July 30, 2016
US YOUTH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
Finalists all set
FRISCO, Texas — 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 at the US Youth Soccer National Championships at the Toyota Soccer Center on Saturday morning.
Two defending champions — Under-14 Boys Baltimore Darby 01/02 (MD) and Under-14 Girls PSG MI Gators 02 Orange (MI) — 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.
Santa Barbara SC White (CA-S) will also compete in the Under-18 Boys final match as they look for their third National Championship title after winning in 2012 and 2013.
A few highlights from Saturday’s semifinal matches…
After both Under-14 Girls semifinal games went to extra time, BRYC 01 Elite (VA) and PSG MI Gators 02 Orange (MI) came out victorious to fill the final match field. During the first semifinal match, BRYC finished regulation against USA Stars 02 (CA-N) in a 1-1 tie with first half goals from BRYC’s Victoria Weber and USA Stars’ Janae DeFazio. As the score remained tied after two overtime periods, BRYC won the kicks from the mark, 2-1, for an overall 2-1 match victory.
On the other end of semifinals, 2015 National Champions PSG and Tennessee SC 20 (TN) went to overtime after PSG’s Madison Medalle scored in the ninth minute and Tennessee SC’s Hannah Morton scored early in the second half. Alexia Czerwien from PSG earned the game winner for the 2-1 victory. BRYC and PSG already faced each other in group play as the match resulted in a 1-0 PSG win.
After two semifinal matches full of Region II teams, the Under-15 Girls final game will feature CUP Gold 00/01 (OH-S) and Midwest United FC 01 Royal (MI). CUP Gold advanced to the finals after defeating Campton United Navy (IL), 3-1 with goals from Olivia Scheper, Brittany Duncan and Jordyn Rhodes and one Campton United goal from Rachael Lutter. CUP Gold went undefeated throughout group play to win their bracket, and they have totaled 11 goals and allowed only two.
In the other semifinal game, Midwest United took a 2-1 victory over FC Pride 01 Elite (IN). The goals came from Midwest United’s Jennifer Blitchok and Ariana Garcia and FC Pride’s Kelsie James. Midwest United made it out of their group in the first seed after going 2-0-1, and they have scored eight goals while allowing three. Previously at the Region II Championships, Midwest United defeated CUP Gold, 2-0 in the semifinals.
Carlsbad Elite 99 (CA-S) and La Roca Premier PO (UT) will battle for the Under-16 Girls National Championship title. Carlsbad claimed a spot in Sunday's final after a Jessica Wright overtime goal earned the 1-0 semifinal win against Florida Krush Black (FL). Carlsbad finished group play as the bracket frontrunner with a 2-1-0 record.
The 2015 National Championships finalist, La Roca, advanced to Sunday’s championship match after tallying two goals against FCKC Pink Panthers Elite (MO) in the semifinals. Both goals came early in the second half from Macy Martinez and Olivia Wade. La Roca posted a 2-0-1 record in group play, winning the bracket, and look to remain undefeated going into the final game.
The Under-17 Girls National Championship match will be a battle between YMS Premier Xplosion 98 (PA-E) and Beach FC 98 Academy (CA-S). YMS snuck into the finals with a 1-0 win over CR S Burgundy Rapids (NC) as the lone goal came from Rebecca Rossett in the 24th minute.
In the second Under-17 Girls semifinal, Beach FC escaped with a close 2-1 win against Beadling Bulldogs (PA-W). Beach FC’s Kimberly Butland scored in the second minute of the match, and Whitney Davis made it a 2-0 game in the 11th minute. Seven minutes later, Makena Silber from Beadling cut into the lead, although Beadling fought to tie up the match, Beach FC held them off for the victory.
YMS and Beach each won their brackets after three preliminary games. While this is the first National Championships appearance for Beach FC, YMS looks to earn its first title after reaching the finals the past three years.
Carlsbad Elite 97/98 (CA-S) and Tennessee SC 16 (TN) will take the field for the Under-18 Girls National Championship final on Sunday. Carlsbad qualified after earning a 2-1 win over KHA Red (OH-S) in the semifinals. Summer Bales gave Carlsbad the lead in the first half, and Morgan Jackson from KHA tied up the match in the second half, but it was a Hadley Sbrega goal in the 81st minute that earned Carlsbad the victory. Carlsbad finished group play 2-0-1 for the first seed, scoring 11 goals and allowing two. They have earned a third place medal in the last three years and will fight in their first final match on Sunday.
Four-time Region III Champions Tennessee SC defeated Ambassadors FC (OH-N), 2-0 in the other Under-18 Girls semifinal match. After a scoreless first half, Peyton DePriest and Emily Zipay scored within two minutes of each other in the second half for the victory. Tennessee SC earned a 2-1-0 record in group play for the first seed going into the semifinals, and it returns to the National final after coming up short as an Under-14 side in 2012.
Baltimore Darby 01/02 (MD) is headed back to the finals for a second straight year after defeating Raiders City (IL), 2-1. Age group leading goal scorer Theodore Ndje scored the opener in the 14th minute of play and teammate Richard Nichols made it 2-0 in the 33rd. Raiders pulled one back in the 35th minute but couldn’t find an equalizer and the score would finish 2-1 in favor of the Maryland side.
In the other Under-14 Boys semifinal, it took overtime to separate LVSA 02 Red (NV) and Valparaiso United FC 02 JG (AZ). In a back and forth game, Valparaiso started with a 4th minute goal from Jarod Eaton. The lead didn’t last long as less than 60 seconds later, Antonio Gomez leveled for LVSA. Valparaiso continued the goal scoring flurry when Denis Conteh scored just 7 minutes later. Lincoln Aquino leveled the scoring in the dying minutes of the game to send the game to overtime. Denis Conteh played the hero for Valparaiso and scored just three minutes into OT to send the Arizona team into the final.
