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First champions crowned, more finals set at 2017 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships

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First champions crowned, more finals set at 2017 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships

19/20U champions crowned at BB&T Soccer Complex at Bryan Park

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (June 28, 2017) — Celebrations were in order on Wednesday at BB&T Soccer Complex at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C., as two teams claimed 2017 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships. By winning the title, the two teams — 19/20U Girls 98 CR Academy (NC) and 19/20U Boys OFC 98 (OK) — have secured a spot in the prestigious US Youth Soccer National Championships, which will be played July 24-30 in Frisco, Texas.

OFC 98 won the 19/20U Boys Region III Championships title on Wednesday with a win against NTH NASA 98 Elite (GA). Coach Jesse Faiy is proud of how hard his team has worked and commended their efforts throughout the week.

“Region III Championships are the only thing we haven’t won yet," 
Faiy said. “All credit to the boys who worked very hard to get here, putting in 6 a.m. training sessions and 6 a.m. running sessions. It feels unbelievable.”

Faiy realizes what an honor it is to win a Regional Championship, given the tough competition OFC 98 had to face throughout the week.

“Playing against the top competition in the region gets my kids ready to play at the next level," 
Faiy said. “We have several boys going Division I and Division II and just playing this competition for six days is going to give them the motivation, desire and drive to get to the next level and compete for a starting spot as freshmen.”

2017 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships | Finals
Thursday, June 29
Time Division Home   Away   Field
8:15 AM 15U Girls Solar Chelsea 02 Grado  TX-N Solar Chelsea 02 Naizer TX-N Field 1
8:15 AM 18U Girls TSC Showcase  TN OFC 99 Hampton OK Field 10
9:00 AM 16U Girls SLSC Cosmos 01 Lawless OK Florida Elite 2001  FL Field 9
9:00 AM 17U Boys FC Dallas 00 Premier TX-N CASL Red 00 North  NC Field 3
9:15 AM 15U Boys ID Club Division 02 TX-S Solar Chelsea Red 02 Stricker TX-N Field 2
9:15 AM 18U Boys UFA 99 Premier  GA Arkansas Comets 99 Premier AR Field 4
10:30 AM 14U Girls Tennessee SC Showcase  TN Florida Elite 2003  FL Field 10
10:30 AM 17U Girls Sunrise Sting 2000 FL 00 TFCA Alliance  NC Field 1
11:15 AM 13U Boys TSC Hurricane 04 Umelo OK Oklahoma FC 04 OK Field 9
11:15 AM 16U Boys Tampa Bay United  FL Solar Chelsea 01 Elite TX-N Field 2
11:30 AM 14U Boys USA/MP 2003 Premier SC Tennessee SC 2003 Showcase TN Field 3
11:30 AM 13U Girls Lonestar 04 RED  TX-S NTH TopHat 04 Platinum GA Field 4

Finals Recaps 

19/20U Boys
In a second-half surge, OFC 98 (OK) defeated NTH NASA 98 Elite (GA), 4-0. The lone goal of the first half was scored by Dante Brigida. The next three goals were scored in bunches in the 70th, 74th and 80th minutes. The first of the three goals came from Jaxon Pitt and four minutes later, Dante Brigida added his second of the match. The final goal of the game came from Daryl Dike, who headed it into the back of the net to seal a spot for OFC 98 in the National Championships. 

19/20U Girls
98 CR Academy (NC) overcame WSA 98 Red (OK), 2-0, in the final match of Region III Championships. It was a scoreless first 45 minutes, but 98 CR Academy had a heavy attacking presence in the second half of play. First to score for 98 CR Academy was Mia Thillet in the 63rd minute, and Emery Noll added a late goal in the 86th minute. Due to being a R
ed Division runner-up in the National League, 98 CR Academy has already secured themselves a spot in the National Championships; therefore, WSA 98 Red (OK) earned a bid ,as well. National Championships begin in Frisco, Texas, starting on July 24. 

Semifinals Recaps

13U Boys
TSC Hurricane 04 Umelo (OK) nipped VHSC Steamers 04 Black (AL) in a nail-biting 1-0 result. The only goal of the match was scored in the 16th minute by Angel Dimas. TSC Hurricane 04 Umelo will face Oklahoma FC 04 (OK) on Thursday for the final match of Region III Championships in the 13U Boys division. 

