Eleven champions crowned, last finals set at 2019 US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships
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WEST VIRGINIA (July 3, 2019) — The third day of knockout round games took place as the 12U, 14U, 15U, 17U, and 18U Girls and Boys, and 19U Boys champions were crowned and final matches were set for the 13U and 16U Boys and Girls at the 2019 US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships, presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sunday in West Virginia. The seven-day event, which takes place June 28-July 4, features 12U through 19U Boys and Girls teams at the Shawnee Sports Complex and Barboursville Soccer Complex.
Final matches for the 13U and 16U Boys and Girls will take place tomorrow, July 4, at the Shawnee Sports Complex.
Eastern Pennsylvania leads the field with six champions, while Maryland has three, New Jersey has two, and Virginia has one.
West Virginia Youth Soccer Association is hosting the event alongside 14 other East Region State Associations including Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Eastern New York, New York West, Eastern Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania West, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.
Alongside the State Champions, dozens of additional teams qualified for the Eastern Regional Championships via the US Youth Soccer National League Conferences managed by EDP as five slots per age gender group were allocated to complete the field of teams competing for a Regional title and a spot in the US Youth Soccer National Championships.
See how the teams advanced to the Eastern Regional Championships finals:
CT Rush Elite (CT) and Real JFC (NJ) each recorded a shutout in the semifinals to earn a spot in the 13U Girls final. CT Rush finished second in its group with a 2-1-0 record to advance to the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, CT Rush took on Alleycats Academy Red (NY-E) in a close, 2-1, battle to move on to the semifinals. A, 3-0, shutout over Ellicott City 06 Black (MD) put CT Rush in the next round for a chance at earning the 13U Girls crown. Real JFC went undefeated in group play to move on to the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals against Syracuse Development Academy 2006 (NY-W), Real JFC earned a, 3-1, victory to advance to the next round. Real JFC knocked out reigning Regional Champion MRM Academy Coyotes Blue 06 (MD) with a, 1-0, win to advance to the final.
2006 Pipeline SC Pre-Academy (MD) and FC Europa Elite (PA-E) will meet in the 13U Boys final. The two teams both went 2-0-1 in Group A with Pipeline finishing in first place and FC Europa in second place. When the two teams faced each other in group play, neither team was able to score as it ended in a scoreless draw. Pipeline recorded a, 3-1, win over Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals (PA-E) in the quarterfinals, followed by a, 3-0, shutout in the semifinals against LIPFC 06 (NY-E) to stay undefeated heading into the final match. FC Europa claimed a, 1-0, shutout in the quarterfinals over NLS Ajax (MD). In a hard-fought semifinal match against Washington United Elite 06 (NJ), the two teams drew, 2-2, in full time to send the game to extra time. The teams were unable to score, so the game went to kicks from the mark where FC Europa prevailed, 6-5, to earn a rematch against Pipeline.
PSA National 03 (NJ) and FC Revolution Rowdies (PA-E) will face each other in the 16U Girls Eastern Regional Championship match after both teams posted a shutout in the semifinals. PSA recorded three straight shutouts in group play to advance to the quarterfinals including two seven goal outings against FC Alliance 2003 (WV) and CT Rush Elite (CT). It kept the shutout streak going with a, 3-0, shutout in against SCS United 2003 Black (PA-W) in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, PSA tallied its fifth shutout of the tournament with a, 2-0, win over Delaware FC (DE) to advance to the finals. FC Revolution capped off group play with a, 3-2, victory over Beadling 2003 South Red (PA-W) on day three. In a high scoring quarterfinal match, FC Revolution bested OPSA Magic 03 (MD), 5-3 to move on to the semifinals. FC Revolution earned a spot in the finals after recording a, 1-0, shutout over SOCA 03 Girls Elite (VA) to put the Eastern Pennsylvania side in the finals.
Baltimore Celtic Premier (MD) and Beadling 2003 South Red (PA-W) will square off in the 16U Boys title game tomorrow. Baltimore and Beadling both finished second in their respective groups with a 2-1-0 record in group play to advance to the quarterfinals. After opening the event with a loss, Baltimore capped group play off with back-to-back wins to move on to the knockout stage. In the quarterfinals, it topped BW Gottschee 03 Pre-Academy (NY-E), 1-0, and then earned a, 3-0, shutout in the semifinals over TSF Academy 03 Blue (NJ). Beadling opened group play with a dominating, 5-0, shutout over WVFC 2003 Black (WV). It faced Lake Grove Newfield Dynamite 2003 (NY-E) in the quarterfinals and posted a, 4-1, win to move on. In the semifinals, it recorded a close, 2-1, win over Syracuse Developmental Academy (NY-W) to earn a spot in the title game.
A few notes from today’s final matches:
The 12U Girls crown went to Penn Fusion Pre-Academy (PA-E) after a thrilling final against Loudoun 07 Red (VA) that ended with kicks from the mark. In a back and forth match where both teams struggled to find the back of the net, the teams went to extra time in a scoreless draw. After two more scoreless halves, Penn Fusion bested Loudoun, 4-3, in kicks from the mark to earn a spot at the 2019 National Championships.
Alexandria Red (VA) and EUSAB 2007 (NY-W) battled for the 12U Boys crown with Alexandria winning, 3-1. Anthony Del Cid put Alexandria up by one in the 19th minute and Anthony Chung got one past the keeper just four minutes later to extend the lead to two goals. After Alexandria took a two-goal lead to halftime, EUSAB came within one after a goal from Gianni Sansone just six minutes into the second half. With seven minutes left in the game, Alexandria got an insurance goal from Del Cid for his second score of the game as it held on for the victory.
