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US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships Kickoff With a Bang

June 15, 2009 10:00 PM

US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships 
US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships Kickoff With a Bang

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LANCASTER, Calif. (June 15, 2009) – Defending 2008 US Youth Soccer National Champions, the Under-19 Girls Colorado Rush Nike, along with 247 other boys and girls teams, kicked off the 2009 US Youth Soccer Region IV (West) Championships today at the Lancaster National Soccer Center in Lancaster, Calif.

There are nine Region IV Champions back this year and ready to defend their title. After day one of games some came out on top, some fell short and others broke even with a tie.

This week, the top 248 US Youth Soccer boys and girls teams from the 14 State Associations that make up US Youth Soccer Region IV compete for the regional title. Teams play a round robin schedule June 15-17, followed by a day of rest before qualifying teams advance to the quarterfinals on June 18. Semifinal will be played June 19, with champions crowned June 20.

Defending the most prized title in youth soccer, that of National Champion, the Under-19 Girls Colorado Rush Nike came to the Region IV Championships to make statement and earn the right to defend their title.  Katie Martinez hit the first Colorado goal against Leahi Premier (HI) in the 18th minute. Teammate Danielle Foxhoven racked up a hat trick with three consecutive goals in the 36th, 40th and 44th minutes. After the half, Martinez had back-to-back goals, ten minutes apart, to get a hat trick of her own. Emmalie Pfankuch finished Colorado's 8-0 win with two goals in the 83rd and 90th minutes. 
The Under-17 Girls So Cal Blues-Bobak (CA-S) are back to defend their Region IV title and it started with today's game against Sereno 92 White (AZ). Julie Johnston opened the scoring for Sereno in the 14th minute, but the Blues Tawni Martino countered in the 30th minute and pushed the Blues to a 2-1 lead by following up with 37th minute shot. Johnston hit Sereno's equalizer in the 39th minute for a 2-2 half time score. In the second half, Sereno took the lead with a 47th minute goal from Danielle De La Vina. Elizabeth Eddy once again tied the game for the Blues in the 53rd minute, but Sereno got the last goal in the 56th minute when Johnston polished off her first-day hat trick. Sereno won 4-3.
The Slammers FC (CA-S) Under-18 and Under-16 Girls are both looking for back-to-back Region IV Championship titles and both marked opening day of games with wins.

The Under-18 Girls Slammers (CA-S) took a 3-1 win over AK Rush (AK). Slammers' Courtney Giovanni netted the only goal of the first half in the 10th minute. Samantha Strom (70:00) and Lauren Kennedy (87:00) both scored in the second half for the Slammers. Korina Velasco had the lone goal for the Rush in the 75th minute.

The Slammers Under-16 Girls held AUFC (NM) scoreless with their 2-0 victory. Tessa Andujar knocked one past the keeper in the 51st minute and Emily Dillon finished off the Slammers' win with her goal in the 65th minute.

Sydney Zuccolotto put the Under-14 Girls So Cal Blues (CA-S) up 1-0 against Mustang Blast (CA-N) in the 5th minute of play. Blast's Reilly Parker netted back-to-back goals (23:00, 27:00) to pull into the lead, but the Blues regained the lead with two goals in the second half to win 3-2.
The Under-13 Girls Eastside FC Red (WA) held tight against the returning regional champions, Mustang Fury (CA-N). The game ended in a 0-0 draw.
The Under-19 Boys Neusport of Nevada knew today's game would be a challenge, as they faced the defending Region IV Champions, Cisco Toros of Arizona. The Toros came out strong with an 18th minute goal by Nicholas DeLeon. Teammate Antonio Valera netted another in the 48th minute. Brian Green pushed the Toros to 3-0 with a 70th minute goal and they capped off the 4-0 victory with Alfredo Rico's shot in the 78th minute.