Valparaiso will now face defending champions Baltimore Darby 01/02 (MD) in Sunday’s Under-14 Boys final.
A late game winner was all that separated McLean 00 Hotspur Green (VA) And Sparta 01 JK (UT). After a close match, a McLean shot in the 80th minute bounced off the post and to teammate Raphael Leslau who made no mistake in finishing his chance to give his side the 1-0 victory.
CFA Raiders (IL) defeated United FA 01 Premier (GA) 2-1 in the other Under-15 Boys semifinal. Chicago scored first in the 11th minute with a Josiah Ash goal. Maury Ibarra tied it up in the 52nd minute but Chicago’s Evangelo Spartiaris scored the goal that would be the game-winner just four minutes later. Chicago held on defensively and finished off its 2-1 victory.
Chicago will now face McLean in both team’s first National Championships final.
Dix Hills Hurricanes (NY-E) defeated United FA Premier (GA) 1-0 to advance to the Under-16 Boys final and earn a spot in the final in its first trip to the National Championships. With both teams battling it out, it took late dramatics to decide a winner. A PK was called in the 75th minute in favor of Dix Hills. Dix Hill’s Leo Musacchia stepped up and calmly finished his effort to give his team the 1-0 win.
Loudoun Red (VA) got off to a hot start in its Under-16 Boys semifinal against OP Green (OH-S). Evans Moyo scored in just the 9th minute of play, with teammate Bardia Kimiavi making it 2-0 just before the half. Christopher Debruyne scored in the 41st minute to make it 3-0, but OP Green’s Ryan Burke killed any chances of a clean sheet with a consolation goal in the 59th minute.
Loudoun and Dix Hills will face each other in an all Region I Under-16 Boys National Championships final.
Pipeline Black (MD) defeated Maryland rivals and defending National Champions Baltimore Celtic 98/99 (MD) 1-0 to advance to the Under-17 Boys National Championships final. The lone goal of the game came late on a Thomas Walker goal in the 77th minute. Pipeline held the clean sheet to claim the 1-0 victory.
Ian Mejia put Seattle United 98 Copa (WA) ahead of Loudoun 98 Red (VA) just 10 minutes in the other Under-17 Boys semifinal. It looked like Seattle may escape with a victory, but Loudoun’s Stephen Foss scored late in the 87th minute to level the score. After a scoreless overtime, the game had to be decided by kicks to the mark. Both teams looked confident, striking great penalties but Seattle go unlucky when it saw their fifth attempt hit the crossbar and bounce out. Reece Cooke stepped up and calmly slotted his kick to the bottom right corner to earn the win.
Pipeline and Loudoun will now play Sunday for the Under-17 Boys National Championship. This game will be a rematch of the 2016 Region I finals, where Pipeline defeated Loudoun 4-1.
FC Golden State Platinum (CA-S) defeated Arlington Impact Red (VA) 3-0 to advance to the Under-18 Boys National Championship. Oskar Nikoghosyan opened the scoring in the 20th minute, with teammate Anthony Lopez scoring just before halftime in the 45th minute. Lopez added a second in the 85th minute to complete the 3-0 victory.
Santa Barbara SC White (CA-S) return to the National Championships final for the first time since winning back-to-back titles in 2012-2013 and falling short in the semifinals in 2014-2015. Santa Barbara defeated National League Blue Champions Lehigh Valley United 97 (PA-E) 4-1 in today’s semifinal to advance to Sunday’s final. Sahid Conteh and Dennis Cole gave Santa Barbara a 2-0 first half lead. Juan Pablo Alvarez extended the lead to 3-0 in the 52nd minute but Steven Gaber brought an end to the clean sheet in the 83rd minute. Rodney tacked on a final goal in the 87th minute to bring the final score to 4-1
Santa Barbara will be looking to earn its third National Championship title in five year when it faces FC Golden State Platinum in tomorrow’s Under-18 Boys National Championships final.
2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships | Semifinal Results
BRYC 01 Elite VA 2 (PK) USA Stars 02 CA-N 1
Tennessee SC 20 TN 1 PSG MI Gators 02 Orange MI 2
LVSA 02 Red NV 2 Valparaiso United FC 02 JG AZ 3
Raiders City IL 1 Baltimore Darby 01/02 MD 2
CUP Gold 00/01 OH-S 3 Campton United Navy IL 1
Midwest United FC 01 Royal MI 2 FC Pride 01 Elite IN 1
CFA Raiders IL 2 United FA 01 Premier GA 1
Sparta 01 JK UT 0 McLean 00 Green VA 1
Carlsbad Elite 99 CA-S 1 Florida Krush Black FL 0
La Roca Premier PO UT 2 FCKC Pink Panthers Elite MO 0
United FA Premier GA 0 Dix Hills Hurricanes NY-E 1
OP Green OH-S 1 Loudoun Red VA 3
YMS Premier Xplosion 98 PA-E 1 CR S Burgundy Rapids NC 0
Beach FC 98 Academy CA-S 2 Beadling Bulldogs PA-W 1
Pipeline Black MD 1 Baltimore Celtic 98/99 MD 0
Loudoun 98 Red VA 2 (PK) Seattle United 98 Copa WA 1
Carlsbad Elite 97/98 CA-S 2 KHA Red OH-S 1
Tennessee SC 16 TN 2 Ambassadors FC OH-N 0
FC Golden State Platinum CA-S 3 Arlington Impact Red VA 0
Santa Barbara SC White CA-S 4 Lehigh Valley United 97 PA-E 1