Champions crowned at the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships
La Roca (UT) Claims Four Regional Titles
Santa Barbara SC (CA-S), So Cal Blues (CA-S) and LVSA 97 (NV) Repeat as Region IV Champs
Boise, Idaho (Via US Youth Soccer) – Champions were crowned 2015 US Youth Soccer Region IV Champions today and the Under-13 through Under-19 champions have earned a berth to the US Youth Soccer National Championships July 21-26 at Mohawk Soccer Complex in Tulsa, Okla.
Heading into this year, Utah had only claimed two Region IV Championships since 2005. That total doubled this year alone as La Roca (UT) claimed the Under-15-18 Girls region titles.
Three defending region champs claimed consecutive titles as Under-13 Girls So Cal Blues Baker (CA-S) and LVSA 97 Red (NV) won their second straight, while Under-17 Santa Barbara SC White (CA-S) won its fifth Region IV Championships and will look to win a third National Championship in Tulsa, Okla. next month.
The Under-14-18 Boys and Girls finals matches were streamed live, and replays can be found here:
2015 US Youth Soccer Region IV Champions
Under-12: SD Surf Academy 02/03 (CA-S)
Under-13: So Cal Blues Baker (CA-S)
Under-14: Legends FC Gold (CA-S)
Under-15: La Roca Premier PO (UT)
Under-16: La Roca FD (UT)
Under-17: LaRoca Premier (UT)
Under-18: La Roca PO (UT)
Under-19: FC Nova Nationals (ID)
Under-12: Total Futbol Academy (CA-S)
Under-13: EC Real Galaxy FC 01 (CA-N)
Under-14: SJ Earthquakes PDA 01 (CA-N)
Under-15: Surf Aguilar (CA-S)
Under-16: Seattle United 98 Copa (WA)
Under-17: Santa Barbara SC White (CA-S)
Under-18: LVSA 97 Red (NV)
Under-19: Scottsdale 96 Blackhawks Burke (AZ)
Notes from today’s matches…
Under-12 Girls: Legends FC 02 (CA-S) vs. SD Surf Academy 02/03 (CA-S)
SD Surf Academy 02/03 (CA-S) edged out Legends FC 02 (CA-S) in the Under-12 Girls final 2-1. Dorrian Savage netted a pair of goals in the span of seven minutes to put Surf up 2-0 before half. Courtney Boone cut Surf’s lead in half with a goal in the 62nd minute, but Legends was unable to find an equalizer as the match ended 2-1.
Under-13 Girls: So Cal Blues Baker (CA-S) vs Eagles SC (CA-S)
Defending Region IV champs So Cal Blues Baker (CA-s) punched a ticket to its first National Championships with a 4-2 overtime win against in-state opponent Eagles SC (CA-S). Blues began the scoring in the seventh minute with Trinity Rodman’s goal. Eagles responded right at the end of the first half when Delaney Jannone found herself alone after beating an off-sides trap and slotted a shot into the corner. Eagles then took the lead in the first couple minutes of the second half with a goal from Cordelia Cross. The defending champs still had some fight left as it was Rodman again who scored the equalizer in the 53rd minute. Neither team was able to get the edge in regular time, so overtime was necessary where Jordyn Gather broke the 2-2 tie in the 72nd minute, and Isabella DAquila added the final goal of the match in the 86nd minute.
Under-14 Girls: Legends FC Gold (CA-S) vs. Rush 01 (HI)
Legends FC Gold (CA-S) defeated Rush 01 (HI) 3-0 in the Under-14 Girls final to clinch a spot in the National Championships. Madison Fortich began the scoring for Legends in the eighth minute, and Emily Jauregui added a second right before halftime. Liliana Flores Smith finished scored the match’s final goal in the 63rd minute, and the Legends defense produced its fifth shutout of the tournament.
Under-15 Girls: La Roca Premier PO (UT) vs. Carlsbad Elite 99 (CA-S)
Carlsbad Elite 99 (CA-S) looked to be cruising to a regional title against La Roca Premier PO (UT) in a battle of teams that had already qualified to the National Championships via the US Youth Soccer National League. Carlsbad earned a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Sierra Enge and Tina Oddone. La Roca refused to go away as U.S. Under-17 National Team player Olivia Wade fueled La Roca’s comeback with a hat trick in the last 20 minutes, including the game-winner in the final minute.
Under-15 Girls: Palo Alto 00 Blue (CA-N) vs. Albion SC White (CA-S)
Palo Alto 00 Blue (CA-N) and Albion SC White (CA-S) faced off to determine who would advance to the National Championships as the Region IV Representative as both La Roca Premier PO (UT) and Carlsbad Elite 99 (CA-S) already qualified to nationals through the National League. Jessica Wright broke the scoreless stalemate in the 46thminute, and Nicole Sayd added a late insurance goal in the 70th minute to secure a trip to nationals.
Under-16 Girls: La Roca FD (UT) vs. Arsenal FC S Bowers (CA-S)
La Roca FD (UT) got off to an early start against Arsenal FC S Bowers (CA-S) as Mikayla Colohan scored in the seventh minute. Livia Borges double La Roca’s lead in the 38th minute, and it looked as that would be the final score until Arsenal’s Danielle Clark scored her ninth goal of the tournament in the final minute. However, that would be the only goal La Roca conceded as the match ended 2-1 in favor of the Utah side.
