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US Youth Soccer Region III Championships quarterfinals begin in Baton Rouge, La.

June 23, 2014 04:01 PM
 

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US Youth Soccer Region III Championships quarterfinals begin in Baton Rouge, La.

Semifinals matchups set in Under-14 through Under-16 age groups

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BATON ROUGE, La. (June 23, 2014) — The next step in achieving National Championship dreams started Monday for teams in the Under-14 through Under-16 age groups at the 2014 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships in Baton Rouge, La.

After the sides competed in quarterfinal matches, just four teams remain in each of these gender age groups. Those teams are now preparing for the upcoming semifinal matches and a chance to get one step closer to a spot in the 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships, presented by the National Guard, held July 22-27 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md.

The quarterfinal round of the US Youth Soccer Region III Championships will wrap up on Tuesday at the BREC Burbank-Soccer Complex, as the final eight teams compete in the Under-17 and Under-18 Boys and Girls age groups. Meanwhile, the first finalists of the tournament will be decided when Under-13 and Under-19 squads square off in the semifinals.

The winners from Monday’s Under-14 through Under-16 games will get a day of rest before Wednesday’s semifinal matchups after they each competed in intense quarterfinals. With the quality of players competing in Baton Rouge, it takes a lot of hard work for teams to get to this point.

“You’re facing the best of the best here. To be able to have the success that we’ve had has been absolutely amazing,” said United FA 99 Elite coach Philip Broome, whose Under-14 girls earned a semifinals berth. “With the quality of the play here, you’re not going to find a weak link. Everybody has earned their place here. Every victory or tie you get out of this, every success you’ve had out on that field, you’ve earned.”

Broome said with a lot of focus on the 2014 FIFA World Cup going on right now, it’s good to have a similar environment for youth players to showcase their talents.

“This has been a class act, top to bottom. From the facilities to the staff to the officiating, everyone has done an outstanding job,” Broome said. “I think the girls feel like stars. It’s great when you’ve earned an opportunity like this for them to have the stage and feel special.”

Girls Highlights

Under-16 Tophat 16 Gold (GA) is heading to the semifinals after a 4-0 win Monday against Liverpool (N-TX). The Georgia side controlled the flow of the game early, but hit the crossbar twice to remain off the scoreboard. In first-half stoppage time, a third shot off the post fell to Kaylann Boyd, who drilled her shot into the net to give Tophat a 1-0 lead. Boyd hit a right-footed shot high and past the keeper to make it 2-0 shortly after halftime, and she gave Tophat a 3-0 lead with a penalty kick in the 55th minute. Logue Shamburger added a fourth goal for the Georgia side, which earned its first semifinals appearance at the Region III Championships.

A well-played game in between Oklahoma FC 99 (OK) and United FA 99 Elite (GA) came down to the final minutes in the Under-15 quarterfinals. The teams went back and forth for more than an hour with neither side able to break through the opposition’s back line for an opening goal. With less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation, United’s Maddy Peterson found the back of the net for the game-winner, as the Georgia side won, 1-0. The United victory was a big turnaround from last year, when OFC won a pool play game, 3-0, between the two sides.

“To come back and get a win like that, the girls worked so hard between last year and this year. I’m so happy for them,” United head coach Philip Broome said. “They absolutely deserved it. It was a quality opponent, and we knew coming in it was going to be a tough match. I couldn’t be happier for our group. It feels absolutely incredible.”

A roller-coaster game between Under-15 98 PGSA Stars (NC) and Vestavia Attack 99 Black (AL) needed kicks from the penalty spot to decide who would advance. PGSA built a 2-0 halftime lead behind goals from Alexia Moore and Shelby Jones. Vestavia bounced back in the second half with a pair of goals from Haleigh Kimble, including one in the final minute to send the game to overtime. Jones gave PGSA — which went a player down midway through the second half — a lead four minutes into overtime, but Vestavia’s Jordan Henderson equalized shortly after and the match went to a shootout. The North Carolina side converted four of its attempts from the spot to claim the victory and move on the Wednesday’s semifinals.

Ponte Vedra SC JFC Storm 99/00 (FL) is back in the semifinals for the second straight year after a 4-1 win Monday over MFC Fire 00 Premier (MS). Madison Sagas and Danielle Anderson each scored in the first half-hour of play to give Ponte Vedra a 2-0 halftime lead. Morgan Mills added to the lead with a tally in the 37th minute before Daniela Avelar scored for MFC to pull her side within two goals. However, Piper Dotsikas netted a fourth goal for the Florida side to put the game out of reach and cap the 4-1 win.

