US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championships – Day 2 Recap
Preliminary Games, Day 2 of 3
BATON ROUGE, La. — The 2019 US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championships continued Saturday at the Burbank Soccer Park in Baton Rouge, La., and Cajun Industrial Soccer Complex in Gonzales, La.
More than 210 games have been completed, and tomorrow’s action will decide the seeding of 104 teams moving on to the quarterfinal round and the semifinals for the 19U Boys.
Even if teams have qualified, they will need to bring their best on Day Three of play as teams will look to secure top seeds moving forward into the quarterfinals.
Out of the 13 returning champs and finalists, ten currently top their respective groups. Each of them will look to secure points on the final day of group play to continue in the quest to repeat as regional champions and return to the US Youth Soccer National Championships.
Notes from a few of Saturday’s games:
In a game between the two unbeatens from 13U Boys Group C after the first day of play, SCUFC 06 (SC) defeated PPA KSA 06 Pro-Profile (GA), 2-0. The game had a hectic pace in the first half with both teams rushing their chances and opportunities. The best chance in the first half came for SCUFC, but the close range chance was sailed over the goal. SCUFC made the most of its chances in the second half as Grayson White notched a brace with goals in the 42nd and 54th minutes to give the South Carolina side a 2-0 lead. The SCUFC defense held off the PPA KSA attack throughout the second half and earn three massive points as they head into the final day of group play.
The top two teams in 14U Girls Group C – LA Fire 05 Ried (LA) and Baton Rouge SC 05 Black (LA) – met in an all-Louisiana match that ended in a, 0-0, draw. The draw gives both teams four points at the top of the table but left no room for error heading into day three as Houston Dash (TX-S) picked up a 2-0 win and sits only 1 point behind the two leaders. Houston win came on the back of two first half goals from Arie Marshall and Caroline Cammon to defeat West Pines United FC 2005 Elite (FL). The win knocks West Pines out of contention but leaves Houston with a great chance tomorrow to earn a spot in the quarterfinals with a positive result.
Germantown Legends 04 Black (TN) sits top of Group D after a, 2-0, victory over HSC PSG Academy Elite (FL). Germantown gained a huge edge midway through the first half when one of its attackers was taken down leading to a man advantage for the rest of the match. After multiple saves, some of the spectacular variety, by HSC’s Sebastian Benites, Germantown finally broke through. A pass across the box found Nathan Dreher. Dreher hit a strike that was deflected by the keeper, but slowly rolled across the line. Matthew Brucker added a late 78th minute goal to bring the final score to 2-0.
The defending regional champions, D’Feeters 04 Black (TX-N), earned a, 2-0, win over 03 NCFC Elite (NC) to move to the top of the 16U Girls Group C. Ella Morgan started the scoring in just the second minute of play as she capitalized off a poor clearance from the NCFC keeper. The ball came on the ground straight out to Morgan who hit a floating shot over the stranded keeper to make it 1-0. D’Feeters made it 2-0 within the next ten minutes as Ashton Griffin got on the scoresheet to double the North Texas side’s advantage. The D’Feeters defense held strong and kept the clean sheet to help them earn what could be a crucial three points moving into the final day of play.
MOBA-02 Elite (GA) defeated USA MP 02 Premier (SC), 2-0, to remain in contention for a spot in the quarterfinals heading into the last day of group play. After some good back and forth action, MOBA broke the scoring open when Jake Eubanks was found on the back post for a tap-in. MOBA increased its advantage in the 62nd minute when ReSean Martin found the back of the net and then MOBA held on for a clean sheet to secure an all-important three points heading into the final day of group play. MOBA and USA now sit just three points off the Group leaders, ID Club Division 02 (TX-S).
All the goal scoring was done in the first half in the, 1-1, tie between Space Coast United 01 Red (FL) and 01 Lady Lobos Rush Premier (TN). An early penalty conversion by Carolina Santos gave Space Coast the early edge but a strike from Jenna Kemp equalized as the game wound down towards the end of the first half. Each team pushed for a winner but neither team was able to score and the game finished 1-1. With the tie, each team now sites with four points heading into the final game. Tomorrow’s result will set who ends up as the 18U Girls Group C winner.
Inter Atlanta 2000 Elite (GA) came back from two goals down to earn a, 3-3, tie with FC Dallas Youth 00 (TX-N). Sebastian Allowitz scored in the opening two minutes, heading home a great cross from the right wing. FC Dallas bounced back to tie the game as Reed Berry was slipped in behind the defense and slotted his shot to the far post to level the score. FC Dallas added to late first half goals to take a 3-1 lead into halftime. The first of the two came after a scramble in front of goal and FC Dallas’ Derek Norsworthy scored to make it 2-1. FC Dallas came right back down the field but Inter’s Alex Penman made a huge save to keep the score at one. The Dallas pressure was unrelenting and they came right back down the field and Joel Ameke added to the North Texas lead. Inter was not deterred and pulled one back two minutes into the second half. Osman Ruzayev tallied the goal and then Allowitz added his second of the game in the last minute to send each team into day three with one additional point. Every 19U Boys group can be impacted by tomorrow’s results so each team should come out of the gates flying in order to earn a positive result.