July 3, 2016
US YOUTH SOCCER REGION I CHAMPIONSHIPS
Shutout streak ends, but LVU 97's advance
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va.---Under-18 Boys Lehigh Valley United 97’s (PA-E) shutout streak came to an end Sunday but it did just enough against Bridgeport Premier FC (CT)to make it into the semifinals of the US Youth Soccer Region I Championships.
Bridgeport came into the game needing a win and got on the scoreboard first with a Yoel Salvador goal in the 27th minute. Evan Vare leveled the teams in the 70th minute and Lehigh Valley held off Bridgeport to secure the tie and its spot in the semifinals. Lehigh Valley United advances to play Baltimore Celtic 97/98 (MD), who defeated the Pennsylvania side 1-0 in the 2015 Region I Championships final.
Notes from a few of Saturday’s games…
Philadelphia Ukranian Nationals Zoria Black (PA-E) didn’t back down against Arlington Barca Red (VA) in an Under-13 Boys Group A game. Ukrainian Nationals took the lead after scoring in the 54th minute, but Arlington leveled the score just four minutes later when Jorge Dickens scored in the 58th minute. Both teams had opportunities in the last few minutes with Ukranian Nationals slipping a free kick just wide and then Arlington failing to convert of a great breakaway chance that ended up being shot right at the keeper. The tie leaves Arlington in second place and the game tomorrow against Arsenal 02/03 NAVY (PA-W) will decide who advances from Group A to Monday’s semifinal.
BRYC 01 Elite (VA) defeated West Islip Wildcats on the second day of play to remain tied atop the Under-14 Girls Group A standings with four points. Despite dominating possession in the first half, BRYC struggled to find the back of the net with West Islip Wildcats (NY-E) sitting deep. The flood gates opened just before the end of the first half when Aria Nagai got to the endline and found Tiffany Bui in front of the net with a cross for a 1-0 lead. Just two minutes later, Meghan Kenefick hit a high looping shot that dropped over the West Islip keeper. Bui added her second of the game just a minute later when she connected with a perfect arching ball in behind the defenders from Nagai. BRYC added three more goals from Edna Konte, Victoria Weber with Meghan Kenefick adding her second in the 50th minute to finish the scoring. BRYC will need to be careful on day three with Greater Binghamton United FC (NY-W) tied with them on points atop the table.
Under-15 STA Morris United (NJ) continued its dream start by grabbing a big win over PA Crew (PA-W) on day two of play. STA started off strong with a goal in just the second minute of play and then finished the first half with a goal from Chris Noriega. STA continued its scoring early in the second half when a corner kick was head back across the face of goal and smashed home by Dominik Demcak. The next goal was played into the box by Elie Kapengut and took a deflection off a Crew defender and into the bottom corner. Demcak picked up his second of the day when he flipped the ball over a sliding defender and then buried it close range. With the win, STA Morris sealed its place in Monday’s semifinals.
In a Group C battle between Baltimore Celtic SC Christos (MD) and Dix Hills Hurricanes (NY-E), the Maryland side came out with 2-1 victory. Baltimore struck first when Gouanou Kouemi was pulled down in the box. Kouemi made the most of his penalty kick to give his side a 1-0 lead. Right before the stroke of halftime, Dix Hills received a penalty kick for a foul in the box. Leo Musacchia stepped up and evened the score. Celtic grabbed the game winner in the 47th minute when Jacob Mazzei got on the end of a ball and smashed his attempt home to give Celtic the 2-1 lead. Dix Hills pushed for an equalizer, but Celtic handled the barrage and kept the New York side off the scoreboard to seal the victory.
FC Europa Sol (PA-E) defeated DE Rush (DE) 2-0 to claim sole command of the top spot in the Under-18 Girls Group A and clinched a spot in Monday’s semifinals. FC Europa started the scoring in the 16th minute when Emilie Kupsov received a ball over the top of the Rush back line. Kupsov made no mistakes finishing her chance to make the score 1-0. In the 39th minute, Kupsov dropped a beautiful pass to Kayleigh Kardos who dribbled through a couple defenders and made the score 2-0 with a close range finish. The Pennsylvania side defended well in the second half and held off any scoring attempts and the game ended 2-0.
