Semifinals conclude at 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships
First finals to be played tonight, beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET
Three defending champions advance to Sunday’s finals
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GERMANTOWN, Md. (July 26, 2014) — After several thrilling semifinal games Saturday morning at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md., all final matchups are set at the 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships, presented by the National Guard.
The morning’s excitement will be raised to another level this evening when the champions in the Under-13 and Under-19 age groups are decided. Tonight’s Championship matches begin at 5:30 p.m. ET with the Under-13 Boys final, followed by the Under-19 Girls final at 5:45 p.m. The Under-13 Boys final kicks off at 6 p.m., and the 79th Under-19 James P. McGuire Cup final is at 8 p.m.
All 2014 National Championship finals can be seen live online at http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/live/.
Several teams are one step closer to realizing the ultimate youth soccer dream after securing a spot in Sunday’s final matches with semifinal victories on Saturday morning. Three defending champions — Under-14 Girls Legends FC 99 (CA-S), Under-17 Girls DMCV Sharks Elite (CA-S) and Under-18 Girls Cleveland United White (OH-N) — are among the finalists in the Under-14 through Under-18 age groups and will have a chance to repeat as the National Champions on Sunday.
A few highlights from Saturday’s semifinal matches…
Defending champs Legends FC 99 (CA-S) get another shot at the title after defeating Under-14 Girls Cleveland FC (OH-N) 1-0. Emily Knous scored the game winner in the 20th minute after a combination play with teammate Nia Harris. Knous ran up and passed it to Harris which prompted Cleveland’s keeper to come out of the box. Harris passed it back to Knous who was wide open in front of the net and her lone goal of the match held up for the remainder of the match. Legends will hope to obtain back-to-back titles when they compete against NEFC Elite (MA) in Sunday’s final.
NEFC Elite (MA) defeated Tophat 18 Gold (GA) 3-2 in the Under-14 Girls semifinal. NEFC got an early lead after Ash Baird scored in the 4th minute. Rachel Jones leveled the match before halftime and found the equalizer for Tophat in the 40th minute. In the second half, Raegan Kelley gave Tophat a 2-1 lead by finding the back of the net in the 46th minute. Baird outshined a second time for NEFC and quickly tied the match two minutes later. Marykate McGuire broke the tie in the 52nd minute and ultimately gave NEFC the game winner and a shot at the final versus defending champs Legends FC 99 (CA-S).
Leah Ferlin’s late game heroics gave Jacksonville FC Elite (FL) a shot at the Under-15 Girls championship. Jacksonville FC faced a very competitive match against defending champs Eastside FC Red (WA). Both teams yearned to find the back of the net, but after 80 minutes neither was able to do so in regulation. Ferlin broke the stalemate and got the highly coveted game winner in the 110th minute, and the win advanced Jacksonville to the finals where they will face YMS Premier Xplosion 98 (PA-E).
YMS Premier Xplosion 98 (PA-E) defeated Pride Predators 99 (CO) in overtime to move on to the Under-15 Girls final. YMS came back from being down a goal, after Pride Predators forward Brianna Alger scored in the 20th minute. Caroline Foley leveled the match in the 38th minute, and the 1-1 score continued through the second half to the final whistle. In overtime Julia Lindsey broke the tie in the 104th minute and gave YMS the win and a chance at the title Sunday versus Jacksonville FC Elite (FL).
FC United Select (IL) met Tampa Bay United 97 Premier (FL) in their Under-16 Girls semifinal. Tampa Bay got on the board with an early goal in the 4th minute when Danielle Gordon found the back of the net. Tampa Bay held the lead until the 37th minute when FC United Select’s Sheridan Bufe scored an equalizing goal. Tampa Bay scored the game winner in the 62nd minute with a goal from Julia Lester. With the 2-1 scoreline, Tampa Bay will advance to the Under-16 Girls National Championship game versus Beach FC 97 Academy (CA-S).