14U Boys
Tennessee SC Showcase (TN) is headed to the Region III Championship finals after a 2-1 win over SA/CFA Dalton 03 Elite (SC). Tennessee SC struck first in the game with a goal from Forrest Wells in the 22nd minute. Just one minute later, CFA’s Jaimie Mendiola found the back of the net to knot the score. In the 44th minute, the ultimate game-winning goal was recorded by Tennessee SC’s Reid McAdams. The second half was scoreless and Tennessee SC’s defense held up a strong backline to prevent another CFA goal. With the win, Tennessee SC will go head to head with USA/MP 03 Premier (SC) in the final match of Region III Championships. 

14U Girls
In the 14U Girls division, Florida Elite (FL) defeated Lonestar 03 Composite (TX-S), 1-0. Jordan Follenweider’s goal for Florida Elite was the difference-maker in the match. Throughout Region III Championships, Florida Elite has only given up two goals. In the final match on Thursday, Florida Elite will face Tennessee SC Showcase (TN). 

15U Boys
Solar Chelsea Red 02 Stricker (TX-N) advanced to the finals of Region III Championships with a win over Oklahoma FC 02 (OK). Solar Chelsea’s Harvey Castro scored in the 5th minute of play off of a fantastic pass from Richard Garcia. In the 30th minute, Reefe Harrison found the back of the net to make the score 2-0 before halftime. The final goal of the game was scored by Harvey Castro - his second goal of the match - to seal the win for Solar Chelsea. Throughout the match, goalkeeper Chris Edwards made several great saves. Solar Chelsea will face off with ID Club Division 02 (TX-S) on Thursday. Solar Chelsea has already qualified for the 2017 National Championships through the National League, so both teams will advance to Frisco. 

16U Boys
In a hard fought semifinal match, Tampa Bay United (FL) defeated 01 CASL Red North (NC), 2-1. All three goals in the game were scored within 11 minutes of each other, but first to strike was CASL’s Dylan Lane. The next goal came from Tampa Bay in the 20th minute, netted by Alejandro Rodriguez. Eight minutes later, Joshua Colledge scored the difference-maker in the 28th minute. With the result, Tampa Bay United will move on to the final match of Region III Championships, where they will meet Solar Chelsea 01 Elite (TX-N) to fight for a spot in the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships. 

16U Girls
In the 16U Girls division, Florida Elite 2001 Elite (FL) edged 01 WHYFC White (NC), 2-1. Bella Kober found the back of the net for Florida Elite. For WHYFC White (NC), the lone goal was scored by Parker Ormsby. Florida Elite's score was the result of an own goal. Florida Elite has already qualified for National Championships via National League. With that, Florida Elite's upcoming opponent, SLSC Cosmos 01 Lawless, will advance to the National Championships ,as well. These teams will still battle for a Region III Championships final on Thursday. 

17U Girls
In the 17U Girls division, 00 TFCA Alliance (NC) defeated Mandeville SC Lakers Elite 00 (LA), 1-0, for a spot in the final match of Region III Championships. The first half was scoreless for both teams until TFCA’s Austen Dellinger found the back of the net in the 73rd minute. TFCA lost their first game of Region III Championships, but in the last five games, they combined for 11 goals without giving up any. 

18U Boys
UFA 99 Premier (GA) and FC Dallas 99 Premier Dymond (TX-N) had a game come down to kicks from the mark and UFA Premier came out victorious. The first goal of the match came in the opening minutes of the second half with a goal from FC Dallas’ Guy Esquivel. UFA’s Carlos Reyes tied the match up in the 61st minute with his netted goal. The game ended with kicks from the mark favoring UFA 99 Premier. With the result, UFA Premier is headed to the final match where they will battle the Arkansas Comets 99 Premier (AR) for a spot at the Region III Championships title. 

Regional winners of the 13U through 19/20U age groups earn a berth to the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which will be played July 24-30 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas.

The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19/20U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 15U through 19/20U Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 96 teams. 

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