Teams have secured a spot in the finals:
Under-16 Girls – BRYC 95 Elite (VA), MVLA Lighting (CA-N)
Under-18 Girls – Brentwood 94 Premier (TN), FC Penn Strikers (E-PA)
Under-14 Boys – Sunrise Elite 97/98 (FL), Santa Barbara SC White (CA-S)
Under-15 Boys – Fullerton Rangers 96 White (CA-S)
Under-18 Boys – Grand Rapids Crew Jrs. (MI), Florida Rush Nike (FL)
Under-19 Boys – Crew Juniors (OH-S)
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Rock Hill S.C. (July 26, 2012) - The US Youth Soccer National Championships, presented by the National Guard, continued Thursday with the second day of round robin play at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C.. It was a must-win situation for many of the teams looking to advance to this weekend's finals.
The National Guard's partnership with US Youth Soccer is focused on enriching the soccer experience by positively influencing players and coaches in areas of leadership and character development while adding a strong presence of American pride.
Teams earn three points for a win and one point for a tie. The two top teams at the conclusion of tomorrow's round robin play will meet over the weekend in the National Championship finals.
Stories, photos and videos are available following games. Real time scoring is available at http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org.
Teams at the national championships have earned their place via success in the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series or US Youth Soccer National League.
A few highlights from today’s matches…
Under-15 Girls National League division champs Legends FC (CA-S) and Kings Soccer Academy (OH-S) battled to a 0-0 draw in their hunt for a spot in the final. The draw creates a logjam atop the U-15 table with three teams, including both Legends and Kings, tied with four points meaning each of tomorrow’s games will impact who advances to play for the championships.
Internationals 96 Red (OH-N) joined Legends and Kings in a tie atop the group after taking down CRUSA/FC Bucks Fury (E-PA) 4-1. Internationals took a 1-0 lead through Alyssa Baumbick in the 28th minute and extended it in the 32nd on a Hannah Ludwig strike. Fury pulled a goal back just before the break from Paige Berman, but Internationals responded out of halftime on goals from Zoe McCormick and Emily Ogle to close out the game.
MVLA Mercury Black (CA-N) stayed in contention for a championship spot, defeating Sting 97 (N-TX) 1-0. After a scoreless first half, Michelle Maemone struck for the game winner in the 76th to lead MVLA and keep their hopes alive for a National title.
Under-16 Girls MVLA Lightning (CA-N) are back in the National Championship game after claiming the 2010 U-14 title thanks to a 5-0 victory over Cleveland United White (OH-N) and friendly results in the other games. Fatmata Kamara grabbed the lead for MVLA in the 12th minute and Jaye Boissiere followed up six minutes later for an early 2-0 lead. Sarah Robinson made it a three goal advantage before halftime and Gabriella Kaplan and Caroline Olivero capped off the scoring in the second half
National League side BRYC 95 Elite (VA) will be playing for a National title even with a game to go in preliminary play after a come from behind 3-1 victory over CESA 95 Premier (SC). Chandler Arrowood put CESA in front 10 minutes in before Kahla Seymour struck for a brace with goals in the 23rd and 53rd for BRYC. Taylor Woods sealed the game and a spot in the finals for BRYC in stoppage time as the team went from a last place finish in their National League division to playing for a National Championship.
Legends FC 95 (CA-S) and KCFC/Futura Academy (MO) battled to a 1-1 draw to give each their first point of the week, but both were eliminated from contention for the championship game. Hadyn Hutchison struck first for KCFC/Futura in the 55th minute, but McKenna Pigoni leveled for Legends with five minutes remaining to earn the draw.
Under-19 Girls Scorpions Elite (MA) pulled off a dramatic win over So Cal Blues Dodge (CA-S) with an 87th minute goal to win 1-0. Jessica Clinton (Georgetown) scored the winning goal with time running out as she slid by a defender at the top of the box and rifled a low shot into the side net. Scorpions now sit atop the group, just above the Blues, however both still need positive results tomorrow to assure a place in the final. Both teams have made previous trips to the National Championships as Scorpions came up short of the title game in 2008 and So Cal Blues fell in the final. Blues also qualified in 2009, and claimed a National crown in 2010.
St. Louis Scott Gallagher Green (MO) overcame a loss yesterday to get back in contention for the final with a 2-1 victory over CCSC Sol (FL). Sol assumed the lead in the 31st minute through Theresa Diederich (Alabama), but Gallagher found the equalizer in the 67th thanks to Lauren Flynn (Missouri). With just eight minutes remaining Gallagher found the winner from Kelsey Dinges (Miami Ohio) to steal a 2-1 win. All four teams in the U-19 Girls group are still alive for the final on Sunday.
