US Youth Soccer Eastern Presidents Cup 2019 – Day 1 Recap
WEST VIRGINIA — The 2019 US Youth Soccer Eastern Presidents Cup is now underway in West Virginia. The five-day event, which takes place June 14-18, kicked off Thursday with 12U through 18U Boys and Girls teams starting the action at the Shawnee Sports Complex and Barboursville Soccer Complex.
The event features more than 100 US Youth Soccer boys and girls teams competing for a regional title and a chance to advance to the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, July 10-14 in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Preliminary games will continue through Sunday, June 16. Semifinal matches will take place on Monday, June 17. Regional champions will be crowned following final matches on Tuesday, June 18. The semifinal and final matches will be played at the Shawnee Sports Complex.
West Virginia Youth Soccer Association is hosting the event, and the 14 other East Region State Associations include Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Eastern New York, New York West, Eastern Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania West, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.
Empire FC (WV) opened play in thrilling fashion with a 4-1 victory. They came out firing as they found the back of the net four times. Head coach Tristan Wierbonski knows that his team needs to enjoy these moments, but play will continue to be tough as they try and advance to the semifinals.
“We want to continue working on what we did right. In the next few days we are going to play some different competition and what we did today may not work,” said Wierbonski. “We will have to adjust, but we are just trying to enjoy the moment now. We turn around and play another tough one tomorrow.”
The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup offers teams the challenge of experiencing different types of play by competing from state to regional to national levels.
Highlights from Thursday:
Addyson Cogar earned her first hat trick of the tournament as she led Empire FC (WV) to a 4-1 victory over Pipeline SC Black (MD). Pipeline applied pressure early forcing the Empire goalkeeper to make a save in the first minute and firing a free kick over the crossbar minutes later. Empire found their first opportunity just minutes after, but the game was kept scoreless with a save by Pipeline’s goalkeeper. Cogar was able to give Empire the lead in the 17th minute as she went upper 90 for her first goal of the tournament. Eight minutes later she found the back of the net for her second goal off an assist from Jenna King. Empire took a 2-0 lead to halftime as a late attempt to cut the deficit to one sailed left for Pipeline. Three minutes into the second half, Pipeline came within one on a goal from Iranie Jean-Cluade. Cogar earned her hat trick 10 minutes later when Adalie Besedich found her for her third goal of the day to give Empire a two-goal lead. A late shot by Pipeline was saved to keep their deficit at two. Empire took a three-goal lead when Haylie Doyle fired a shot at the back of the net in the final minute of action.
In a tightly contested 13U Boys matchup, CFC Dortmund (PA-E) prevailed 2-1 over FCSC (VA) on day one of action. It was all CFC early as Peter Castellarin had a chance to give them the early lead but a kick save by the FCSC goalkeeper kept CFC off the scoreboard. Castellarin gave CFC the lead in the 16th minute after the ball found his foot off a clear from his goalkeeper. Sydney Aggrey netted the equalizer for FCSC in the 27th minute after beating the keeper one on one off an assist from Stephano Sandoval. The teams finished the first 35 minutes of play tied at one a piece. Just nine minutes into the second half, Castellarin scored the winning goal with his second goal of the day after the ball deflected off the FCSC goalkeeper.
In a physical 80-minute contest, Hotspur West (PA-W) and Hulmeville Heat (PA-E) opened tournament play with a 1-1 draw. The game was physical from the first whistle with both teams getting early pressure. Hotspur’s Julia Hermann had an early shot on goal off a corner kick that was saved. In the 13th minute, Sydney Felton found the back of the net to give Hotspur the 1-0 lead. Late shot by Hulmeville in the first half was saved as the team’s went to half with Hotspur leading. Neither team was able to gain ground in the second half as they continued the physical battle. Hulemville had a chance early in the half but the shot sailed left of the goal. The game ended in a draw when Hotspur registered an own goal in the 71st minute.
Daniel Reistle scored twice to lead Washington United Fury 04 Elite (NJ) over WVFC 04 Red (WV), 2-0. Reistle’s goals both came in the second half with one in the 54th minute and one in the 80th minute. Washington sits tied for first in Group B with Arlington SA (VA) who captured a 4-0 victory against SAC Premier White (MD) as four different players found the back of the net.
Rancocas Valley United Premier (NJ) earned a 2-1 win against Beach FC 03G Black (VA). Beach FC took a 1-0 lead to halftime after Jaelyn Wiltsey scored with five minutes left in the first half. Just two minutes into the second half, Rancocas tied the game when Rebecca Yemola fired one passed the goalkeeper. The game winning goal came just five minutes later from Logan Shaw.
Baltimore Celtic West (MD) earned their first win of the tournament after topping Arlington White (VA), 2-1. Baltimore took the lead late in the first half with a goal from Brayden Safley. Just 10 minutes into the second half, Leonardo Ochoa netted the equalizer for Arlington. In the 75th minute, Abraham Castanzo scored the game-winning goal for Baltimore.
Victory Express (PA-W), CSA-Monmouth 2001 G EDP Showcase (NJ), and Century V Red (PA-W) all sit atop the standing after earning victories today. Victory recorded a dominating 6-1 win over Legacy FC 01 White (WV). CSA topped Penn United Force FC Crew (PA-E) 2-0. Century scored the lone goal against MUFC 2001 Elite Maryland to earn their first win.
For complete event results for the East Presidents Cup, click here. For more information on all US Youth Soccer Regional and National Presidents Cup events, visit the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup Homepage at www.usyouthsoccer.org/
Note: The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup is a separate series of events from the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.