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2014 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships heating up in Baton Rouge, La.

 

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2014 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships heating up in Baton Rouge, La.

Preliminary Games, Day 2 of 3

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BATON ROUGE, La. (June 21, 2014) — The 2014 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships continued Saturday at the BREC Burbank-Soccer Complex in Baton Rouge, La. More than 190 games have been completed, and tomorrow’s action will decide the 96 teams moving on from the event’s preliminary round. Sunday’s matches begin at 7:45 a.m. CT and continue throughout the day with the final matches kicking off at 4:45 p.m.

Seeking players for future roster spots, more than 100 college coaches have registered for the US Youth Soccer Region III Championships, with more expected during the rest of the week. Year after year, the coaches enjoy the level of performance and urgency that comes when the teams play for advancement in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. 

“Events like this, with the level of competition, lend themselves to having college coaches come to see players in this environment,” said Nick Finotti, head coach of Under-18 Boys CESA 95 Premier (SC). “It’s a great opportunity for players to show themselves and hopefully get recognized and draw some attention to move on and play at the next level, which is ultimately the goal for all of the kids here.”

Regional winners of the Under-13 through Under-19 age groups earn a berth to the 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships, presented by the National Guard, which will be played July 22-27 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md.

The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the Under-14 through Under-18 Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 96 teams.

Girls Highlights

Local side BRSC/CSC 96 Alliance (LA) is in a good position to move on from Under-18 Girls Pool A after playing to a 2-2 tie Saturday against 95 JASA Coastal Surge (NC). The Baton Rouge area team took the lead in the 16th minute when Monique Hundley found the back of the net, but JASA responded just four minutes later with a Natalie Johnson goal. Alliance appeared to be heading for a win after Cayla Hebert scored midway through the second half. However, Victoria Riggs scored an equalizer for JASA in the final minutes to force the 2-2 draw. Another tie on Sunday would guarantee Alliance a spot in the Under-18 Girls quarterfinals.

In a rematch of the 2013 Region III Championships final, defending champion Tennessee SC 16 (TN) snuck past Tampa Bay United 97 Premier (FL) with a 1-0 win. The Under-16 Girls matchup went back and forth, with the lone goal coming from Tennessee’s Maddison Falter in the 19th minute. Tampa Bay had an opportunity to equalize late in the game but saw its shot hit the left post. Despite the loss, the Florida side still has a good chance of advancing out of Pool A.

After they each came away with wins on the first day, United FA 99 Elite (GA) and Arkansas United 99 (AR) split the points on Saturday — playing to a 1-1 draw. Deven Simpson put United up in first-half stoppage time when she tapped in a rebound following a nice diving save from the Arkansas keeper. Tristyn Edgar tied the game with a goal early in the second half, and the teams exchanged chances before ending deadlocked at 1. The two squads are now tied atop the Under-15 Girls Pool B at four points each heading into the final day of pool play.

Playing in their first Regional Championship, Under-13 Sunrise Sting 00/01 (FL) and CASL Elite Jrs. (NC) met Saturday with control of Pool C on the line. Chloe Laureano opened the scoring for Sunrise in the 34th minute, but CASL came back 10 minutes later with a strike from Emily Duerr. The match came down to the final moments, when Laureano scored her second goal of the game to lift Sunrise to a 2-1 win.

Boys Highlights

Two wins to start the weekend have given CESA 95 Premier (SC) a good shot at finishing first in the Under-18 Boys Pool A. Saturday’s win required a comeback after Arkansas Comets 96 Premier (AR) took a 34th-minute lead thanks to an Erick Batres goal. Jose Cerra responded quickly for CESA before halftime, and Jonathan Cutrone hit a side-volley into the upper-90 to give the South Carolina side a 2-1 lead in the 50th minute. Rolando Sidon equalized the game in the 78th minute, but once again CESA followed with a goal of its own shortly after, as Brennan Koslow fired a shot from the top of the box past a diving keeper — giving CESA a 3-2 win.