Under-17 Girls: LaRoca Premier (UT) vs. 98 Celtic FC Premier (UT)
An all-Utah final was minutes away from going to kicks from the mark between LaRoca Premier (UT) and 98 Celtic FC Premier (UT) after neither team was able to find the back of the net in regulation and the majority of overtime. Despite both teams combining for 43 goals in 10 games leading up to this one, the first goal of the match occered when Paige Stevens broke the scoreless tie in the 119th minute for La Roca with her sixth goal of the tournament to put her in a tie for the most in the age group.
Under-18 Girls: La Roca PO (UT) vs. Rio Rapids SC 97 (NM)
La Roca added its second regional title by the score of 3-2 with a win over Rio Rapids SC 97 (NM). Just three minutes into the match Averie Collins found the back of the net for La Roca to take the early lead, but Rio’s Caitlyn Acosta would respond right before halftime to knot the game at one. Rebecca Mazzie gave Rio its first lead with a goal in the 60th minute, but Natalie Reynolds equalized in the 88th minute forcing overtime. In overtime it was Collins scoring her second goal of the game, and fourth in the tournament (all in the knockout round) to put La Roca up 3-2 for good.
Under-12 Boys: Seattle United 02 Copa (WA) vs. Total Futbol Academy (CA-S)
Mauricio Cuevas was the hero for Total Futbol Academy (CA-S) in the semifinals when his last-minute goal propelled the California side into the finals against Seattle United 02 Copa (WA). Cuevas was again the hero in the finals as his ninth minute goal was the difference in a 1-0 victory as Total Futbol Academy earned its second shutout of the tournament.
Under-13 Boys: LVSA 02 Red (NV) vs. EC Real Galaxy FC 01 (CA-N)
EC Real Galaxy defeated LVSA 02 Red (NV) 3-2 in a match that featured three lead changes. Real’s Joel Garcia netted the first goal of the match, but LVSA scored a pair of goals courtesy of Antonio Gomez and Andy Gonzalez to nab the lead at halftime. The second half belonged to Real though as Jerry Ayon’s brace provided the equalizer and game-winner.
Under-14 Boys: SJ Earthquakes PDA 01 (CA-N) vs. Sparta 01 JK (UT)
Overtime and extra time were not enough to separate SJ Earthquakes PDA 01 (CA-N) and Sparta JK 01 (UT), which forced the match to be determined by kicks from the mark. David Gaspar Pacheco scored the opening goal of the match in the 14th minute, but five minutes later Nathan Arnott countered with a goal of his own for SJ Earthquakes. No one would find the back of the net until kicks from the mark, where SJ Earthquakes would outlast Sparta 5-4.
Under-15 Boys: Sereno West 00 Chelsea (AZ) vs. Surf Aguilar (CA-S)
After going down early against Sereno West 00 Chelsea (AZ) courtesy of a German Lopez-Ortiz goal in the 21st, Surf Aguilar (CA-S) responded with Julian Castro’s goal right before halftime. It would take until the 79th minute for the tie to be broken as Oscar Aguilar netted the game-winner to secure the region title, and ultimately a trip to the National Championships.
Under-16 Boys: Seattle United 98 Copa (WA) vs. Albion SC Garton (CA-S)
Seattle United 98 Copa (WA) avenged a day two loss to Albion SC Garton (CA-S) in the Under-16 Boys final with a 2-1 win. Sebastien Despres stuck first for Albion in the 10th minute, but Paul Rothrock responded for Seattle United in the 24th minute. Rothrock then assisted the eventual game-winner as his cross found Jackson Ragen’s head for a goal in the top corner.
Under-17 Boys: Santa Barbara SC White (CA-S) vs. South San Jose PAC Indios (CA-N)
Two-time national champion Santa Barbara SC White (CA-S) earned its fifth Region IV title with a 2-1 win over South San Jose PAC Indios. Santa Barbara captain Timothy Heiduk would ultimately be the hero for Santa Barbara with both of the defending champ’s goals. After Santa Barbara went down 1-0 thanks to a goal from PAC’s Albert Muna, Heiduk scored goals in the 60th and 90th minute to secure his team’s fifth regional title and fourth trip to the National Championships. Both teams will be heading to the National Championships due to Santa Barbara already qualifying through the National League.
Under-18 Boys: LVSA 97 Red (NV) vs. FC Golden State White (CA-S)
LVSA 97 Red (NV) defended its region title win a 3-1 win against 2013 champ FC Golden State White (CA-S). Miles Mcrae, who scored seven goals in last year’s tournament, began the scoring in the 27th minute, and Nolan Sherwood doubled LVSA’s lead four minutes later. Justin Lyons added a third at the beginning of the second half, but FC Golden State’s Gabriel netted his 10th goal of the tournament to bring the score to 3-1.
Daily reports and complete results from the tournament are available on http://championships.
Scores from today’s matches
|Legends FC 02
|SD Surf Academy 02/03
|Seattle United 02 Copa
|Total Futbol Academy
|So Cal Blues Baker
|LVSA 02 Red
|EC Real Galaxy FC 01
|Legends FC Gold
|SJ Earthquakes PDA 01
|Sparta 01 JK
Under-15 Girls Final
|La Roca Premier PO
|Carlsbad Elite 99
Under-15 Girls Nationals Play-in
|Palo Alto 00 Blue
|Albion SC White
|Sereno West 00 Chelsea
|La Roca FD
|Arsenal FC S Bowers
|Seattle United 98 Copa
|Albion SC Garton
|98 Celtic FC Premier
|Santa Barbara SC White
|South San Jose PAC Indios
|La Roca PO
|Rio Rapids SC 97
|LVSA 97 Red
|FC Golden State White