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MVLA Avalanche to Make Second Consecutive Appearance at US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships

May 12, 2008 10:00 PM
 
Returning 2007 quarterfinalist have high expectations

MVLA Avalanche is a solid team with multiple victories under their belt and many more in their future. They made their first appearance in the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships, the second leg of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, in 2007, where they finished as quarter-finalist. A second appearance will take place as they travel to Honolulu, Hawaii, to compete in the 2008 US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships June 16-20 at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park.

The Girls Under-15 (1992-1993) select soccer team is based in Mountain View-Los Altos, California under the instruction of Coach Erin (Martinez) Montoya. Coach Montoya has previous experience playing at the collegiate level for Santa Clara University and professionally for the Women's United Soccer Association, and she is currently the varsity coach at Los Altos High School.

MVLA Avalanche is composed of a core group of US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) players who participate at the regional, state and district levels as well as three players from the U.S. Soccer National Pool, Abby Dahlkemper, Kelsey Foo and Sandra Ley. In June, Dahlkemper will join the Under-17 U.S. Women's National Team in their training camp and tryout for the squad as they prepare for the CONCACAF Tournament to qualify for the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup.

The team's success can be attributed to their efforts of building the team around impact players who want to take their game to the next level with intense fitness training and focus on developing their overall skills in the game. 

In preparation for US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, the team has scheduled scrimmages with US Youth Soccer ODP teams and top club teams in their area. Head coach Erin Montoya said, "Our first goal was to win state cup, and second to improve on last year's quarter final performance in the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships.  Another goal of ours is to keep everyone healthy and get some of injured players healthy enough to play in the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships."

Annually the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation's top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country. In 2007, over 600 coaches attended the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships including the top 25 men's and women's programs based on the final 2007 NSCAA/adidas National Rankings for NCAA Division I schools.

2008 MVLA Avalanche Team Roster

Player
Position
Amanda NeSmith
Forward
Erin Robinson
Midfielder
Abby Dahlkemper
Forward
Stephanie Busch
Goalie
Stephanie Sorg
Defender
Geena Graumann
Midfielder
Chloe Langston
Midfielder
Rachel Wimmer
Defender/Midfielder
Kate Hultin
Goalie
Kelsey Foo
Midfielder
Katie Crum
Forward/Defender
Crystal Shaffie
Forward/Defender
Sandra Ley
Defender/Forward
Kristina Garrido
Midfielder
Chivon Crump
Midfielder/Forward
Tamara Achanzar
Forward/Midfielder
Kelly Jarvis
Midfielder
Saylor Gibbs
Defender/Forward


You can keep up with MVLA Avalanche and all of the qualifiers for the 2008 US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships at http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/regionIV. The official site of the US Youth Soccer National Championships is at http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org.   

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About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer - The Game for ALL Kids!® is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3.2 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member state associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.

About US Youth Soccer National Championship Series - The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players in the US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues advance to compete in one of four the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (U-14 through U-19) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. Adding to the excitement in 2008, the national championships will feature two teams from the newly formed US Youth Soccer National League in the U-15 and U-16 age groups. Overall the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation's top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country. 

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