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USYS Mar 11, 2012

Champions crowned at the 2012 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships

The 2012 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Champions were crowned today at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Cal South sweeps girls titles. Florida wins first-ever ODP Championship. Michigan claims first ODP Boys Championship.

State-level US Youth Soccer ODP 1996 and 1995 Boys and Girls teams earned their way to the 2012 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships by winning their US Youth Soccer ODP Regional Championships. These teams represent the best in the country from their age group and region.

“To improve at any level you need to play against the best and coming here to play competition like this is playing the best,” said Steve Lyons, head coach of Florida 96 Boys.

Brief recaps from the championship final and consolation matches are below.

1996 Girls

The 1996 Girls final pitted California South against Virginia. After offensive strikes and defensive stops at both ends of the field, Cal South’s Pilar Torres broke the stalemate with a decisive goal in the 75th minute. Torres found the ball in the middle of the 6-yard-box off a corner kick and punched it home for the game winner.

A hat trick by Jessie Scarpa led Florida to a 5-1 victory over Michigan for third place. Melanie Monteagudo and Deborah Hahn added goals for Florida, while Zoe Morse notched the lone Michigan goal.

1996 Boys
The 1996 boys from Florida followed up a 3-0 victory in the semis with a 3-0 win over Michigan in the championship game. The scoring opened in the 24th minute when Johnny Nartowicz won the ball in the midfield then started a string of passes that resulted in a goal by Morgan Shepard. Second half goals by Samuel Vinson and Mario Da Silva secured the title for Florida, the first ever ODP championship for the state.

Cal South claimed third place with a 3-0 victory over Virginia Sunday thanks to a pair of goals by Marcos Bueno and one by Rey Ortiz.

1995 Girls
In a rematch of last year’s final, Cal South 95 Girls avenged its 2011 championship day loss to New Jersey by earning a 2-0 victory Sunday. A pair of goals by Kayla Mills, one during the run of play and one from the penalty spot, made the difference and claimed a girl’s title sweep on the day for Cal South.

Ohio South beat Georgia 4-1 in the match for third place. Kaitlynn Kiehl netted a pair of goals to lead Ohio South, with Katie Murray and Alexis Kiehl also scoring. Kayla Puzas scored the lone Georgia goal just before the final whistle.

1995 Boys
Michigan ended Virginia’s quest to repeat as ODP champions with a 1-0 win in the 95 boys final. In the 52nd minute, Michigan’s Dalton Amez collected the ball about 25 yards from goal, created space for a shot and blasted the game winner into the top of the net. With Virginia committing numbers forward to try and get an equalizer, Michigan kept a clean sheet on its way to the title.

Three goals by three different players secured third place for Cal South, who beat Tennessee 3-1. Jose Nuno, Joshua Goodman and Ricardo Ruiz found the net, while Tyler Long tallied the Tennessee goal.

US Youth Soccer ODP Championships
Championship Results 

1996 Girls Virginia 0-1 California South
Goal Scorer: Pilar Torres (75:00)
1996 Boys Michigan 0-3 Florida
Goal Scorers: Morgan Shepard (24:00), Samuel Vinson (60:00), Mario Da Silva (71:00)
1995 Girls California South 2-0 New Jersey
Goal Scorer: Kayla Mills (13:00,68:00)
1995 Boys Virginia 0-1 Michigan
Goal Scorer: Dalton Amez (52:00)

Consolation Results 

1996 Girls Michigan 1-5 Florida
Goal Scorers: MI-Zoe Morse (52:00)
FL-Deborah Hahn (17:00), Jessie Scarpa (46:00), Jessie Scarpa (48:00), Jessie Scarpa (51:00), Melanie Monteagudo (8:00)
1996 Boys Virginia 0-3 California South
Goal Scorers: Rey Ortiz (14:00), Marcos Bueno (41:00), Marcos Bueno (60:00)
1995 Girls Georgia 1-4 Ohio South
Goal Scorers: GA-Kayla Puzas (90:00)
OH-S-Katie Murray (19:00), Kaitlynn Kiehl (44:00, 58:00), Alexis Kiehl (54:00)
1995 Boys California South 3-1 Tennessee
Goal Scorers: CA-S-Jose Nuno (15:00), Joshua Goodman (18:00), Ricardo Ruiz (83:00)
TN-Tyler Long (27:00)

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