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Boys Jul 21, 2015

Play begins at US Youth Soccer National Championships in Oklahoma

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Tulsa, Okla. (Via US Youth Soccer) — Games kicked off Tuesday at the 2015 US Youth Soccer National Championships at the Mohawk Soccer Complex in Tulsa, Okla. Excitement filled the air as teams made their first push to earn one of the 14 National titles that will be awarded this weekend. The field of 96 teams is comprised of some of the nation’s top players in the Under-13 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups.

Teams are seeking positive results throughout group play, which concludes Thursday. Three points are awarded for a win, one point for a tie and zero points for a loss. The top two teams in the Under-13 and Under-19 age groups will advance to the National Championship final on Saturday, while the top two teams in each group in Under-14 through Under-18 play advance to their respective semifinals.

The event is estimated to bring more than $5 million to the local economy. In addition to the impact locally, the championships provide college coaches from around the country with a premier stage to evaluate future collegiate players, offering a tremendous impact to players and their families. Many college coaches and U.S. Soccer scouts lined the sidelines on Tuesday to watch the players make their first push for the 2015 National Championship.

All of the teams competing in Tulsa earned their place in the National Championships via success in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series or the US Youth Soccer National League.

A few highlights from Tuesday’s matches…

Girls

Tophat 19 Gold (GA) defeated Under-14 Girls CUP Gold 00/01 (OH-S) 1-0. After a competitive first half, the match went into halftime scoreless. Tophat’s Katie Scarborough found the back of the net in the 43rd minute, and the lone goal stood to give the Region III Champs the victory in Group A.

A pair of second half goals gave Under-15 Girls Penn Strikers (PA-E) a 2-0 win against Carlsbad Elite 99 (CA-S). After a scoreless first half, Avery Cotter broke the stalemate in the 48th minute for the Strikers. Teammate Brooke Schutter doubled the lead with a goal in the 50th minute.  The win gives the Region I Champs three points to start the tournament.

Tophat 18 Gold (GA) and Albion SC White (CA-S) played to a 1-1 draw in their early morning Under-15 Girls matchup. National League qualifier Tophat Gold got the lead in the 19th minute after forward Rachel Jones found the back of the net. The advantage held on for almost the entire match, but just two minutes before the final whistle, Albion midfielder Malia Kaleiohi found the equalizer giving both teams a point each after their first match in Group A play.

Under-15 Girls Legends FC 99 (CA-S) kicked off Group B play with a fury of goals in their 5-0 shutout win against Futura Pink Panthers Elite (MO). Legends notched two goals within the first five minutes of play by Nia Harris and Denae Antoine. In the second half, Legends continued to dominate with a Bryanna Duckett tally in the 52nd minute. Forward Kaylee Ramirez added her name to the score sheet with a brace scoring in the 48th and 59th minutes.

Under-15 Girls La Roca Premier (UT) earned its first Nationals victory by defeating Solar Chelsea Elite 00 (TX-N) 6-1. La Roca forward Anna Escobedo shined with a hat trick, with goals in the 8th, 44th and 55th minutes.  Olivia Wade and Macy Martinez scored first half goals in the 17th and 40th minutes to put La Roca up 3-0 at the half. Wade added her second goal for La Roca in the 50th minute. Messiah Bright put Solar Chelsea on the board with a late goal in the 75th minute, but La Roca walked away with the three points in Group B.

In a match with an explosive second half, KC Metro Dynamos (KS) defeated Under-18 Girls VSA Heat 96 Blue (VA) 3-1. Madison Holmes and Brooke Prondzinski put KC Metro up 2-0 with goals in the 48th and 61st minutes respectively. Madeline Watson found the back of the net for VSA in the 73rd minute, but Prondzinski found her second goal of the match late in stoppage time for the KC Metro win.

Boys

A quick start coupled with a strong finish helped Sporting KC Academy (KS) pull away for a 5-2 win over South Carolina United FC 99 Elite (SC) in Under-15 Boys Group A. Sporting received a pair of goals from Max Rugova to go up, 2-0, after a half-hour of play. Abdu Kikhia extended the lead to 3-0 before Grayson Barber and Thomas McLean pulled two goals back for South Carolina to bring their side within one. However, Kikhia added another tally and Roman Knox added a late goal to cap the 5-2 win for Sporting KC.

Elsewhere in Under-15 Group A, defending National Champion United FA 00 Premier (GA) used a stoppage time goal to slip past Surf Aguilar (CA-S) with a 2-1 win. Auston Rodriguez put United up with a 10th-minute goal, and the Georgia side maintained that advantage for much of the contest. That changed in the 66th minute when Joseph DaLuz netted an equalizer for Surf. But Nyger Hunter put United on top for good with a header at the back post to give the defending champions a win to start the tournament.

Baltimore Celtic (MD) began its week with a 2-0 win over SDFC Rangers (NJ) in Under-16 Boys Group A action. The Maryland side looked dangerous early in the game, and it broke through just before halftime when Nicolas Brown found the back of the net. Dominic Duncan doubled the lead with a 52nd minute strike, as Baltimore continued to apply pressure at the attacking end — evident by its 8-to-1 advantages in corner kicks. Celtic kept SDFC off the scoreboard to wrap up the 2-0 victory.

In Under-16 Group B, Penn Fusion 98 (PA-E) used a pair of second-half goals to pull away for a 2-0 win against Sporting St. Croix (MN). The first half ended with the teams in a scoreless tie, but a red card left sporting down a player. The Eastern Pennsylvania side took advantage in the second half, as Ryan Sholes gave Fusion a 60th-minute lead. Sporting’s 10 men pushed for an equalizer, but Jamison Dove added a late insurance goal for Penn Fusion to seal his team’s Day 1 win.

