July 27, 2016
US YOUTH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
FC Florida gets past defending champs Kickers SC Arsenal to advance
FRISCO, Texas — For the second straight game, FC Florida 96/97 Elite (FL) used a big second half to pull away for a win — this time a 4-2 victory over 2013 National Champion Smithtown Kickers SC Arsenal (NY-E) on the second day of play at the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships.
The victory helps FC Florida advance to the Under-19 McGuire Cup final, where it will meet defending champion FC Golden State (CA-S).
In the 26th minute, Smithtown’s Harrison Weilbacher cut onto his right foot and sent a cross to the back post, where Nkosi Burgess rose up to head it into the net to put Arsenal in front, 1-0. The 2013 champs had a few chances shortly after to double the advantage, but Florida managed to keep its deficit at one goal.
With just a couple minutes left in the opening half, FC Florida converted one of its few chances, as Mohamed Conde rose up to head in a corner kick to equalize the score at 1-1.
The Florida side carried the momentum of the equalizer into the second half, and John Schroeder found the back of the net in the 59th minute to put the side in front. Nicolas Bellarde doubled the advantage shortly after, as he used his 6-foot-2 frame to win a header on a corner kick and power it into the net.
Conde added his second goal when he ran onto a flicked on ball and slotted his shot around the Smithtown keeper to make the score 4-1 in the 72nd minute. Smithtown’s Matthew McDonnell added a late goal, but FC Florida held on for a 4-2 win.
A few highlights from other Wednesday matches
Under-13 Girls: Solar Chelsea Red (TX-N) 4-0 NJ Rush 02 Blue (NJ)
Solar Chelsea Red (TX-N) secured a spot in Saturday’s championship match with a 4-0 win against NJ Rush 02 Blue (NJ). Raigen Powell got Solar Chelsea started as she scored in the 35th minute. Trinity Byars increased their lead with a goal in the 48th minute. Alexis Missimo made it a 3-0 game, and it was Maya Ozymy finished off the game with a last minute goal. Solar Chelsea will face So Cal Blues 02 Baker (CA-S) for the last group play match on Thursday, and this will also be the same matchup for the Under-13 Girls championship match on Saturday.
Under-14 Girls: Florida Elite 01/02 (FL) 0-1 BRYC 01 Elite (VA)
One goal against Florida Elite 01/02 (FL) was all BRYC 01 Elite (VA) needed to attain their second win of the tournament. The first half ended in a scoreless tie, but in the 70th minute, Lauren Teuschl put the ball in the back of the net.
Under-15 Girls: Sunrise Sting 00/01 (FL) 1-4 Midwest United FC 01 Royal (MI)
Midwest United FC 01 Royal (MI) defeated Sunrise Sting 00/01 (FL), 4-1. Danika Austin gave Midwest United the advantage with a goal in the 29th minute, and Ariana Garcia earned the second goal. Khloe Hayes shot the ball into the net for the third goal, and Garcia scored her second of the match in the 49th minute. Sunrise Sting’s Taylor Dobles got the team on the board, but Midwest United claimed the victory.
Under-16 Girls: FCKC Pink Panthers Elite (MO) 0-1 Carlsbad Elite 99 (CA-S)
Carlsbad Elite 99 (CA-S) earned their second win of the 2016 National Championships as they defeated FCKC Pink Panthers Elite (MO), 1-0. Carlsbad’s goal started from a cross that was sent high into the 18-yard box for Emily Knepler to tap the ball in.
Under-17 Girls: Eastside FC 98 Red (WA) 2-3 CR S Burgundy Rapids (NC)
While Eastside FC 98 (WA) strived for a comeback rally after enduring a 2-0 deficit in the first half, CR S Burgundy Rapids (NC) held them off for a 3-2 victory. It was CR S Burgundy’s Courtney Walker who gave the team the two-goal lead. In the sixth minute of the match, Walker ran onto a long ball played down the line and took a shot from the top corner of the 18-yard box. The ball deflected off of the Eastside goalkeeper and into the net. Walker’s second goal took place in the 24th minute as she ran onto another through ball and slid it past the goalkeeper to the bottom right corner of the net. Eastside’s Olivia Van Der Jagt cut into CR S Burgundy’s lead when she scored in the 65th minute, and she also scored the late equalizer in the 88th minute. CR S Burgundy immediately stole the lead back when Emery Noll put the ball in the back of the net during stoppage time.
Under-18 Girls: Ambassadors FC (OH-N) 1-1 Syracuse Development Academy (NY-W)
The battle between Ambassadors FC (OH-N) and Syracuse Development Academy (NY-W) resulted in a 1-1 draw. Syracuse Development Academy’s goal came in the 22nd minute when Jade Gentile received a bouncing ball, brought it down, and sent it to top left corner of the net. In the second half, Ambassadors scored the equalizer as Erin King was on the end of a corner kick near the back post and headed the ball into the net.
