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Championship pairings determined at 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships

 
 
 
 
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ROCK HILL, S.C. (July 27, 2012) - Large crowds, dreams and expectations filled the air as the US Youth Soccer National Championships, presented by the National Guard, round robin play completed today to determine the championship finals schedule. 

The National Guard's partnership with US Youth Soccer is focused on enriching the soccer experience by positively influencing players and coaches in areas of leadership and character development while adding a strong presence of American pride.

National champions will be crowned over the weekend in the Under-14 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups beginning on Saturday evening with the Under-14 and Under-15 Boys and Girls. The remaining age groups will play Sunday morning at Manchester Meadows, in Rock Hill, S.C.

Today marked the final day of group play and teams realized their destiny for this weekend’s championship finals in Rock Hill, S.C.  For those not advancing, it has been a great season full of accomplishment.  For those moving on, dreams are to be realized this weekend.

Stories, photos and videos are available following games. Real time scoring is available at http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org

A few highlights from today’s matches… 

Under-15 Boys 

Challenger Crew Jrs. Black (OH-N) held off 2011 finalist Chicago Magic 2-1 to advance to the Under-15 Boys championship game.  Justin Nadzan put Challenger in the lead just before halftime and Trevor Colazzo added a second just after the break for a 2-0 lead.  Magic pulled one back to make it a frantic finish from Daniel Giraldo in the 73rd, but it wasn’t enough as Challenger will have a chance to avenge and opening day loss to defending champs Fullerton Rangers in the final.

Under-16 Boys

Michigan Jaguars 96 Green are back in the title game for the second straight year after defeating National League foe Scottsdale 96 Blackhawks (AZ) 3-2.  Jason Carmack put Jags on the board in the 14th minute and Luai Fakhoury made it a two goal lead before the break.  The Blackhawks responded just after halftime through Adam Mosharrafa to cut the lead, but Travis Hamers restored the two goal lead for Jags in the 62nd.  Blackhawks wouldn’t let down as the cut the lead again from Sam Gleadle in stoppage time, but it wasn’t enough as Michigan Jaguars finish 3-0 en route to the final.

CESA 95 Premier (SC) overcame a two goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Lehigh Valley United 95 (E-PA) and will move on to play for the National Championship as the rest of the results fell in their favor to move them into second place in the group.  Colby Thomas scored in the 1st and 27th minutes for LVU as it looked like they might move on, but Austin Rackley pulled one back in the 62nd and Esteban Alvarado equalized two minutes later for CESA to send them into Sunday’s final.

GSA 96 Phoenix Red (GA) was playing for a spot in the final, but couldn’t complete a great start to the game as they fell to Arsenal FC Lucey (CA-S) 3-2.  Brahan Gamarra struck just three minutes in for GSA, but Arsenal responded to take the lead before halftime with two goals in two minutes, starting with Jose Nuno in the 27rd and then Eduardo Martinez in the 29th.  GSA equalized in the 54th from Ricardo Gomez, but Alejandro Gomez struck the winner for Arsenal in the 79th for Arsenal.

Under-17 Boys

National League runner-up Raiders FC Premier (IL) were in control of their own destiny and they came through with a 3-0 victory over Solar Chelsea 95 (N-TX) to play for the National Championship.  Raiders wasted no time showing their desire to play for the championship as Alexic Monteon netted just nine minutes after the opening whistle and Jose Jaboy doubled the lead in the 16th.  The Raiders defense held strong the remainder of the match and Ryan Schwarz capped off the scoring in the 85th to move on to the final.

National League champion Galaxy 94/95 Blue (IL) also controlled their own destiny and they made an emphatic statement, eliminating fellow National League side Beadling SC 94/95 (PA-W) and advancing to the final with a 3-0 victory.  Patrick Flynn scored the game winner in the 16th minute before Colin Donnally doubled the lead two minutes later.  The lead stood until the 88th when Howard Beatty struck for a third to set up and all-National League, all-Illinois final in the U-17 Boys.

