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Boys Mar 10, 2012

Live Coverage of 2012 Jefferson Cup Boys – Day 2

Welcome to day 2 the 2012 Jefferson Cup and of our new TheSoccerWire.com.  Follow this spot for roughly hourly updates throughout the day.

Catch up with Day 1 coverage here – where we streamed stories and results as fast as they could come in from the fields. Look for the same thing today, as well as some more links to videos and stories as they get through production.

Remember, this is just the daily piece though, for all stories, comments, live twitter feeds, and even links to helpful sections of the official Jefferson Cup website can be followed from here.

Share your comments below. Tweet scores and more here. Submit photos or unique stories to [email protected] with “Jefferson Cup” in the subject line.

(c) Jimmy LaRoue – Jefferson Cup opponents battle for the ball

7:30: Did you read the info below on CESA’s Russell Shelley? Watch his interview from Friday here. The Soccer Wire’s Roger Gonazalas caught up this afternoon with Loudoun Soccer’s John O’Hara after his Loudoun 95 Red team rebounded with a 3-1 win over United 1996 FC after letting in three goals themselves on Friday in a 3-0 loss to Penn Fusion. Roger has the story here, and as a bonus for all those who prefer the Spanish language, Roger also filed the same story here.

That wraps another day of on-field coverage for us in Richmond. The staff is now off to attend the much-anticipated college coaches mixer at a secret location.

6:15: Another busy day is done at West Creek, where The Soccer Wire’s Charles Boehm took in the U-16, U-17 and U-18 action. A finely balanced match in the U-17 Championship bracket between Lake Grove United (New York) and Carolina Elite Soccer Academy 94 Premier ended 1-0 in favor of the Long Islanders, CESA’s second 1-0 setback of the tournament.

“I thought in the first half we weren’t in a great rhythm, but in the second half we came out and got into a better rhythm, were more attack-oriented, went forward more. We got our outside midfielders more involved in the play,” said CESA coach Russell Shelley. “I was really happy with the way we played the last 40 minutes, very impressed with all the kids. We probably had more of the play in the second half than they did, we had several good chances and their [goalkeeper] made a couple of decent saves, and that was that.

Shelley complimented Lake Grove United’s creativity and intensity, which prompted his own players to dig deeper.

“Lake Grove, we played them, I believe in National League last year in Miami and they gave us a great game then,” he said. “Obviously you come here and it’s a showcase event and you want to showcase your talent, but to do that you have to play against the best competition that there is. You get two good sides going against one another and it brings out the best in you. I think that’s what happened in the second half, we saw that we had to elevate our game – if we didn’t, it was going to be one-sided – and we did. It’s a credit to the competition that we played.”

CESA close out their tournament with a game against Tampa Bay United Premier 94 at West Creek tomorrow, while LGU face Cincinnati United CUP Crew Juniors Gold in an early-morning match between Group A’s undefeated sides.

On adjoining fields, a clutch late goal enabled Carolina Select to sneak past Lehigh Valley United by a final score of 2-1 in U-17 Platinum play, while the U-18 Championship showdown between Black Watch Premier Midlothian (N.Y.) and Pa. Classics Elite 93 ended scoreless.

5:30: Couple reactions from coaches today via The Soccer Wire’s Jimmy LaRoue:

Christian Cziommer, coach of SYA Cardinals Red after 4-1 win over CASL Elite in U12 Championship play: “When the other team already has played a game in the morning … it’s always a little bit easier to be the first to the ball and be a little bit quicker in the game.” CASL had played earlier in the morning

Aaron Linden, coach of Ohio COSA Green after 7-1 loss to Bethesda SC Blue in U11 Championship: “We came from eight hours away to play great competition. That’s what we’re here for. We love it. That’s what we come for, to play the best. You have to play the best to beat the best.” He said to his team about Bethesda: “That team is absolutely amazing.” told them not to hang their heads after 2nd loss and to come out and play a spoiler role tomorrow.

5:00: As Day 2 nears its end, we have some more scores for you all. In U18 Championship play, Black Watch Premier Midlothian out of New York is tied 1-1 with PA Classics Elite 93 of Pennsylvania in the second half at West Creek field five. Black Watch player Massimo Smiroldo has looked very sharp, creating several good chances. Also, having just gone final on field seven at West Creek, Carolina Select of North Carolina edged Lehigh Valley United ’94 of Pennsylvania 2-1 in Boys U17 Championship play.

4:00: A few more games have gone final. In U17 Platinum, NJ Stallions Academy 94/95 of New Jersey beat Florida’s Strictly Soccer Futbol Select 4-2. In U18 Elite, Matchfit Chelsea Bulldogs of New Jersey took down Virginia’s SOCA Lightning 2-1 thanks to a goal by David Zorilla. The attacker had been creating chances up top and it seemed like just a matter of time before he would strike and he did, sending his team to the dramatic win.

3:30: Two coaches of two of the top teams in the competition took time to speak to The Soccer Wire. Click here to see what they had to say after the top match on Day 1 came to a close. Also, for updates on scores, follow the Jefferson Cup on Twitter. 

