Under 19 Girls Field Take Shape at 2014 US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships
One day left of preliminary matches for Under 19 Girls
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Albuquerque, N.M. (June 18, 2014)- Most teams still in contention for the Region IV Championships are anxiously awaiting their quarterfinal match set for tomorrow. However, that is not the case for the five teams in the Under 19 Girls age group.
Legends FC (CA-S), NM Rush 95 (NM), Rio Rapids SC 95 (NM), Marin FC 97 Blue (CA-N) and Players SC will all play each other in a round robin fashion, with the top two teams advancing to the finals on Sunday, June 22.
After four days of games, one team has already qualified for the finals as Legends FC (CA-S) sports a 4-0 record and a 14:3 goal differential. Legends has a plethora of experience on the national level as the California squad has won their division in the US Youth Soccer National League in each of the last two years, and played in the finals of the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships, but Legends has yet to claim a Region IV Championship. Joining Legends in the final has yet to be decided between New Mexico Rush, Rio Rapids and Marin FC Blue.
Notes on today’s games
Rio Rapids defeated Players SC 4-0 as Rapids saw Amelia Neal, Devin Hart, Dezirae Armijo and Salina Lucero all get on the board for the New Mexico side. In the other side, Legends secured its spot in the finals with a victory over New Mexico Rush. Legends took a 2-0 lead into halftime thanks to goals from Bryce Watts and Paige Conway, and added another in the 49th minute from Mckennah Spagnola. New Mexico Rush’s Victoria Barba scored one minute later, but that was all from the New Mexico side as the game ended with Legends winning 3-1.
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-13 through U-19) from each regional event advance to the National Championships. The Under-14 through 18 Boys and Girls age groups have four teams representative of the US Youth Soccer National League, in which the top four teams in each gender age group earn a direct path to the national championships. Overall the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation's top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country.
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