Eastside FC 94 (WA) did all they could with a 3-0 win over Sereno 95 White (AZ), but the National League Red division champion didn’t get the help they needed as they finish third in the group and just outside the National final for a second straight year.  Stanford commit Jordan Morris opened the scoring in the 24th minute and Jordan Thompson recorded a brace with 28th and 83rd minute goals as Eastside fall just short of the title game. 

Under-14 Girls

The youngest age group at the National Championships entered play on day three with every team still in contention for the title game. Needing to do the most work to advance to the final, MSC Coyotes (MD) Julia Abbott put her team on the board with a goal in the 12th minute against Ambassadors FC (OH-N). In the 62nd minute, Clare Severe doubled the lead and Paula Germino-Watnick sealed the win in the 70th. The three points put MSC and Ambassadors even on points, but Coyotes advanced on the head-to-head tie breaker.

TNFC (TN) entered Friday’s game needing only a tie to advance to the final, while Beach FC 97 (CA-S) needed a win to move on. Beach FC certainly played the more attacking role on the day, leaving four players up top towards the end of the game seeking a goal. That goal would never come, and TNFC advanced to the national final on the 0-0 draw.

Under-15 Girls

Needing a win and some help to advance, MVLA Mercury Black (CA-N) did its part with a 3-2 win over CRUSA/FC Buck Fury (E-PA). Erica Higgs struck first for MVLA in just the 3rd minute, but the lead didn’t last long as Fury leveled on a strike by Dakota Mills in the 15th. Michelle Maemone put MVLA back on top in the 24th. Coming out of halftime up 2-1, Marissa Hing added an insurance goal for MVLA in the 43nd minute. That goal proved vital as Fury’s Michaela Finneyfrock would find the net just four minutes later. MVLA secured the 3-2 win, but didn’t receive the help it needed to advance to the title game.

National League division champ Legends FC (CA-S) earned a 1-0 win over Internationals 96 Red (OH-N) today. Coming into Friday matches, either team could advance to the title game with a win, and Legends FC’s Angela Mitchell was the difference on the day, as her 56th minute goal secured the victory. Legends FC will have two chances to raise a trophy, as the U-17 team also advanced to the final.

Fellow National League representative Kings Soccer Academy (OH-S) fell behind early to Sting 97 (N-TX) and needed late heroics to win and advance to Saturday. Kathleen Summers put Sting ahead in just the third minute of the game. That lead held until Lauren Nemeroff leveled for KSA in the 51st minute. Desperate to net another, Nemeroff again proved dangerous down the wing, beating the keeper, but had her chance tackled away at the last second by a recovering Sting defender. That tackle fell directly to Bayley Feist who calmly knocked it in for KSA and sent her team to the championship game.

Under-17 Girls

Team Chicago Academy Botafogo (IL) entered Friday’s game against Legends Breakaway (CA-S) with a chance to advance to the final with a win. Breakaway looked to spoil that chance with a Kylie Sincox (San Diego) goal in the 53rd minute. Just five minutes Zoey Goralski (UCLA) leveled for Team Chicago. With less than five minutes to play, Breakaway Karsten Sigband lifted Breakaway to its first win of the week with a strike in the 86th minute for the 2-1 victory.

VSA Heat Blue (VA) earned its third win in as many days with a 3-0 victory over CESA 94 Premier (SC). VSA started the scoring in the 51st minute with a Caitlin Hite (East Carolina) goal. Vanessa Kovar (South Carolina) extended the lead in the 73rd and Christina Corbin (Coastal Carolina) added another in stoppage time. Just as impressive as the eight goals VSA has scored this week; the squad has yet to concede a goal—recording three shutouts.

VSA’s opponent on Sunday will be Legends FC 94 (CA-S) who advanced thanks to a 0-0 draw with Central Valley Chilipeppers (CA-N). Needing a positive result to advance, Legends FC played a sound tactical game and accomplished what was needed to compete for the national title. The game Sunday will be a rematch of the 0-0 draw between VSA and Legends FC in the US Youth Soccer National League season.

