BOISE, Idaho. (June 24, 2011) – Of the 232 teams that began the tournament, the dreams of 64 remain alive in the 2011 US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships as the quarterfinal round was completed today. There was a heightened sense of intensity as games kicked off at the Simplot Sports Complex in Boise, Idaho, for teams were competing for one of four spots in the semifinals.
Among the field of teams at the Region IV Championships are three defending national champions, Under-15 Girls Foothill MVLA Lightning (CA-N), Under-18 Girls So Cal Blues Dodge (CA-S) and Under-19 Boys Eastside United FC 91 Liverpool Red (OR). Only two remain in contention for a repeat championship as the first defending champ, MVLA Lightning, was knocked out in a penalty shootout today in the Under-15 Girls. So Cal Blues Dodge and Eastside United FC 91 Liverpool Red are still in the hunt to become back-to-back national champions.
Teams that competed in the 2010-2011 US Youth Soccer National League continued their success in the Region IV Championships. Eleven of 12 National League teams that entered the tournament advanced to the quarterfinals, and nine of those teams have now moved onto the semifinal round.
A few highlights from today's matches...
Under-16 Girls Legends Breakaway (CA-S) just missed out on a direct path to the National Championships through the US Youth Soccer National League as they finished second to the 2011 Region III champions Hurricane FC (OK). But Legends took one step closer to gaining entry to Nationals as a regional champion as they defeated SC Del Sol (AZ) 8-0 in their quarterfinal matchup. Seven Legends goals in the first half included a hatrick from Tanya Samarzich, a double from Nicolette Martino and one each from Taylor Vargo and Kylie Sincox before Sincox added the eighth in the second half.
Defending Region IV champion Real Colorado National will take on Legends in the semifinals after downing Forza FC 95 Premier (UT) 4-1. Alex Anthony led the way for Real with three goals in a 20 minute span during the second half after Brianna Toelle opened the scoring in just the 3rd minute. Forza tried to claw back into the game with a Paige Coles goal in the 62nd, but Real held strong to move closer to defending their title.
Colorado Rush Nike 94/95 wasted no time in asserting themselves versus Las Vegas Premier 95 White (NV) as they scored in the opening minute en route to a 4-1 victory. Danica Evans put Rush on the board in the 1st minute, the first of her three first half goals. Premier pulled one back two minutes into the second half through Falon Miller, but Rush struck again nine minutes later from Morgan Stanton to lead Rush into the semifinals.
Mustang Blast (CA-N) are looking for redemption after dropping the 2010 Region IV championship match to Colorado Real, and they are back in the semis thanks to a 3-0 blanking of San Diego Surf White (CA-S). Ryan Walker started things off with the first of her brace in the 12th minute and Tyler Cunningham put Mustang up two just before the halftime break. The Blast backline held strong in the second half before Walker sealed the game with a stoppage time goal as Blast take on Rush tomorrow for a spot in the final.
Three Under-16 US Youth Soccer National League participants have advanced to the regional semifinals and Eastside FC 94 Red (WA) will have even more motivation in their matchup after eliminating La Roca 95 (UT) 1-0. In the final game of the National League season, semifinal opponent Albion SC (CA-S) defeated Eastside to take the automatic ticket to the National Championships. La Roca gave Eastside all they could handle, but a dramatic goal from Joseph Mancini in stoppage time won the game for Eastside and set up the rematch with Far West Regional League and National League rival Albion.
Downtown Rapids 95 Gold (NV) joins fellow National League competitors Eastside and Albion in the semifinals after defeating the Colorado Rapids 4-0. Juan Carlos Regalado Jr. posted a hatrick with goals in the 18th, 26th and 51st minutes before Antonio Velaquez sealed the game in stoppage time. Downtown will face defending Region IV champion Mt. Hamilton PAC Tigres (CA-N) in their semifinal match.
In a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal, Under-19 Girls Super Nova 91/92 (ID) reversed the score to take down United Neon (OR) 2-1. United lost by a goal in last year’s semifinal to the eventual national champion Laguna Hills Eclipse (CA-S), but this year Nova will get a chance to move on after Shalese Miller completed a second half comeback for Nova with her winner in the last eight minutes. United went on top in the 18th from Daniella Solis, but Nova leveled in the 67th from Amanda Soderlund to set up Miller’s game winner.
Super Nova will face So Cal Blues Dodge (CA-S) tomorrow thanks to a 4-1 win over East Fresno United (CA-N). After Lynn Williams put Fresno up in the 8th, the Blues exploded for three goals within 11 minutes, starting with Tawni Martino’s strike in the 14th. Greer Zerboni added another in the 21st and Jennifer Barrientos capped the spree in the 25th for a sudden 3-1 lead. Zerboni added her second in the 70th to put the game away and send So Cal into the semifinals.