Notes from a few of Sunday’s games
Under-12 Boys 8v8
Bethesda SC Blue 03 (MD) topped Group A with 21 goals to its name and just one against to advance to the semifinals where they will face home side Fury (WV) who advance as the wildcard into the semifinals. In the other semifinals, Group B winner Beadling Elite (PA-W) will look to keep its clean sheet streak intact as they face LMVSC Patriots Red (VA) which has scored nine goals through three games.
Under-12 Girls 8v8
The Under-12 Girls 8v8 semifinal matchups are set for Monday with three group winners and one wildcard set to compete for a shot at the Regional title. NJ Crush Fire (NJ) went undefeated through its group and will face an undefeated BRYC Elite (VA) side. The other semifinal will host Group A winners Allegheny Force FC (PA-W) who will matchup against Greater Binghamton United FC 03 Select (NY-W) who earned the wildcard spot after winning its match today and getting some help from other games in the group.
Cedar Stars Academy (NJ) finished first place in the division scoring 16 goals and allowing none. The New Jersey side will face a Charleston FC side who advance to the semifinals via a shootout with Henlopen Hammerheads (SC) for the fourth spot. South Central Premier 03/04 (CT) will face off against WVFC Black (WV) and will be looking for a similar result to its 5-2 win against the West Virginia side during group play.
SDFC Galaxy Yellow (NJ) finished first in the division and will play Mountaineer United SC (WV) in the semifinals in a rematch of Sunday’s game which ended 2-0 in favor of the New Jersey team. Delaware Union Orange (DE) defeated FCWU (WV) 4-0 to grab a spot in the semifinals where they’ll be playing Smithtown Panthers (NY-E). The teams participating in semifinals only allowed a total of 5 goals combined during group play.
McLean 96 Green (VA) defeated Far Post Premier (VT) 5-3 to stay undefeated and to keep the top position. Far Post took the early lead on a Kallie Villemaire goal in just the 4th minute, but just shortly after, Jarena Harmon scored a brace to give McLean the lead. McLean’s Kristin Schnurr added the teams third just two minutes later and her teammate Ayan Adu scored what would be the game winner in the 29th minute of play. Far Post added a goal from Madison Feeney to cut the lead in half. McLean added to its lead in the 63rd minute with a goal from Kristina Diana and Far Post finished the scoring when Feeney completed her brace to bring the final score to 5-2.
VSA Heat 96 Blue (VA) saw its comeback fall short as the Virginia side lost 4-3 to Vincent United Pride (PA-E). VSA will match up with in-state foe McLean tomorrow in a must win game for VSA. With any combinations of results available, any of the teams could get a result and some help to join McLean, who has clinched, in Tuesday’s final.
ABGC Annandale United (VA) topped group B and advances to play Baltimore Celtic 96/97 (MD), who grabbed the wildcard spot, in the semifinals. Celtic picked up an important 3-0 win against Arsenal Football Club on the final day to clinch the tiebreakers for the wildcard spot. ABGC nabbed an important victory today to finished tied with Empire United Soccer Academy Buffalo (NY-W) ABGC’s earlier 3-2 win against Empire gave it the head-to-head tiebreaker and the spot in the semifinals.
After giving up an early by David Harris, FC Blazers 96/97 came back with three goals to defeat Baltimore Celtic 96/97 (MD), 3-2 on Sunday. Sebastian Toro equalized in the 41st minute, and Donald Igo and Daniel Orrego scored second half goals. Harris added another tally in the second half to cut the deficit to one.
FC Blazers 96/97 will match up against former US Youth Soccer National Champions Smithtown Kickers SC Arsenal (NY-E) in a U19 Boys Semi-Final. Both teams went undefeated in groups play with a combined 21 goals for and only three against.