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Final and semifinal matchups set at the 2014 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships

June 24, 2014 08:23 PM
 

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Final and semifinal matchups set at 2014 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships

Final pairings determined in the Under-13 and Under-19 age groups

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BATON ROUGE, La. (June 24, 2014) — Eight teams have played their way into the final matches of their groups, and the remaining semifinals are at set at the 2014 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships in Baton Rouge, La.

After Tuesday’s games at the BREC Burbank-Soccer Complex, the final pairings are now known for the Under-13 and Under-19 age groups. Another set of teams have inched closer to competing for the US Youth Soccer Region III Championship, as Tuesday’s quarterfinal games saw teams in the Under-17 and Under-18 age groups take the next step in their quest for the Regional title — advancing to their respective semifinals. 

The first champions of the week will be decided sooner than expected, as Wednesday’s start times have been moved up due to potential inclement weather, with the first kickoff times set for 7:30 a.m.

Girls Highlights

Behind a hot start, SSA Chelsea 95 Elite (GA) earned a 5-1 Under-19 semifinal win over TSC Hurricane (OK). Carsen Taylor and Perri Bonner each scored in the opening five minutes to spot SSA an early 2-0 lead. Bonner added another goal in the 28th minute before TSC’s Gabrielle Watts scored to make 3-1. However, Necee Jennings responded shortly after for SSA to put the Georgia side up, 4-1, at halftime. Bonner added a late goal to cap a hat trick and help her side carry momentum of the big win into Wednesday’s final.

Tophat 14 Gold (GA) defeated Pool D winner Tampa Bay United (FL), 3-1, on Tuesday to advance to the Under-18 semifinals. The Georgia side took an early lead when Serenity Waters hit her shot low and hard into the corner of the net, but Alexis Mouton equalized for Tampa Bay in the 32nd minute to send the game to halftime even at 1. The Georgia side’s Grant Wilmer hustled to pressure the keeper after a back pass, which resulted in a turnover and go-ahead goal for Tophat in the 61st minute. The Hatters sealed the 3-1 win late in the match when Stephanie Krouskos cut inside a defender and blasted a shot across the goal and into the upper-90.

Local side BRSC/CSC 96 Alliance (LA) saw its title run come to an end after a 2-0 loss to NASA 14 Elite (GA) in the Under-18 quarterfinals. An early NASA free kick to the back post found Tayler Hartrampf, who headed it home to give her side a 1-0 lead. Alliance pushed back and created several chances, but NASA withstood the pressure to take the lead to halftime. The Alliance keeper made some key saves to keep her side within a goal, but NASA added a second tally when Casey Wertz’s shot flew inside the left post. The win puts the Georgia side in the last four for the second straight year, where it will aim to improve on last year’s narrow 1-0 semifinal defeat to Tampa Bay United.

It took overtime to decide whether SCU/MP 96 Elite (SC) or 97 Norcross Fury Premier (GA) would advance to the Under-17 semifinals. Landen Bowman scored a fifth-minute goal for Norcross, but South Carolina’s Miranda Weslake responded just a minute later to tie the score at 1. Norcross regained the lead in the 50th minute on a Grace Packer tally, which was nearly enough offense for the Georgia side. However, Caroline Smith scored an 87th-minute equalizer to pull SCU/MP even and send the game to overtime. Tiffany Raygor provided the deciding goal for Norcross when she found the back of the net in the 100th minute to give the Fury the 3-2 win.

Oklahoma FC has a team in the Under-13 Girls final for the second straight year after OFC 01 Phillips (OK) defeated CASL Elite Jrs. (NC), 2-1. Megan Nielsen put OFC up early when she found the back of the net in the ninth minute. That goal stood until Haleigh Stackpole equalized for CASL in the 37th minute. With overtime looming, Nielsen got behind the CASL back line and held off a defender before beating the keeper with only minutes left in the match — helping OFC to the 2-1 win and spot in the final.

Boys Highlights

Defending Region III Champion Team Boca (FL) survived a shootout with Dallas Texans 95 Red (N-TX) to earn a spot in the Under-19 final and a chance to defend its title. Vincent Koch scored for Dallas, and Don Tomlinson netted a goal for Boca as the game finished tied at 1 at the end of regulation. Neither team could break through in the overtime periods, and the game went to kicks from the penalty spot. Boca converted four of its five attempts to seal the victory and advance to Wednesday’s final.