Sereno 94 White (AZ) tested 2008 regional champs, Arsenal FC (CA-S), in today's match up. Riggs Lennon put Sereno on the boards in the 7th minute and Sereno held the lead until the 55th when Arsenal's Edward Arrietta knocked one in. Neither team was able to finish and the game ended 1-1.
Looking to go for a second regional championship, the Under-13 Boys West Coast FC (CA-S), came out looking for a win on day one against Crossfire Premier (WA). West Coast had the upper hand after a 42nd minute goal by Brian Pacheco, but Crossfire countered in the 67th with an Alex Bell goal. The game ended 1-1.

Today's scores…

Boys Home   Visitor  
Under-12 (WY) Jackson Hole Soccer 0 (NV) Neusport FC 9
Under-12 (WA) Crossfire Premier 6 (HI) HSC Bulls 1
Under-12 (CO) Real CO National 2 (CA-N) Redwood Juventus CRS 2
Under-12 (CA-N) Mustang Internazion 4 (OR) Cascade FC Boca Jr 5
Under-12 (UT) UCFS Academy 1 (AK) NLSC Unity 2
Under-13 (NM) Strikers FC 0 (UT) La Roca Premier AO 3
Under-13 (WA)Washington Premier FC 0 (OR) NWSSA Eagles 0
Under-13 (MT) FC Missoula 0 (CO) CO Storm Royal 6
Under-13 (CA-N) Santa Clara Sporting 12 (AK) CISC Velocity 0
Under-13 (WA) Crossfire Premier 1 (CA-S) West Coast FC 1
Under-13 (HI) Maui United 0 (AZ)Scottsdale Blackhawks 5
Under-13 (NV) Neusport Green 4 (MT) Magic City 0
Under-13 (HI) Real Rush Nike 1 (ID) Boise Natls Celtic 1
Under-14 (UT) La Roca PO 0 (CO) CO Rush Nike 3
Under-14 (NM) NM Rush Stingers 0 (CA-S) West Coast FC 2
Under-14 (CA-N) Mission GS Real SF 14 (WY) Cheyenne Sting 0
Under-14 (CA-S) Albion White 2 (NV) SBSC United Red 0
Under-14 (WA) Eastside FC Storm 2 (ID) Boise Natl Premier 1
Under-14 (MT) Flathead Force 0 (OR) Cascade FC Atlas 10
Under-14 (AZ) SC del sol 95 White 1 (HI) Abunal 1
Under-14 (AK) CISC Velocity 0 (CA-S) Arsenal FC 7
Under-15 (MT) Helena Arsenal 0 (CA-N) Santa Clara Sporting 8
Under-15 (HI) Real Rush Nike 1 (CA-S) Aztecs FC 4
Under-15 (NV) Players United 3 (AK) NLSC Sparta 1
Under-15 (OR) WSM Premier 2 (CO) CO Rush Nike 0
Under-15 (ID) Idaho Rush Nike 2 (NM) Rio Vista FC 0
Under-15 (WA)Washington Premier FC 1 (UT) La Roca Premier AO 2
Under-15 (AZ) Sereno 94 White 1 (CA-S) Arsenal FC 1
Under-15 (NM) NM Rush Nike 0 (CA-S) Eagles 3
Under-16 (ID) Idaho Rush Nike 3 (MT) Helena Arsenal 1
Under-16 (OR)Santos FC River Plate 0 (CA-S) Real So Cal White 4
Under-16 (NV) Cordica USA 0 (WA) Crossfire Premier 1
Under-16 (AK) Full Force 0 (CO ) CO Storm North Copa 2
Under-16 (NM) Elite FC Gladiators 1 (CA-S) West Coast FC 1
Under-16 (UT) Blue Knights Premier 3 (OR) WSM Remix 1
Under-16 (CA-N)Foothill MVLA Raptors 1 (HI) Real Rush Nike 0
Under-16 (AZ) Sereno 93 White 0 (CA-S) Arsenal FC 0
Under-17 (AZ) Pros 92 White 1 (CA-S) CZ Elite 3