Beach FC 97 Academy (CA-S) defeated Carlsbad Elite 97/98 (CA-S) in a Under-16 Girls semifinal that went all the way to penalty kicks. Beach got the first lead in the 17th minute after a goal by Savannah DeMelo. The goal held on for almost the entire match but just as Beach was going to take the victory Shelby Cormier found the equalizer a minute before the final whistle. Both teams tried to find the back of the net in overtime but neither could break through. Beach FC ultimately outscored Carlsbad in penalty kicks giving them a ticket to the final against Tampa Bay United 97 Premier (FL).
Karina Lacey scored her third goal of the tournament to propel VSA Heat 96 Blue (VA) to the Under-17 Girls final. VSA defeated KC Metro Dynamos (KS) 1-0 in a match that went into halftime scoreless. Lacey broke the stalemate in the 70th minute of the second half and VSA protected the goal for the remainder of the match to win. VSA is shining bright in their first time at the National Championships and will have to continue doing so in order to take the title away from defending National Champions DMCV Sharks (CA-S).
Defending National Champions, DMCV Sharks (CA-S) continued their quest to for a second straight national title with a 1-0 overtime victory over fellow Cal South team, Carlsbad Elite (CA-S) in a battle of National League Champions. After a scoreless 90 minutes, Julianne De Armas broke the stalemate in the 107th minute with her third goal of the tournament. The goal ultimately gave Under-17 Girls DMCV the win and another trip to the finals this time against Region I Champion, VSA Heat 96 Blue (VA).
Defending champion Under-18 Cleveland United White (OH-N) is heading back to the National title game after a 2-0 win over Match Fit Beat (NJ). Cleveland will face Beach FC Ingrassia (CA-S), which defeated BRYC 95 Elite (VA), 2-0. Beach FC has yet to all a goal in Germantown, outscoring opponents, 15-0.
United FA 00 Elite (GA) advanced to the Under-14 final after a 4-0 win Saturday against Scorpions SC - Boston (MA). Real Colorado National 99/00 (CO) will join the Georgia side in the final after it shut out Arlington SA Eagles Red (VA), 2-0.
Under-15 Group A winner United FC Gold 98 (CA-S) came back from a pair of deficits to clip Loudoun 98 Red (VA), 4-2, in overtime. Emin Karic put Loudoun up, 1-0, with a ninth-minute strike, but Guillaume Marneau equalized for United shortly before halftime. Loudoun regained the lead when Jacob Labovitz scored in the 63rd-minute. That lead nearly held up, but United’s Adrian Penaloza scored at the end of regulation to force overtime. The Cal South side carried that momentum into the extra period, and Charles Wehan netted a pair of goals to help his side to a 4-2 win and a spot in Sunday’s final.
Pateadores San Diego (CA-S) will meet United FC in the Under-15 final after it defeated Solar Chelsea Red 99 (TX-N), 3-0, in their semifinal. Angel De Leon opened the scoring for Pateadores in the 16th minute, and the Cal South side maintained that lead until De Leon added a second tally in the 77th minute. Brian Melchor added a late goal to seal Pateadores’ 3-0 victory.
An Emmanuel Dapaa hat trick helped OP Eagles Green (OH-S) defeat two-time defending champion Santa Barbara SC White (CA-S) and book its place in Sunday’s Under-16 Boys final. Dapaa put OP up early when he beat the keeper in the fifth minute, and the Ohio South striker doubled his side’s advantage with a 36th-minute goal. Chairat Puengrod pulled Santa Barbara within one with a 53rd-minute tally, but Dapaa added an insurance goal in the 60th minute to help OP earn a hard fought 3-1 win.
