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USYS National League continues in NC

Published: December 4, 2010

Wilson, N.C. (Dec. 3, 2010) – Day two of play at the US Youth Soccer National League continued, showcasing the top Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 Girls teams in the nation as they compete in the first weekend of League play.

The National League teams are elite club soccer teams with an individual proven track record of success in US Youth Soccer programs and are among the nation's best, which creates another significant opportunity for the nation's collegiate, professional and national team staffs to see players in an environment of meaningful play.  

Over 175 college coaches have attended the first two days of the National League Girls season. With a collection of the top teams from across the country, the chance to see how young athletes compete with a League title and a spot in the National Championships on the line is the main draw for college coaches.

“The National League brings a lot of great players all to one venue and you also get a chance to see an East Coast team or a Midwest team against a West Coast or Southern team, so the mix and the flavor of teams is great to see,” said University of Michigan Associate Head Coach, Dean Duerst. “You’re seeing tighter games, they’re being smart, there’s a lot more strategy involved versus just playing a showcase game.  That’s something we notice as coaches. You want to see games that have something on the line.”

Of the 40 teams playing in the 2011 National League Girls season, just 8 have been able to keep a perfect record after only two games.

The first place team from each division (blue and red) age group will earn a ticket to the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championships making each match valuable to the team's fate as it could make or break their chance at competing for a National Championship.

Some highlights from today's matches…

Under-15 Girls
Internationals (OH-N) got off to a good start against BRYC 95 Elite (VA) as Kathryn Waters scored in the 7th minute for a 1-0 lead, but BRYC scored three unanswered goals to take the win 3-1. Adrienne Maday tied things up in the 27th and then added another in the 76th after Katie Pieper scored the winner in the 50th.

So Cal Blues (CA-S) also started hot versus Grand Rapids Crew Jrs. (MI) before Crew took over en route to a 3-1 win. Madison Glaser put the Blues ahead in the 19th, but Isabella Fiorenzo scored in the 33rd and 76th to put Crew Jrs. ahead and Mariah Otolski finished the scoring just before the final whistle.

As was the theme in the U-15 Girls today, Arsenal Elite (FL) took the early lead only to have AFC Elite (GA) come back for a 2-1 victory. Danielle Gottwik scored for Arsenal in the 11th minute, but Kylie Ruffule and Ashley Keller scored in the 56th and 60th to give AFC the win.

Under-16 Girls
The Under-16 Brandon FC Flames (FL) put in a solid performance to defeat Patriots FC 95 (NY-E) 5-0. Karli Gutche started the scoring in the 9th minute and Ashley Gietl added another before the break in the 23rd. Taylor Decaire scored twice in two minutes midway through the second and Gietl added her second just before the end.

Albion SC (CA-S) and Chantilly Firecats (VA) met up with both teams looking to get in the win column this weekend. A goal from Courtnie Marshall just three minutes into the second half was enough for Albion as they held on for the 1-0 win.

Two former Regional Champions clashed today as So Cal Blues (CA-S) stayed perfect after two games with a 3-0 victory over Eclipse Select (IL). Kelly McCann put So Cal ahead in the 30th minute and Ana Cruz added another six minutes later to take a two goal lead into the break. Amber Munerlyn added the third with just over 15 minutes to play to finish the game.

Under-17 Girls
Two clubs with a history of playing the National League met up in the Under-17 Red group looking to stay undefeated. It was the Dallas Texans’ day as they took down San Diego Surf 3-0 to take the early lead in the group as the only 2-0 team. Mary Alissa Lonsberry scored the go-ahead goal in the 20th to lead the Texans into the break, and Kelsey Shimmick and Kelsey Bass scored in the second half to lock up the victory.

2010 Region I Champion McLean MPS Strikers (VA) are trying to earn their way back into this year’s National Championships, but they fell just a step behind the Texans as they drew 0-0 with Empire United SA (NY-W). Both teams fought throughout the match but neither defense was willing to give in as Empire stayed undefeated as well with two draws.

Last year’s National League runner-up and Region II Champion, NSA Premier Fury (IL), joined McLean for the second best record at 1-0-1 as they defeated Internationals (OH-N) 3-1. Internationals struck early in the 4th minute from Kaitlin George to take the lead at the half, but NSA responded in the second half with Jessica Bronke leveling in the 52nd and Amy Tadla netting in the 60th and 79th to seal the win.