CESA 95 coach Nick Finotti said it was important to carry over Friday’s good performance into Saturday and produce the late winner.

“The game was in the balance there,” coach Nick Finotti said. “The experience of this group and the character of the group contributed to us finding a way to get a goal in the last six, seven minutes. It’s very important moving into the third game to be on top of the group.”

GSA Phoenix 97 Premier (GA), the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships finalist, is off to a good start in Baton Rouge after winning its opening two games. The Georgia side took control Saturday against Louisiana Fire Red 97 (LA) after it received two second-half goals from Santino Jerke following a Yosef Samuel strike in the 39th minute. A pair of late goals from Louisiana’s Eric Guin and Jon Karl Bosch kept it close, but an own goal helped cap a 4-2 GSA victory. After a goal differential tiebreaker caused GSA to miss out on a National Championships berth through the US Youth Soccer National League, the Georgia side will need to defend its Region III Championships title in order to have a shot at returning to the National Championship final in 2014.

In Under-16 Boys play, FC Dallas 98 Premier (N-TX) defeated FC Dallas El Paso (S-TX), 1-0, in a matchup of foes from opposite sides of Texas. The game remained scoreless until just before halftime, when Premier’s Gerber Chavez found the back of the net to give his side the lead. That proved to be the game’s lone goal, as Premier held on for the shutout win and jumped El Paso into first place in Pool D.

The Region III Championships have been filled with tight games, and the Under-13 matchup between Tennessee SC 19 (TN) and WSA 01 White (OK) was no different. After a scoreless first half, WSA struck first when Jose Eduardo Portillo finished off some nice build-up passing by sliding his shot past the keeper. It took just two minutes for Tennessee to tie the score, as Sean Spoletini hit a diving header into the net to level the game at 1. The defenses clamped down after the two quick goals, and the game finished in a 1-1 draw.

Daily reports and complete results from the US Youth Soccer Region III Championships are available on http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/regionIII/.

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Complete scores from Saturday’s action are below.

Under-13 Girls              
GSA 01 Premier GA SC 1 Dallas Kicks SC TX-N SC 4
Arkansas United 01 Black AR SC 0 Tennessee SC 19 TN SC 6
Sunrise Sting 00/01 FL SC 2 CASL Elite Jrs. NC SQ 1
OFC 01 Phillips OK SC 4 Cajun Soccer Club Rage 01 LA SC 0
MFC 01 Premier MS SC 0 Attack 01 Black AL SC 1
South Carolina United FC 00 Elite SC SC 2 Eclipse 01 Black TX-S SC 0
               
Under-13 Boys              
WSA 01 White OK SC 1 Tennessee SC 19 TN SC 1
Tampa Bay United Premier 00 FL SC 3 Wizards FC 01 TX-N SC 1
SCU/MP 00 Elite SC SC 5 MBFC 01 AL SC 1
GSA 01 Premier GA SC 11 TFC 01 MS SC 0
Lonestar SC 01 Red TX-S SC 6 Arkansas Comets 01 Premier AR SC 0
MSC Lakers 00-01 LA SC 0 TUSA Gold NC SC 2
               
Under-14 Girls              
LA Fire Red LA SC 0 MFC Fire 00 Premier MS SC 1
Ambush 00 Red GA SQ 4 MBS Purple Chelsea AR SC 2
Solar Chelsea Elite 00 TX-N PLW1 0 Sting 00 Flanagan TX-N PLW2 2
Tennessee Soccer Club 2018 TN PLC 2 Oklahoma Football Club 00 OK SC 3
PTFC Lady Black NC SC 0 Ponte Vedra JFC Storm 99/00 FL PLE1 1
MAI 99/00 Florida Krush Black FL SC 0 SSC 99 Freedom SC SC 1
Tennessee SC 18 Premier TN SQ 2 Attack 00 Black II AL SC 0
Sting Central 00 Parker TX-N SQ 0 Classics Elite TX-S SC 0
               
