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FRISCO, Texas (Via US Youth Soccer) — The 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships continued Wednesday, as teams competed in their second of three group stage games at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas. It was a must-win situation for many of the teams looking to advance to this weekend’s games.
With the teams having completed their second games, the stage is set for crucial games on Thursday, as the 96 sides play their final group stage games to solidify the group standings. The top two teams in the 13U and 14U age groups will advance to the National Championship final on Saturday, while the top two teams in each group in 15U through 19/20U play advance to their respective semifinals.
All of the teams competing in Frisco earned their place in the National Championships via success in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series or the US Youth Soccer National League.
Live broadcasts of more than 80 games, daily highlight videos, photos, reports and complete results from the tournament are available on http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/.
A few highlights from Wednesday’s matches…
13U Girls: SDFC Yellow (NJ) 2-0 Lonestar 04 Red (TX-S)
The Region I Champion, SDFC Yellow (NJ), got its first win of the 2017 National Championships against Lonestar 04 Red (TX-S). Mackenzie Albert was the lone goal scorer for SDFC in the first half, and Angela Nicol doubled the score in the second half of play to leave the final score at 2-0. With the win, SDFC will face Sporting Blue Valley (KS) in the third and final group stage game on Thursday.
14U Girls: SDFC Yellow (NJ) 1-0 Tennessee SC Showcase (TN)
The Region I Champions, SDFC Yellow (NJ), defeated Tennessee SC Showcase (TN), 1-0. The only goal of the match was scored in the 11th minute of play by SDFC’s Lauren Belcuore. SDFC Yellow moves to 1-1 in the first two days of play at the 2017 National Championships.
15U Girls: Sporting OFC 2002 Elite (NE) 3-1 Real Colorado Olympico (CO)
The Region II representative, Sporting OFC 2002 Elite (NE), beat Real Colorado Olympico, 3-1, in Wednesday’s match. The lone goal of the match for Real Colorado was netted by Addie Follett in the 38th minute. Just a few minutes after the second half began, Sporting OFC’s Gwenyth Lane tied up the score at 1-1. To give OFC a lead, Alaina Lewis scored in the 56th minute and the final goal of the match was scored in the 67th minute by Sporting OFC’s Cecilia Behrens. With the win, Sporting OFC moved to 1-1 on the week.
16U Girls: CUP Gold 01 (OH-S) 2-1 SLSC Cosmos 01 Lawless (OK)
CUP Gold 01 (OH-S) edged SLSC Cosmos 01 Lawless (OK), 2-1. The first half was scoreless for both teams, but SLSC’s Kelbie Washington ended the drought in the 54th minute. Just four minutes later, Alyssa Weisbrodt answered for CUP Gold. For the game winner, Alyssa Weisbrodt scored her second of the match to give CUP Gold two wins in two days.
17U Girls: Midwest United 00 Royal (MI) 4-0 Legends FC 00 Academy (CA-S)
Midwest United FC 00 Royal (MI) soared past Legends FC 00 Academy (CA-S), 4-0. The first goal for Midwest United was netted by Avery Lockwood in the eighth minute. Midwest United’s Jennifer Blitchok struck again 11 minutes later with an assist from Khloe Hayes to double its lead. In the second half, Midwest United’s Danika Austin found the back of the net after the ball was loose in the box off of a corner kick. The fourth and final goal came in the 80h minute when Stephanie Currie crossed it into the box and Avery Lockwood notched it home.
18U Girls: Legends FC 99 Academy (CA-S) 3-0 Cleveland FC (OH-N)
Legends FC 99 Academy (CA-S) tallied three goals against Cleveland FC (OH-N) to go 2-0 in the first two days of the National Championships. In the opening minutes of play, Legends FC’s Isabel Dehakiz found the back of the net. The rest of the first half was scoreless, but Bryanna Duckett doubled Legends FC’s score in the 51st minute. The last goal of the game was scored in the 71st minute by Kaylee Ramirez to make the final score 3-0.
19/20U Girls: Beach FC Academy (CA-S) 1-0 EGA Maroon 98 (NE)
Beach FC Academy (CA-S) got its second win of the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships with a win over EGA Maroon 98 (NE). In the 28th minute, Savannah DeMelo found the back of the net after she was served a beautiful long ball that she finished with her left foot. In the last two games, Beach FC has outscored its opponents 5-to-1 and will face 98 CR Academy (NC) Thursday in the final group stage round.
