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Finals matchups set at the 2012 US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships

June 23, 2012 11:21 PM
 
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PHOENIX, Ariz., (June 23, 2012)– Teams have earned their place in the final matches at the 2012 US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships, presented by the National Guard in Phoenix, Ariz. The winners of tomorrow’s games will be crowned the best in the West, and the Under-14 through Under-19 age groups qualify for the US Youth Soccer National Championships July 23-29 at the Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C.
 
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.
 
The Regional Championships carry a tradition as a proving ground for the top teams from each state and the US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, as every team must earn their place.  That level of competition was on display in the semifinals as the Under-17 Boys Albion White (CA-S) saw their hopes to return to the National Championship game for the third straight year dashed in a shootout loss to Mt. Hamilton PAC Tigres (CA-N), who will play for a Regional title for the third straight year.
 
Defending National Champion and back-to-back Dallas Cup champion Fullerton Rangers White (CA-S) were forced into double overtime before a last minute penalty kick against Las Vegas Sports Academy (NV) kept their hopes alive to return to the national stage in the Under-15 Boys.
 
The Under-12 Girls final will feature a rare matchup as La Roca Premier PO, Utah state champs, and Sparta United 99 Premier, Utah state runners-up, defeated the Cal-South and Washington champions to earn a rematch in the Region IV final.
 
"The competition has been really tough.  Our bracket was really hard, it’s been phenomenal.  Today was a really tough game, a phenomenal team from Washington, and they were really hard to control in the back," said La Roca head coach Pancho Ovalle.  "To make the final for us is a dream, but I don’t think we’ll be an easy team to play.  With our chemistry, it’s really hard to destroy."
 
West Coast FC (CA-S) Under-16 Boys have made a name for themselves lately, having won the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional League Fall season and the Cal-South state championship.  After coming out on top of their pool with a win and two draws, Coach Neil Armour thinks his team is battle tested to make a run for the championship.
 
"Today’s game, the first half, that was probably the best we’ve played in the whole tournament.  We scored some fantastic goals, we went up 3-0 by halftime, and the boys did amazingly well," said Armour.  "Being here this week, the fields have been fantastic, a little warm for this Scottish guy, but everything has been fantastic."
 
West Coast FC boasts one national championship, the Under-14 Boys in 2009, but they’d like nothing more than to get their second in 2012 as they will play for the U-13 Girls and the U-16 and U-19 Boys titles.
 
"For our boys, we qualified way back in November through the Far West Regional League even though we also won the Southern California State Cup, so these guys have been preparing for a long time.  I think the boys are starting to peak at the right time and today’s game was a tough game, Heat is a good team, but in the first half I think we probably played the best we have in the whole tournament.  We played really well," said Armour.  "For these boys, I think it’d mean the world to them (to win a regional championship).  The club has won one national title, but several teams have been to the National Championships, so I think with everybody connected with the club, me included, it would be a fantastic achievement for everybody."

Final matchups…
 
Girls

Group Home State Rep.
Away State Rep.
U-12 La Roca Premier-PO UT SC v Sparta United 99 Prem UT SWC
U-13 West Coast FC CA-S SC v Downtown LVSC 99 G NV SC
U-14 NW Nationals 97 Red WA SC v Beach FC 97 CA-S FWRL
U-15 MVLA Mercury Black CA-N SWC v Pride Predators 97 CO SC
U-16 Sereno 96 White North AZ SC v MVLA Lightning CA-N FWRL
U-17 Legends Breakaway CA-S SC v CV Chilipeppers CA-N SC
U-18 LaRoca PT UT SC v Beach 93-Arrache CA-S FWRL
U-19 So Cal Blues Dodge CA-S SC v Pride Predators 93 CO SWC
 
Boys

Group Home State Rep.
Away State Rep.
U-12 LA Galaxy Academy CA-S SC v Pateadores LA CA-S SWC
U-13 Banat 99 Gold AZ SC v United FC Gold 98 CA-S SC
U-14 Juventus Heat CA-N SC v Santa Barbara SC White CA-S SC
U-15 WPFC 96 Black WA SC v Fullerton Rangers 96 CA-S SC
U-16 West Coast FC CA-S SC v Arsenal FC Lucey CA-S SWC
U-17 Sereno 95 White AZ FWRL v Mt Hamilton PAC Tigres CA-N SC
U-18 Players SC 94 NV SC v WSM Premier OR SC
U-19 West Coast FC CA-S SC v Sereno 93 White AZ SC
 