Boys Highlights

The Under-16 contest between Houstonians 98 Boys (S-TX) and FC Alliance 98 Black (TN) required a shootout to determine the winner. Lucas Altman gave Alliance a 32nd-minute lead before the Houstonians’ Daniel Sanchez leveled the score when he hit his shot past the keeper and inside the left post. Houstonians then took the lead when Giovanni Sanchez hit in a rebound, but Altman equalized for Alliance in the final minute when he followed up his own penalty kick attempt and scored. It took seven rounds of kicks from the mark to decide the winner, and the Houstonians keeper made the deciding save to help the South Texas side move on.

Oklahoma FC 99 (OK) pulled out a 3-2 win Monday against ERFC 99 Arsenal (TN) to book its spot in the Under-15 semifinals. Joshua Berney scored for OFC in the 14th minute for the first half’s lone goal. ERFC bounced back just three minutes after the break to tie the game when Enzo Lavecchia found the back of the net. Dante Brigida scored to help OFC regain the lead in the 50th minute, but Nicholas Infante responded to once again pull ERFC even. The game appeared destined for overtime before Berney netted his second goal in the final minute to give OFC the 3-2 victory.

A back-and-forth matchup between VHSC 99 Black Steamers (AL) and SAA Real Madrid (FL) saw the Florida side walk away with a 3-2 overtime victory. SAA took control early on a pair of goals from Jarnni Prieto-Verdecia in the opening 20 minutes, but Dylan Bradley pulled the Steamers within one with a tally just before halftime. SAA nearly held on for the regulation win before Brandon Servania scored for VHSC in stoppage time to send the match to overtime. After the Steamers hit the post twice in the second overtime period, SAA’s Valentin Centurion knocked in a loose ball off of a corner kick in the 110th minute to give the Florida side the win and spot in the semifinals.

Defending Region III Champion United FA 00 Elite (GA) won, 5-2, against GSA 00 Premier (GA) in a matchup of talented Georgia squads. United’s Carlos Reyes opened the scoring in the 26th minute before GSA responded with goals from Nigel Moe and Nyger Hunter to take a 2-1 lead. Reyes scored the game’s next three goals to give United a 4-2 advantage, and Alonzo Millsap added a fifth goal to cap the victory.

Regional winners of the Under-13 through Under-19 age groups earn a berth to the 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships, presented by the National Guard, which will be played July 22-27 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md.

The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions, 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. 

Daily reports and complete results from the US Youth Soccer Region III Championships are available on http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/regionIII/.

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Monday’s scores…

Under-14 Girls Quarterfinals            
Ponte Vedra JFC Storm 99/00 FL PLE 4 MFC Fire 00 Premier MS SC 1
MAI 99/00 Florida Krush Black FL SC 0 Sting 00 Flanagan TX-N PLW 1
Classics Elite TX-S SC 1 Oklahoma Football Club 00 OK SC 4
Ambush 00 Red GA SQ 0 PTFC Lady Black NC SC 1 (PK)
               
Under-14 Boys Quarterfinals            
Concorde Fire 99-00 GA PLE 1 Houstonians FC 00 TX-S PLW 0
United FA  00 Elite GA SC 5 GSA 00 Premier GA PLE 2
TSC - Pore OK SC 1 Coral Gables Toros FL SC 2
INNER CITY MANA 00 TX-S SC 3 BRSC 00 Black LA SC 1
               
Under-15 Girls Quarterfinals            
98 PGSA Stars  NC SC 4 (PK) Vestavia Attack 99 Black AL PLC 3
Tophat 17 Gold GA PLE 4 FC Dallas 99 Premier TX-N SC 0
United FA 99 Elite GA SQ 1 OFC 99 OK SC 0
Jacksonville FC 98-99 Elite FL SPL 2 SCU/MP 98 Elite SC SC 0
               
Under-15 Boys Quarterfinals            
Solar Chelsea Red 99 TX-N PLW 1 98 CASL ElIte Black NC SC 0
SAA Real Madrid Miami FL SC 3 VHSC-99 Black Steamers AL PLC 2
MFC Fire 99 Premier MS SC 1 GSA Force 99 White TX-S SC 2
ERFC 99 Arsenal TN SC 2 OFC 99 OK SC 3
               
Under-16 Girls Quarterfinals            
Concorde Fire Elite GA SQ 3 Ponte Vedra 97/98 Storm Gold FL PLE 1
Tophat 16 Gold GA SPL 4 Liverpool TX-N SQ 0
Tennessee SC 16 TN SC 2 Oklahoma Football Club 98 OK SC 1
Solar Chelsea Elite 98 TX-N PLW 2 Tampa Bay United 97 Premier FL SQ 0
               
Under-16 Boys Quarterfinals            
GSA 98 Premier GA PLE 3 FC Dallas El Paso TX-S SQ 2
FC Alliance 98 Black TN SPL 2 Houstonians FC 98 Red TX-S PLW 3 (PK)
Sunrise Elite 97\98 FL SC 2 Tennessee SC 2016 TN PLC 1
FC Dallas 98 Premier TX-N SC 3 CUFC Charlotte United Gold  NC SC 0
 

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