All champions crowned at 2019 USYS Eastern Regional Championships
WEST VIRGINIA — The final four champions were crowned in the 13U and 16U Boys and Girls age groups at the 2019 US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships, presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods, Thursday in West Virginia. The seven-day event, which took place June 28-July 4, featured 12U through 19U Boys and Girls teams at the Shawnee Sports Complex and Barboursville Soccer Complex.
Eastern Pennsylvania led the field with six Eastern Regional Champions, while Maryland and New Jersey each had four. Virginia and Pennsylvania West round off the list with one champion each.
2019 US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Champions
|12U||Girls||Penn Fusion Pre-Academy||E-PA|
|13U||Boys||2006 Pipeline SC Pre-Academy||MD|
|13U||Girls||Real JFC 06||NJ|
|14U||Girls||Pipeline Spirit Pre-Academy 05||MD|
|15U||Boys||PA Dominion 04||E-PA|
|15U||Girls||FC Revolution Dynamo||E-PA|
|16U||Boys||Beadling 2003 South Red||PA-W|
|16U||Boys**||Syracuse Developmental Academy||NY-W|
|16U||Girls||PSA National 03||NJ|
|17U||Boys||Baltimore Celtic Nesbitt||MD|
|17U||Girls||HMMS Eagle FC Impact 03||E-PA|
|18U||Boys||Future Player Academy||E-PA|
|18U||Girls||1776 United FC 01 Xtreme||E-PA|
|19U||Boys||Baltimore Celtic SC 00||MD|
*Advances to National Championships as Eastern Regional’s representative. 19U Boys Baltimore Celtic SC 00 to represent the National League.
** Won a match on Thursday to determine Eastern Regional’s representative at Nationals. Both finalists in the 16U Boys age groups to represent the National League.
West Virginia Youth Soccer Association is hosting the event alongside 14 other East Region State Associations including Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Eastern New York, New York West, Eastern Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania West, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.
Alongside the State Champions, dozens of additional teams qualified for the Eastern Regional Championships via the US Youth Soccer National League Conferences managed by EDP as five slots per age gender group were allocated to complete the field of teams competing for a Regional title and a spot in the US Youth Soccer National Championships.
Highlights from the Eastern Regional Championships finals:
In a thrilling contest for the 13U Girls title, Real JFC 06 (NJ) pulled out the narrow, 1-0, win over CT Rush Elite (CT). The teams battled hard from the start of the game as each team looked to take the lead. Following 35 minutes of play, neither team was able to score, sending the game to halftime tied at 0-0. In the second half, both teams continued to look for the game winner but each defense held strong to keep the game scoreless. The scoring drought ended with three minutes left in the game as Jaden Aaronson scored the game winning goal for Real JFC. New Jersey will now represent the Eastern Region in 13U Girls age group in Overland Park, Kan.
2006 Pipeline SC Pre-Academy (MD) earned the 13U Boys Eastern Regional Championship title after posting a, 1-0, win over FC Europa Elite (PA-E). The teams came out fast at the first whistle as each team recorded a shot in the first minute of play, but both goalkeepers made saves to keep the game scoreless. After early back and forth play, Pipeline took a one goal lead in the 15th minute as Nicholas Antonakas found Kobe Keomanywith a pass. Keomany put the ball to the far post past the goalkeeper to give his team a 1-0 lead. The game went to halftime with Pipeline holding a one goal lead. FC Europa continued to look for the equalizer in the second half, but Pipeline’s defense held off any threatening chances on goal to earn the 13U Boys crown.
PSA National 03 (NJ) is taking home the 16U Girls crown following a, 3-2, overtime victory against FC Revolution Rowdies (PA-E). The first half went scoreless until Abigail O’shea gave PSA the one goal lead in the 25th minute. Jailene Dejesus negated the one goal deficit for FC Revolution just 11 minutes later and the game went into halftime knotted at one goal apiece. Just one minute into the second half, Dejesus netted her second goal of the day to give FC Revolution a one score lead. In the 58th minute, Emily Jozak scored the equalizing goal for PSA to tie the game at two goals a side. The teams battled for the game winning goal and, with three minutes left in the game, Samantha Moxie found the back of the net to give PSA the win.
Beadling 2003 South Red (PA-W) won the 16U Boys Eastern Regional title after a high scoring, 5-2, victory over Baltimore Celtic Premier (MD). Beadling wasted little time, taking a lead just four minutes into the game with a goal from Joseph Fonagy. The lead lasted for only six minutes as Baltimore Celtic’s Tyquan Stroud equalized to tie the game at 1-1. Fonagy scored his second goal of the game in the 22nd minute for Beadling to regain the lead and take a one goal lead into halftime. Three minutes into the second half, Chad Eldridge extended the Beadling lead to two goals, and then Fonagy completed his hat trick just two minutes later. Anthony DiFalco joined in the scoring with a goal in the 69th minute to put Beadling up by four goals. Aiden Loudon pulled one back for Baltimore Celtic with 10 minutes left to play, but Celtic couldn’t find any more goals as Beadling held on for the victory and a spot in the National Championships.
Regional winners of the 13U through 19U age groups earn a berth to the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which will be played July 22-28 at the Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan.
The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 14U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 104 teams.