League champions named today: Under-16 Girls NASA G12 Elite II (GA), Under-17 Girls So Cal Blues Dodge (CA-S), Under-15 Boys Albion White (CA-S), Under-16 Boys Grand Rapids Crew Juniors (MI)
LAS VEGAS (March 21, 2010) – The US Youth Soccer National League Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 Boys and Girls complete their third and final day at the Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex in Las Vegas. Today's matches were competitive as four League champions were named and three additional tickets to the US Youth Soccer National Championships were punched.
A champion has been named in each gender age group, with the top two teams earning advancement to the 2010 National Championships at the Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan., July 20-25. The top four teams in the Under-15 and Under-16 Boys and Girls age group earn the right to return to League play in the 2010-2011 season.
Teams advancing to the 2010 National Championships are below:
Under-15 Girls: Dallas Texans 95 Red (N-TX)* and Scorpions Elite (MA)
Under-16 Girls: NASA G12 Elite II (GA)* and NSA Premier Fury (IL)
Under-17 Girls: So Cal Blues Dodge (CA-S)* and Slammers FC (CA-S)
Under-15 Boys: Albion White (CA-S)* and Lemont Raiders (IL)
Under-16 Boys: Grand Rapids Crew Juniors (MI)* and Blast FC Red (OH-S)
Under-17 Boys: GSA Phoenix (GA)* and Penn Fusion Soccer Academy Coppa (EPA)
*denotes National League Champion
VSA Heat Blue (VA) tied Hurricane FC 95 Rhein (OK), 2-2. The tie provides the Hurricanes a spot in next year's National League. The Hurricanes started the game with a goal in the 14th minute by Elizabeth Keester. At the beginning of the second half, VSA's Morgan Reuther scored in the 41st minute to tie the match. Regan Houston put VSA in the lead in the 56th minute. To bring the score back to a tie, Krissi Killion scored for the Hurricanes. The game ended in a 2-2 tie.
League champions Dallas Texans 95 Red (N-TX) and the Scorpions Elite (MA) will advance to the National Championships to represent the National League in the Under-15 Girls age group.
Georgia is sending a second team to the National Championships as NASA G12 Elite II (GA) claimed the Under-16 Girls League title today. NASA won 2-1 over the Scorpions Elite (MA). Iyana Moore put NASA on the board in the 38th minute when she took a bouncing ball and flipped it over the keeper. Brooke Theobald increased NASA's lead to two when she scored in the 54th minute. The Scorpions' Lindsey O'Neil scored in the 80th minute, but it wasn't enough. NASA won 2-1.
"It is a huge deal to be going to the National Championships because we have only had one other girls team from our club make it ever and it is a huge deal for our state and to represent Georgia Soccer," NASA's Abigail Lutzenkirchen said.
"We knew coming here we were going to be playing some big teams and our team goal was to go three and 0 and secure at the National Championship. We battled for everything on the field. We got some fortunate lucky breaks and came out on the winning end. The girls work very hard and they earned this," said NASA's coach Dave Smith.
NSA Premier Fury (IL) will also advance to the National Championships to represent the National League.
The So Cal Blues-Dodge (CA-S) and Slammers FC (CA-S) had both claimed their spot in the National Championships yesterday and today played each other for the League championship. The 1-1 tie secured the League championship for the So Cal Blues-Dodge. The Slammers scored first today with a Julia Glanz goal in the 21st minute. Just before the end of the half, the Blues Lauren Bohaboy tied the match in the 41st minute. The second half brought opportunities for both teams, but neither was able to finish.
On Friday, Albion SC (CA-S) claimed their spot in the National Championships. Today, they beat LAFC Chelsea (CA-S) 3-1 for the League Championship. The first two-thirds of the game was evenly matched. Albion's Jose Merlo scored in the 38th minute to take the lead, 1-0. In the 55th minute, Luis Flores tied the match scoring for LAFC. It wasn't until the 74th minute that Albion took control of the match and Shane Mahvi gave his team the lead. Six minutes later, Eli Bunton put Albion up by two and finished the game with a 3-1 victory.