In Under-18 Boys action, 2014 National semifinalist CUP Gold 96/97 (OH-S) began its week with a decisive win against NASA 15 Elite (GA) in Group A. The Ohio side fell behind in the 28th minute after an own goal put NASA in front. However, CUP quickly responded with goals from William Cohen and Mohammed Elmardi to take a 2-1 lead into halftime. Cohen extended the advantage to 3-1 in the 63rd minute before Bryce Curran and Daniel Bundschuh each added insurance goals to cap CUP’s 5-1 win.

In a rematch of the 2014 National Championship final, FC Dallas 97 Premier (TX-N) used a stoppage time header to earn a 2-2 draw with defending champion Manhattan SC PSG 96 (NY-E). Despite early pressure from FC Dallas, Manhattan grabbed an 18th-minute lead on an Ousmane Dia strike. The New York side doubled its lead when Admir Nezaj struck his half-volley inside the right post, but Kevin Rodas immediately responded with a crucial goal for FC Dallas just before halftime. Manhattan nearly held on for the 2-1 win, but Dallas defender Matthew Rochowski connected on a late header to force the 2-2 draw.

2015 US Youth Soccer National Championships
Day 1 Results: Group Play Matches

Under-13 Girls
FC Frederick 01 MD 0 So Cal Blues Baker CA-S 4
PSG MI Gators 02 Orange MI 4 Albion Hurricanes 02 TX-S 0
Under-13 Boys
Baltimore Celtic Darby 01/02 MD 5 Sporting J. B. Marine – Mann MO 1
SCUFC 01 Elite SC 0 EC Real Galaxy FC 01 CA-N 6
Under-14 Girls
Dallas Kicks SC 01 TX-N 2 Campton United Navy IL 0
CUP Gold 00/01 OH-S 0 Tophat 19 Gold GA 1
South Shore Select Elite MA 0 Legends FC Gold  CA-S 1
FC Pride 01 Elite  IN 3 HBC Impact 00 NY-E 1
Under-14 Boys
Baltimore Celtic Dynasty MD 1 Cincinnati United CUP Gold OH-S 1
GSA 01 Premier GA 1 Houstonians 2001 TX-S 1
McLean 00 Green VA 0 San Diego SC 00 Academy Navy CA-S 2
SJ Earthquakes PDA 01 CA-N 2 LFSC Geerling White MO 2
Under-15 Girls
Tophat 18 Gold GA 1 Albion SC White CA-S 1
Penn Strikers PA-E 2 Carlsbad Elite 99 CA-S 0
Legends FC 99 CA-S 5 Futura Pink Panthers Elite MO 0
La Roca Premier PO UT 6 Solar Chelsea Elite 00 TX-N 1
Under-15 Boys
South Carolina United FC 99 Elite SC 2 Sporting KC Academy KS 5
Surf Aguilar CA-S 1 United FA 00 Premier GA 2
Fullerton Rangers White CA-S 1 Fewster FC MD 1
Arlington Eagles Red VA 1 Dallas Texans 00 Red TX-N 2
Under-16 Girls
La Roca FD UT 2 Kings Hammer Academy Red OH-S 0
Tophat 17 Gold GA 1 Futura Academy Forte Elite MO 2
YMS Premier Xplosion 98 PA-E 2 99 Lady Lobos Rush Premier TN 0
JFC Storm 98/99 FL 4 Beadling Bulldogs PA-W 0
Under-16 Boys
Albion SC White CA-S 1 Seattle United 98 Copa WA 3
SDFC Rangers NJ 0 Baltimore Celtic MD 2
Loudoun 98 Red VA 1 CESA 98 Premier SC 0
Penn Fusion 98 PA-E 2 Sporting St. Croix MN 0
Under-17 Girls
Beach FC Academy 97 CA-S 1 NJ Stallions Dynamite NJ 1
Tampa Bay United 97 Premier FL 2 La Roca Premier UT 0
Carlsbad Elite 97/98 CA-S 2 KHA Red OH-S 0
Michigan Jaguars 98 Green MI 2 Tophat 16 Gold GA 1
Under-17 Boys
Lehigh Valley United 97 PA-E 0 Santa Barbara SC White CA-S 0
Baltimore Celtic 97/98 MD 3 South San Jose PAC Indios CA-N 2
Arlington Impact Red VA 1 FC Dallas 98 Premier TX-N 1
Sunrise Elite 97/98 FL 0 Chicago Magic PSG Preacademy  IL 5
Under-18 Girls
Beach FC Academy CA-S 0 La Roca PO UT 2
VSA Heat 96 Blue VA 1 KC Metro Dynamos KS 3
Carlsbad Elite  CA-S 1 97 Louisiana Fire Navy LA 0
DMCV Sharks Elite CA-S 4 Beadling Gunners PA-W 0
Under-18 Boys
NASA 15 Elite GA 1 CUP Gold 96/97 OH-S 5
Fullerton Rangers 96 White CA-S 1 KS Rush Academy Blue 96/97 KS 0
FC Dallas 97 Premier TX-N 2 Manhattan SC PSG 96 NY-E 2
LVSA 97 Red NV 2 FC Golden State White CA-S 1
Under-19 Girls
FC Nova Nationals ID 0 Beadling SC Thunder PA-W 0
Gretna Prima 95/96 Green NE 2 Tampa Bay United Premier FL 0
Under-19 Boys
Massapequa Arsenal NY-E 0 St. Louis Scott Gallagher MO 1
GSA 96 Premier GA 0 Scottsdale 96 Blackhawks Burke AZ 2

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