Group standings solidified at the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships
52 teams advance to play in weekend’s finals and semifinals
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (July 25, 2019) — The 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships, presented by Dick's Sporting Goods, continued Thursday with the third and final day of group play at the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan. The 13U final matchups are now set, while the final four teams in each of the 14U through 19U gender age groups will all be determined by the end of the night.
Following a rest day on Friday, the 14U through 19U teams will compete in semifinal games on Saturday morning, and the first champions will be crowned tomorrow night when the 13U sides take the field for their Championship finals.
"To be one of the teams remaining and playing this weekend, words can’t describe it," 15U Girls SC Waukesha 04 Blue (WI) coach Giuliano Oliviero said following his team's key win on Thursday. "I’m so happy for the team and the families — all the sacrifices and efforts they’ve put in over the season. Here we are in the final four. It’s anybody’s championship at this point."
2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships
Friday Finals Schedule
||Albion SC Whittaker
||Pipeline SC Pre-Academy
All of the teams competing in Overland Park earned their place in the National Championships via success in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series or the US Youth Soccer National League.
Live broadcasts of more than 90 games, daily highlight videos, photos, reports and complete results from the tournament are available on http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/.
Some feature stories from today:
- 15U Girls: Shutout helps SC Waukesha finish atop Group B
- 19U Girls: MapleBrook victory pushes it into semifinals
- 17U Boys: Baltimore Celtic clinches a semifinal berth
- 16U Girls: Day 3 victory sends LVSA into semifinals
- 14U Girls: D'Feeters' win puts them through to semifinals
- 19U Boys: FC Dallas and LMSC advance to McGuire Cup semifinals
Some notes from a few of today's games (6:30 & 8:30 game recaps to be added after games completed):
2006 Pipeline SC Pre-Academy (MD) and Michigan Jaguars 06 Green (MI) will battle for the 13U Boys National Championship tomorrow night. Pipeline finished first in the group with an unblemished 3-0 record. The wins all came in 1-0 shutout fashion over Rebels SC (CA-S), FC Dallas 06 Premier (TX-N), and Michigan Jaguars. Michigan finished second in the group with a 2-1 record with wins over Rebels and FC Dallas. When the two teams faced off in group play, Christian Rugel Jr. scored the lone goal of the game. Michigan will look for redemption in the rematch, while Pipeline looks to finish the tournament with a perfect record.
Michigan Jaguars (MI) and Real JFC 06 (NJ) met on the final day of group play to determine the remaining spot in the 13U Girls final. With Real JFC needing a win, it produced an ideal start by taking a 14th-minute lead when Julia Tepes found the back of the net. However, Emily Kolodin netted an equalizer for the Jaguars later in the half — putting the Michigan side back in control as it needed just a draw to advance. Real JFC applied pressure on the Michigan back line at various times in the second half, as it looked for a game-winner that would allow it to jump ahead of the Jaguars in the standings. However, Michigan grabbed a second goal in the 66th minute with some quick one-touch passing from the left wing. The move ended with Allison Hooks playing a ball to Amalia Villarreal, who took the ball in stride from the left side of the box and showed patience while dribbling across the face of goal and sliding her shot inside the right post. That proved to be the game-winner as the Jaguars took the 2-1 victory to move on to face Albion SC Academy Whittaker (CA-S) in the championship match.
STA 2005 (NJ) and Libertyville FC 1974 Elite (IL) are both advancing to the semifinals after finishing first and second in Group B. STA claimed the first-place spot, while Libertyville finishes in second place. The two teams squared off today with STA topping Libertyville, 3-1. STA jumped out to a one-goal lead in the 14th minute when Colin Tsay slid in the box off a cross for the goal. The lead was extended just 12 minutes later off a goal from Zachary Preucil who fired a shot from the middle of the 18-yard box into the upper-ninety. August Lombardo cut the Libertyville deficit to one after scoring in the 48th minute off a cross from Miguel Garcia. In the 61st minute, STA went back up by two goals after Charles Taliano fired a shot to the back of the net from just outside the 18-yard box. STA will face Raiders FC (IL) in the semifinals who finished second in Group A, while Libertyville will take on the first-place winner of Group A, Nationals Union 05 Black (MI).
