Group standings solidified at US Youth Soccer National Championships
TULSA, Okla. (Via US Youth Soccer) — The 2015 US Youth Soccer National Championships continued Thursday with the third and final day of group play at the Mohawk Soccer Complex in Tulsa, Okla. The Under-13 and Under-19 final matchups are now set, while the final four teams in each of the Under-14 through Under-18 gender age groups have been determined.
Five of the six defending National Champions advanced to the semifinals of their respective age groups, with three of the teams winning their groups.
Following a rest day on Friday, the Under-14 through Under-18 teams will compete in semifinal games on Saturdaymorning, and the first champions will be crowned Saturday night when Under-13 and Under-19 sides take the field for their Championship finals.
Saturday’s finals include the Under-19 Boys Championship, as St. Louis Scott Gallagher (MO) and Massapequa Arsenal (NY-E) compete for the James P. McGuire Cup, the oldest and most prestigious trophy in youth sports. The 80th McGuire Cup final kicks off at 8 p.m. CT on Field 12 of the Mohawk Soccer Complex.
While those teams are looking to add to the long history of the McGuire Cup, FC Nova Nationals (ID) is making its own history in the Under-19 Girls age group. Nova Nationals is the first Idaho team to advance to a National final and has a chance to claim the state’s first National Championship on Saturday night.
Live broadcasts of more than 80 games, daily highlight videos, photos, reports and complete results from the tournament are available on http://championships.
A few highlights from Thursday’s matches…
A 1-1 tie versus in-state rival Carlsbad Elite 99 (CA-S) advanced Albion SC White (CA-S) to the Under-15 Girls semifinal. Albion took quick control of the Region IV Championship semifinal rematch by winning the ball in the middle third and playing it up to midfielder Diamond Quinn who took a hard strike to the back post for the 16th minute lead. The deficit didn’t put Carlsbad down, and in the 57th minute they capitalized on a free kick right outside the 18 yard line. Midfielder Sierra Enge went up to take the kick and slammed the ball into the left side of the net to tie. The final whistle blew and the tie kept Albion in first place in Group A. Now they will face Legends FC 99, another fellow Cal South team, in the knockout round.
Similarly in Under-15 Group A play, Penn Strikers (PA-E) advanced to the semifinal after a 1-1 tie versus Tophat 18 Gold (GA). A swift goal by Emily McNesby put Penn Strikers in the lead just four minutes after the starting whistle. Foward Charlotte Teeter found the equalizer for Tophat in the 44th minute, but the final 1-1 result kept the Strikers in second place and gave them a shot at the semis where they’ll play La Roca Premier PO (UT).
The experience that La Roca Premier PO (UT) got from last year’s National Championships has proved beneficial as the National League team now moves on to Under-15 Girls semifinal after a decisive 5-0 win against Futura Pink Panthers Elite (MO). La Roca dominated the match from the first half with opening goals by Olivia Wade and Sammie Murdock in the 19th and 30th minutes respectively. The Utah scoring was extended with a pair of back-to-back Macy Martinez goals in the 36th and 39th minutes. Wade closed the scoring in the 50th minute with her second goal, getting the Utah side to the semifinal versus Region I champs Penn Strikers (PA-E).
A 1-0 win gave 2013 National Champions Legends FC 99 (CA-S) another shot at the title. Their victory versus Under-15 Girls Solar Chelsea Elite 00 (TX-N) saw a 55th minute tally by forward Emily Knous. The result pushes the Cal South side the Under-15 Girls semifinal where they will face in-state opponent Albion SC White.
A lone goal bumped Tophat 17 Gold (GA) from the running and advanced La Roca FD (UT) to the Under-16 Girls semifinal. Midfielder Mikayla Colohan found the back of the net in the 60th minute to push her undefeated La Roca team on to the semifinal.