Under-17 (CA-N) Mustang Ajax 3 (CA-S) United FC 4
Under-17 (WA) Eastside FC Red-Lee 1 (UT) Inter FC Premier 2
Under-17 (CO) CO Storm North Red 1 (HI) HSC Bulls 2
Under-17 (NV) LV Premier 1 (NM) Rio Vista FC 3
Under-17 (HI) Real Rush Nike 1 (CA-S) Slammers FC 5
Under-17 (UT) La Roca Premier DP 2 (OR) ESUFC Liverpool 3
Under-17 (ID) Boise Capitals 3 (AK) AK Rush 1
Under-18 (AZ) Cisco Dragons 91 7 (MT) Magic City 1
Under-18 (ID) Coeur d'Alene Sting 1 (HI) HSC Bulls 4
Under-18 (UT) Sparta Premier 0 (NV) LV Premier 1
Under-18 (AZ) Sereno White 2 (UT) Impact Black CM 1
Under-18 (CA-S) FC Barcelona 1 (OR) WSM International 2
Under-18 (CO) Arsenal CO Gold 3 (CA-S) Atlante S.D. 2
Under-18 (NM) Rio Vista FC 3 (ID) Boise Capitals 3
Under-18 (WA)Eastside FC Red-Storm 0 (CA-N) Central Marin FC 1
Under-19 (NM) NM Rush Premier 4 (AZ) GSC Arsenal Premier 1
Under-19 (UT) Sparta Premier 0 (HI) HSC Bulls 0
Under-19 (WA) River City SC Seely 1 (OR) WSM GUNNERS 2
Under-19 (NV) Neusport FC 0 (AZ) Cisco Toros 4
Under-19 (CA-S)DMS 11 0 (CO)Colorado Rush Nike 1
Under-19 (CA-N) Turlock Tornados 4 (MT) Missoula Strikers 0
Girls Home   Visitor  
Under-12 (CA-S) Arsenal FC 5 (UT) Avalanche Premier 1
Under-12 (WA) FC Vancouver Glory 1 (WA) Eastside FC Red 4
Under-12 (CA-N) Mustang Mavericks 1 (AZ) Sereno 97 White 1
Under-12 (HI) Leahi Premier 0 (CO) Real CO National 0
Under-12 (NV) Ballistic SO 1 (AK) CISC Velocity 4
Under-12 (OR) LOSC Defeeters 1 (CO) Pride Predators 4
Under-13 (NM) Elite FC Barcelona 1 (MT) Magic City 2
Under-13 (CO) Pride Predators 0 (AZ) Sereno 96 White 3
Under-13 (AK) CISC Velocity 0 (ID)Boise Nationals Blast 2
Under-13 (CA-N) Foothill MVLA Light 0 (HI) Leahi Premier 1
Under-13 (CA-N) Mustang Fury 0 (WA)Eastside FC RedBialek 0
Under-13 (CA-S) West Coast FC 6 (UT) Sparta Premier 2
Under-13 (NM) NM Clash FC America 0 (NV) LV Premier White 2
Under-13 (OR) LOSC Extreme 3 (NV) Neusport Green 0
Under-14 (OR) SSC Ireland 1 (HI) Leahi Premier 1
Under-14 (NV) LV Premier Black 4 (ID) Les Bois Elite 0
Under-14 (CA-N) Mustang Blast 2 (CA-S) So Cal Blues 3
Under-14 (NM) AUFC 95 Fusion 1 (AK) CISC Velocity 0
Under-14 (CA-S) Aresenal FC 4 (UT) Utah Rush Nike 1
Under-14 (AZ) Sereno 95 White 2 (CO) CO Rush Nike 1
Under-14 (WA) SSFC White 0 (MT) Magic City 0
Under-14 (CA-S) X-treme Breakaway 1 (CA-S) SD Surf White 2
Under-15 (CA-S) Slammers FC 1 (CA-N) Mustang Rampage 0
Under-15 (HI) Real Rush Nike 0 (OR) OR Rush Nike 3
Under-15 (HI) Ka'oi Express 1 (AZ) Sereno 94 White 1
Under-15 (WA) Evergreen Green 1 (MT) Magic City 1
Under-15 (CO) CO Rush Nike 1 (ID) Les Bois Ginga 0
Under-15 (CA-S) So Cal Blues 0 (UT) La Roca Premier PT 0
Under-15 (NM) Rio Vista FC Eagles 4 (AK) Eclipse 0