Under-19 Girls: 96 TFCA Alliance (NC) 0-2 McLean 96 Green (VA)
McLean 96 Green (VA) put themselves in a close position to qualify for Saturday’s championship match with their 2-0 win over TFCA Alliance (NC). It was a scoreless first half, but Abbey Duncan put McLean on the board in the 50th minute. Caroline Kerns sealed the victory with a late goal in the 84th minute.
Under-13 Boys: Strikers FC Chingirian (CA-S) 0-3 Michigan Wolves (MI)
Strikers FC Chingirian (CA-S) defeated Michigan Wolves (MI) 2-0 on day two of play to seal its spot in Saturday’s Under-13 Boys final. Paul Son got Strikers on the board early in the first 60 seconds and then teammate Sean Foster gave the Cal South team the 2-0 cushion. Strikers kept Michigan off the board to win its second game in two days to earn a spot in the Under-13 Boys final. Strikers meet up against 02 CASL Academy Juniors (NC) tomorrow in a preview of Saturday’s final, as CASL also won its second game of the week to advance to the final.
Under-14 Boys: South Carolina United FC 01 Elite (SC) vs Valparaiso United FC 02 JG (AZ)
Valparaiso United FC 02 JG (AZ) earned its second win of the tournament with a 2-1 victory over South Carolina United FC 01 Elite (SC). Paul Gindiri scored in the 8th minute of the game but South Carolina leveled in the 41st minute on a Damon Williams goal to even the score at 1-1. Ivan Lopez kept Valparaiso with the perfect record, scoring in the 57th minute to give his side the 2-1 victory.
Under-15 Boys: Sparta 01 JK (UT) 3-1 United FA 01 Premier (GA)
Sparta 01 JK (UT) takes sole lead of the Under-14 Boys Group A with four points after two days of play. Sparta got on the scoreboard in just the 8th minute against United FA 01 Premier (GA) with a goal from Brandon Cervantes and then Arturo Martin Pimentel increased the lead to 2-0 just seven minutes later. United FA pulled one back in the second half thanks to Mario Ventura, but Sparta’s Casey Lambert sealed the deal in the 79th minute as the game ended 3-1 in favor of the Utah side.
Under-16 Boys: United FA Premier (GA) 2-1 La Roca South CS 99/00 Premier (UT)
United FA Premier (GA) gave itself sole lead of Group A in the Under-16 Boys division with a day two victory over La Roca South CS 99/00 Premier (UT). The two National teams both came in with wins from day one and looking to build upon their position in the group with a good result. United FA took the lead on a goal early in the second half in the 49th minute by Thair Britton but Cristobal Zamorano equalized for La Roca in the 63rd. Both teams searched for a winner and it was United FA’s John Crawley in the 74th minute that scored the game winner. With the win, United FA just needs a win or tie tomorrow to guarantee itself a spot in Saturday’s semifinals.
Under-17 Boys: Loudoun 98 Red (VA) 1-3 Baltimore Celtic 98/99 (MD)
In a rematch of their 2015 National Championships semifinal, Baltimore Celtic 98/99 (MD) once again defeated Region I rival Loudoun 98 Red (VA). Celtic got ahead early as high pressure led to a blunder of an own goal by Loudoun. A Celtic free kick turned into a goal just eight minutes later as a floated ball got headed back across and fell straight to Daniel Hart who made no mistake in finishing his chance. Reece Cooke cut the lead to 2-1 when he got on the end of a long ball over the top, chested it down and then finished beyond the keeper. Gabriel Quintero put the game away in the second half when he got on the end of a cross and headed home to bring the final score to 3-1.
Under-18 Boys: FC Golden State Platinum (CA-S) 2-1 Lehigh Valley United 97 (PA-E)
In Under-18 Boys play, FC Golden State Platinum came back to win 2-1 against Lehigh Valley United 97 (PA-E). 2015-2016 National League Under-19 Boys top goal scorer, Evan Vare, got LVU up 1-0 early when he side stepped his defender and rocketed a right footed shot for a goal. Golden State pulled one back in the 56th minute when a short corner was taken. LVU was caught off guard and the cross found Jesus Granados' head for a goal. Parker Hodges sealed the victory for Golden State in the 81st minute. Hodges carried the ball up the right flank and cut towards the box where he laid the ball off to Eduardo Sanchez who cut by an LVU defender in the box and the ball fell to the streaking Hodges who finished for the win.