2:45: Have some great video of the tournament or some nice photos? The Jefferson Cup is having a contest, so send your videos links and photos directly to the tournament to [email protected]. You can win an iPod Shuffle or a $50 gift card! Once you submit your media, it will be posted on the Jefferson Cup official website and fans will vote.

2:00: Some very important games have gone final. In U16 Atlantic Soccer League play, YMS Premier 95 Pressure of Pennsylvania was up 2-0 over NC Alliance 95 of North Carolina, only to see the Carolina kids score from the penalty kick spot to cut the lead in half. Then, in the dying minutes, Dean Rutherford drilled an effort into the upper corner of the goal late on for NC Alliance to secure a 2-2 draw. In the Loudoun Red 95 game against United 1996 FC, the Virginia team took a 3-1 lead, despite less possession, thanks to Jonathan Mackey, who found the net to extend the advantage. That game has gone final at 3-1. In U18 Championship, Sereno 94 Boys White from Arizona, who had a tough time making it to Richmond, just won 3-0 over Strictly Soccer Futbol Select of Florida.

1:45: Rio Vista United 94 has doubled its lead over Charlotte United Golf in U18 Elite, while Loudon 95 Red has taken a 2-1 lead against United 1996 FC of Kentucky. GK Sam Onyeador made a big save to preserve the slim lead. The Kentucky side won its state cup, while Loudoun made the semifinals in Virginia.

1:30: A few score updates have come in. In U18 Elite, Rio Vista United 94 of New Mexico, which took  down Virginia’s Soca Lightning 1-0 yesterday, has a 1-0 lead over 93 Charlotte United Gold at the half. In U16 Championship, Loudon 95 Red of Virginia is tied with United 1996 FC of Kentucky 1-1 in second half.

1:00: Something special is going on today for all you fans. If you need something to do tonight, be sure to check out the exciting action with the Professional Indoor Football League! The Richmond Raiders will be battling the Columbus Lions at the Richmond Coliseum at 7 p.m. Tickets are still on sale and more information can be found here.  Indoor football is always a blast, so reserve your tickets now and enjoy the great action tonight!

12:30: A reminder to everyone to email news from games, goal scorers, anything, to [email protected] Also, click here for photos of some of the events taking place and others that occurred yesterday. And to all those in Richmond, do you all have plans tonight? If not, check back shortly for a truly special opportunity!

12:00: It’s noon here in Richmond. Have you grabbed your Papa John’s Pizza yet? Go ahead and do so and make it over to Striker Park field three. CASL 98 Elite Black of North Carolina, the top ranked team in the state, is doing battle with Pennsylvania’s West Chester Predators ’98, the No. 3 team in the country. The boys from the north hold a 2-0 lead at the moment as CASL aims to rebound and steal a result.

11:30: Getting close to lunch time, are you all having a blast? Be sure to tweet us your thoughts! A little update for you all — Remember the Richmond Kickers Elite Red game versus FC Barca U12, both Virginia teams? Well, the Kickers are cruising, up 4-0. As for Beach FC Hinkey vs. ODFC Force in Platinum U11, Beach FC holds a 3-2 lead in an exciting clash of Virginia clubs. The game is reaching its end, can ODFC bag the equalizer?

11:00: A few more updates for you all as we near noon. The second half of  U11 Platinum match between Beach FC Hinkey and ODFC Force has begun. The game is still tied at 1-1. In U12 Superior, Richmond Kickers Elite Red of Virginia holds a 1-0 lead over fellow Virginia club FC Barca U12, with a beautifully placed goal helping the hometown team to the half-time lead. Can FC Barca respond? As a reminder, those fans who are at Striker Park, enjoys some of the lovely food and tasty drinks, as there is plenty to choose from. Also, save room for dessert. They have funnel cakes!

10:30: Taking a look at some of the early scores in U11 Platinum, Beach FC Hinkey of Virginia has taken an early 1-0 lead just five minutes into the game against fellow Commonwealth squad ODFC Force. Oh, but this just in! ODFC Force has tied the game at 1-1 just seconds ago. This match is taking place at Bryan Park 3A and is a must see! For updates, follow the cup on Twitter here.

10:00: Day 2 is underway at the Jefferson Cup, but are you all caught up with Day 1? David Jones, the coach of Lower Merion SC Panthers, sat down with us for a Q&A. As did Edgar de Leon of New England Aztec Soccer Premier Boys 94, which you can find here.  Yesterday’s most anticipated match ended up in an convincing win for a stellar squad from Kentucky. Here is the story. 

9:00: Did you catch the college match last night at Sports Backers Stadium? Organized to coincide with the Jefferson Cup boys weekend, the hosts went up just four minutes in when Yoram Mwila earned a PK that Dennis Castillo finished. It was an intense match with a crowd larger than VCU typically gets at weeknight in-season matches (free admission and promotion to Jefferson Cup attendees certainly helped there). Typically spring matches aren’t as competitive or well played, but both sides certainly had a lot to play for in front of so many eyes.

Maryland was able to level later in the first half through Patrick Mullins, but then needed nearly the rest of the match decide things when Jake Pace buried a lose ball from close range just eight minutes from time.

 

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