The Lemont Raiders (IL) also secured their spot in the National Championships.
After claiming their spot in the National Championships yesterday, the Grand Rapids Crew Juniors (MI) claimed the League Championship winning 2-0 over the Blast FC (OH-S) today. This is the Grand Rapids Crew Juniors third trip to the National Championships and their first League Championship. Today, Grand Rapids went up by two early in the first half. Diego Bobidilla scored in the 11th minute and Joe Sweet put Grand Rapids up by two in the 24th minute. Grand Rapids won 2-0.
Grand Rapid's Chase Rau said, "We expected to go back to nationals this year, for our third year in a row. We took third our first two years, but this year we hope to take first."
Elite FC Gladiators (NM) won their third game of the weekend today against the TSC 93 Red (OK), 3-1. After a scoreless first half, TSC's Omar Mata scored in the 53rd minute. Joshua Dye tied the match for Elite FC in the 58th and three minutes later Drew Jameson put the Gladiators up by one. An own goal in the 78th minute gave the Elite FC Gladiators the 3-1 win.
GSA Phoenix Red (GA) is the National League Champion. Both GSA and Penn Fusion Soccer Academy Coppa (EPA) are advancing to the National Championships.
For complete standings, scores and schedules, visit the National League Center or go to /National_League/. Follow National League on Twitter (@nationalleague).
US Youth Soccer National League Results | Sunday, March 21, 2010
VSA Heat Blue (VA) 2, Hurricane FC 95 Rhein (OK) 2
Goal Scorers: VSA: Morgan Reuther (41:00), Regan Houston (56:00)
Hurricane:Elizabeth Keester (14:00), Krissi Killion (68:00)
So Cal Blues-Draluck (CA-S) 1, San Diego Surf White (CA-S) 0
Goal Scorers: Blues: Kelly Latimer (24:00)
NASA G12 Elite II (GA) 2, Scorpions Elite (MA) 1
Goal Scorers: NASA: Iyana Moore (38:00), Brooke Theobald (54:00)
Scorpions: Lindsey O'Neil (80:00)
So Cal Blues-Pearson (CA-S) 3, San Diego Surf (CA-S) 0
Goal Scorers: Blues: Jessica White (14:00), Danielle Spriggs (38:00), Lauren Benner (60:00)
So Cal Blues-Dodge (CA-S) 1, Slammers FC (CA-S) 1
Goal Scorers: Blues: Lauren Bohaboy (42:00)
Slammers: Julia Glanz (21:00)
Eagles SC (CA-S) 2, Cleveland FC (OH-N) 1
Goal Scorers: Eagles: Andrea Todak (5:00), Lyndsey Preston (68:00)
Cleveland: Jillian Graff (15:00)
Albion SC (CA-S) 3, LAFC Chelsea (CA-S) 1
Goal Scorers: Albion: Jose Merlo (38:00), Shane Mahvi (74:00), Eli Bunton (80:00)
LAFC: Luis Flores (55:00)
Sereno 94 White (AZ) 1, Solar Red 94 (N-TX) 1
Goal Scorers: Sereno: Cory Zimmerman (60:00)
Solar: Ryan Condotta (31:00)
Grand Rapids Crew Juniors (MI) 2, Blast FC (OH-S) 0
Goal Scorers: Crew: Diego Bobidilla (11:00), Joe Sweet (24:00)
Elite FC Gladiators (NM) 3, TSC 93 Red (OK) 1
Goal Scorers: Elite FC: Joshua Dye (58:00), Drew Jameson (61:00), Own Goal (78:00)
TSC: Omar Mata (53:00)
Hicksville Strikers (E-NY) 4, Blast FC Red (OH-S) 2
Goal Scorers: Hicksville: Keith McKenna (10:00), Matthew Wendelken (49:00) (52:00), Jonathan Stallone (83:00)
Blast: Tyler Scheoner (37:00) (57:00)