Familiar foes met as U-15 National League divisional champs CUP Crew Jrs (OH-S) and Chicago Magic (IL) met on Thursday. The two teams last played less than a month ago as CUP Crew Jrs beat Chicago Magic, 3-0, in the Region II championship. Magic reversed the score, taking a 3-0 halftime lead over CUP. Luke Treadway answered for CUP in the 47th minute, then had a chance again 10 minutes later, but his penalty kick was saved. Charlie Byers brought CUP within one goal with a strike in the 64th minute, but Magic triumphed 3-2.
Challenger Crew Jrs (OH-N) bounced back from a difficult loss on day one to claim a decisive 4-1 victory over Manhattan SC PSG (E-NY). Just after the opening whistle, Challenger won possession, marched down possession and Julian Castro netted his first goal. Castro would complete his brace before half. Corey Smigel extended the Challenger lead in the 48th. Amara Sesay pulled one back for Manhattan in the 60th, but Ben Locke restored the three goal lead for Challenger in the 77th.
Defending national champs Fullerton Rangers (CA-S) duplicated its day one performance with a 4-0 victory over SAA Real Madrid (FL) Thursday. Gabriel Covarrubias gave Fullerton a 1-0 lead at half. Dylan Smith netted a second-half double and George Castro added a goal in the 77th minute for Fullerton. With the two victories, the defending champions secured a return to the national final Saturday.
In U-16 Boys play, GSA Phoenix Red 96 (GA) earned a hard fought victory over fellow National League champ Scottsdale 96 Blackhawks (AZ). After 75 minutes of scoreless soccer, Christopher Morgan broke the stalemate and punched in a loose ball in the box to net the game winner. With the result today, GSA remains in contention the final Sunday.
The next field over, two more National League teams met in South Carolina after Lehigh Valley United (E-PA) and Michigan Jaguars Green (MI) won their respective regional championships to advance to this stage. LVU tallied 15 shots on goal to Jaguars’ five, but quality and not quantity counted on the day. Jason Carmack scored the lone goal in the 43rd to lift the Jaguars to a 1-0 victory.
After a scoreless first half, Arsenal FC (CA-S) and CESA 95 Premier (SC) came out firing in the second frame. Just three minutes after the restart, Christopher Heijjer (pronounced HAIR or HARE) scored for CESA. Eduardo Martinez leveled for Arsenal just two minutes later as he buried a half-volley. With 15 minutes to play in the game, Ryan Bertling ran onto a slotted ball by Heijjer to net the game winner. With the result, CESA controls its own destiny and possible path to the finals.
After a tough loss on day one, Empire United SA (NY-W) capitalized on an early chance against Crew Jrs (OH-S) for a goal in the 5th minute by Emmanual Chanelo. Crew Jrs kept its composure and scored a goal of its own five minutes into the second half off the head of Matthew Walker (Xavier). In the 85th minute, Cole Denormandie (Cincinnati) netted the game winner for Crew Jrs and secured his team a place in the nationally televised McGuire Cup final game Saturday.
Seeking its first title game appearance, GSA 93 Phoenix Red (GA) took the early lead over West Coast FC (CA-S) when Tyler Peoples (Furman) nodded home a corner kick. Despite trailing 1-0, West Coast FC dictated much of the play and finally capitalized on a set piece in the 53rd minute to level the game. Phil Muscarella (Santa Clara) served in the free kick that Juan Gutierrez (California Irvine) flicked in for the goal. Muscarella and Gutierrez teamed up again just 10 minutes later as West Coast played the ball wide and Muscarella served in a curling, dipping ball and Gutierrez headed it home with authority. Just 10 minutes from time, GSA’s Tyler Happ (Clemson) equalized against the run of play and secure the 2-2 draw.
