Play concludes at US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional
BOCA RATON, Fla. (Via US Youth Soccer) — The US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional came to a close Friday in Boca Raton, Fla., as teams completed the sixth and final day of play.
The six-day tournament, which ran Nov. 20-25 at Spanish River Athletic Park and Florida Atlantic University, featured teams in the 1999-2003 age groups comprised of the top female players in the country.
The nearly 400 participating players were selected from US Youth Soccer State Association and Regional level evaluations. Throughout the week, players attended training sessions and competed in matches against other Regions in front of U.S. Soccer national staff and collegiate coaches to maximize their exposure for selection to the next level of play.
Highlights from Day 6:
1999s | Region III 3, Region IV 1
The Region III 1999 team picked up its second win of the week with a 3-1 victory over Region IV on Friday. Lizzie Mayfield put Region III up in the 26th minute, and Kirsten Pavilsko doubled the advantage with a goal in the 66th minute. Region IV pulled within one thanks to a Haley Thomas strike in the 73rd minute, but Pavilsko netted her second goal of the day five minutes later to seal the 3-1 win for Region III.
1999s | Region II 7, Region I 0
Region II wrapped up a perfect 3-0-0 run in the 1999 age group with a commanding win against Region I. Madison Myers and Nicolette Hernandez each found the back of the net in the opening few minutes to give Region II an early 2-0 lead. Madison Alexander recorded to quick goals around the quarter-hour mark and Riley Tanner added another later in the half to push the advantage to five at the break. Alexander added two more strikes later in the game to push her total to five for the week, as Region II picked up the big win to finish on top of the standings.
2000s | Region I 4, U.S. U-14 GNT 0
A hat trick from 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships Golden Ball winner Marykate Mcguire helped the Region I 2000 squad come away with a 4-0 win over the U.S. Under-14 Girls National Team. Region I keeper Jordan Silkowitz made some strong first-half saves as the U.S. started off with several dangerous attempts on goal. McGuire then found the back of the net seconds before the break to give Region I a 1-0 halftime lead. Emma Davis doubled the lead with a 49th-minute goal and McGuire added two more strikes in the 60th and 78th minutes to help seal Region I’s 4-0 win. The victory capped Region I’s 3-0-0 week.
2000s | Region II 1, Region IV 1
Elsewhere in the 2000 age group, Region II and Region IV played a tight game that ended in a 1-1 draw. Region IV struck first in the 33rd minute when Jadyn Edwards found open space at the back post and hit a simple volley into an open net. Region IV keeper Kayla Thompson tipped a late first-half shot off the bar and pushed the follow-up attempt over to keep Region II off the scoreboard. However, the Midwest side did finish off an opportunity in the 66th minute when Alyssa Bombacino found the back of the net. Neither side could break the deadlock in the final 25 minutes, as they settled for the 1-1 tie.
2001s | Region II 2, Region I 0
Region II picked up its third win of the week — a 2-0 result against Region I — to finish on top of the 2001 age group standings. Aliyah El-Naggar recorded the breakthrough goal in the opening half, and Regan Berg added a second-half tally for Region II. The back line took care of the rest, as it recorded its first clean sheet to seal the 2-0 victory.
2001s | Region III 1, Region IV 1
Little could separate Region III and Region IV, as the two 2001 sides played to a 1-1 draw to wrap up their week. MacKenzee Vance put Region III on top with a goal in the 23rd minute. That lead didn’t last long, as Emily Chiao equalized for Region IV just 10 minutes later. Each defensive unit managed to fend off all second-half scoring opportunities, as the two sides finished level at 1-1.