First finals set at USYS Eastern Regional Championships in W.V.
WEST VIRGINIA (July 1, 2019) — The first day of knockout round games took place as the 13U and 16U Boys and Girls took to the field for quarterfinals alongside the 19U Girls semifinals at the 2019 US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships on Monday in West Virginia.
The seven-day event, which takes place June 28-July 4, features 12U through 19U Boys and Girls teams at the Shawnee Sports Complex and Barboursville Soccer Complex.
Groups of 16 semifinal match-ups and the 19U Girls final will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, July 2, while the remaining semifinal and final matches will take place July 3-4. All remaining matches will be hosted at the Shawnee Sports Complex.
19U Girls Final – Princeton SA (NJ) vs LMSC Storm | Field 5 | 12:30 PM
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.
After entering the tournament with just 11 players on the roster, Ellicott City 06 Black (MD) has fought its way to the 13U Girls semifinals.
“[The Eastern Regional Championship] means so much to the girls,” said Ellicott City head coach Chris Goodman. “Playing all these games with just 11 players, they would have been happy just coming here, but they keep fighting. They decided we want to win. It is all about the girl’s heart, preparation, and training. I am so proud of them.”
It has been a tough journey for Ellitcott City, but captain Mia Tegerisrecognizes the hard work her team has put in to reach the semifinals.
“My team has worked so hard to get to this point. The whole team is working hard, it is a team effort,” said captain Tegeris.
A few notes from Monday’s games:
In thrilling fashion, Ellicott City 06 Black (MD) claimed a semifinals spot after outlasting RVC Legacy (NY-E) in kicks from the mark to earn a, 2-1, victory. RVC took control early, forcing Ellicott goalkeeper Mia Tegeris to make a save to keep the game scoreless. There were few opportunities for either team in the first half and the game went to halftime knotted at zeros. The struggle to find the back of the net continued in the second half, but RVC broke the scoreless tie with a goal from Catherine Dolan in the 61st minute. The lead only lasted for two minutes as Riley Ledet scored the equalizer for Ellicott to send the game to overtime. Following a scoreless overtime, the teams went to kicks from the mark where Ellicott outlasted RVC, 4-2, to advance to the next round.
Washington United Elite 06 (NJ) is moving on to the semifinals after posting a, 2-0, shutout over NJ Elite Litmanen (NJ). Andrew Heil put Washington ahead with a goal just three minutes into the game off an assist from Matthew Routzahn. NJ Elite struggled to find a shot in the first half while Washington continued to apply pressure. After NJ goalkeeper Michael Dumiec made two early saves to keep them within one goal, Dominic Zulli tapped one past the keeper to give Washington an insurance goal. Washington kept control in the second half to earn the win and a semifinals berth against FC Europa Elite (PA-E).
Delaware FC (DE) knocked out reigning Regional champion Keystone FC Premier 03 (PA-E) with a, 2-1, quarterfinal victory. In a low scoring match, Delaware took the lead in the 25th minute as Caitlin St. Leger scored the first goal of the game. Keystone FC went down by two goals just two minutes into the second half with a goal from Delaware’s Isabella Binko. The deficit was cut in half in the 79th minute with a goal from Keystone’s Halle Engle, but it was too late as Delaware held on for a berth in the semifinals against PSA National 03 (NJ).
Beadling 2003 South Red (PA-W) earned a spot in the semifinals after a, 4-1, quarterfinals victory against Lake Grove Newfield Dynamite (NY-E). Joseph Fonagy wasted no time putting Beadling on the scoreboard, scoring just two minutes from the opening whistle off an assist from Austin Marmol. Lake Grove had an equalizing chance just a minute later, but the Beadling goalkeeper made a save off a free kick chance. Beadling took a two-goal lead to halftime as Willard Douglas found Jake Sciorilli for a goal in the 36th minute. Nine minutes into the second half, Fonagy scored his second of the game as he headed the ball past the goalkeeper. In the 51st minute it looked as if Lake Grove might pull one back, but the Eastern New York side saw a chance ring off the crossbar and the deficit remained at three goals. Just seconds later, David Cadet cut Beadling’s lead to two goals but Fonagy put Beadling right back up as he completed his hat trick. Beadling now faces Syracuse Development Academy (NY-W) in the semifinals.
19U Girls – How they advanced to tomorrow’s Eastern Regional Championship final
Group A winners Princeton SA (NJ) will face Group B winners LMSC Storm (PA-E) in the 19U Girls Eastern Regional Championships final. Princeton SA went undefeated in group play and followed that with a, 7-0, shutout performance in the semifinals against DEFC 00/01 (DE). Princeton’s Julia Eichenbaum currently leads the 19U Girls age group with seven goals. After drawing, 0-0, on day one with Brentwood Blaze (PA-E), LMSC earned a win against SAC Showcase Premier (MD) in group play to advance the Eastern Pennsylvania side into the semifinals. Once in the semifinals, LMSC took care of business by shutting-out Maryland United FC 01/00 Premier (MD), 3-0, to advance to the final.
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.