Day 2 Preliminary Matches - Thursday, July 26 Results - 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships
TNFC 98 Azzurri TN 2, MSC Coyotes Green MD 0
TNFC: Callie McKinney (43:00), Daniella Marcano (50:00)
Beach FC 97 CA-S 0, Ambassadors FC OH-N 1
Ambassadors: Molli Dunn (68:00)
CRUSA/FC Bucks Fury PA-E 1, Internationals 96 Red OH-N 4
CRUSA: Paige Bergman (40:00)
Internationals: Alyssa Baumbick (28:00), Zoe McCormick (49:00), Emily Ogle (53:00)
Sting 97 TX-N 0, MVLA Mercury Black CA-N 1
MVLA: Michelle Maemone (76:00)
Legends FC CA-S 0, Kings Soccer Academy OH-S 0
BRYC 95 Elite VA 3, CESA 95 Premier SC 1
BRYC: Kahla Seymour (23:00) (53:00), Taylor Woods (80:00)
CESA: Chandler Arrowood (10:00)     p>
Cleveland United White OH-N 0, MVLA Lightning CA-N 5
MVLA: Fatmata Kamara (12:00), Jaye Boissiere (18:00), Sarah Robinson (31:00), Gabriella Kaplan (46:00), Caroline Olivero (70:00)
KCFC/Futura Academy MO 1, Legends 95 CA-S 1
KCFC: Hadyn Hutchison (55:00)
Legends: McKenna Pigoni (75:00)
CESA 94 Premier SC 2, Team Chicago Academy Botafogo IL 2
CESA: Kelly Anthony (61:00), Chelsea Drennan (89:00)
Chicago: Hope D'Addario (22:00), Gianna Dal Pozzo (67:00)
Central Valley Chilipeppers CA-N 0, VSA Heat Blue VA 3
VSA: Haley Roberson (2:00), Ashley Herndon (78:00), Kristin Schnurr (93:00)
Legends Breakaway CA-S 2, Legends FC 94 CA-S 3
Breakaway: Nicolette Martino (68:00), Jordan Jesolva (89:00)
FC 94: Yazmin Montoya (27:00), Danielle Alvarez (49:02), MeiLessah Rangel (58:00)
FC Penn Strikers PA-E 4, Cincinnati Soccer Alliance Elite OH-S 0
Penn: Kelly Kerrigan (33:00), Daija Griffin (74:00) (78:00), Cassandra Pecht (83:00)
Brentwood 94 Premier TN 2, LaRoca PT UT 1
Brentwood: Chesney White (69:00), Chesney White (90:00)
LaRoca: Taylor Ivins (19:00)
Scorpions Elite MA 1, So Cal Blues Dodge CA-S 0
Scorpions: Jessica Clinton (87:00)
St. Louis Scott Gallagher Green – Moser MO 2, CCSC SOL FL1
SLSG: Lauren Flynn (67:00), Kelsey Dinges (82:00)
CCSC: Theresa Diederich (31:00)
Santa Barbara SC White CA-S 3, Bethesda Lions MD 0
Santa: Brandon Sanchez (5:00), Francisco Arroyo (23:00), Antony Andoyan (47:00)
Sunrise Elite 97\98 FL 5, Vardar 98 MI 1
Sunrise: Cristopher Fourcand (14:00), David Longo (19:00), John Skahan (24:00) (70:00)
Vardar: Cameron Panley (3:00)
SAA Real Madrid Miami FL 0, Fullerton Rangers 96 White CA-S 4
Fullerton: Gabriel Covarrubias (16:00), Dylan Smith (46:00) (54:00), George Castro (77:00)
Challenger Crew Jrs. Black OH-N 4, Manhattan SC Paris Saint-Germain 96 NY-E 1
Crew: Julian Castro (1:00), Julian Castro (35:00), Cory Smigel (48:00), Ben Locke (77:00)
PSG: Amara Sesay (60:00)
CUP Crew Jrs Gold 96/97 OH-S 2, Chicago Magic IL 3
CUP: Luke Treadway (47:00), Charlie Byers (64:00)
Chicago: Tyler Cline (14:00), Fernando Aguirre (29:00) (33:00)
CESA 95 Premier SC 2, Arsenal FC Lucey CA-S 1
CESA: Christopher Heijjer (43:00), Ryan Bertling (64:00)
Arsenal: Eduardo Martinez (45:00)
Michigan Jaguars 96 Green MI 1, Lehigh Valley United 95 PA-E 0
Michigan: Jason Carmack (43:00)
GSA 96 Phoenix Red GA 1, Scottsdale 96 Blackhawks AZ 0
GSA: Christopher Morgan (75:00)
Solar Chelsea 95 TX-N 0, Beadling SC 94/95 PA-W 1
Beadling: Jake Roberge (48:00)
Sereno 95 White AZ 1, Raiders FC Premier IL 5
Sereno: Matthew McCombs (73:00)
Raiders: Jack Alberts (43:00), Joel Leon (32:00), Alexis Monteon (46:00) (48:00), Brandon Medina (78:00)
Galaxy 94/95 Blue IL 1, Eastside FC 94 Red WA 0
Galaxy: Patrick Flynn (22:00)
Marlton Lightning Red NJ 0, Grand Rapids Crew Jrs MI 2
Crew: Sean Conerty (20:00), Nate Rose (90:00)
Players SC 94 NV 0, Florida Rush Nike FL 4
Florida: John Bocinsky (43:00), Felipe Oliveira (73:00) (89:00), Jean Rivaroli (79:00)
West Coast FC CA-S 2, GSA 93 Phoenix Red GA 2
West: Juan Gutierrez (53:00) (63:00)
GSA: Tyler Peoples (11:00), Tyler Happ (80:00)
Empire United SA Syracuse NY-W 1, Crew Juniors OH-S 2
Empire: Emmanuel Chanelo (5:00)
Crew: Matthew Walker (50:00), Cole Denormandie (85:00)
For complete statistics, please visit http://tournaments.usyouthsoccer.org/events/2012-National-Championships/.
The tournament consists of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups as well as the US Youth Soccer National Leaguequalifiers in the Under-15 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 60 teams.
Daily reports and complete results from the tournament are available on http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org. 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 National Championship Series provides top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country.
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