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Region II 97s hold U14 BNT to draw at ODP

Published: November 29, 2010

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – The U14 Boys National Team saw its perfect record at the U.S. Youth Soccer Boys ODP Interregional snapped here, as a Region II ’97 team coached by Sean Helliwel played the Navy team to a 0-0 draw at Disney Wide World of Sports.

The other U.S. squad won its match 3-1, with a full slate of games played between regional teams at the ’96 and ’97 age groups.

youth boys club soccer playersU.S. U14 BNT Navy vs. Region III 97s
U14 BNT Navy 0, Region II 97s 0

The match lacked a little bit in tempo compared to the opening two days of the event, as tired legs may have been an issue for both teams. The Region II was very well organized however and limited the U14 BNT’s chances, especially in the 1st  half.

Top performers for the Midwesterners on the day included hard-working forward Alex Knox of Carmel United, midfielder Brendan McDonough of Tony Glavin SC in St. Louis, defender Willie Maddox of Detroit-area club Vardar, and diminutive substitute Grant Hollkamp of Louisville club Javanon, who showed some really good quality on the ball and a real composure when it came to getting out of tight spaces.

For the U.S., center backs Guillermo Bermudez of Albion SC in San Diego, Billy Abdallah of Cosmos Academy West in LA, plus Chester Castellaw of Real SoCal, had solid performances. Forward Caleb Moore of Discoveries SC in South Carolina again was dangerous as a motoring frontrunner. Goalkeeper Nicolas Pritchard is quick off his line.

U14 BNT Navy Lineup
GK: Christian Herrera
D: Benny Lorca, Billy Abdallah, Guillermo Bermudez, Malcolm Jones
M: Joshua Doughty, Chester Castellaw, Amir Bashti, Dominic Jensen
F: Donald Emerson, Kevin Moranchel
Subs: Nicolas Pritchard, Pablo Pelaez, Amirgy Pineda, Coy Craft, David Villegas, Caleb Moore, Christian Lucatero

Region II 97s Lineup
GK: Jacob Rooth (Parker Siegfried)
D: Willie Maddox, Peter Brown, Calum Bishop, Erik Pritschau
M: Jackson Yueill, Dominic Grida, Kostandin Moni, Brendan McDonough, Thomas Ueland
F: Alexander Knox, Julian Castro
Subs: Nicholas Hibbeler, Grant Fisher, Grant Hollkamp, Matthew Gandier, Ricardo Pimentel,

U14 BNT Red 3, Region III 97s 1

The group coached by Bob Montgomery and Mario Prata cruised to a 3-0 halftime lead and then hung on for the win.

{mosvideo:350}Columbus Crew midfielder Benny Swanson scored a sick goal in the opening minutes, dribbling past two defenders and then the goalkeeper before passing it into the open net for a 1-0 lead. Amadu Kunateh of North Shore United in Boston then connected for two scores, including one from a very sharp angle. The big and fast forward has a lot of physical qualities and based on his comments (made along with Benny Swanson), seems to be working on his soccer brain too.

The star of the 2nd half was Region III substitute Tobin Howell. The smallest player of the field was inserted by coach Jay Miller as a right-sided midfielder and he responded with an excellent performance, almost never putting in a bad touch of the ball. Howell scored the team’s only goal by taking a pass from Fusion FC’s Bryan Missana, making a sharp cut move to lose his marker and then drilling a shot from the elbow of the penalty area just inside the far post and under the cross bar for a goal.

Howell nearly scored another when he made an audacious touch over a defender, ran onto it and then chipped past the goalkeeper, but the effort from a sharp angle went into the side netting. He gave away nothing despite his small stature and used his ability and foot skills very effectively.

U.S. defender Brendan Constantine of Oakwood SC also put in a good shift, covering a lot of ground in the back line and distributing well.

Coach Bob Montgomery talked about his team performance afterward.

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U14 BNT Red Lineup
GK: Cameron Keys (James Marcinkowski)
D: Brendan Constantine, Max Stiegwardt, Josh Cox, Jean Orvil
M: Shannon Seymour, Sean Wilson, Benny Swanson, Mukwelle Akale
F: Amadu Kunateh, Stephen Elias
Subs: Evan Martinez, Cameron Lindley, Gedion Zelalem, Nathanael Rennhack, Christopher Gomez, Malcolm Dixon

Region III 97s Lineup
GK: Austen Parker (Johan Welch)
D: Aidan Wixted, Brandon Millington, Phillip Tran, Philipp Majorov
M: Juan Martinez, John Skahan, Jeremy Colvin, Caleb Young
F: Holden Hmiel, Aaron Kleinert
Subs: Benjamin Campbell, Martin Eseverri, Sebastian Herran, Tobin Howell, Bryan Missana, Jacob van der Luit

 

Other Contests (courtesy of U.S. Youth Soccer)

1996 Region IV 3, Region I 1
Goal scorers: Region IV- Felipe Liborio (43:00), Edgar Duran (54:00), Tyson Fox (60:00)
Region I- Herber Mejia-Flores (53:00)

1996 Region III 2, Region II 1
Goal scorers: Region III- Ricardo Calderon (35:00), Andrew Costa (54:00)
Region II- Abdikadir Anyah (70:00)

1997 Region IV Black 2, Region I Blue 0
Goal scorers: Region IV- Dylan Smith (13:00), Sebastian Saucedo

1997 Region IV White 3, Region II White 1
Goal scorers: Region IV- Gregory Lang (10:00), Jorge Ruiz (45:00) (61:00)
Region II- Jesus Perez (36:00)

1997 Region I White 2, Region III White 1
Goal scorers: Region I- Omorogbe Uyiosa (44:00), Zebdi Karim (61:00)
Region III- Andrew Booth (30:00)

 
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