Night games conclude to complete first day at the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (July 23, 2013) — The first round of games are complete at the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships, presented by the National Guard, at the Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan. As the sun set, teams in the Under-17 and Under-18 age groups competed under the lights in their first games of the championships. The field of 88 teams is comprised of the nation’s top players in the Under-13 through Under-19 age groups for boys and girls.
Recap of this morning's matches: [link]
Teams are seeking positive results through preliminary round play, which concludes Friday. Three points are awarded for a win, one point for a tie and zero points for a loss. The top two teams in the U-13, U-14 and U-19 age groups, as well as the two pool winners in the U-15 through U-18 age groups, will advance to play for the National Championship this weekend.
PDA McGeough (NJ) is off to a hot start after a 3-1 win over TUSA Gold (NC) in its Under-17 Boys matchup. PDA got on the scoreboard early thanks to a Juan Gomez goal in the 8th minute. The Region I representatives extended their lead to 3-0 after Mike Moshier netted a pair of goals in the second half. Mario Ciocca added a late goal for TUSA, but PDA didn’t let it get any closer and came away with the 3-1 win.
The defenses stood strong until midway through the second half in the Under-17 Boys game between West Coast FC (CA-S) and OBGC Rangers (MD). After 71 scoreless minutes, West Coast took the lead when Luis Silva beat the keeper. That advantage wouldn’t last, as Rangers responded in the 86th minute with a goal by Jeremy Ebobisse, and the game finished in a 1-1 tie.
Last year’s runner-up, Raiders FC Premier (IL), started off on the right track for a return to the title game with a 4-1 win over Team Boca (FL). Qudus Lawal scored in the 7th minute and added a second goal in the 56th minute to give Raiders a 2-0 lead. Alexis Monteon added two goals of his own to extend Raiders’ lead to 4-0. David Adejunmobi added a late goal for Boca to cap the scoring in Raiders decisive win.
Defending National Champions Galaxy 94/95 Blue (IL) needed a late goal to come away with a 1-1 tie against PDA Harkes (NJ) in their Under-18 Boys game. Matthew Clausen gave PDA the lead with a goal in the 60th minute. The returning champions equalized in the 82nd minute when Joseph Sullivan found the back of the net, helping Galaxy earn a hard-fought point against the tough PDA squad.
Under-17 Girls Match Fit Beat (NJ) took down defending national champs BRYC 95 Elite (VA) with a 1-0 win. The New Jersey National League qualifiers created an opportunity right before halftime, and Ashley Pankey took advantage of it to score the game winner in the 42nd minute. Match Fit’s backline remained resilient throughout the rest of the match, and didn’t allow BRYC to get on the board for the shutout.
Fram Premier (CA-S) got a win over Beadling Thunder (PA-W) to kick off their National Championships campaign in the Under-17 Girls. Fram took a 2-0 lead in the first half with goals by Annia Mejia in the 5th minute, followed by Jordyn Alves in the 29th minute. With just four minutes remaining in the match, Ashley Gonzales scored once more to give Fram the 3-0 result.
Under-18 Girls Legends FC 94 (CA-S) hopes to make it back to the national final to avenge their 2012 loss, but they conceded the equalizer with 20 minutes to play against Leahi 95 Premier (HI) in their 2013 opener. Legends took a 1-0 lead in the first half when Meilessah Rangel scored in the 20th minute. However, Tierra Reyno was able to level for Leahi in the 71st minute for the 1-1 draw.
VSA Heat Blue (VA) demonstrated they were out to defend their National Championship as some late game heroics against FC United Select (IL) gave them a 2-1 victory. The Under-18 Girls from Virginia took the lead when Karina Lacey opened the scoring in the 44th minute. It appeared as if the 1-0 lead was going to be good, but FC United’s Sydney Rumple netted in the 81st minute to draw even. Heat kept their composure though, and in the last minute of play Kristin Schnurr hit the game-winner to give VSA the three points.
For complete statistics, please visit http://tournaments.usyouthsoccer.org/events/2013-National-Championships/
The tournament consists of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the Under-13 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups as well as the US Youth Soccer National League
qualifiers in the Under-15 through Under-18 Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 88 teams.
Each year brings about new challenges and highlights the motivation and commitment of these youth as they continue pursuing their dreams of being one of the best youth soccer teams in the United States. The national championships are the final step of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series and are open to any US Youth Soccer member. The U.S. Soccer Federation initiated the open youth championships with the James P. McGuire Cup (Under-19 Boys), the oldest trophy in youth sport in 1935. Since its creation in 1974, US Youth Soccer has added 13 divisions to the National Championship tournament, with the U-13 Boys and Girls divisions added this year to reach the current format.
The Under-19 Boys James P. McGuire Cup Championship will be broadcast live in HD on FOX Soccer Saturday, July 27 with pregame coverage starting at 7 p.m. ET, leading into kickoff at 7:30 p.m. from the Overland Park Soccer Complex. The first time the game was broadcast in HD was in 2010. Dean Linke and Charlie Slagle will be calling the action.
Daily reports and complete results from the tournament are available on http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/
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