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2012 U-18 Boys Preview

 
U-18 Marlton Lightning
 

 

How they got to Nationals

In the New Jersey National Championship Series, Marlton Lightning scored 18 goals while allowing only six to win the state title. In the Region I Championships  Lightning went undefeated and sealed their entry to the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships with a 2-0 victory in the championship game. 

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2012

Regional Champs: 2012

Key Players

In the Region I Championships Michael Ryan scored 13 of the 20 Marlton goals in the tournament to make him the tournament's top scorer. 

College Commitments

Jason Spieker - La Salle
Gregory Biggiani - Lafayette
Sonimi Halliday - Rider
Richard Ongaro - Virginia Commonwealth

Coach Info

Shawn Ryan

 
U-18 Marlton Lightning Red
 

 
U-18 Grand Rapids Crew Jrs
 

 

How they got to Nationals

Grand Rapids Crew Jrs won the 2011-2012 National League Red Division without suffering a loss, scoring 16 goals and allowing only five. They also participated in and won the Midwest Regional League Premier Division Red. Crew Jrs went unbeaten in Regional II Championships play, winning their semifinal game in overtime before winning in the championship 4-2 to advance to the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

Regional Champs: 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012

National Champs: 2011 (PKs)

Knocked out of group stages in 2010 US Youth Soccer National Championships

Knocked out of group stages in 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships

Semifinalist in 2008 US Youth Soccer National Championships

Key Players

Matthew Harkema was the Region II Championships top scorer with five goals to his name.

College Commitments

Chase Rau - Wisconsin
Sean Conerty - Michigan State
Greg Trimmer - Iowa Western
Matt Harkema - Detroit Mercy
Caleb Postlewait - Butler
Nate Rose - Oakland
Jason Stacy - U of Michigan
Jacob Vanderlaan - Oakland
Joe Sweet - Concorde
Adam Claus - U of Detroit Mercy
Chad Gordon - Aquinas College
Juan Torres - Aquinas College
Michael Weber - Aquinas College
Mike Crinnion - Albion
Ryan Scott - Michigan State
Charlie Constantino - Butler University
Luke Bestrom - Aquinas College
Dewey Lewis - Michigan State
Taylor Mazurek - U of Michigan
Coach Info

Lewis Robinson

  • Started his soccer career playing on the Trimdon United youth teams, and then went on to play for Shildon AFC, in the English Northern Semi-Professional League. When he arrived in the US he played four years for Davenport University
  • Coaching:
    • English Football Association Level 1
    • USSF D Licesne
    • English Football Association Sportsmark Gold Level 1 License
 
U-18 Grand Rapids Crew Jrs
 

U-18 Florida Rush Nike
 

 

How they got to Nationals

Florida Rush Nike topped the table of the Region III Premier League East to qualify for the Region III Championships, scoring 30 goals and allowing only five. Florida Rush successfully repeated as regional champions as they once again defeated TSCH 94 (OK) in the final to advance to the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2011

Regional Champ: 2011, 2012

Knocked out of group stages in 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championships

College Commitments

Bryce Ciambella - Creighton
Jose Belalcazar - Johnson & Wales
John Bocinsky - Florida Institute of Technology
Andrew Bruce - North Florida
Zachary Friedel - West Florida
Juan Gaona - Johnson & Wales
Felipe Oliveira - West Florida
Zachary Reynolds - West Florida
Jean Rivaroli - North Florida
Andrew Spragg - North Florida
Steven Taylor - Florida Institute of Technology
Jeremy Tilley - Florida Institute of Technology
Conner Willings - Bucknell

Interesting Facts

2010 Florida State Cup - Runner up

2010 Region III Premier League - 2nd place

2010 Disney Soccer Showcase - Champion

Coach Info

Nate Omodt

  • USSF "A" License
  • Coaching Experience:
    • Florida Rush  Head Coach (2008-Present)
    • Inter United Soccer Club (2006-2008)
  • Playing Experience:
    • South Carolina Shamrocks Professional
    • Central Florida Kraze PDL Team
    • University of Central Florida – Team Captain (1993-1995)
 
U-18 Florida Rush Nike
 

U-18 Players SC
 
Region IV: Players SC 94 (NV)

 

How they got to Nationals

Players SC 94 won the Nevada State Cup to gain entry to the Region IV Championships. They lost one game in the group stages of the Region IV Championships but avenged the loss to WSM Premier (OR) in the finals with a 1-0 victory. The win secured a place for Players at the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2009, 2012

Regional Champs: 2012

College Commitments
 
Ricardo Acero - UNLV
Anthony Clark - UCLA
Luis Cruz - Oregon State
Ruben Duran - Cal Poly
Rodrigo Fuentes - UNLV
Anthony Sanchez - Grand Canyon
 

Coach Info

Saeed Bonabian
 
U-18 Players SC 94