BOCA RATON, Fla. (Via US Youth Soccer) — The annual US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional continued Tuesday in Boca Raton, Florida, as teams in the 2000/2001 and 2002 age groups competed on the second day of play.
The six-day event, which is taking place Nov. 19-24 at Spanish River Athletic Park and Florida Atlantic University, will feature the teams in the 2000-2004 age groups comprised of the top female players in the country.
In addition to facing top competition, players receive training and instruction from several experienced coaches. Among them is head coach of the 2002 East team, Sue Ryan, who was the head women’s coach at Stony Brook University for over 30 years.
“This level is so competitive that you can have aspects of your abilty – technical, tactical, smart or physical – and in some circumstances you can succeed doing just one or two of those,” said Ryan. “When you are here you have to be successful in all those areas to succeed. This stretches the players to be at their best and when players have to stretch it is what better prepares them for what they’re going to see in college.”
The nearly 300 participating players were selected from US Youth Soccer State Association and Regional level evaluations. Throughout the week, players will attend training sessions and compete in matches against other Regions, in front of U.S. Soccer national staff and collegiate coaches to maximize their exposure for selection to the next level of play.
Highlights from Day 2:
2000/2001 | South 2, East 2
After trailing 2-0 at halftime, East stormed back to score two goals to earn a 2-2 tie with South. Hailey Whitaker opened the scoring for South in the 11th minute. Whitaker beat the keeper to the ball, touched it towards the center of the goal and then slotted her chance beyond the defenders scrambling to recover. Whitaker set up the next goal, receiving a pass wide off a free kick and then hitting a cross into the box. Taylor Radecki made a run into the box and finished off Whitakers cross. The tides turned in the second half as East pressed for a goal. Michelle Money dispossesed a South defender deep in their end and then laid off a pass to Phoebe Canoles for a tap-in goal. South’s keeper, Kate Devine, had to be on her toes tipping a shot over the top and making another save near post to keep the lead intact. After some dynamic play on the left flank, East’s Sheyenne Allen finally got on the scoreboard, finishing far post in the 81st minute to bring the sides level.
2000/2001 | West 0, Midwest 4
Midwest controlled the game from start to finish and rightfully earned a 4-0 victory over the West Region in each team’s opening match at the event. Kristin Boos cannoned a shot into the net in the 23rd minute, scoring the game’s lone first half goal. Abby Jones increased the lead to 2-0 in the 49th minute. Jones intercepted a soft back pass to the keeper, rounded the stranded keeper and then finished her chance. Megan Crevoiserat added a goal in the 60th minute and then added her second of the game in the 90th minute of play bringing the final score to 4-0.
2002s | West 0, Midwest 3
Midwest defeated West, 3-0, on the opening day of play for the 2002 Girls. Midwest controlled the pace early, and Amurie Coder had a chance on goal but it was saved by West’s Isabella Mendoza. West had a chance to take a lead when Porter List found Olivia Neidhardt in front of goal. Neidhardt’s tight angled chance was saved by Midwest’s Tara Tesmond to keep the teams level. Mendoza came up big for West again as a shot came through traffic during a scramble in front of goal off a corner. Midwest took the lead early in the second half when Amurie Coder scored in the 41st minute. Porter List doubled Midwest’s advantage when Piper Biziorek found List with a pass in front of net. List pounded her shot into the upper right corner to make the score 2-0. Midwest added a goal before the final whistle when Blake Morrow found the back of the net to increase the score to 3-0.
2002s | South 2, East 3
The 2002 East team scored a late goal to earn a 3-2 win over the South Region. Hannah Antonick scored the game’s opening goal in the 14th minute. Antonick beat her defender to the endline and then dribbled close range to finish her chance. Samantha St. Pierre increased East’s advantage in the 23rd minute giving her team a 2-0 lead into halftime. South made a push in the second half, scoring just two minutes into the half. After earning a penalty kick, Abigail Brighton stepped up and boomed her chance in to cut the lead in half. South earned a free kick inside the box after the East goalkeeper handled a pass from her teammate. Brooke Hart made the best of the ensuing free kick, hammering her shot low and hard to equalize the score. East pulled ahead in the last minutes of the match, drawing a penalty kick. Antonick stepped up and tallied her second of the game to earn East the win.