US Youth Soccer National League Results | Friday, Dec. 3, 2010

Match Fit Chelsea Beat    NJ    1    SAC United Premier    MD    1

BEAT - Alexis DellaPietro (64:00)                   

Internationals    OH-N    1    BRYC 95 Elite    VA    3
INTR - Kathryn Waters (7:00)                   
BRYC - Adrienne Maday (27:00) Katie Pieper (50:00) Adrienne Maday (76:00)       

So Cal Blues-Pearson    CA-S    1    GR Crew Juniors Gold    MI    3
SCBL - Madison Glaser (19:00)                    
GRND - Isabella Fiorenzo (33:00) (76:00) Mariah Otolski (80:00)       

AFC 96 Elite    GA    2     Arsenal Elite    FL    1
AFC - Kylie Ruffule (56:00) Ashley Keller (60:00)           
WFP - Danielle Gottwik (11:00)                   

U-16 Blue                   
CYA Firecats    VA    0    Albion SC    CA-S    1

ALBN - Courtnie Marshall (48:00)                   

Eclipse Select 94/95    IL    0    So Cal Blues Draluck    CA-S    3
SOCA - Kelly McCann (30:00) Ana Cruz (36:00) Amber Munerlyn (73:00)       

Brandon FC Flames - Blue    FL    5    Patriots FC 95    NY-E    0
BFC - Karli Gutsche (9:00) Taylor Decaire (60:00) (61:00) Ashley Gietl (23:00) (80:00)       

Dallas Texans 95 Red    TX-N    1    Cleveland FC    OH-N    0

DTR - Julia Dyche (53:00)                   

U-16 Red                   
Blast FC     OH-S    1    Sockers FC Chicago    IL    1

BLFC - Kaitlin Moore (38:00)                   
SFCC - Alyssa Altosino(49:00)                   

Penn Fusion 94    PA-E    1    Hurricane FC 95 Shubert    OK    4
PENN - Arienne Reilley (74:00)                   
HFCS - Elizabeth Keester (11:00) Kristen Killion (22:00) (44:00) Claire Kelley (72:00)       

GSA 95 Phoenix Red    GA    1    VSA Heat Blue    VA    4
GPHX - Anna McClung (39:00)                   
HEAT - Ashley Herndon (42:00) Meghan Cox (64:00) (76:00) Daniela Neves (78:00)       

Legends Breakaway    CA-S    4    JB Marine Wipke    MO    1
BWAY - Cabria Turang (23:00) Nicolette Martino (81:00) Tanya Samarzich (33:00) Meranda Salazar (59:00)
JBMW - Hannah Leinert(75:00)                   

U-17 Blue                   
Buffalo SA Invaders    NY-W    1    Toro Bravo    NE    0

BSA - Jenna Panepinto (8:00)                   

NASA 12 Elite II    GA    2    Brentwood 94 Girl Premier    TN    1
NASA - Abigail Lutzenkirchen (55:00) Emily Sonnett (82:00)       
BWSC - Ariel Kupritz (6:00)                   

So Cal Blues Pearson    CA-S    1    FC Pennsylvania Strikers    PA-E    3
SCB - Jennifer Stanley (90:00)                   
FCPA - Cheyenne Spade (48:00) (69:00) Erin Mikolai (71:00)       

LaRoca PT    UT    1    St. Louis Scott Gallagher     MO    2
LARO - Stacy Bair (36:00)                    
SLSG - Madeline Friedmann (60:00) Morgan Whitfield (86:00)       

U-17 Red                   
SD Surf Girls 93/94 Premier    CA-S    0    Dallas Texans 94 Girls Red    TX-N    3

DTR - Mary Alissa Lonsberry (20:00) Kelsey Shimmick (61:00) Kelsey Bass (74:00)       

Legends FC    CA-S    0    United FA 94 Elite    GA    0

Empire United SA-Syracuse    NY-W    0    McLean MPS Strikers    VA    0

Internationals    OH-N    1    NSA Premier Fury    IL    3
INTS - Kaitlin George (4:00)                    
NSA - Jessica Bronke (52:00) Amy Tadla (60:00) (79:00)

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