 
Preliminary Results – Friday, July 27 – 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships
Girls Under-14
Beach FC 97 CA-S 0, TNFC 98 Azzurri TN 0
Ambassadors FC OH-N 0, MSC Coyotes Green MD 3
MSC:  Julia Abbott (12:00), Clare Severe (62:00), Paula Germino-Watnick (70:00)
Girls Under-15
MVLA Mercury Black CA-N 3, CRUSA/FC Bucks Fury PA-E 2
MVLA:  Erica Higa (3:00), Michelle Maemone (24:00), Marissa Hing (42:00)
FURY:  Dakota Mills (15:00), Michaela Finneyfrock (46:00)
Legends FC CA-S 1, Internationals 96 Red OH-N 0
Legends:  Angela Mitchell (56:00)
Sting 97 TX-N 1, Kings Soccer Academy OH-S 2
Sting:  Kathleen Summers (3:00)
Kings:  Lauren Nemeroff (51:00), Bayley Feist (80:00)
Girls Under-16
MVLA Lightning CA-N 4, BRYC 95 Elite VA 0
MVLA:  Fatmata Kamara (2:00), Gabriella Kaplan (33:00), Gabriella Kaplan (40:00), Sarah Robinson (48:00)
KCFC/Futura Academy MO 0, CESA 95 Premier SC 5
CESA:  Savannah McCaskill (9:00), Taylor Levato (12:00), Taylor Levato (18:00), Abby Demare (38:00), Savannah McCaskill (58:00)
Cleveland United White OH-N 3, Legends 95 CA-S 0
Cleveland:  Alexis Manoa (44:00), Seyla Perez (51:00), Kelly Novak (80:00)
Girls Under-17
VSA Heat Blue VA 3, CESA 94 Premier SC 0
VSA:  Caitlin Hite (51:00), Vanessa Kovar (73:00), Christina Corbin (90:00)
Legends Breakaway CA-S 2, Team Chicago Academy Botafogo IL 1
Legends:  Kylie Sincox (53:00), Karsten Sigband (86:00)
Chicago:  Zoey Goralski (58:00)
 
Central Valley Chilipeppers CA-N 0, Legends FC 94 CA-S 0
Girls Under-18
FC Penn Strikers PA-E 0, Brentwood 94 Premier TN 0
Cincinnati Soccer Alliance Elite OH-S 3, LaRoca PT UT 2
Cincinnati:  Laura Rose (11:00), Kiersten Johnson (70:00), Kiersten Johnson (73:00)
LaRoca:  Mackenzie Harrison (15:00), Kelsi Tatton (60:00)
Girls Under-19
CCSC SOL FL 2, So Cal Blues Dodge CA-S 1
CCSC:  Kaili Torres (33:00), Jessica Haley (57:00)
So Cal:  Kathleen Gallanes (67:00)
Scorpions Elite MA 3, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Green – Moser MO 2
Scorpions:  Mc Kenzie Meehan (10:00) (12:00) (71:00)
St. Louis:  Abbey Stock (5:00) (20:00)
Boys Under-14
Santa Barbara SC White CA-S 1, Sunrise Elite 97\98 FL 2
Santa:  Brandon Sanchez (5:00)
Sunrise:  John Skahan (35:00), Nikolas Gomez (55:00)
Bethesda Lions MD 2, Vardar 98 MI 1
Bethesda:  Juan Ramirez (35:00), Daniel Tshiani (67:00)
Vardar:  AJ Shaw (69:00)
Boys Under-15
Manhattan SC PSG 96 NY-E 1, SAA Real Madrid Miami FL 0
CUP Crew Jrs Gold 96/97 OH-S 0, Fullerton Rangers 96 White CA-S 2
Rangers:  Andres Lemus (30:00), Amirgy Pineda (41:00)
Challenger Crew Jrs. Black OH-N 2, Chicago Magic IL 1
Challenger:  Justin Nadzan (37:00), Trevor Colazzo (46:00)
Chicago:  Daniel Giraldo (73:00)
Boys Under-16
Lehigh Valley United 95 PA-E 2, CESA 95 Premier SC 2
Lehigh:  Colby Thomas (1:00) (27:00)
CESA:  Austin Rackley (62:00), Esteban Alvarado (64:00)
GSA 96 Phoenix Red GA 2, Arsenal FC Lucey CA-S 3
GSA:  Brahan Gamarra (2:00), Ricardo Gomez (54:00)
Arsenal:  Jose Nuno (23:00), Eduardo Martinez (25:00), Alejandro Gomez (79:00)
Michigan Jaguars 96 Green MI 3, Scottsdale 96 Blackhawks AZ 2
Michigan: Jason Carmack (14:00), Luai Fakhoury (39:00), Travis Hamers (62:00)
Scottsdale:  Adam Mosharrafa (50:00), Samuel Gleadle (80:00)
Boys Under-17
Raiders FC Premier IL 3, Solar Chelsea 95 TX-N 0
Raiders:  Alexis Monteon (9:00), Jose Laboy (16:00), Ryan Schwarz (85:00)
Galaxy 94/95 Blue IL 3, Beadling SC 94/95 PA-W 0
Galaxy:  Patrick Flynn (16:00), Colin Donnally (18:00), Howard Beatty (88:00)
Sereno 95 White AZ 0, Eastside FC 94 Red WA 3
Eastside:  Jordan Morris (24:00), Jordan Thompson (28:00) (83:00)
Boys Under-18
Florida Rush Nike FL 1, Grand Rapids Crew Jrs MI 1
Florida:  Andrew Spragg (84:00)
Crew:  Joe Sweet (86:00)
Players SC 94 NV 5, Marlton Lightning Red NJ 2
Players:  Rodrigo Fuentes (11:00) (68:00), Edgar Nava (18:00) (58:00), Ricardo Acero (72:00)
Marlton:  Gregory Biggiani (22:00), Michael Ryan (87:00)
Boys Under-19
Empire United SA Syracuse NY-W 0, West Coast FC CA-S 5
West Coast:  Mitchell Alvarez (1:00), Juan Gutierrez (4:00) (24:00), Cameron Iwasa (11:00) (90:00)
Crew Juniors OH-S 1, GSA 93 Phoenix Red GA 2
Crew:  William Walker (16:00)
GSA:  Dominic  Bonilla (70:00), Ehiosasele Aburime (82:00)

