US Youth Soccer National Championships Day 1 Recap
FRISCO, Texas (Via US Youth Soccer) — Games kicked off Tuesday at the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas. The teams took the stage, making 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 the nation’s top players in the Under-13 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups.
Group play takes place over the course of three days and will conclude on 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.
A few highlights from Tuesday’s matches…
Under-13 Girls: Cincinnati United Premier Gold (OH-S) 0-4 Solar Chelsea Red (TX-N)
In the matchup between Cincinnati United Premier Gold (OH-S) and Solar Chelsea Red (TX-N), Solar Chelsea came out victorious after tallying four goals. The first came in the ninth minute when Raigen Powell received the ball inside the corner of the 18-yard box and shot the ball to the left bottom corner of the goal. It was Powell again to earn the second goal as she dribbled to the top of the box and drove the ball to the right side of the net, keeping the ball on the ground. Solar Chelsea continued to pressure, and Powell scored her third goal of the game when she ran onto a through ball between the Cincinnati United Premier defenders and chipped the ball over the goalkeeper’s head. Trinity Byars topped off the 4-0 win with a goal in the 50th minute.
Under-14 Girls: Tennessee SC 20 (TN) 1-0 Waza FC East 02 Black (MI)
Tennessee SC 20 (TN), the National League Blue Champion, defeated Waza FC East 02 Black (MI), the Region II representative, with one Emily Sanchez goal to kick off their 2016 National Championships campaign. After a scoreless first half, Sanchez gave Tennessee SC the lead as she put the ball in the back of the net in the 52nd minute. Tennessee SC held Waza FC off for the remainder of the match, claiming the close 1-0 victory.
Under-15 Girls: FC Pride 01 Elite (IN) 2-0 FC Salmon Creek Nemesis 00 Ellertson (OR)
FC Pride 01 Elite (IN) earned a 2-0 victory over FC Salmon Creek Nemesis 00 Ellertson (OR) in their first game of the National Championships. Heather MacNab placed the ball in the goal twice as she scored one goal in each half. In the 33rd minute, MacNab drove a diagonal ball toward the goal from far outside the 18-yard box, and the ball flew over FC Salmon Creek’s goalkeeper into the left corner of the net. MacNab’s second goal occurred in the 63rd minute, when she took another long shot from the center of the field, sending the ball to the top right corner of the net.
Under-16 Girls: La Roca Premier PO (UT) 2-0 Syracuse Development Academy (NY-W)
Two first half goals earned 2015 National Championships finalist, La Roca Premier PO (UT), the 2-0 win against Syracuse Development Academy (NY-W). Fourteen minutes into the match, Marli Niederhauser scored the first goal, and in the 38th minute, Olivia Wade attained the second to give La Roca some breathing room for the remainder of the match.
Under-17 Girls: Team Chicago Academy – Brasilia (IL) 0-1 CR S Burgundy Rapids (NC)
In a matchup between two newcomers to the National Championships, CR S Burgundy Rapids (NC) started off with a 1-0 victory over Team Chicago Academy – Brasilia (IL). After a scoreless first half, the only goal of the match came from Courtney Walker who scored in the 56th minute.
Under-18 Girls: NJ Stallions Dynamite (NJ) 0-2 Ambassadors FC (OH-N)
Ambassadors FC (OH-N), 2013 National Championship finalists, took the 2-0 win over NJ Stallions Dynamite (NJ). Both goals came in the first half as Sarah Krause netted one in the 25th minute, and Hope Lewandoski scored in the 41st minute.
Under-19 Girls: McLean 96 Green (VA) 0-1 So Cal Blues Dodge (CA-S)
McLean 96 Green (VA) and So Cal Blues Dodge (CA-S) fought to a 1-0 match in So Cal Blues’ favor. Both teams had their fair share of chances at goal in the first half. In the second half, So Cal Blues kept the ball more in their offensive end. They had a few close opportunities especially when Erika Okuma ran onto a pass for a one-on-one battle with McLean’s goalkeeper. Okuma got there first, sliding for the ball, but the shot went just wide of the left goal post. After constant offensive pressure, So Cal Blues’ Anika Rodriguez scored a late goal in the 86th minute for the win.