In a tightly contested 14U Girls final, Pipeline Spirit Pre-Academy 05 (MD) topped DEFC 05 (DE) with a, 1-0, shutout to close the tournament. The win is Pipelines second straight Regional title after winning the 2018 Eastern Regional Championship in the 13U Girls division. After 30 minutes of scoreless play, a goal from Payton Schenning put Pipeline on top by a goal with five minutes left in the first half. DEFC continued to fight in the second half, but Pipeline held on to its lead, earned the win and claimed the 14U Girls title.
STA 2005 (NJ) claimed the 14U Boys Eastern Regional Championship crown following a convincing, 5-1, victory over Virginia Legacy CCT (VA). The scoring began early for STA as Daniel Farberov scored just three minutes off the first whistle and followed that with his second score of the day just 11 minutes later. In the 49th minute, STA jumped out to a three-goal lead with a goal from Valentino Della Grazia and then Patrick Campbell increased the lead to four, just three minutes later. Josh Vincent pulled one back for Virginia, but STA again found the back of the net as Della Grazia completed his brace. With the win, STA claims the Eastern Regional crown and punches its ticket to Overland Park, Kan.
The 15U Girls crown went to FC Revolution Dynamo (PA-E) following a, 1-0, shutout performance in the championship game against Match Fit 2004 (NJ). In the first half, neither team was able to shoot one past the opposing goalkeeper, sending the game to halftime tied, 0-0. Natalee Vicari ended the scoring drought with the eventual winning goal, just a minute into the second half. FC Revolution's defense stood strong as it held on to the one goal lead through the final whistle to become the 2019 15U Girls Eastern Regional Champions.
The 15U Boys Eastern Regional title was claimed by PA Dominion 04 (PA-E) after posting a, 3-0, shutout over NY Stars Premier Galaxy (NY-E). The teams went scoreless for the first 40 minutes as both teams had difficulty scoring. PA broke the deadlock and took the lead in the 53rd minute with a goal from James Barton. Its lead was doubled in the 70th minute after a goal from Zach Morales and then went up by three, seven minutes later, with a goal from Matthew Selders. The win earned PA Dominion the 15U Boys crown and a shot at a National Championship.
The 17U Girls title game was decided by a single goal as HMMS Eagle FC Impact 03 (PA-E) recorded a, 1-0, shutout victory over Beach FC 02 Red (VA). A back and forth first half led to a scoreless draw after 45 minutes of play with neither team finding the back of the net. The teams fought to get on the board early in the second half but neither team was able to gain the edge. In the 62nd minute, the lone goal came from Lora Bertram to put HMMS ahead. HMMS held on to the slim lead to win the 17U Girls Eastern Championship title.
In an all Maryland 17U Boys title game, Baltimore Celtic Nesbitt (MD) topped Brausa 02 Blue (MD), 1-0. After a scoreless first half, the struggle continued through much of the second half until Spencer Hanks broke the draw in the 62nd minute, scoring what would be the game winning goal. Brausa continued to fight for the equalizer, but the Baltimore Celtic defense held strong to protect the one goal lead, secure a victory and earn a spot in the National Championships.
1776 United FC 01 Xtreme (PA-E) posted a, 3-0, shutout in the title game against Beadling 2001 South Red (PA-W) in an all Pennsylvania match-up. Following a scoreless 40 minutes of play, Grace Sacchetti gave 1776 the lead heading into halftime. The lead was pushed to two goals in the 57th minute after a goal from Raina Kuzemka. With two minutes left in the game, Caitlin Donovan pushed the lead to three and the Eastern Pennsylvania side claimed the Eastern Regional crown for the 18U Girls.
Future Player Academy (PA-E), claimed the 18U Boys title following a, 3-2, win over Baltimore Celtic 2001 (MD). The two teams remained scorelessin the early going until Baltimore Celtic took the lead with a goal from Conor Allen in the 22nd minute. Baltimore protected the lead for much of the first half, but Donald Gibbs netted the equalizer for Future Player with five minutes left in the first half. Baltimore Celtic regained the lead in the 52nd minute when Mason Christian scored, but Future Player equalized again as Dane Harmaty scored the game-tying goal. The, 2-2, tie did not last long as Nevin Baer scored the eventual game-winning goal for Future Player and punched his team's ticket to the National Championships.
Baltimore Celtic SC 00 (MD) repeated as regional champions after a, 4-1, win over McLean Hotspur (VA) in the title game. The reigning regional and national champions came out ready to play with a goal just two minutes into the game from John Peterson and went up by two goals just 10 minutes later when Peterson scored his second goal of the game. Anthony Dragisics followed the early scoring with a goal just six minutes later and then Peterson completed his hat trick in the 33rd minute as Baltimore jumped out to a, 4-0, lead. In the final minute of the first half, Noah Alexander scored to bring McLean within three goals after 45 minutes of play. Baltimore held on to its lead through the final whistle and moves on to the National Championships in Overland Park, Kan., with a chance to defend its National Championship title.
Regional winners of the 13U through 19U age groups earn a berth to the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which will be played July 22-28 at the Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan.
The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 14U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 104 teams.
Daily reports and complete results from the US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships are available on http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/East/.
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