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2012 US Youth Soccer Region III U-13 and U-19 champions crowned


GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 20, 2012) – The first four champions, Under-13 and Under-19 Boys and Girls, were crowned Wednesday at the US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships presented by the National Guard. Celebrations and emotions were on display as U-13 Girls Dallas Texans (TX-N), U-13 Boys NASA 17 Elite (GA), U-19 Girls CCSC Sol (FL) and U-19 Boys GSA 93 Phoenix Red (GA) claimed their respective titles. The Under-19 champions will continue their journey and compete at the prestigious US Youth Soccer National Championships July 25-29 at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C. The rest of the age groups will play final matches Thursday at MeSA Soccer Complex in Greenville, S.C.

2012 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Champions
Under-13   (GA)   NASA 17 Elite (Kennesaw)               
Under-14   (TN)    TNFC 98 Azzurri  (Franklin)        
Under-15   (TX-N)  Sting 97  (Dallas)
Under-16   (SC)   CESA 95 Premier  (Greenville)
Under-17   (SC)   CESA 94 Premier  (Greenville)
Under-18   (TN)   Brentwood 94 Premier  (Brentwood)
Under-19   (FL)   CCSC SOL  (Fleming Island)
Under-13   (TX-N)   Dallas Texans (Dallas)
Under-14   (FL)   Sunrise Elite 97/98  (Sunrise)
Under-15   (FL)   SAA Real Madrid Miami  (Miami)
Under-16   (SC)   CESA 95 Premier (Greenville)
Under-17   (TX-N)   Solar Chelsea 95 (Dallas)
Under-18   (FL)   Florida Rush Nike (Ocoee)
Under-19   (GA)   GSA 93 Phoenix Red  (Lilburn)

Highlighting the oldest age group on the day, Brentwood 93 Premier (TN) fell to CCSC SOL (FL) 2-0 in the U-19 Girls final. A brilliant Emily Cooksey strike gave CCSC the lead just before half, and Allison Brashear added an insurance goal in the 63rd. Many of the girls on this CCSC team were formerly of Ponte Vedra and competed in the National Championships, but have never won that coveted title.

Longtime rivals CESA 92 (SC) and GSA 93 Phoenix Red (GA) battled in the U-19 Boys final for the chance to compete for the James P McGuire cup at the national championships. After a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation, Josimar Olmos and Donimic Bonilla found the net for GSA claim the regional title for the first time for this squad.

Wednesday Final Scores:

Under-13 Girls        
OK Tulsa Blitz 99 white 0 TX-N Dallas Texans 1
Goal Scorer: Dallas - Ashlyn Heckman (15:00)  
Under-13 Boys        
GA NASA 17 Elite 2 TN 99 Lobos Blue 1
Goal Scorers: NASA - Logan Llano (4:00, 10:00)  
Lobos - Collin Scott (66:00)        
Under-19 Girls        
TN Brentwood 93 Premier 0 FL CCSC U19 SOL 2
Goal Scorers: CCSC - Emily Cooksey (43:00) Allison Brashear (63:00)
Under-19 Boys        
GA GSA 93 Phoenix Red 3 SC CESA 92 Premier 1
Goal Scorers: GSA - OG (79:00) Josimar Olmos (100:00) Dominic Bonilla (117:00)
CESA - Oliver Nobels (70:00)      

The top 200 US Youth Soccer boys and girls teams from the 12 State Associations that make up US Youth Soccer Region III will compete for the 2012 regional title. Quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be played June 18-21 at MeSA Soccer Complex. 

The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the Under-15 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 60 teams. 

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