Overland Park, Kan. — The cream of the crop began rising to the top Thursday on the the third day of the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships. The more experienced, dogged teams started to set their sights on showcasing their prodigious talent this weekend.
Here’s a quick rundown of the day’s events:
U16 Boys: Fullerton Rangers 96 White 3, CCV Stars 97 Black 0
The Rangers are on a mission for the three-peat. Winners of back-to-back national championships (the 2011 U14 and 2012 U15 titles) put up an impressive 3-0 win against CCV Stars 97 early Thursday.
Fullerton was in full attack mode from kickoff, finding and exposing the weakness of the Stars’ defense. The Rangers posted their first goal in the 15th minute, when forward George Castro blasted the ball in from the left side past the goalie.
Even with the lead, Fullerton kept at CCV, tallying at least four shots in four minutes right after the goal.
Aggressive play came from both sides and a collision in the 21st minute between a Fullerton player and CCV’s goalkeeper Luis Reyes resulted in a yellow card for the Rangers (the first of three on the day).
Reyes remained in the game but the game continued to slip further away from him and his teammates. In the 29th minute, a Fullerton corner kick bounced between several players in front of the goal. The ball finally went in off a Stars player for an own goal and a 2-0 Ranger lead.
Fullerton carried that lead into halftime and throughout the game. Midfielder Ricardo Ruiz added another goal in the 57th minute.
The Rangers outshot the Stars 27-7, while also having a commanding 11-0 lead in corner kicks. CCV’s Reyes tallied five saves on the day, while Fullerton keeper Keith Murhphy would notch two.
The Stars take on NASA 15 Elite on Friday morning. Both teams are winless this week.
The Rangers take their 2-0 record and face Smithtown Arsenal on Friday at 9:30 a.m. Smithtown also have two wins after a 5-0 win against CCV and a 2-1 victory against the aforementioned NASA squad.
U17 Girls: BRYC 95 Elite 5, Beadling Thunder 1
Virginia’s BRYC 95 Elite moved their record this week to 1-1 with an impressive 5-1 win over the Beadling Thunder.
Tallying two goals apiece were Katherine Bukovsky and Kahla Seymour. The other score was courtesy of Jennifer Boyles.
BRYC scored first in the 24th minute on a Bukovsky goal, followed by Boyles’ less than 10 minutes later.
Elite didn’t relent in the second half, knocking off three shots in the first five minutes of the period. The ball continued to spend plenty of time at the feet of the BRYC offense.
Beadling Goalkeeper Aryana Jones did what she could, making saves against a very quick BRYC team. Jones was able to knock away a Boyles shot in the 50th, and then made an impressive save in the 67th minute on a shot from the right side.
But Seymour would tally her two goals in the 75th and 88th minute to round out the five goals. Beadling’s Ashley Mutkus did her part to prevent the shutout, scoring in the 87th minute.
The Beadling Thunder will move on to face Match Fit Beat on Friday at 11:30 a.m. The Beat is 2-0 after a 2-1 win against FRAM Premier on Thursday.
FRAM will be BRYC’s (1-1) next opponent, also at 11:30 a.m.
U17 Girls: Cleveland United White 4, AHFC 96 1
The first half of this U17 girls contest looked even, as if both were sizing each other up. AHFC scored first on a goal by midfielder Angelica Grayson in the 28th minute.
It didn’t take long for Cleveland to bounce back, as forward Sydney Elinsky scored the equalizer in the 32nd minute.
From that point on, it was the Kelly Novak show. The University of Kentucky commit added a goal in the 43rd minute to give Cleveland United the 2-0 lead into halftime.
Like the first half, AHFC seemingly started out with some momentum with two shots in the first two minutes of the half. But Cleveland would soon take over and go up 3-1 in the 59th minute.
With a defender at her hip and several ahead of her, Novak received the ball and dribbled up midfield for the score. She attempted to notch an assist as well later in the game, feeding the ball to Elinsky cutting down the left side. Elinsky shot but missed just right of the goal.
Midway through the second half, AHFC again tried to get their offense going. One of the team’s few attempts of the half was off a free kick that forward Dayna Doize attempted. The look was good but United goalkeeper Alexis Carpenter made the save.
Cleveland kept the offense going strong and in the 72nd minute, Novak earned her third goal of the game, again with defenders surrounding her as she dribbled down the middle of the field.
Entering Friday with its 0-1-1 record, AHFC 96 will face Iowa City Alliance-Heatwave at 11:30 a.m. Friday. Iowa City are 0-2 so far this week after a 1-0 loss today.
Undefeated so far this week at 2-0, Cleveland United takes on PDA Ginga, Friday at 11:30 a.m. PDA Ginga are 1-0-1 after a win against Iowa City Alliance.
U17 Boys: OBGC Rangers 2, PDA McGeough 1
Being ranked No. 1 in the nation, people may have assumed that the Olney BGC Rangers would be able to manage the win with little opposition. PDA McGeough, however, had other ideas, as the team came out strong and matched up well against the Rangers.
PDA got on the board early in the first half, with a goal by forward Michael Feeney. In congestion, OBGC keeper Brendan Burke came a little too far out to make a play on the ball and Feeney was able to bounce the ball in for the 1-0 lead.
OBGC tried to pick up the pace after that, though still remaining reserved in the shot-taking department. They had several opportunities, including a one-on-one opportunity for Virginia commit Chase Gasper chasing a long pass into the corner and attempting to find a streaking teammate in the middle.
PDA had their share of missed opportunities, such as a one-on-one opportunity for forward Scot Sclar. He tried to take the long pass but also seemed too focused on the defender to properly make the play. Sclar did manage to bounce the ball off said defender for a corner kick, off which a scoring attempt was blocked and cleared.