Under-15 (NV) LV Premier White 2 (CA-S) CZ Elite Soccer 1
Under-16 (ID) Les Bois Elite 1 (CA-S) So Cal Blues 7
Under-16 (CA-S) Eagles 4 (OR) FC Portland Green 0
Under-16 (AZ) Sereno 93 White 0 (CA-N) Deanza Force Blue 2
Under-16 (NM) AUFC 0 (CA-S) Slammers FC 2
Under-16 (WA) Emerald City FC 1 (UT) La Roca Premier AO 0
Under-16 (MT) Magic City 0 (NV) Neusport Green 0
Under-16 (WY) Gillette Edge 0 (CO) CO Rush Nike 7
Under-16 (AK) AK Rush 0 (HI) Leahi Premier 1
Under-17 (UT) Avalanche Premier 5 (AZ) GSC Arsenal Premier 0
Under-17 (AK) CISC Velocity 1 (WA) Crossfire Premier 5
Under-17 (NM) Rio Vista FC 1 (HI) Real Rush Nike 1
Under-17 (CA-N) Deanza Force Blue 0 (CO) Storm Academy Copa 5
Under-17 (AZ) Sereno 92 White 4 (CA-S) So Cal Blues 3
Under-17 (OR) Tualatin Hills Utd 2 (NM) Elite FC Titans 0
Under-17 (CA-N) Mustang Spirit 4 (NV) FC Las Vegas Mundial 2
Under-17 (CA-S) Real So Cal Blue 2 (ID) Les Bois Elite 2
Under-18 (CA-S) So Cal Blues 1 (CO) Real CO National 1
Under-18 (OR) FC Portland Sapphire 1 (CA-S) Real SO Cal White 2
Under-18 (OR) LOSC Soul Crew 3 (MT) Bozeman Blitzz 0
Under-18 (NM) Elite FC Adrenaline 1 (CA-N) Pleasanton Rage 8
Under-18 (NV) Players SC Blue 2 (UT) Black Diamond SC 2
Under-18 (AK) AK Rush 1 (CA-S) Slammers FC 3
Under-18 (AZ) SC del sol 91 0 (WA) Crossfire Premier 2
Under-18 (ID) Les Bois Elite 1 (HI) Leahi Premier 2
Under-19 (AZ) SC del sol White 4 (OR) WSM Galaxy 0
Under-19 (CA-S) Eagles 7 (MT) Electric City Tboltz 2
Under-19 (UT) Avalanche Premier 11 (OR-1)FC Portland Crimson 0
Under-19 (HI) Leahi Premier 0 (CO) CO Rush Nike 8
Under-19 (CA-N)ARYSL San Juan Spirit 1 (WA) Shadow-Bushey 3
Under-19 (NM) Rio Vista FC 7 (ID) Xtreme 0

Regional winners of the Under-14 through Under-19 age groups earn a berth to the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships to be played July 21-26, at Citizens Bank Fields at Progin Park in Lancaster, Mass.

The James P. McGuire Cup is the oldest trophy in youth sport dating back to 1935 with the inaugural youth championships. The Under-19 Boys age group as the National Champion will hoist the McGuire Cup. This is the 74th anniversary of the storied cup.

Daily reports and complete results from the tournament will be available on Keep up to the minute with US Youth Soccer National Championship Series on Twitter.


About the 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.  The Under-15 through 17 Boys and Girls age groups have two teams representative of the US Youth Soccer National League, in which the top two teams in each gender age group earn a direct path to the national championships. 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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