LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – Manny Schellscheidt’s U14 Boys National Team picked up a pair of wins here Friday as the U.S. Youth Soccer Boys ODP Interregional began at Disney Wide World of Sports. We will be covering the event through Monday’s games.
U14 BNT Navy 1, Region IV 97s 0
A tremendous strike by Coy Craft was the difference in the contest. The midfielder from rural Virginia and Tennessee club Fusion FC intercepted a pass and let go with a 35-yard rocket launch that left the goalkeeper with no chance in the 1st half. Craft had a good match overall, as did fellow midfielder Chester Castellaw, a Real So Cal product who spoke with us afterward.
U14 BNT assistant coach Louis Mateus, who along with Manni Klar guides the Navy team under head coach Manny Schellscheidt’s oversight, gave his group a mostly positive review following the contest.
Standouts for Region IV on the evening included Luis Carbajal and Christian Segovia, both of Southern California. The match was played in a mostly-steady downpour.
U14 BNT Navy LineupGK: Christian HerreraD: Benny Lorca, Billy Abdallah, Guillermo Bermudez, Malcolm JonesM: Chester Castellaw, David Villegas, Coy CraftF: Caleb Moore, Amirgy Pineda, Christian LucateroSubs: Nicolas Pritchard (GK), Kevin Moranchel, Pablo Pelaez, Joshua Doughty, Dominic Jensen, Amir Bashti, Donald Emerson
Region IV 97 LineupGK: Enrique AdameD: Christian Segovia, Samuel Velez, Dylan Smith, Edward Venta-YepesM: Sebastian Saucedo, Luis Carbajal, Reid Baez, Adrian VeraF: Alejandro Vergara, Kalab KarlakSubs: Daniel Crisostomo, Alexis Hernandez, John Magnus, Tosh Samkange, Diego Silva, Justin Vom SteegU14 BNT Red 3, Region II 97s 0
The squad coached by Bob Montgomery and Mario Prata took a while to get going but when they did, showed an impressive attacking display.Region II goalkeeper Parker Siegfried was excellent in the opening 35 minutes, coming off his line decisively on more than one occasion to snuff out a threat, and making a couple of good saves on Christopher Gomez and Amadu Kunateh of the U.S.
Early in the 2nd half, Sean Wilson of PDA sent in a corner that set off a scramble in front of goal and Benny Swanson of Columbus Crew knocked it home from inside the area for a 1-0 lead. A ball cleared out of the back led to Chicago Fire’s Shannon Seymour flicked a header on to put Malcolm Dixon of New York Red Bulls behind the defense. Dixon showed blazing speed to cover the final 50 yards before finishing well in a 1v1 situation to make it 2-0.
Dixon scored again to provide the final scoreline, this time after some excellent work on the ball by Mukwelle Akale of Minnesota Thunder.
Dixon and Seymour were happy with the team’s performance
Coach Bob Montgomery, also with New York Red Bulls Academy, credited his team with picking things up as the match went on.
Region II got some strong running up front from Carmel United’s Alex Knox, good goalkeeping from Siegfried and intelligent wing play from Lexington FC’s Thomas Ueland.
U14 BNT Red LineupGK: James MarcinkowskiD: Brendan Constantine, Maximiliano Stiegwardt, Josh Cox, Evan MartinezM: Shannon Seymour, Sean Wilson, Benny Swanson, Nathanael RennhackF: Amadu Kunateh, Christopher GomezSubs: Cameron Keys (GK), Jean Orvil, Stephen Elias, Cameron Lindley, Gedion Zelalem, Mukwelle Akale, Malcolm Dixon
Region II 97 LineupGK: Parker SiegfriedD: Willie Maddox, Peter Brown, Erik Pritschau, Brendan McDonoughM: Julian Castro, Kostandin Moni, Grant Fisher, Thomas UelandF: Nicholas Hibbeler, Alexander KnoxSubs: Jacob Rooth, Jackson Yueill, Dominic Grida, Grant Hollkamp, Matthew Gandier, Ricardo Pimentel, Calum Bishop
The teams pick it up again Saturday, with Region I and III getting into the action and 1996 birth year ago group regional teams also competing.