It was Ebobisse who stepped up in the second half to tie the score at 1-1 with a goal in the 48th minute. Then he scored the game-winning goal in the 57th.
Olney had the advantage in shots (19-9), with a 6-5 SOG advantage. The Rangers (1-0-1) will face TUSA Gold tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. TUSA comes into the game with a 0-2 record after a 6-0 loss Thursday to West Coast FC.
PDA McGeough (1-1) will face West Coast FC, also at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships
Day 3 Results: Preliminary Matches
|NEFC Elite||MA||2||Legends FC 99||CA-S||2|
|NEFC: Marykate McGuire (56:00), Michaela Joyce (66:00)|
|LFC: Kaylee Ramirez (4:00), Kaylee Ramirez (46:00)|
|Michigan Hawks '00||MI||1||Liverpool 00 Elite||TX-N||2|
|HAWK: Alexa Spaanstra (8:00)|
|LVPL: Catiana Lychwek (34:00), Catiana Lychwek (54:00)|
|FSA FC Navy||CT||2||Pateadores LA||CA-S||8|
|FSA: Zachary Lopes (38:48), Anthony Melody (42:25)|
|PATS: Kyle Holcumb (4:00), Jason Pacas (15:32), Bryan Perez (19:51), Kyle Holcumb (31:46), Jason Pacas (37:54), Alejandro Barrera (44:37), Kyle Holcumb (47:17), Bryan Perez (51:42)|
|Raiders FC||IL||0||United FA 00 Elite||GA||0|
|CCV Stars 97 Black||AZ||0||Fullerton Rangers 96 White||CA-S||3|
|FULL: George Castro (15:00), Own Goal (29:00), Ricardo Ruiz (57:00)|
|NASA 15 Elite||GA||1||Smithtown Arsenal||NY-E||2|
|NASA: Walker Nance (14:00)|
|SMAR: Christopher Hettler (31:00), Thomas Butzke (49:00)|
|FC Golden State White||CA-S||3||Concorde Fire Elite||GA||2|
|FCGS: Yezid Lopez (18:00), Jonathan Hinojosa (26:00), Erick Villatoro (77:00)|
|CFE: Jahmeil Curwen (2:00), Jose Perez (42:00)|
|Alliance 97 Black||MI||2||GSA Phoenix 97 Red||GA||2|
|ALNC: Emir Cengic (13:00), Peter Supinski (77:00)|
|Iowa City Alliance - Heatwave||IA||0||PDA Ginga||NJ||1|
|PDA: Brittany Cooper (23:00)|
|AHFC 96||TX-S||1||Cleveland United White||OH-N||4|
|AHFC: Angelica Grayson (27:00)|
|CUSC: Sydney Elinsky (31:00), Kelly Novak (43:00), Kelly Novak (59:00), Kelly Novak (72:00)|
|Beadling Thunder||PA-W||1||BRYC 95 Elite||VA||5|
|BEAD: Ashley Mutkus (87:00)|
|BRYC: Katherine Bukovsky (24:00), Jennifer Boyles (37:00), Katherine Bukovsky (60:00), Kahla Seymour (75:00), Kahla Seymour (88:00)|
|Match Fit Beat||NJ||2||FRAM Premier||CA-S||1|
|MFB: Victoria Pantaleo (64:09), Brianna Robinson (68:00)|
|FRAM: McKinsey R Martinez (76:00)|
|Lehigh Valley United 95||PA-E||1||SC Waukesha 95/96 Blue||WI||1|
|LVU: Colby Thomas (9:20)|
|SCW: Kai Bottum (62:58)|
|Santa Clara Sporting 95||CA-N||2||CUP Gold 95/96 Boys||OH-S||1|
|SCSC: Miguel Castillo (61:30), Miguel Castillo (64:30)|
|CUP: Jacob Scheper (77:30)|
|West Coast FC||CA-S||6||TUSA Gold||NC||0|
|WCFC: Esen Harris (6:01), Luis F Silva (16:23), Own Goal (28:39), Ivan Canales (61:59), Dylan Struthers (68:25), Esen Harris (80:30)|
|PDA McGeough||NJ||1||OBGC Rangers||MD||2|
|PDA: Michael Feeney (11:30)|
|OBGC: Jeremy Ebobisse (47:06), Jeremy Ebobisse (56:28)|
|Oklahoma FC 96||OK||2||Lou Fusz Wipke||MO||2|
|OFC: Rachael Thun (9:00), Mikayla Lowery (45:00)|
|LFW: Madeline Orf (3:00), Hali Long (31:00)|
|Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo||IL||0||Connecticut FC||CT||0|
|VSA Heat Blue||VA||1||Legends FC 94||CA-S||2|
|VSA: Victoria Burress (88:00)|
|LFC: Meilessah Rangel (90:00), Christina Tucker (91:00)|
|Leahi 95 Premier||HI||2||FC United Select||IL||1|
|LEAH: Dempsey Banks (1:45), Julie Khil (58:00)|
|FCU: Allison Curry (28:13)|
|Albion USA||CA-S||0||Concorde Fire Elite||GA||2|
|CFE: Cooper Coughlin (6:00), Tyler Alexander (60:00)|
|Springfield SC||MO||0||West Coast FC||CA-S||2|
|WCFC: Gage Zerboni (29:00), Kyle Heller (56:00)|
|PDA Harkes||NJ||2||Team Boca||FL||0|
|PDA: Andrew Leischner (33:00), Andrew Leischner (84:00)|
|Raiders FC Premier||IL||2||Galaxy 94/95 Blue||IL||1|
|RFC: Chi Bertrand (45:00), Chi Bertrand (84:00)|
|GLXY: Patrick Flynn (33:00)|