Under-14 Boys              
Tennessee SC 18 TN SC 1 GSA 00 Premier GA PLE1 1
BRSC 00 Black LA SC 0 Concorde Fire 99-00 GA PLE2 1
Coast 99 Red SC SC 0 FC Dallas 2000 Premier TX-N SC 2
TSC - Pore OK SC 1 CASL Elite Black NC SC 0
United FA  00 Elite GA SC 4 Hoover SC Phantoms 00 AL SC 0
Coral Gables Toros FL SC 2 NWAL Strikers AR SQ 1
Houstonians FC 00 TX-S PLW1 0 INNER CITY MANA 00 TX-S SC 2
Arkansas Comets Premier AR PLC 6 FC United 00 Blue MS SC 0
               
Under-15 Girls              
FC Dallas 99 Premier TX-N SC 5 CABOSA SU LA SC 1
Austin Texans 99 TX-S SC 1 98 PGSA Stars  NC SC 3
Andromeda FC TX-N PLW1 1 SCU/MP 98 Elite SC SC 3
MFC 99 Premier MS SC 0 Tophat 17 Gold GA PLE1 8
AU 99 AR SC 1 United FA 99 Elite GA SQ 1
Tampa Bay United FL SQ 0 Vestavia Attack 99 Black AL PLC 1
OFC 99 OK SC 3 Tennessee SC 17 TN SC 3
Jacksonville FC 98-99 Elite FL SPL 7 USC 99 Premier AL SQ 0
               
Under-15 Boys              
SAA Real Madrid Miami FL SC 2 MSC Lakers 99 LA SC 0
SSA Chelsea 99 Elite GA SC 1 98 CASL ElIte Black NC SC 1
98 CUFC Charlotte United Gold NC PLE1 0 ERFC 99 Arsenal TN SC 2
USC 99 Premier AL SQ 0 GSA Force 99 White TX-S SC 1
MFC Fire 99 Premier MS SC 1 OFC 99 OK SC 1
CESA 98 Premier SC SC 2 Concorde Fire Elite 98-99 GA SPL 1
Dallas Texans South 99  TX-N SQ 1 Solar Chelsea Red 99 TX-N PLW1 3
VHSC-99 Black Steamers AL PLC 3 Mighty Bluebirds SSA Green AR SC 0
               
Under-16 Girls              
Auburn Thunder 98 AL SQ 0 CE 98 TX-S SC 3
MS Brilla Jrs MS SC 0 Tophat 16 Gold GA SPL 6
Ponte Vedra 97/98 Storm Gold FL PLE2 2 MSC Lakers 97-98 LA SC 1
S. Carolina United FC 97 Elite SC SC 2 Arkansas Comets 98 Premier AR SC 1
Solar Chelsea Elite 98 TX-N PLW1 2 Oklahoma Football Club 98 OK SC 0
Liverpool TX-N SQ 0 Concorde Fire Elite GA SQ 1
Tennessee SC 16 TN SC 1 Tampa Bay United 97 Premier FL SQ 0
Lady Phantoms 98 AL PLC 0 Carolina Rapids 97 Burgundy NC SC 3
               
Under-16 Boys              
Houstonians FC 98 Red TX-S PLW1 3 SCUFC 97 Elite SC SC 0
Tennessee SC 16 Premier TN SQ 1 CUFC Charlotte United Gold  NC SC 2
FC United 98 Blue MS SC 0 GSA 98 Premier GA PLE1 0
Sunrise Elite 97\98 FL SC 1 Mandeville Lakers 97/98 LA SC 1
FSE 98 AR SC 0 Tennessee SC 2016 TN PLC 0
FC Dallas 98 Premier TX-N SC 1 FC Dallas El Paso TX-S SQ 0
98 Norcross Fury Premier GA SQ 1 FC Alliance 98 Black TN SPL 4
Oklahoma Football Club 98 OK SC 2 Vestavia Steamers 98 Black AL SC 3
               