Complete scores from the quarterfinal matches...
|USA Red 99 - GT||UT||0||Surf Girls 98 - 99 White||CA-S||4|
|Santa Rosa United ICE||CA-N||2||Colorado Storm Royal||CO||1|
|Northwest Nationals 98 Red||WA||1||Eagles||CA-S||4|
|Scottsdale '99 Blackhawks||AZ||2||Blitz FC Orange 99G||HI||3|
|Mt. Hamilton YSL PAC Atlas||CA-N||3||Crossfire Premier 98 James||WA||0|
|Full Force 99B||AK||0||Banat 99B Gold||AZ||2|
|Idaho Rush - White||ID||1||Pateadores||CA-S||4|
|CFC Real Madrid||OR||5||Arsenal RL||UT||1|
|Elite F.C. Brazil||NM||0||Arsenal FC||CA-S||3|
|LV Premier 98 White||NV||1||Santa Rosa United Freeze||CA-N||5|
|Sereno 98 White||AZ||3||Avalanche 98 Black||UT||0|
|Crossfire Premier 97A||WA||1||Real Colorado National 97/98||CO||2|
|Arsenal Colorado Gold||CO||0||Alum Rock PAC Impact||CA-N||2|
|Crossfire Premier 97 James||WA||2||NM Rush Nike 98||NM||1|
|SCdelSol 98 McNaughton||AZ||0||South Bay Gunners||CA-S||4|
|Vegas United 98||NV||0||Sparta 98 Premier JK||UT||2|
|SoCal Blues U14 Dodge||CA-S||1||Leahi 97 Premier||HI||3|
|Crossfire Premier 96 A||WA||1||LV Premier SC '97G White||NV||0|
|RVFC Zia 97||NM||0||Real Colorado National 96/97||CO||3|
|Arsenal||FWRL||1||West Coast FC||FWRL||0|
|Colorado Storm 97B Royal||CO||0||Cosmos Academy West 96||CA-S||3|
|Crossfire Premier B96A||WA||1||Real SoCal||FWRL||2|
|Sparta 97 Premiere PR||UT||0||Fullerton Rangers B96 White||FWRL||1|
|LV Premier 97 White||NV||1||CCV Star 97 Black||AZ||0|
|Washington Premier FC ECNL||WA||3||Foothill MVLA Lightning||CA-N||2|
|So Cal Blues-Draluck||FWRL||2||Sereno 96 White||AZ||1|
|Leahi 96 Premier||HI||1||Slammers FC G95||CA-S||3|
|Beach G95 White||CA-S||2||Eastside FC 95 Red Bialek||FWRL||1|
|Neusport 96 Green||NV||2||Diablo Futbol Club 95||CA-N||1|
|La Roca Premier-FD||UT||6||Scottsdale 96 Blackhawks||AZ||3|
|Colorado Storm Copa '96||CO||2||Laguna Niguel SC Blue (2011)||FWRL||1|
|San Diego Surf Academy||CA-S||1||95-96 Real National Boys||CO||0|
|95 SC Del Sol Armstrong||AZ||0||Legends Breakaway||FWRL||8|
|Forza FC 95 Premier RP||UT||1||Real Colorado National||FWRL||4|
|San Diego Surf White||CA-S||0||Mustang Blast||CA-N||3|
|Colorado Rush Nike 94/95||CO||4||LV Premier 95 White||NV||1|
|NM Rush Nike 95 Stingers||NM||0||Mt Hamilton PAC Tigres||CA-N||1|
|Colorado Rapids||CO||0||Downtown Rapids 95 Gold||NV||4|
|La Roca 95-PO||UT||0||Eastside FC 94 Red||WA||1|
|Eagles white||FWRL||0||Albion White||CA-S||3|
|Oregon Rush 93 Nike||OR||2||Mustang Rampage||CA-N||1|
|Crossfire Premier G93||WA||1||So Cal Blues - Dido||FWRL||2|
|Rio Vista FC 94 Eagles||NM||2||LaRoca PT||UT||0|
|Legends FC||CA-S||2||Super Nova Elite||ID||0|
|Las Vegas Surf 94||NV||0||LA ROCA PREMIER 94 AO||UT||1|
|Santa Clara Sporting 93||CA-N||2||Pride SC Predators 94||CO||0|
|Pateadores U17B||CA-S||0||Rush Nike 94B||FWRL||1|
|Sereno 94 White||AZ||3||Idaho Rush Nike||ID||1|
|Washington Premier FC ECNL||WA||1||Pride Predators 93||CO||2|
|MVLA Avalanche||CA-N||0||CO Rush Nike||CO||2|
|Eagles Soccer Club||FWRL||0||Real So Cal White||CA-S||1|
|So Cal Blues Dodge||FWRL||1||SC Del Sol 93 Maxwell||AZ||0|
|Blue Knights 93 Premier||UT||0||Palo Alto 93B Blue||CA-N||1|
|Irvine Soccer Academy Matrix||FWRL||1||Neusport FC 93||NV||2|
|Boise Nationals U18 Premier||ID||1||Strikers F.C. 93||NM||3|
|United FC Black||CA-S||3||Sereno 93 White||AZ||1|
|Sereno 92 White||AZ||1||Real Colorado National 91/92||CO||3|
|SLAMMERS FC||CA-S||1||Storm Academy Copa||CO||2|
|East Fresno United||CA-N||1||So Cal Blues Dodge||CA-S||4|
|United Neon||OR||1||Super Nova 91/92||ID||2|
|Sereno 92 White||AZ||2||Oxnard United Soccer Club||CA-S||1|
|Inter FC 92 Premier||UT||2||Rio Vista FC 92||NM||3|
|Arsenal Colorado Gold||CO||0||ESUFC 91 Liverpool Red||OR||1|
|Newark Argonauts||CA-N||1||Las Vegas Premier 92||NV|