Round two complete at the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships
Pool standings continue to alter as teams chase national title
One day of preliminary play remains
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (July 25, 2013) — The US Youth Soccer National Championships, presented by the National Guard, continued Thursday with the third day of round robin play at the Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan. With every team now having played two preliminary games, several of Friday’s matches will be pivotal to determining who will advance to this weekend's finals.
Teams earn three points for a win and one point for a tie. At the conclusion of Friday’s round robin play, 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.
A few highlights from today’s matches…
Pateadores LA (CA-S) continued its high-scoring ways in an 8-2 win over FSA FC Navy (CT) to clinch a spot in the Under-13 Boys National Championship final. Kyle Holcumb recorded a hat trick for Pateadores, while Jason Pacas and Bryan Perez each added two goals. Alejandro Barrera also scored for the Region IV champions in the win. Zachary Lopes had a pair of goals for FSA, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Pateadores’ offensive attack.
In the other Under-13 Boys matchup, the defenses dominated as United FA 00 Elite (GA) and Raiders FC (IL) played to a 0-0 tie. Both teams still have a chance to advance to the title game, and Friday’s matches will prove to be the deciding factor.
Two-time defending champions Fullerton Rangers 96 White (CA-S) continued their success at Nationals with a 3-0 win over CCV Stars 97 Black (AZ). George Castro opened the scoring in the 15th minute, and Rangers extended the lead in the 29th minute thanks to an own goal by the Stars. Rangers kept attacking and got a third goal when Ricardo Ruiz scored in the 57th minute. The win sets up a crucial game for Rangers on Friday against Smithtown Arsenal (E-NY) to decide who will advance out of the group and into the title game.
In a back-and-forth Under-16 Boys matchup, FC Golden State White (CA-S) came out as a 3-2 winner over Concorde Fire Elite (GA). Concorde took the lead in the 3rd minute on a goal by Jahmeil Curwen, but Golden State’s Yezid Lopez and Jonathan Hinojosa each scored first-half goals to put their side up at the break. Curwen notched his second to equalize for Concorde shortly after half before Erick Villatoro scored a winner for Golden State in the final minutes to give his team the victory.
The standings are tight in the Under-17 Boys Pool A after Santa Clara Sporting 95 (CA-N) defeated CUP Gold 95/96 Boys (OH-S), 2-1, today. The game remained scoreless until the 62nd minute, when Santa Clara’s Miguel Castillo scored the first of his two goals in a three-minute span to give his side a 2-0 lead. CUP pulled within one when Jacob Scheper found the back of the net in the 78th minute, but the Ohio side couldn’t find a tying goal as Santa Clara held on to win. Both teams are still in contention to advance to the title game heading into tomorrow’s final day of preliminary games.
OBGC Rangers (MD) overcame an early deficit to defeat PDA McGeough (NJ), 2-1, in a key Under-17 Boys contest. PDA’s Michael Feeney put his team in front in the 12th minute and that lead held until halftime. However, Jeremy Ebobisse scored a pair of second-half goals to give his side the comeback win and kept Rangers in contention in Pool B.
In a rematch of the 2011 national championship final, Concorde Fire Elite (GA) overcame a strong performance by Albion USA (CA-S) to come away with a 2-0 win. Concorde got on the scoreboard early when Cooper Coughlin’s shot barely rolled over the goal line before it could be cleared. Albion had some near-misses at equalizing the score. However, Concorde got an insurance goal from Tyler Alexander that once again had just enough momentum to roll past the goal line before being cleared by an Albion defender. Concorde, the 2011 national champions, are in good position to return to the title game heading into their final preliminary game.
PDA Harkes (NJ) picked up a crucial victory against Team Boca (FL) to remain in the hunt for the Under-18 Boys title. Andrew Leischner opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, and he added his second goal of the game late in the contest to secure PDA’s 2-0 win. The New Jersey side will now face last year’s finalist, Raiders FC Premier (IL) in a pivotal game on Friday.
In Under-13 Girls play, NEFC Elite (MA) was able to comeback from two goals down to draw with Legends FC 99 (CA-S). Legends assumed a 2-0 lead after Kaylee Ramirez got a pair of goals in the 4th and 46th minutes. However, NEFC was able to recover as Marykate McGuire found the back of the net in the 56th minute and Michaela Joyce leveled the score with four minutes remaining to remain atop the group.
Under-13 Girls Liverpool 00 Elite (TX-N) defeated Michigan Hawks (MI) 2-1, after a pair of goals by Catiana Lychwek. Alexa Spaanstra scored early in the 8th minute of the match giving Michigan the lead, but Lychwek found the equalizer right before halftime. In the 54th minute, Liverpool’s keeper came out of the box to collect a ball but Lychwek gained control of it and touched it past the keeper to the near post for the Liverpool the win.
Cleveland United White (OH-N) came back with force after going down 1-0 to AHFC 96 (TX-S) in the Under-17 Girls. AHFC’s Angelica Grayson got a hold of the ball on a set piece in the 28th minute and volleyed it into the back of the net for the lead. Cleveland quickly recovered to tie the game as Sydney Elinsky put them on the board in the 32nd minute. Kelly Novac then led Cleveland to a 4-1 win, scoring twice in the first half and finding her third as she headed in corner kick in the second half for her hatrick.
BRYC 95 Elite (VA) dominated Beadling Thunder (PA-W) in Under-17 Girls play with a 5-1 win. BRYC took a 2-0 lead going into halftime with goals by Katherine Bukovsky and Jennifer Boyles. Bukovsky scored another in the 61st minute, followed by teammate Kahla Seymour in the 76th. Beadling got on the board in the 88th minute after Ashley Mutkus found the back of the net, but Seymor notched her second goal after receiving a pass in the box by teammate Natalie Larkin and sliding it past the keeper in the 89th minute to finish the game.
After a hard fought match by both sides, the Under-18 Girls clash between Lou Fusz Wipke (MO) and Oklahoma FC 96 (OK) ended in a 2-2 tie. Madeline Orf opened the scoring immediately, scoring for Lou Fusz in the 3rd minute, but Oklahoma responded quickly as Rachael Thun scored six minutes later. The first half excitement continued when Hali Long got a goal in the 31st minute, but once again Oklahoma tied the match as Mikayla Lowery scored seconds before halftime as neither team could break through in the second half.
Connecticut FC (CT) and Team Chicago Botafogo (IL) battled it out to a scoreless draw in their Under-18 Girls matchup. Although both teams had many chances with each taking more than 15 shots, a strong defense on both sides prevented any scoring. The 0-0 result puts both teams at the top of their group, each with a win and a tie heading into the last day of preliminary play.
In a rematch of last year’s National Championship final, Legends FC 94 (CA-S) defeated returning champs VSA Heat Blue (VA) 2-1. The match saw no goals until the last few minutes, when Victoria Burress put VSA up in the 88th minute, but it took only seconds for Meilessah Rangel to recover and equalize for Legends. However, Legends was determined to get the win, and Christina Tucker found the back of the net from a free kick in the last minute of the game to steal the victory.
Under-18 Girls Leahi 95 Premier (HI) defeated FC United Select (IL) 2-1 to stay alive and eliminate the Illinois side. Leahi took an early lead when Dempsey Banks scored in the 2nd minute, but Allison Curry evened things up for FC United, scoring in the 29th. Leahi pressed for the winner and Julie Khil gave Leahi the victory with a second half strike.
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.
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