Local side Baltimore Celtic 97/98 (MD) will play for the Under-17 National Championship in its home state after securing a 3-2 overtime win against Dix Hills Elite (NY-E). Baltimore fell behind early when Dix Hills’ Noah Waxner and James Contino each scored in the opening half-hour of play. The New York side held that lead until the 67th minute, when Baltimore’s Aquinas Akinlosotu found the back of the net. The Maryland side came right back four minutes later and equalized on a Quentin Valiente strike to send the match to overtime. In the extra period, Charles Thorne scored the third consecutive Baltimore goal to help his side advance to the final.
Under-17 FC Dallas Youth 97 Premier (TX-N) fought back from an early two-goal deficit to defeat CUP Gold 96/97 (OH-S), 5-2, in overtime. Luke Treadway scored consecutive goals for CUP in the 12th and 14th minutes to help his side grab a hold of the game. FC Dallas cut the CUP lead in half when John Satterla beat the keeper in the 54th minute, and Sergio Lara leveled the score with a goal in the final minutes of regulation. Lara rode the momentum of his late equalizer, as he netted three goals in overtime to help his side earn its spot in the Under-17 final.
A back-and-forth matchup between Manhattan SC PSG 96 (NY-E) and Fullerton Rangers 96 White (CA-S) needed a shootout to determine who would advance to the Under-17 final. Ronaldo Pineda scored on a first-time shot in the 16th minute, but PSG eventually responded in the 75th minute when Miguel Chun rounded the keeper and scored to level the score at 1. The match went to overtime, and Ousmane Dia put PSG in front in the 115th minute when he slid his shot past the keeper. However, Pineda converted a penalty kick in the final minute to force the shootout. PSG made all five of its attempts from the spot to win the shootout and clinch a place in the final.
Strong defense through four games has helped Lehigh Valley United 95 (PA-E) advance to the Under-18 final, as it recorded a clean sheet Saturday against Santa Clara Sporting 95 (CA-N). The Pennsylvania side broke through in the 23rd minute, as Jordon Ellison beat the keeper to give his side a first-half lead. LVU withstood the pressure from Santa Clara and eventually added an insurance goal when Colby Thomas found the back of the net in the 72nd minute. The 2-0 win puts LVU in its first championship final after three previous trips to Nationals.
Joseph Hernandez and Miguel Padron each scored a pair of goals, as Santa Barbara FC White (CA-S) defeated defending champion West Coast FC (CA-S), 4-0, in their Under-18 semifinal. Hernandez scored in the 13th and 36th minutes to give Santa Barbara a two-goal lead at halftime. Padron then beat the keeper twice in the second half to help Santa Barbara wrap up the 4-0 win and advance to the Under-18 final.
2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships | Finals Schedule
||WAZA FC East 01 Juniors (MI)
||FC Golden State PDA 01 (CA-S)
||VSA Heat Blue (VA)
||Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo (IL)
||Michigan Hawks 01 (MI)
||Surf Academy I (CA-S)
||Concorde Fire Elite (GA)
||PDA Harkes (NJ)
||United FA 00 Elite (GA)
||Real Colorado National 99/00 (CO)
||Legends FC 99 (CA-S)
||NEFC Elite (MA)
||Baltimore Celtic 97/98 (MD)
||OP Eagles Green (OH-S)
||VSA Heat 96 Blue (VA)
||DMCV Sharks Elite (CA-S)
||Lehigh Valley United 95 (E-PA)
||Santa Barbara FC White (CA-S)
||Cleveland United White (OH-N)
||Beach FC Ingrassia (CA-S)
||United FC Gold 98 (CA-S)
||Pateadores San Diego (CA-S)
||Tampa Bay United 97 Premier (FL)
||Beach FC 97 Academy (CA-S)
||FC Dallas Youth 97 Premier (N-TX)
||Manhattan SC PSG 96 (E-NY)
||Jacksonville FC 98/99 Elite (FL)
||YMS Premier Xplosion 98 (E-PA)
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-14 through Under-18 Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 96 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 in 2013 to reach the current format.
Annually, the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation’s top collegiate and professional coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country.
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