Under-13 Boys: Syracuse Development Academy (NY-W) 0-3 Strikers FC Chingirian (CA-S)
In both teams’ first trip to the US Youth Soccer National Championships, Strikers FC Chingirian (CA-S) defeated Syracuse Development Academy 3-0 on the opening day of play. Strikers’ Evan Antonius scored the lone goal of the first half in the 15th minute to give his side a 1-0 lead. Connor Walcott added to his team’s lead in the 45th minute and Paul Son added the final goal to give Strikes the 3-0 win. Strikers will face Michigan Wolves 03 (MI) tomorrow who lost 2-4 to 02 CASL Academy Juniors (NC) in the other Under-13 game today.
Under-14 Boys: SLA Nomads (CA-S) 0-1 West Pines United Carrillo (FL)
In a close game between newcomers to the National Championships, only one goal separated the teams after the final whistle. After a scoreless first half, Darin Henry scored the lone goal for West Pines United Carrillo (FL) in the 55th minute to give his team the win and an important three points early in the week.
Under-15 Boys: McLean Green (VA) 2-0 SC Sporting 00 Green (CA-N)
National League Blue Runner-Up McLean 00 Green (VA) defeated Region IV Champion SC Sporting 00 Green (CA-N) 2-0 to earn three points on day one. McLean jumped on the scoreboard early in the first half when Daniel Diaz-Bonilla found the back of the net. Jett Bisset added to McLean’s lead in the 34th minute and the Virginia side would hold for a 2-0 victory. With the win, McLean has tied its point total from last year’s National Championships where they went 1-1-1.
Under-16 Boys: United FA Premier (GA) 3-0 Strikers FC North (CA-S)
Under-16 Boys Strikers FC North (CA-S) couldn’t recover from an early conceded goal in the 9th minute and eventually fell to United FA Premier (GA) 3-0. Dalton Seckinger scored a brace for United GA starting with his goal in the 9th minute. Seckinger scored again in the 24th and teammate Carlos Reyes (Best XI recipient in 2013 and 2014) scored the game’s final goal in the 55th minute. With the win, United FA starts off on the right foot on its path to return to the finals, where it was crowned Under-14 Boys National Champions in 2014.
Under-17 Boys: Solar Chelsea 99 Red (TX-N) 2-1 Pipeline Black (MD)
Solar Chelsea Red 99 (TX-N) defeated Pipeline Black (MD) 2-1 on the first day of play in Under-17 Boys play. Playing in their home state, Solar’s Carlos Flores scored a brace in a three goal flurry by both teams in an eight minute span during the second half. Flores scored in the 59th minute to give Solar the lead, and then against four minutes later to increase the lead to 2-0. Pipeline’s Benjamin Alexander grabbed one back for Pipeline just four minutes later, but the Maryland side couldn’t score an equalizer and Solar finished with the 2-1 victory.
Under-18 Boys: Arlington Impact Red (VA) 0-0 Dix Hills Elite (NY-E)
In a battle of teams that participated in National League, Arlington Impact Red (VA) and Dix Hills Elite (NY-E) competed to a 0-0 draw. In their National League match up, Arlington earned a 2-1 win but both teams were held scoreless in the day one game here at National Championships. Arlington faces Santa Barbara SC White (CA-S)tomorrow who won 4-0 today over South San Jose PAC Indios (CA-N)
Under-19 Boys: Smithtown Kickers SC Arsenal (NY-E) 1-2 FC Golden State (CA-S)
In a game of former US Youth Soccer National Champions, FC Golden State (CA-S), 2015 National Champions, defeated Smithtown Kickers SC Arsenal (NY-E), 2013 National Champions, 2-1. Golden State got off to a strong start with Maicon Abreu, and Gabriel Costa scoring in the 10th and 14th minutes. Nkosi Burgess pulled one back in the 87th minute but the Eastern New York side couldn’t equalize despite a number of close chances at the end.
