2017 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships continue in Greensboro, N.C.
Preliminary Games, Day 2 of 3
Schedules, Scores and Standings
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GREENSBORO, N.C. (June 24, 2017) — The 2017 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships continued Saturday at BB&T Soccer Complex at Bryan Park, Burlington Soccer Complex and Smith Soccer Complex in Greensboro, N.C. Sunday’s matches begin at 7:45 a.m. ET and continue throughout the day with the final matches kicking off at 6:30 p.m.
Seeking players for future roster spots, more than 120 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.
In the 19/20U Girls division, the Austin Texans 98 (TX-S) had a huge 4-2 win over NTH Tophat 98/99 Gold (GA) on day two of preliminary play. Austin Texans head coach, JD Cochran, talked about how competitive Region III Championships are, and what it would mean for his team to make it to the National Championships next month in Frisco, Texas.
“For our club to win Region III Championships would be a huge accomplishment. There are great quality teams here,” Cochran said. “All the best teams will be at National Championships, too. There will be lots of different styles of play and I hope to be playing in that tournament.”
Here are a few recaps from the second day of group play…
In the 13U Girls division, TSC Hurricane 04 Griffin (OK) and 04 CASL Junior (NC) battled it out until the end, with a final score of 3-2, in favor of TSC Hurricane. The first goal came in just the third minute from TSC’s Lauren Van Horn. Another goal was scored in the 42nd minute by TSC’s Isabella Kitterman, to make the score 2-0. However, only one minute later, Kiera Clemens from CASL found the back of the net. In the 62nd minute, Caroline O’Connor scored for TSC and two minutes later, Kiera Clemens scored her second goal of the game for CASL. In this back and forth match, both teams played with high intensity and gave it their all until the final whistle blew.
PTFC Lady Black (NC) defeated AFC Lightning 99 Gold (GA), 4-1. PTFC’s Tess Albert chipped it over the goalkeeper for the first goal of the game. AFC Lightning’s Kimmy Edgeworth shot from distance and slipped it past the keeper to even up the score. In the 19th minute, Skyler Prillaman found the back of the net and just seven minutes later, she struck again. The last goal of the game came from Holland Bowman in the 57th minute to leave the final score at 4-1.
In a back and forth matchup, NTH Tophat 98/99 Gold (GA) and the Austin Texans 98 (TX-S) battled to a 4-2 result, favoring the Austin Texans. The first goal of the game came from NTH Tophat’s Allie Smith Miller. Fourteen minutes later, Melissa Jones scored an equalizer for the Austin Texans. The rest of the first half was scoreless, but the second half was action-packed. In the 69th minute, The Austin Texans’ Ella Fischer made the score 2-1. Tiarra Hodges doubled the Austin Texans score in the 75th minute and just a few minutes later, Hodges scored again to give the Texans a 4-1 lead. The final goal of the game came from NTH Tophat’s Teagan Thompson.
On day two of preliminary play, the River City Rangers (TX-S) defeated Discoveries SC 04 Gold (SC), 2-1. In the seventh minute of play, Josue Rodriguez-Perez scored for the River City Rangers. In the 58th minute, Carlos Cruz made the score 2-0 for River City. As time was winding down, Robert Lafortune netted a goal for Discoveries in extra time to make the final score 2-1.
In a tight matchup between two competitive teams, LA Fire Jrs Red (LA) defeated Oklahoma FC 01 (OK), 2-1. In the 30th minute of play, the first goal was scored by LA Fire’s Erik Gunera-Calix. Oklahoma FC went on to even up the score at the very beginning of the second half when Antonio Leija found the back of the net. Just two minutes after Oklahoma FC tied up the score, LA Fire netted the final goal of the match in the 49th minute, scored by Christopher Brupbacher.
In an important matchup, WS Huskies Soccer Academy 98 (TX-S) picked up a 2-0 win against 98 TFCA Alliance (NC). The first goal of the match was scored in the 32nd minute by Patrick Cunneff. The rest of the first half was scoreless, but Reyes Vargas found the back of the net to double the WS Huskies Soccer Academy’s lead to 2-0. With today’s result, the Huskies have scored seven goals in two games, and they have yet to give up a goal.
Regional winners of the 13U through 19/20U age groups earn a berth to the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which will be played July 24-30 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas.
The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19/20U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 15U through 19/20U Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 96 teams.
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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