13U Boys: TSC Hurricane 04 Umelo (OK) 0-1 Real JFC (NJ)
Real JFC (NJ) is right back in the hunt for a spot in the 13U Boys final after a 1-0 victory over TSC Hurricane 04 Umelo (OK). Real’s Thomas Napoli scored the game’s lone goal to give his team the 1-0 advantage. Real sits just three points back from the group leaders, Heat FC 04 ET (NV) and Real JFC (NJ) both face off in an important final day matchup. St. Louis Scott Gallagher Pre Academy 04 (MO) also sits at three points and could cause some tiebreaker drama if the Missouri side and Real both grab day three wins.
14U Boys: Beadling 2003 (PA-W) 0-0 CDA Slammers FC HB Godinez Black (CA-S)
Beadling 2003 (PA-W) and CDA Slammers FC HB Godinez Black (CA-S) played to a 0-0 draw on day two of play at the 2017 National Championships. With neither side able to find the back of the net, both teams left the game with one point, which could be crucial in gaining a spot in the 14U Boys National Championship. The point bumps Beadling up to four, putting them two points behind the current leaders, USA/MP 20003 Premier (SC), and three ahead of CDA Slammers. Beadling controls its own fate, as a tie or win in tomorrow’s game would guarantee it a spot in the final. CDA Slammers will need a win and a Beadling loss in order to have a shot at moving on.
15U Boys: Boca OC 02 White (CA-S) 0-1 Tuzos Academy 02 (AZ)
Tuzos Academy 02 (AZ) took down the National League Blue Champs, Boca OC 02 White (CA-S), 1-0, to stay undefeated in 15U Boys Group A play. The game’s lone goal was scored in the 30th minute as Jason Villalba notched his second goal of the tournament after finishing a ball hit across the face of goal by Angel Ramirez. The Tuzos defense did its part to keep a clean sheet, and Villalba’s goal was enough to give the Arizona side the victory. With the win, Tuzos has guaranteed its spot in the semifinals.
16U Boys: Lobos Rush 01 Premier (TN) 0-3 Javanon 2001 Black (KY)
The Javanon 2001 Black (KY) defense kept a clean sheet for the second game in a row to help lead the Kentucky side to a 3-0 victory over Lobos Rush 01 Premier (TN). Simon Fewell scored the game’s lone first-half goal just before halftime — giving Javanon a 1-0 lead. Brandon McManus and Nansen Wilson each added to Javanon’s lead in the second half, bringing the final score to 3-0. Javanon have six points and can guarantee its place in the 16U Boys semifinals with a tie or win in its final group stage game.
17U Boys: Michigan Jaguars 00 Green (MI) 1-0 Santa Clara Sporting 00 Green (CA-N)
Michigan Jaguars 00 Green (MI) are right back into the thick of Group A with today’s 1-0 win against Santa Clara sporting 00 Green (CA-N). Braydon Walker’s first half goal was all that separated the two sides at halftime. Santa Clara couldn’t break through to find an equalizer and Jaguars held on for the 1-0 win. With only three points separating the top team in the group from the bottom team, Group A is entirely up for grabs tomorrow as teams continue to battle for a spot in the semifinals.
18U Boys: West Coast 99 Wyss (CA-S) 2-2 BRYC 99 Elite (VA)
West Coast 99 Wyss (CA-S) scored late to secure a 2-2 draw with BRYC 99 Elite (VA). West Coast took the lead just before halftime as Ryan Bishop, who is tied for top goal scorer in the age group, gave his team a 1-0 lead. BRYC responded in the second half to take the lead as Adam Laundree and Juan Benavides both scored for BRYC. Lukas Ryan played hero for West Coast, finding the back of the net just 10 minutes before the end of regulation to tie the game. A West Coast tie or win tomorrow will guarantee it the top spot in Group B moving on into the semifinals.
19/20U Boys: FC United (IL) 3-1 OFC 98 (OK)
FC United (IL) moved into first place in the 19/20U Boys Group A after its 3-1 victory over OFC 98 (OK). The Oklahoma side took the lead in the 11th minute of play as Daryl Dike scored to put his team ahead. Alexander Alfaro leveled the score in the 26th minute, sending both teams into halftime tied 1-1. FC United took the lead midway through the second half thanks to Julian Hilpuesch and then Noah Melick added a late buffer goal to seal the game in the 77th minute. FC United sits tied on top of Group A with Chicago Fire Juniors South (IL) and are trailed by just one points by OFC. The tight group should provide some exciting third day of games.