A few highlights from today’s matches…

Under-17 Girls

Legends Breakaway (CA-S) have already booked their trip to the National Championships via winning the US Youth Soccer National League, but they want to take the Region IV championship with them as they head to the final thanks to a 4-0 victory over TSA 95 Red (AZ).  University of San Diego commit Kylie Sincox netted what proved to be the game winner in the 18th minute as the score remained 1-0 coming out of the break.  In the second half, Breakaway pulled away with goals from Jordan Jesolva, Nicolette Martino (Loyola Marymount) and Taylor Vargo (Pepperdine).
 
Central Valley Chilipeppers (CA-N) not only earned a spot in the regional final with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal Colorado, they also get to start making plans for the National Championships as they will represent Region IV thanks to Legends Breakaway already going as the National League representative.  Colby Carson grabbed the early lead for Central Valley in the 2nd minute to get things started and Jacqueline Locke doubled the lead in the 30th.  Katy Couperus pulled Arsenal back within a goal just before halftime, but Central Valley put the game away for good with Brianna Visalli’s strike in stoppage time.
 
Under-13 Boys
 
Banat 99 Gold (AZ) were eliminated in the 2011 semifinals by the eventual champion, but they took care of business this year to advance to the final with a 4-0 win versus Hawaii Rush 99 Nike.  Adrian Argueta put Banat ahead in the 7th minute and teammates Dantedario Reyes and Carlos Franco extended the lead to three before halftime.  With solid defense protecting a three goal lead, Reyes completed his brace in the 70th as Banat will play for the championship in 2012.
 
United FC Gold 98 (CA-S) have claimed the 2012 Cal-South state championship and the Dallas Cup trophy, and now will play for top spot in Region IV as they held on to a 1-0 lead to beat Washington Premier FC 98 Black.  Kevin Diaz lifted United to victory with the game winning strike in the 28th minute as the defense proved their worth in the shutout.  The final will be a rematch from Pool B when United and Banat played to a 1-1 draw after both teams had already qualified for the elimination rounds.
 
Under-12 Girls
 
Despite dropping a 1-0 decision to La Roca in the Utah State Championship, Sparta United 99 Premier will play for the Region IV title after holding off Legends FC 99 (CA-S) by a 1-0 score.  Bryanna Miller netted the winning goal early in the 13th minute and the Sparta defense took care of the rest as they look to avenge their loss from the state final.
 
It will be Utah state final rematch in the U-12 Girls regional championship game as La Roca Premier PO (UT) prevailed in a penalty shootout after enduring a scoreless regulation and two overtime periods versus Northwest Nationals (WA).  La Roca were perfect from the spot to take a 5-3 advantage in the shootout to advance to the Region IV championship.
 
Under-16 Boys

West Coast FC is headed to the regional final after dispatching 2011 finalist Heat FC 96 SH (NV), formerly Neusport FC, 3-1.  West Coast wasted no time enforcing their will as they reeled off three goals before the game was 20 minutes old.  Ether Bustos put West Coast ahead just two minutes after the opening whistle and Ivan Canales doubled the lead 10 minutes later.  Taylor Davidson made it 3-0 with a goal in the 19th minute before Blake Damato pulled one back for Heat in the 42nd.  That was all the scoring as neither team could find the net in the second half and West Coast moves on to play for a trip to South Carolina.
 
Arsenal FC Lucey (CA-S) have won all five games of the tournament by one goal and will face West Coast FC in an all Cal-South final after beating Westside Metros Galacticos (OR) 1-0 in the semifinals.  Carlos Chagolla scored the game winner in the 43rd minute to send Arsenal into Sunday’s championship game, which will be a rematch of the Cal-South state final which West Coast won 1-0.
 
The Finals schedule can be located here
 
The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist 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. Follow the moments from the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series on Twitter and share the moments with us on Facebook.
 

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