in the 67th minute. So Cal United Head Coach Alberto Bru gave credit to his team and their competition. "These are the two best teams in the country, no doubt about it. We enjoyed playing them twice this week,"" said Bru. ""This is not an easy tournament to win. From the State to Regional to Nationals, it's a tough road and these kids persevered."
Girls Under-16 – Patricia L. Masotto Cup
The Bethesda Excel of the Girls Under-16 class decided their title match against the San Diego Surf in penalty kicks. Bethesda scored on themselves in the 16th minute, before Meagan Holmes netted one in the 48th to knot the match at 1-1. San Diego was the victor in penalty kicks by a score of 5-4. San Diego Surf Head Coach Lucas Curtolo congratulated his team and honored the Excel for their play. "The Bethesda Excel played the best soccer of the week, but sometimes the goals don't go in,"" said Curtolo. ""These kids [San Diego Surf] have more heart and desire than any team I've ever coached or played on. It was a great week and an incredible day."
Boys Under-17 – Don Greer Cup
The Chicago Magic Soccer Club shutout the Sereno Golden Eagles 2-0 to take the Don Greer Cup. Jack Smithson tallied the first goal for Chicago in the 17th minute, followed by Drew DeGurian in the 40th.
Girls Under-17 – Laura Moynihan Cup
The Sereno '86 Golden Eagles downed the Carmel United Commotion 3-0 to win the Girls Under-17 division. Nicole Mayberry opened scoring in the 59th minute, followed by adidas® Golden Boot Award winner Levise Robertson in the 70th and Alissa Oldenkamp in the 79th minute.
Boys Under-18 – Andy Stone Cup
The Michigan Wolves take home the national crown in the Boys Under-18 division. Michigan played to a 2-2 draw with Marin United before winning 4-3 in penalty kicks. Michigan's Brian Popeney, the adidas® Golden Boot Award winner, scored in the 9th minute, followed by Nik Djokic in the 11th. Marin's Gage Hills scored in the 56th minute, with Kamani Hill following in the 66th. Michigan Wolves Head Coach Lars Richter and Marin United Head Coach Rick Fullerton met long before the championship match – the two were college teammates and friends while at Yale University.
Girls Under-18 – Frank Kelly Cup
The Dallas Texans Red were led by Kerri Hanks in the Girls Under-18 championship match. Hanks scored in the 27th and 30th minutes to shutout the Tsunami Sota 2-0. Hanks also takes home the adidas® Golden Boot Award. In a show of sportsmanship and class, the Dallas Texans invited their opponents, Tsunami Sota, up on stage for a group shot of the two teams following the awards ceremony.
Boys Under-19 – James P. McGuire Cup
The FC Delco Arsenal successfully defended their National title in the Boys Under-19 class, defeating Sockers FC Chicago 2-1. The Adidas® Golden Boot Award winner in 2003 and 2002, Ashley Kozicki scored twice for FC Delco, once in the 78th and again in the 83rd. Robert Gallo notched Chicago's lone goal in the 43rd minute.
Girls Under-19 – Ross Stewart Cup
The Peachtree City Lazers won the national crown in the Girls Under-19 division. Peachtree's Allison Graham netted the first goal in the 13th minute. Elk Grove United's Megan Rapinoe knotted the game at 1-1 with a tally in the 18th minute. Adidas® Golden Boot Award winner Kristen Rhyne scored the winning goal for Peachtree in the 73rd minute. Peachtree City Lazers Head Coach Brian Moore recalled the team's experiences. "We've had some great memories at the Maryland SoccerPlex, including last year when we lost in the Nationals,"" said Moore. ""These are some special girls, and we've had a long time together and accomplished some special things. It couldn't end any better than this.""
Youth soccer's ultimate prize was at stake in 2003 with 48 teams from 39 clubs and 19 states squaring off in six boys and girls age brackets, Under-14 through Under-19. The 2003 US Youth Soccer National Championships were held at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md. for the second year in a row.
US Youth Soccer National Championships
Maryland SoccerPlex, Germantown, Md.
Championship Results – Sunday July 27, 2003
'88 CASL Elite (NC) 2, Nether Mustangs (E-PA) 1 (OT)
Goal Scorers: (NC) Watson Williams (70:00), Brett King (75:00); (E-PA) Hunter Woron (63:00)
Slammers FC (CA-S) 1*, FC Delco Fusion (E-PA) 1
*PFM - Slammers FC 4, FC Delco Fusion 2
Goal Scorers: (CA-S) Megan Jesolva (65:00); (E-PA) Julie Edwards (08:00)
Casa Mia Bays (MD) 2, Lou Fusz (MO) 0
Goal Scorers: Jonathan Ports (46:00), Kwame Darko (51:00)
PDA Wildcats (NJ) 1, Sereno '88 Golden Eagles (AZ) 0
Goal Scorers: Elisabeth Redmond (80:00)
Southern California United (CA-S) 2, Albertson Red Storm Clash (E-NY) 0
Goal Scorers: Diego Barrera (05:00), Joshua Levy (67:00)
San Diego Surf (CA-S) 1*, Bethesda Excel (MD) 1,
PFM* - San Diego Surf 5, Bethesda Excel 4
Goal Scorers: (MD) Meagan Holmes (48:00); (CA-S) Own Goal (16:00)
Chicago Magic SC (IL) 2, Sereno '86 Golden Eagles (AZ) 0
Goal Scorers: Jack Smithson (17:00), Eric Ortega (40:00)
Sereno '86 Golden Eagles (AZ) 3, Carmel United Commotion (IN) 0
Goal Scorers: Nicole Mayberry (59:00), Levise Robertson (70:00), Alissa Oldenkamp (79:00)
Michigan Wolves (MI) 2*, Marin United (CA-N) 2
PFM: Michigan Wolves 4, Marin United 3
Goal Scorers: (MI) Brian Popeney (09:00), Nik Djokic (11:00); (CA-N) Gage Hills (11:00), Kamani Hill (21:00)
Dallas Texans Red '85 (N-TX) 2, Tsunami Sota (MN) 0
Goal Scorers: Kerri Hanks (27:00), (30:00)
FC Delco Arsenal (E-PA) 2, Sockers FC Chicago (IL) 1
Goal Scorers: (E-PA) Ashley Kozicki (78:00), (83:00); (IL) Robert Gallo (43:00)
Peachtree City Lazers (GA) 2, Elk Grove United '84 (CA-N) 1
Goal Scorers: (GA) Allison Graham (13:00), Kristen Rhyne (73:00); (CA-N) Megan Rapinoe (18:00)
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