HONOLULU (June 18, 2013) – The US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships, presented by the National Guard, continued today at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex in Honolulu. More than 200 games have been played in the first two days and tomorrow’s action will decide who stays alive to advance to the knockout rounds.
Teams that earned their way to the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships are not only competing for a regional title and a chance to move on to the US Youth Soccer National Championships, but players are also showcasing their talents in front of college coaches and scouts from U.S. National Teams as both men’s and women’s National Team scouts are in attendance this week.
The top 212 boys and girls US Youth Soccer teams from 14 State Associations that make up US Youth Soccer Region IV are competing for the regional title where winners of the Under-13 through Under-19 age groups earn a berth to the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships July 22-28, at Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan.
Notes from a few of today’s games…
After falling in two consecutive National Championship finals, Under-18 Boys Albion USA (CA-S) failed to make it to the National Championships in 2012 when they were ousted after a shootout loss in the regional semifinals. The two-time US Youth Soccer National League champions are eager to not only return to Nationals, but take home that final trophy that has eluded them. A come from behind 4-2 victory versus Pikes Peak Rush (CO) today put Albion in good position to advance with two wins to start the tournament. Pikes Peak assumed the lead early with an Aaron Archer goal in the 13th minute, but Albion battled back to level seven minutes after the break through Noah Bunton. However, Pikes Peak regained the lead in less than a minute when Archer slotted a penalty kick to make it 2-1. With 25 minutes left, U.S. U-20 National Team pool member Ariel Lassiter turned on the class for Albion to score in the 67th, assist on the go-ahead goal by Raul Martinez, and then knock in a penalty he earned to lead Albion to a 4-2 victory.
Local side Under-17 Girls HSC Bulls 96 Ka’ula (HI) solidified their spot in the quarterfinals with a dramatic last minute 2-1 win over Arsenal Colorado Gold 95/96 (CO) on the second day of play. With Legends FC 95 (CA-S) also sitting with a 2-0 record heading into tomorrow’s matchup, both teams can look ahead to Friday. Monica Carlos put Bulls ahead just six minutes into the match today, but Arsenal leveled in the 71st from Giulia Silva. With the final whistle looming in stoppage time, Carlos sent her team onto the quarterfinals with her second goal of the game.
Defending National Champion Under-16 Girls Legends FC (CA-S) have already secured a spot in the National Championships thanks to their second place finish in the National League, but they have eyes on a regional title. Their second win in two days have them in good position as they knocked off Sting 97 (NM) 2-1. Sting jumped out to the lead in the 25th minute on a goal from Alejandra Chavez, but the reaction was immediate from Legends with the equalizer three minutes later thanks to youth National Team pool member Ally Prisock. Legends notched the eventual game winner four minutes after the break from U-17 National Team member Peyton Parea to move toward the quarterfinals.
Under-15 Girls Santa Clara Sporting 97 White (CA-N) secured their quarterfinal spot with a 3-0 win over Celtic Storm 98 Premier (UT), leaving Sporting and Westside Timbers 97 Copa (OR) with two wins each. Sporting took a 1-0 lead into the break thanks to Jessica Yu’s 28th minute strike, and extended the lead in the second half from Stephanie Pauritsch in the 47th and Yu’s brace in the 68th.
Defending Regional Champion Under-14 Boys United FC Gold 98 (CA-S) booked a spot in the quarters on their quest to advance to the National Championships with a 4-0 victory over Santa Clara Sporting 98 Green (CA-N). Charles Wehan led the way for United with a brace, giving him five goals in the first two days. Wehan opened things up in the 9th minute for United and Kevin Diaz extended the lead in first half stoppage time. Wehan struck again in the 54th before Guillaume Marneau finished the scoring in the 61st.
Under-14 Girls Far West Regional League Spring champion Pride Predators ’99 (CO) locked up a quarterfinal spot with their second victory, taking down PVSC United Chivas (ID) 7-0. Natasha Wehner grabbed a hatrick for Pride while Brianna Alger struck a double. Tarah Patterson and Anette Galaviz each added goals for Pride.
The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist 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.
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