Under-19 Boys: FC Golden State (CA-S) 5-3 Chicago Celtic (IL)
FC Golden State are back in the finals for consecutive years after defeating Chicago Celtic 5-3 on the second day of play. It was a back and forth game with teams exchanging goals throughout the first half. Cyro Oliveira scored in just the 8th minute of play, but that lead didn’t last long as Celtic’s Juan Carlos Lujan scored just five minuts later. Golden State retook the lead from an Erick Villatoro goal but once again the lead didn’t last as Nathaniel Michaelis leveled for Celtic. Just three minutes later FC Golden State earned a 3-2 lead thanks to Gabriel Costa and then added a cushion to that lead thanks for Erik Da Silva Santos early in the second half. Elias Leyva cut the lead to 4-3 in the 70th minute, but Costa scored his second of his game to bring the final score to 5-3. Golden State faces FC Florida 96/97 Elite (FL) tomorrow, in a preview of the Under-19 final for the James P. McGuire cup, with Florida defeating Smithtown Kickers SC Arsenal (NY-E) 4-2 in the other Under-19 Boys game of the day.
2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships
Day 2 Results: Group Play Matches
Solar Chelsea Red TX-N 4 NJ Rush 02 Blue NJ 0
So Cal Blues 02 Baker CA-S 4 Cincinnati United Premier Gold OH-S 1
02 CASL Academy Juniors NC 2 Syracuse Development Academy NY-W 0
Strikers FC Chingirian CA-S 2 Michigan Wolves 03 MI 0
Florida Elite 01/02 FL 0 BRYC 01 Elite VA 1
PSG MI Gators 02 Orange MI 3 CUP Gold 01/02 OH-S 1
USA Stars 02 CA-N 1 Waza FC East 02 Black MI 0
Greater Binghamton United FC NY-W 1 Tennessee SC 20 TN 1
West Pines United Carrillo FL 0 LVSA 02 Red NV 1
SLA Nomads 01 CA-S 2 Baltimore Darby 01/02 MD 1
Raiders City IL 1 FCV Ashburn Elite 01 VA 0
South Carolina United FC 01 Elite SC 1 Valparaiso United FC 02 JG AZ 2
HBC Impact 00 NY-E 3 FC Salmon Creek Nemesis 00 Ellertson OR 1
CUP Gold 00/01 OH-S 2 FC Pride 01 Elite IN 0
Dallas Kicks SC 01 TX-N 1 Campton United Navy IL 2
Sunrise Sting 00/01 FL 1 Midwest United FC 01 Royal MI 4
SC Sporting 00 Green CA-N 3 LMSC Sabertooth Rats PA-E 2
McLean 00 Green VA 1 CFA Raiders IL 2
Toledo Celtics Black OH-N 3 Davie United Sharks 00/01 Blue FL 2
Sparta 01 JK UT 3 United FA 01 Premier GA 1
Legends FC 99 CA-S 2 CUP Gold 99/00 OH-S 0
FCKC Pink Panthers Elite MO 0 Carlsbad Elite 99 CA-S 1
Florida Krush Black FL 0 Syracuse Development Academy NY-W 0
Albion SC White CA-S 2 La Roca Premier PO UT 2
Loudoun Red VA 2 Strikers FC North CA-S 0
United FA Premier GA 2 La Roca South CS 99/00 Premier UT 1
OP Green OH-S 2 Concorde Fire 99/00 GA 0
Fullerton Rangers White CA-S 0 Dix Hills Hurricanes NY-E 6
EGA Maroon 98 NE 0 Beadling Bulldogs PA-W 1
Legends FC 98 CA-S 0 YMS Premier Xplosion 98 PA-E 1
Eastside FC 98 Red WA 2 CR S Burgundy Rapids NC 3
Beach FC 98 Academy CA-S 2 Team Chicago Academy-Brasilia IL 2
Seattle United 98 Copa WA 0 Pipeline Black MD 1
Sporting St. Croix MN 2 Solar Chelsea Red 99 TX-N 1
Challenger Crew Jrs Gold 98 OH-N 3 98 CASL Red NC 0
Loudoun 98 Red VA 1 Baltimore Celtic 98/99 MD 3
Ambassadors FC OH-N 1 Syracuse Development Academy NY-W 1
NJ Stallions Dynamite NJ 1 Carlsbad Elite 97/98 CA-S 3
Tennessee SC 16 TN 1 Beach FC Academy 97 Joyner CA-S 0
KHA Red OH-S 2 MD United Coyotes MD 1
FC Golden State Platinum CA-S 2 Lehigh Valley United 97 PA-E 1
OP Green OH-S 1 FC Dallas 98 Premier TX-N 3
Dix Hills Elite NY-E 2 South San Jose PAC Indios CA-N 2
Arlington Impact Red VA 1 Santa Barbara SC White CA-S 1
96 TFCA Alliance NC 0 McLean 96 Green VA 2
So Cal Blues Dodge CA-S 3 Red Stars IL 1
FC Florida 96/97 Elite FL 4 Smithtown Kickers SC Arsenal NY-E 2
FC Golden State CA-S 5 Chicago Celtic IL 3