US Club Soccer National Cup XVII kicks off with South Central Regional
TULSA, Okla. (Via US Club Soccer) – The National Cup XVII officially kicked off with the South Central Regional – the first Regional of the summer and the first time US Club Soccer has hosted a South Central Regional.
Held June 15-18 at Mohawk Sports Complex, the tournament featured 13-U through 17-U boys teams and 13-U through 19-U girls competitors. In total, 60 teams participated, representing 22 clubs from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas.
Eleven teams prevailed at the South Central Regional and have now earned qualification to the National Cup XVII Finals, to be held July 20-24 at Aurora Sports Park in Aurora, Colo. Leading the way was Sting SC (Texas), which brought its Texas Champions League – of the National Premier Leagues (NPL) – to the Regional. Sting SC clinched three divisions, while Lonestar SC – San Antonio (Texas) and TSC Hurricane claimed two brackets apiece.
“We really appreciate the opportunity we had to come to Tulsa to represent our club in the Regional,” said Trini Borunda, Sting SC girls coach. “It was an amazing experience really enjoyed the competition and look forward to bringing our teams back again next year.”
“The South Central Regional was fantastic,” added David Bolding, TSC Hurricane girls coach. “The level of competition was high quality, the games were on time and officiated well. Everything ran smoothly, and the amount of preparation by US Club was evident and extremely appreciated. We already have next year’s event on our calendar.”
One of the most tightly contested divisions was the 17-U girls bracket. All 10 games were decided by two goals or less, including six games by one goal or ending in a tie.
In other National Cup XVII Regionals action, the West Regional concludes Tuesday afternoon. The remaining Regional schedule is as follows: