CORAL SPRINGS, FLORIDA
– The 1993 birth year regional teams took center stage again here Tuesday at the U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Interregional. Some cloud cover made playing midday playing conditions more tolerable than the previous two days, and while fatigue has begun to set in for some of the players, the level of understanding and interplay within squads is improving, so this stage of the event typically features some of the best matches.
Region III (green) vs. Region 1
The 93s will play one more day, Thursday morning, before flying home for Thanksgiving. The 1994 and 1995 teams play Wednesday and Friday, with the U15 Girls National Team and their Costa Rican U17 counterparts playing again Wednesday and Thursday.Region III 93s 2, Region I 93s 1
Solar SC’s Taylor Smith scored twice in the 2nd half to give the Southeastern team the win. Region I pulled one back late on a fine strike from Dana Rosney, but Smith’s goals, when she ran behind the defense to collect long serves from Kaili Torres (1st) and Abigail Lutzenkirchen, proved to make the difference.
“I felt like we were waking up and connecting more,” Smith said. “We got another midfielder in there and there were more options to run and space to pass and stuff.”
One of the midfielders who helped Region III in the 2nd half was Kaili Torres, who was strong on the ball and always looking to create something. Outside back Whitney Jaynes was very involved in the attack in the 2nd half as well as effective in quashing Region I attacks. Morgan Brian again showed intelligent play in the forward third, while goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin made some good reflex saves in the 1st half when Region I was getting the better of play and pressuring the goal.
For Region I, Whitney Church was solid again in the back line, while fellow Virginian Barbara Platenberg was again solid during a 2nd half stint. Oakwood SC’s Riley Houle serves as a model midfield hub.
Region III 93 Lineup
GK: Bryane Heaberline
D: Sara Coleman, Cherrelle Jarrett, Taylor Schneider, Carson Pickett
M: Kelsey Shimmick, Gilda Doria, Clarissa Wedemeyer, Heather Magee, Taylor Smith
F: Margaret Cassells-Hamby
Subs: Emily Sonnett, Kaili Torres, Morgan Brian, Whitney Jaynes, Abigail Lutzenkirchen, Kelsey Shimmick, Erin Inman, Bryane HeaberlinRegion I 93 Lineup
GK: Britt Eckerstrom
D: Meredith Speck, Whitney Church, Casey Morrison, Lia Bellizzi
M: Riley Houle, Karin Simonian, Cassie Pecht, Jessica Clinton
F: Caitlin Forte, Kari Quinn
Subs: Emily Armstrong
, Gabriella Cuevas, Melissa Gavin, Barbara Platenberg, Kate Schwindel, Dana Rosney, Kristi Abbate (injured)Read more ODP Interregional coverage
Region II (white) vs. Region IVRegion II 93s 1, Region IV 93s 0
This game featured a lot of 50/50 balls and pressuring tactics that kept much offense from being created, but that didn’t stop KCFC’s Shea Groom from scoring an excellent 1st half goal, where she cut inside her marker and slotted home from inside the area. Groom had a couple of other good chances that she created with her strong runs (which she was still making well into the 2nd half) and good interplay with club teammate Kaysie Clark.
Region II left back Michela Paradiso covered and tracked back well for the match, while U17 Women’s National Team and Novi Jags central defender Olivia Brannon was again solid in the back line. Michigan Gator Megan Marsack was a tough tackler in midfield.
For Region IV, Northern Cal defender Kelsey Foo was good in the air, while right back Marie Mackenzie added tough tackles to her portfolio of good running, tricky moves and manic energy. Her Real So Cal teammate Kathryn Speidel is another with tireless energy who also put in some good serves from distance. Surf SC’s Kate Perry was also active as well as again being good on the ball, and Monique Pendleberry of Camarillo Eagles showed good technique as an outside back.
Region II 93 Lineup
GK: Jenna O'Dell
D: Michela Paradiso, Olivia Brannon, Katie Brown, Sarah Molina
M: Allie Stephenson, Megan Marsack, Delaney Kiely, Madeline Vicker
F: Shea Groom, Kaysie Clark
Subs: Emily Lillard, Christen Westphal, Taylor Uhl, Aliina Weykamp, Claire Falknor, Molly Huber, Melanie PickertRegion IV 93 Lineup
GK: Jordan Day (Megan Kufeld)
D: Marie Mackenzie, Kaitlin Dickmann, Kelsey Foo, Alyssa Kleiner
M: Miranda Cornejo, Madison Krauser, Sandra Ley, Indiana Mead
F: Tessa Andujar, Alexandra Bailey
Subs: Monique Pendleberry, Jaiden Thornock, Kate Perry, Loeau Labonta, Kathryn Speidel, Jamia FieldsRead more ODP Interregional coverage