BOCA RATON, Fla. (Nov. 25, 2015) – The 2015 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Thanksgiving Interregional wrapped up its fourth day of play on Wednesday in Boca Raton, Fla., and featured the 1998-2000 age groups. The six-day tournament is taking place November 22-27 at Spanish River Athletic Park and Florida Atlantic University, and features elite girls teams in the 1998-2002 age groups from each of the four US Youth Soccer Regions.
The nearly 400 leading players participating in the event have been selected from US Youth Soccer State Association and Regional level evaluations. Throughout the week, players will attend training sessions and compete in matches against other regions, in front of U.S. Soccer national staff and collegiate coaches to maximize their exposure for selection to the next level of play.
With programs in all 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations, US Youth Soccer ODP, the original Olympic development program, is available to any player. US Youth Soccer ODP is the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer, the National Women’s Soccer League, and the majority of current and past national and youth national team members, as alumni.
Highlights from Day 4:
2000 Girls: Region I v. Region II
Region I picked up its second win of the week with a 3-1 victory over Region II. An own goal by Region II in the 20thminute of play put them in a hole early. Region II’s Brooke Vandyck grabbed an equalizer in the 49th minute of play but Marykate McGuire, age group leading scorer, scored her third goal of the tournament, and game winner, just 6 minutes later to regain the lead for Region I. Emma Davis added an insurance goal just two minutes later to bring the final score to 3-1.
2000 Girls: Region III v. Region IV
Region III grabbed a much needed win over Region IV with a 3-0 victory in its second game of the week. Ashlynn Serepca scored the game’s lone goal in the first half in the first half. Teammate Allison Breed scored in the 52ndand 57th minutes to notch a brace and to bring the final score to 3-0. Region III will play Region I on Friday with the winner deciding who will finish first in the group.
1999 Girls: Region II v. Region III
After tying the US U15 YNT in its first game, Region II came out hungry for a win. Ryanne Brown gave Region II and early lead by converting a penalty kick in just the 3rd minute of play but Region III equalized just ten minutes later on a Keiarra Slack goal. Region II’s Meredith Haakenson’s added a goal in the 30th minute that gave Region II a lead going into halftime. The close game was put out of reach when Region II’s Nicolette Hernandez scored in the 60th minute and teammate Emma Thomson scored just four minutes later to put the game at 4-1. Region III’s Kirsten Pavlisko snagged a consolation goal in the 86th minute to bring the final score to 4-2.
1999 Girls: U15 US YNT v. Region I
Region I defeated the U15 US YNT 2-0 in its second game and are now alone at the top of its age group. Region I’s Starland White, one of only five players to now have multiple goals in the age group, scored her second goal of the tournament in just the 7th minute of play. Teammate Genna Michitti added another goal in the 28th minute to bring the score to 2-0 going into half. No goals were scored in the second half and Region I looks to keep its shutout streak going strong when they play Region III in its final game Friday.
1998 Girls: Region III v. Region I
A close game between Region III and Region I played out to a 1-0 final with Region III coming out on top. The game was scoreless for the first half but Region III’s Sydney Spruill scored the in the 60th minute to give Region III a 1-0 lead. Spruill’s game winner not only won the game for Region III, but puts her on top of the 1998 goal scorer list with two goals. The win keeps Region III as the only undefeated team in the group.
1998 Girls: Region II v. Region IV
Like the previous 1998 game of the day, the two sides were only separated by one goal at the final whistle. Region IV’s Olivia Hernandez scored in the 64th minute to give the 1998 Region IV girls a much needed win to bring its record to one win and one loss through two games.
Goal Scorers and Results | Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015
|2000||Region I||Region II|
|Goal Scorers||Marykate McGuire (54:00)||Brooke Vandyck (49:00)|
|Emma Davis (56:00)|
|2000||Region III||Region IV|
|Goal Scorers||Ashlynn Serepca (21:00)|
|Allison Breed (52:00)|
|Allison Breed (59:00)|
|1999||Region II||Region III|
|Goal Scorers||Ryanne Brown (03:00)||Keiarra Slack (13:00)|
|Meredith Haakenson (31:00)||Kirsten Pavlisko (86:00)|
|Nicolette Hernandez (60:00)|
|Emma Thomson (64:00)|
|1999||US U15 YNT||Region I|
|Goal Scorers||Starland White (07:00)|
|Genna Michitti (28:00)|
|1998||Region III||Region I|
|Goal Scorers||Sydney Spruill (60:00)|
|1998||Region II||Region IV|
|Goal Scorers||Olivia Hernandez (64:00)|