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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (July 23, 2019) — Games kicked off Tuesday at the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships at the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan. The teams took the stage, making their first push to earn one of the 14 National titles that will be awarded this weekend. The field of 104 teams is comprised of the nation’s top players in the 13U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups.
During games today , returning champions ended with three wins, two draws and a loss.
"The first game is always important because it sets the tone for the rest of the week," said 16U Boys LVSA Silver 03 head coach Manleo Miranda, whose team captured the national title in 2018. "The team knows that every team is coming for us. Having that golden patch on your right thigh is a trophy and is nice to us, but at the same time we have to protect it and play twice as hard as we did last year with every team coming for us."
All the games are meaningful for youth development and there are no easy games as teams vie for the US Youth Soccer National Championships crown.
“This Beadling team is a great team and they gave us a run for our money [in last year's National final]," continued Miranda. "It was a very difficult game and very tight up to the end. We knew we had a hard game ahead of us today, so I am glad we came up with the three points.”
Group play takes place over the course of three days and will conclude on Thursday. Three points are awarded for a win, one point for a tie and zero points for a loss. The top two teams in the 13U age group will advance to the National Championship final on Friday, while the top two teams in each group in 14U through 19U play advance to their respective semifinals.
In addition to the impact locally, the championships provide college coaches from around the country with a premier stage to evaluate future collegiate players, offering a tremendous impact to players and their families. Many college coaches and U.S. Soccer scouts lined the sidelines on Tuesday to watch the players make their first push for the 2019 National Championship.
All of the teams competing in Frisco earned their place in the National Championships via success in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series or the US Youth Soccer National League.
Live broadcasts of more than 90 games, daily highlight videos, photos, reports and complete results from the tournament are available on http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/.
Some feature stories from today:
FC Dallas fights back for a 3-2 win
Celtic FC 00 Premier earns big Day 1 win
SJEB Rush 02 Academy picks up where it left off
MI Jaguars hold off 1776 United for win
PPA KSA battles back to top 2018 finalist
FC Dallas battles back against KSA to earn a draw
Some notes from a few of today's games (6:30 & 8:30 game recaps to be added after games completed):
2006 Pipeline SC Pre-Academy (MD) posted a, 1-0, shutout over Rebels SC (CA-S) in its opening game of group play. The teams battled in the first half as each team looked to find the back of the net. After 35 minutes of play, the teams were deadlocked at zero going into halftime. Anthony Topolski broke the scoreless tie just 10 minutes into the second half, giving the Maryland side a one-goal lead. Rebels continued to battle, but the Pipeline defense held strong to hold its lead and earn the win. The win gives Pipeline an important three points heading into its day two matchup against FC Dallas 06 Premier (TX-N).
Michigan Jaguars 06 Green (MI) defeated 06 CSA South Elite (NC), 4-1, in the first round of group play. Amalia Villarreal put Michigan ahead by two goals, each four minutes apart, in the 15th and 19th minute of play. Villarreal completed her hat trick just two minutes later as Michigan took a, 3-0, lead to halftime. A mere five minutes into the second half, Gabriela J Vatrano cut CSA’s deficit to two goals when she found the back of the net. Ten minutes later, Villarreal scored her fourth goal of the day to cap off the scoring for Michigan.
STA 2005 (NJ) earned a, 3-0, shutout over Pennine United 05 (OH-N) in its first-round matchup. After going scoreless for much of the first half, STA took a one-goal lead to halftime after Karan Chauhan scored with six minutes left in the first half. In the 58th minute, Daniel Farberov scored an insurance goal, his first of the tournament, to put the New Jersey side up by two. A minute later, Valentino Della Grazia capped off the scoring for STA with a goal of his own. The shutout gives STA an important three points heading into day two of play tomorrow against MSC Academy 05/06 (IL).
In a rematch of the 2019 Southern Regional final, D’Feeters 05 Black (TX-N) recorded a, 3-0, shutout over LA Fire 05 Red (LA). The two teams battled in the first half struggling to find the back of the net but D’Feeters took a one-goal lead into halftime as Delmy Benitez scored a goal just before the halftime whistle. In the 52nd minute, Shanti Weddington added an insurance goal for D’Feeters to give it a two-goal lead. Benitez scored her second score of the game with a minute left in the second half as the D’Feeters claimed three points on day one of group play.
FEATURE STORY - PPA KSA battles back to top 2018 finalist Real Jersey
Philadelphia SC Coppa Swarm 04 (PA-E) and 04 Boise Thorns Elite (ID) each earned a point on the first day after the teams ended with a, 3-3, draw. Boise struck first when Avery McBride found the back of the net for a goal, while Hayden Wilsey put her name on the scoresheet just five minutes later to extend the lead to two goals. Angelina Daino cut the Philadelphia deficit in half just three minutes later as Boise took a one-goal lead to halftime. In the 57th minute, Lauren Sullivan scored the equalizer for Philadelphia to tie the game at, 2-2 but seven minutes later the Idaho side regained the lead with a goal from Natasja Davis. In the final minute, Philadelphia made a late push and got an equalizing goal from Daino, her second goal of the game. The match ended, 3-3, as Philadelphia fought back to earn a point in its first game at Nationals.
FEATURE STORY - FC Dallas fights back for a 3-2 win
LVSA 03 National League (NV) capped day one of preliminary play with a, 4-0, shutout over Sunrise Sting 2003 X1 (FL). After a scoreless first half of play, LVSA came out in the second half and took after a goal from Simone Hottentot. Just four minutes later, LVSA went up by two goals when Samantha Nieves found the back of the net. LVSA got another insurance goal in the 56th minute from Olivia Garcia. Alexis Pashales scored the fourth and final goal of the game for LVSA with six minutes left in the game as it earned three important points on the first day of play.
Solar 02 Castro (TX-N) topped Baltimore Celtic 02 (MD), 3-2, in its first group play game at the 2019 National Championships. Johnathan Sauceda put Solar ahead early with a goal13 minutes into the first half and took the narrow lead to halftime. Baltimore’s Spencer Hanks scored the equalizing goal just seven minutes into the second half to tie the game at one goal a side. The two teams struggled to score until a flurry of goals in the final minute. Torren Aikens began the scoring spree to put Baltimore in the lead, but a goal from Anthony Patti brought Solar back to even. Harvey Castro scored the game winning goal for Solar to help it earn what could be an important three points.
FEATURE STORY - SJEB Rush 02 Academy Blue picks-up right where it left off
FEATURE STORY - FC Dallas battles back to earn a 3-3 draw against KSA
FEATURE STORY - Jaguars hold off 1776 United for shutout win
McLean HotSpur (VA) battled to a narrow, 1-0, shutout against Ohio Premier NL (OH-N). In a hard-fought opening day game, neither team was able to find the back of the net in the first 45 minutes of play as the game was deadlocked at nil-nil at halftime. The struggle to get on the scoreboard continued well into the second until Daniel DiazBonilla scored the eventual game winning goal. McLean was able to hold onto the slim lead and earns the win and a crucial three points heading into its day two match against FC Dallas Youth 00 (TX-N).
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