2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships
Day 1 Results: Group Play Matches
|NJ Rush 02 Blue||NJ||0||So Cal Blues 02 Baker||CA-S||5|
|Cincinnati United Premier Gold||OH-S||0||Solar Chelsea Red||TX-N||4|
|Syracuse Development Academy||NY-W||0||Strikers FC Chingirian||CA-S||3|
|Michigan Wolves 03||MI||2||02 CASL Academy Juniors||NC||4|
|CUP Gold 01/02||OH-S||0||BRYC 01 Elite||VA||2|
|PSG MI Gators 02 Orange||MI||1||Florida Elite 01/02||FL||2|
|Tennessee SC 20||TN||1||Waza FC East 02 Black||MI||0|
|Greater Binghamton United FC||NY-W||0||USA Stars 02||CA-N||2|
|Baltimore Darby 01/02||MD||1||LVSA 02 Red||NV||1|
|SLA Nomads 01||CA-S||0||West Pines United Carrillo||FL||1|
|Valparaiso United FC 02 JG||AZ||2||FCV Ashburn Elite 01||VA||1|
|South Carolina United FC 01 Elite||SC||1||Raiders City||IL||3|
|FC Pride 01 Elite||IN||2||FC Salmon Creek Nemesis 00 Ellertson||OR||0|
|CUP Gold 00/01||OH-S||2||HBC Impact 00||NY-E||1|
|Midwest United FC 01 Royal||MI||1||Campton United Navy||IL||1|
|Sunrise Sting 00/01||FL||0||Dallas Kicks SC 01||TX-N||1|
|CFA Raiders||IL||3||LMSC Sabertooth Rats||PA-E||1|
|McLean 00 Green||VA||2||SC Sporting 00 Green||CA-N||0|
|United FA 01 Premier||GA||4||Toledo Celtics Black||OH-N||0|
|Sparta 01 JK||UT||2||Davie United Sharks 00/01 Blue||FL||2|
|Carlsbad Elite 99||CA-S||1||Legends FC 99||CA-S||0|
|FCKC Pink Panthers Elite||MO||3||CUP Gold 99/00||OH-S||0|
|La Roca Premier PO||UT||2||Syracuse Development Academy||NY-W||0|
|Albion SC White||CA-S||1||Florida Krush Black||FL||2|
|La Roca South CS 99/00 Premier||UT||1||Loudoun Red||VA||0|
|United FA Premier||GA||3||Strikers FC North||CA-S||0|
|Dix Hills Hurricanes||NY-E||1||OP Green||OH-S||2|
|Fullerton Rangers White||CA-S||0||Concorde Fire 99/00||GA||0|
|YMS Premier Xplosion 98||PA-E||3||Beadling Bulldogs||PA-W||0|
|Legends FC 98||CA-S||1||EGA Maroon 98||NE||0|
|Team Chicago Academy-Brasilia||IL||0||CR S Burgundy Rapids||NC||1|
|Beach FC 98 Academy||CA-S||3||Eastside FC 98 Red||WA||1|
|Solar Chelsea Red 99||TX-N||2||Pipeline Black||MD||1|
|Sporting St. Croix||MN||0||Seattle United 98 Copa||WA||1|
|Baltimore Celtic 98/99||MD||2||98 CASL Red||NC||1|
|Loudoun 98 Red||VA||4||Challenger Crew Jrs Gold 98||OH-N||0|
|Carlsbad Elite 97/98||CA-S||6||Syracuse Development Academy||NY-W||0|
|NJ Stallions Dynamite||NJ||0||Ambassadors FC||OH-N||2|
|MD United Coyotes||MD||0||Beach FC Academy 97 Joyner||CA-S||1|
|KHA Red||OH-S||1||Tennessee SC 16||TN||2|
|Lehigh Valley United 97||PA-E||2||FC Dallas 98 Premier||TX-N||1|
|FC Golden State Platinum||CA-S||3||OP Green||OH-S||0|
|Santa Barbara SC White||CA-S||4||South San Jose PAC Indios||CA-N||1|
|Arlington Impact Red||VA||0||Dix Hills Elite||NY-E||0|
|McLean 96 Green||VA||0||So Cal Blues Dodge||CA-S||1|
|Red Stars||IL||3||96 TFCA Alliance||NC||0|
|Smithtown Kickers SC Arsenal||NY-E||1||FC Golden State||CA-S||2|
|Chicago Celtic||IL||0||FC Florida 96/97 Elite||FL||5|