Under-17 Girls              
AHFC 97 TX-S SWC 0 SCU/MP 96 Elite SC SWC 2
Carolina Rapids 96 Burgundy NC SC 0 97 Norcross Fury Premier GA SC 1
Vestavia Attack 1997 AL SC 0 GCUFC 97 MS SC 4
Andromeda 97 Red TX-N SC 0 97 Louisiana Fire Navy LA SPL 2
97 Lonestar Red SA TX-S PLW1 0 Tennessee SC 15 TN SC 5
Lonestars 97 Red TX-S SC 2 South Carolina United 96 Elite SC SC 1
Maitland 96/97 Fla. Krush Black  FL SC 0 AC97 Premier AR PLC 3
OFC 97 OK SC 0 Sunrise Sting 96/97 FL PLE1 1
               
Under-17 Boys              
Boca United 96/97 Gold FL PLE1 1 NASA 15 Elite GA SPL 2
MFC Fire 97 Premier MS SC 1 Tennessee SC 15 TN PLC 2
GSA Phoenix 97 Premier GA SC 4 Louisiana Fire Red 97 LA SC 2
Arkansas United AR SC 1 Huntsville FC 97 Blue AL SC 1
Tennessee SC 2015 Premier TN SQ 0 NCA Alliance NC SC 2
Lonestars 97 Red SAN TX-S SC 3 FC Dallas Gold TX-N PLW1 2
FC Dallas Youth 97 Premier TX-N SC 5 SCU/MP 96 Elite SC SC 1
Space Coast United FL SC 0 OFC 97 OK SC 2
               
Under-18 Girls              
Houston Express 96 Navy TX-S SC 1 FC Alliance 96 Black TN SC 0
95 JASA Coastal Surge  NC SC 2 BRSC/CSC 96 Alliance  LA PLC 2
Bryant  AR SC 0 Tampa Bay United Premier FL SC 12
HFC 96 BLUE AL SC 1 Andromeda West TX-N PLW1 0
NASA 14 Elite GA SQ 2 Mandeville Lakers 95/96 LA SQ 0
United FA 96 Elite GA PLE1 0 Tophat 14 Gold GA SPL 3
Sting  TX-N SC 9 Tupelo Futbol Club 96 MS SC 0
Oklahoma FC 96 OK SC 2 CFC Lady Chiefs Elite 96 GA SWC 0
               
Under-18 Boys              
96 LA Fire Navy LA SC 2 96 LOBOS RUSH Premier TN PLC 1
FC Florida 95 FL SC 0 GSA 96 Premier GA SC 0
Lonestars 96 Red TX-S SC 1 FC Dallas 96 Premier TX-N SPL 5
FC Dallas Youth 96 TX-N SQ 2 TSCH 96 Nsien OK PLW2 3
Arkansas Comets 96 Premier AR SC 2 CESA 95 Premier SC PLE1 3
United 96 Premier AL SC 1 GCU 96 MS SWC 1
FC Alliance 97 Black TN SQ 3 MFC Fire 96 Premier MS SC 1
Eclipse 96 Premier TX-S SWC 6 SCU/MP 95 Elite SC   1
               
Under-19 Girls              
95 Concorde Fire South Elite GA SC 1 Lonestars 95 TX-S SC 1
TSC Hurricane OK SC 1 MFC Fire 95 Premier MS SC 0
IMG Academy FL SC 0 SSA Chelsea 95 Elite GA SWC 1
               
Under-19 Boys              
Team Boca FL SC 3 BRSC/CSC Alliance 95 LA SC 1
West Houston Advocates 95 TX-S SC 0 Concorde Fire Elite GA SC 5
Dallas Texans 95 Red  TX-N SC 2 SCU/MP 94 Elite SC SC 0
OFC 95 OK SC 1 Crossroads Pride LA SWC 1
 

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