FC Dallas 96 Premier (TX-N) is heading to the semifinals after a 2-1 win Tuesday against Arkansas Comets 96 Premier (AR). Neither side could break through until the 75th minute, when Daniel Ruano put FC Dallas in front. However, the Comets came right back two minutes later to tie the game on an Anthony Brothers strike. In the 86th minute, the North Texas side’s Dean Madden found the back of the net to give FC Dallas the one-goal win and a place in the next round.

In Under-17 action, a pair of Florida sides — Space Coast United and Boca United 96/97 Gold (FL) — saw their quarterfinal matchup come down to the final minutes. With Boca playing down a man for the second half after a player was sent off, Space Coast gained control of the game with a 46th minute strike from Alexander Hall. However, Boca tied the game in the 88th minute when Cristian Perez received a pass in the box and placed his shot perfectly inside the left post. The 10-man side then produced a winner in the 90th minute, as Bradley Farias volleyed a short shot high and past the keeper to give Boca the 2-1 win.

“We’ve achieved something that we’ve never achieved as a team,” Boca United coach Clitch De Gouveia said. “This is the first time as a club that we’ve made the Region III semifinals. I’m really proud of the boys. Playing down with 10 men, it’s a group that doesn’t give up.”

Two early goals helped propel Tampa Bay United Premier 00 (FL) past SCU/MP 00 Elite (SC) and into the Under-13 Boys final. Alejandro Rodriguez and Joshua Colledge each scored for Tampa Bay in the opening 17 minutes to give the Florida side an early 2-0 lead. An Ethan Rose strike pulled SCU/MP back within one, but Rodriguez added a late goal to help Tampa Bay to a 3-1 victory.

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. 

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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Tuesday’s scores…

Under-13 Girls Semifinals              
Dallas Kicks SC TX-N SC 3 Tennessee SC 19 TN SC 1
OFC 01 Phillips OK SC 2 CASL Elite Jrs. NC SQ 1
               
Under-13 Boys Semifinals              
GSA 01 Premier GA SC 6 Lonestar SC 01 Red TX-S SC 2
Tampa Bay United Premier 00 FL SC 3 SCU/MP 00 Elite SC SC 1
               
Under-17 Girls Quarterfinals              
Sunrise Sting 96/97 FL PLE 1 97 Louisiana Fire Navy LA SPL 2
South Carolina United 96 Elite SC SC 0 GCUFC 97 MS SC 4
97 Norcross Fury Premier GA SC 3 SCU/MP 96 Elite SC SWC 2
Maitland 96/97 Fla. Krush Black  FL SC 3 Tennessee SC 15 TN SC 2
               
Under-17 Boys Quarterfinals            
OFC 97 OK SC 1 NASA 15 Elite GA SPL 0
Boca United 96/97 Gold FL PLE 2 Space Coast United FL SC 1
GSA Phoenix 97 Premier GA SC 1 NCA Alliance NC SC 2 (PK)
FC Dallas Youth 97 Premier TX-N SC 2 Louisiana Fire Red 97 LA SC 1
               
Under-18 Girls Quarterfinals              
Oklahoma FC 96 OK SC 2 Mandeville Lakers 95/96 LA SQ 1
NASA 14 Elite GA SQ 2 BRSC/CSC 96 Alliance  LA PLC 0
Sting  TX-N SC 4 Houston Express 96 Navy TX-S SC 3
Tampa Bay United Premier FL SC 1 Tophat 14 Gold GA SPL 3
               
Under-18 Boys Quarterfinals            
CESA 95 Premier SC PLE 2 96 LA Fire Navy LA SC 1
FC Dallas 96 Premier TX-N SPL 2 Arkansas Comets 96 Premier AR SC 1
GSA 96 Premier GA SC 5 GCU 96 MS SWC 0
Eclipse 96 Premier TX-S SWC 0 FC Florida 95 FL SC 1
               
Under-19 Girls Semifinals              
IMG Academy FL SC 2 95 Concorde Fire South Elite GA SC 1
TSC Hurricane OK SC 1 SSA Chelsea 95 Elite GA SWC 5
               
Under-19 Boys Semifinals              
Crossroads Pride LA SWC 0 Concorde Fire Elite GA SC 2
Team Boca FL SC 2 (PK) Dallas Texans 95 Red TX-N SC 1
 

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