Under-16 Girls Futura Academy Forte Elite (MO) advances to the semifinal round after a 2-1 win versus Kings Hammer Academy Red (OH-S). Futura kicked off the match with back-to-back goals by Kayla Deaver and Nina Stine in the 12th and 24th minutes respectively. The 2-0 lead didn’t last long after halftime as Sarah Wampler tried to make a comeback for Kings Hammer by putting them on the board in the 42nd minute. Kings Hammer fought for the equalizer, but the 2-1 result ultimately advanced the Region II Champion on to the next round.
A 2-1 win over LFSC Geerling White (MO) on Thursday helped San Diego SC 00 Academy Navy (CA-S) finish first in Under-14 Group B and advance to the semifinals. Andrew Miranda put San Diego in front in the 21st minute, and Jose Gomez made it 2-0 shortly after halftime when he found the back of the net. Grant Powell quickly pulled LFSC back within one, but San Diego held on for the remainder of the match to take the 2-1 victory.
Elsewhere in Under-14 Group B action, San Jose Earthquakes PDA 01 (CA-N) held on to tie McLean 00 Green (VA) and take second place in the group. After a scoreless first half, Oscar Govea recorded a key goal for San Jose — which needed just a tie to advance — to give his side some breathing room. That proved to be necessary as Daniel Diaz-Bonilla netted a late equalizer for McLean. However, the Virginia side couldn’t generate a winner in the final minutes, and San Jose held on to claim second place in Group B.
Needing a win to advance out of Under-18 Group B, FC Dallas 97 Premier (TX-N) came through with a 2-0 win over LVSA 97 Red (NV), who had already earned a spot in the semifinals. Dallas created some good early chances and converted in the 18th minute when Kevin Rodas found the back of the net. Ivan Ulloa added a late insurance goal for the North Texas side, as FC Dallas did all it could do to try and advance to the semifinals.
The result in the other Under-18 Group B game between FC Golden State White (CA-S) and defending champion Manhattan SC PSG 96 (NY-E) would dictate who grabbed the second semifinal berth. The game went to halftime scoreless before Ricky Castellanos put FC Golden State in the lead with a 60th-minute strike. The Cal South side managed to see out the game and came away with a 1-0 victory that allowed it to finish second and book a place in the semifinals.
Massapequa Arsenal (NY-E) booked its place in the Under-19 Boys James P. McGuire Cup final with a 2-0 win over GSA 96 Premier (GA). All four Under-19 sides were in contention to advance, and Arsenal made sure to be in position to win when Michael Farese put the New York side up in the 35th minute. GSA pushed for an equalizer, but the Arsenal back line denied the Georgia side from pulling even. Cory Santangelo sealed Arsenal’s win with a last-minute goal, as it came away with the 2-0 shutout victory.
In the other Under-19 matchup, a high-scoring first half helped St. Louis Scott Gallagher (MO) to a 3-1 win over Scottsdale 96 Blackhawks Burke (AZ) — allowing the Missouri side to finish first in the group. Steven May put Scott Gallagher up in the 16th minute before Kaleb Jackson and Justin Stinson pushed the advantage to 3-0 after 41 minutes of play. Scottsdale pulled a goal back seconds later, as David Jackson netted his fourth goal in three games. That’s as close as it got, as Scott Gallagher held on for the 3-1 win. The first matchup between the McGuire Cup finalists saw Scott Gallagher defeat Arsenal, 1-0, on Tuesday.