US Youth Soccer National Championships finals schedule
Saturday, July 28          
Time Age Group Away   Home   Field
6:00 PM U14 Boys Santa Barbara SC White CA-S Sunrise Elite 97\98 FL Field 3
6:15 PM U15 Girls Legends FC CA-S Kings Soccer Academy OH-S Field 4
6:30 PM U15 Boys Challenger Crew Jrs. Black OH-N Fullerton Rangers 96 White CA-S Field 5
6:45 PM U14 Girls MSC Coyotes Green MD TNFC 98 Azzurri TN Field 6
8:00 PM U19 Boys Crew Juniors OH-S GSA 93 Phoenix Red GA Field 1
             
Sunday, July 29          
Time Age Group Away   Home   Field
7:30 AM U16 Girls BRYC 95 Elite VA MVLA Lightning CA-N Field 7
7:45 AM U17 Boys Galaxy 94/95 Blue IL Raiders FC Premier IL Field 6
8:00 AM U18 Boys Grand Rapids Crew Jrs MI Florida Rush Nike FL Field 1
8:15 AM U17 Girls Legends FC 94 CA-S VSA Heat Blue VA Field 3
8:45 AM U16 Boys CESA 95 Premier SC Michigan Jaguars 96 Green MI Field 5
9:00 AM U19 Girls CCSC SOL FL Scorpions Elite MA Field 2
9:30 AM U18 Girls Brentwood 94 Premier TN FC Penn Strikers PA-E Field 4
 
The tournament consists 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.

Daily reports and complete results from the tournament are available on http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org. Keep up to the minute with US Youth Soccer National Championship Series on Twitter.

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About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series – The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players in the US Youth Soccer State Championships.  These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (U-14 through U-19) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships.  The Under-15 through 17 Boys and Girls age groups have two teams representative of the US Youth Soccer National League, in which the top two teams in each gender age group earn a direct path to the national championships. Overall the National Championship Series provides top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country.

About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer - "The Game for ALL Kids!®" is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.

 
 
 

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