FEATURE STORY - D'Feeters' win puts them through to semifinals
PPA KSA 04 Pro-Profile (GA) secured a first-place finish in Group A, following a, 1-1, draw against Nationals Union 04 Black (MI). The teams battled in the first half with play going back and forth. The teams entered the second half scoreless, KSA took the lead in the 61st minute off a goal from Khamani Pitt. Richard Ludwig answered just seven minutes later with a goal of his own. The game ended in a 1-1 draw after neither team was able to find a game winning goal, pitting KSA against PA Dominion 04 (PA-E) who was bested by Downtown LVSC 04 Gold (NV) in kicks from the mark to determine seeding for Group B. Downtown will face Real Jersey FC (NJ) who finished second in Group A.
FEATURE STORY - Shutout helps SC Waukesha finish atop Group B
In Group A, 04 Boise Thorns Elite (ID) came back from two early deficits against LVSA 04 National League (NV) to earn a 3-2 win that allowed the Idaho side to finish in first place. Despite the loss, LVSA finished second, and both teams will move on to the semifinals.
spot in the semifinals after the two teams entered the day tied for second in Group A. Phillip Phillips found the back of the net just seven minutes into the game off a through ball. In the 17th minute, SDA took a two-goal lead after a goal from Caden Stafford. Stafford notched his second goal of the day just five minutes into the second half, putting SDA ahead by three goals. Mujcinovic Almir brought SLSG within two goals in stoppage, but the effort fell just short as SDA held on for the victory. With the victory, SDA moves on to face the winner of Group B, LVSA 03 Silver (NV) in the semifinals. The other 16U Boys semifinal contest will feature Group A winner FC Dallas 03 Premier (TX-N) and Beadling 2003 South Red (PA-W) who finished second in Group B.
FEATURE STORY - Day 3 victory sends LVSA into semifinals
FEATURE STORY - Baltimore Celtic clinches a semifinal berth
North Shore United 2002 Blue (WI) earned a, 2-0, shutout against Team Boca 2002 (FL) to finish second in Group B and earn a spot in the semifinals. After the teams went scoreless for much of the game, a goal in the 67th minute by Maddison Baker put North Shore ahead. North Shore held on to the lead for the remainder of the game and added an insurance goal in the final minute of play from Carina Murphy to secure the shutout victory and a semifinals berth. North Shore will take on Cleveland FC 02 (OH-N) who finished first in Group A with an undefeated record while Legends FC 02 Academy II (CA-S) took first place in Group B and now faces Pipeline 02 Pre-Academy Spirit (MD) in the semifinals.
FC Dallas 01 Premier (TX-N) finished group play with a 2-0-1 record after posting a, 1-0, shutout over OBGC Rangers Blue 2001 (MD). After the teams went scoreless in the first half, both teams continued to fight for the lead in the second half. In the 61st minute, Byron Aguilar found the back of the net for what would be the eventual game winning goal. The win boosts FC Dallas to first in Group A, setting them up to play Solar 01 Stricker (TX-N) in all North Texas semifinal match. Sparta 01 Premier JK (UT) will take on PPA KSA 01 Pro-Profile (GA) in its semifinal match.
Celtic FC Premier JR (UT) earned a 2-0 win on Thursday to keep its place at the top of Group A, while 01 Lady Lobos Rush Premier (TN) produced a decisive win to jump into second place and secure a spot in the semifinals. In Group B, the standings flipped on Thursday, as La Roca PO (UT) and Premier Navy 2001 (MD) each picked up close victories to move up into first and second, respectively. La Roca will meet Lady Lobos in the semifinals, while Celtic will face Premier Navy.
FEATURE STORY - FC Dallas and LMSC advance to McGuire Cup semifinals
FEATURE STORY - MapleBrook victory pushes it into semifinals