2015 US Youth Soccer National Championships
Day 3 Results: Group Play Matches
|Albion Hurricanes 02||TX-S||0||So Cal Blues Baker||CA-S||6|
|PSG MI Gators 02 Orange||MI||0||FC Frederick 01||MD||0|
|Sporting J. B. Marine – Mann||MO||1||SCUFC 01 Elite||SC||1|
|Baltimore Celtic Darby 01/02||MD||3||EC Real Galaxy FC 01||CA-N||0|
|Tophat 19 Gold||GA||3||Campton United Navy||IL||2|
|CUP Gold 00/01||OH-S||0||Dallas Kicks SC 01||TX-N||1|
|Legends FC Gold||CA-S||0||HBC Impact 00||NY-E||0|
|South Shore Select Elite||MA||1||FC Pride 01 Elite||IN||2|
|GSA 01 Premier||GA||1||Cincinnati United CUP Gold||OH-S||0|
|Houstonians 2001||TX-S||1||Baltimore Celtic Dynasty||MD||1|
|McLean 00 Green||VA||1||SJ Earthquakes PDA 01||CA-N||1|
|LFSC Geerling White||MO||1||San Diego SC 00 Academy Navy||CA-S||2|
|Albion SC White||CA-S||1||Carlsbad Elite 99||CA-S||1|
|Penn Strikers||PA-E||1||Tophat 18 Gold||GA||1|
|La Roca Premier PO||UT||5||Futura Pink Panthers Elite||MO||0|
|Solar Chelsea Elite 00||TX-N||0||Legends FC 99||CA-S||1|
|United FA 00 Premier||GA||2||S.C. United FC 99 Elite||SC||0|
|Sporting KC Academy||KS||2||Surf Aguilar||CA-S||0|
|Fullerton Rangers White||CA-S||1||Dallas Texans 00 Red||TX-N||3|
|Fewster FC||MD||2||Arlington Eagles Red||VA||1|
|Tophat 17 Gold||GA||0||La Roca FD||UT||1|
|Kings Hammer Academy Red||OH-S||1||Futura Academy Forte Elite||MO||2|
|JFC Storm 98/99||FL||1||YMS Premier Xplosion 98||PA-E||1|
|Beadling Bulldogs||PA-W||1||99 Lady Lobos Rush Premier||TN||3|
|Baltimore Celtic||MD||0||Seattle United 98 Copa||WA||1|
|SDFC Rangers||NJ||1||Albion SC White||CA-S||0|
|Loudoun 98 Red||VA||0||Sporting St. Croix||MN||2|
|CESA 98 Premier||SC||0||Penn Fusion 98||PA-E||3|
|La Roca Premier||UT||2||NJ Stallions Dynamite||NJ||3|
|Beach FC Academy 97||CA-S||1||Tampa Bay United 97 Premier||FL||0|
|Tophat 16 Gold||GA||1||KHA Red||OH-S||2|
|Carlsbad Elite 97/98||CA-S||4||Michigan Jaguars 98 Green||MI||0|
|Baltimore Celtic 97/98||MD||3||Lehigh Valley United 97 Boys||PA-E||1|
|South San Jose PAC Indios||CA-N||0||Santa Barbara SC White||CA-S||4|
|FC Dallas 98 Premier||TX-N||0||Chicago Magic PSG Preacademy||IL||2|
|Arlington Impact Red||VA||2||Sunrise Elite 97/98||FL||1|
|KC Metro Dynamos||KS||1||La Roca PO||UT||3|
|VSA Heat 96 Blue||VA||0||Beach FC Academy||CA-S||3|
|Beadling Gunners||PA-W||4||97 Louisiana Fire Navy||LA||2|
|Carlsbad Elite||CA-S||0||DMCV Sharks Elite||CA-S||1|
|Fullerton Rangers 96 White||CA-S||0||CUP Gold 96/97||OH-S||1|
|Kansas Rush Blue 96/97||KS||0||NASA 15 Elite||GA||5|
|FC Dallas 97 Premier||TX-N||2||LVSA 97 Red||NV||0|
|FC Golden State White||CA-S||1||Manhattan SC PSG 96||NY-E||0|
|Tampa Bay United Premier||FL||2||Beadling SC Thunder||PA-W||1|
|FC Nova Nationals||ID||2||Gretna Prima 95/96 Green||NE||1|
|Massapequa Arsenal||NY-E||2||GSA 96 Premier||GA||0|
|St. Louis Scott Gallagher||MO||3||Scottsdale 96 Blackhawks Burke||AZ||1|