BOCA RATON. FLORIDA – High school sophomores or not, a swath of college athletic colors still dominated the near sideline at the U.S. Youth Soccer Girls ODP Interregional here Monday, as college coaches examined playing talent from across the country in the 1995 age group.
Some coaches even took in some of the games going on with the 1996 age group. Since we can’t be in more than one place at a time, you’ll have to wait until Thursday for our reports of games involving 96s. Today it’s the 95s from the four regions in our spotlight.
Region III 95s 2, Region II 95s 1
Todd Yelton’s Southeasterners edged Paula Wilkins’ Midwesterners 2-1. Marion Crowder of Mississippi Fire and Elizabeth Keester of Hurricane FC scored for Region III.
Claire Wagner was good in the back line for the Region III squad, which is coached by Samford head coach Todd Yelton.
Madisson Lewis of Michigan Hawks scored a late goal for Region II after being put through on goal by a good pass from St. Louis Scott Gallagher’s Lauren Knight.
Region II 95s Lineup
GK: Haley Gribler
D: Zoey Goralski, Jessica Kjellstrom, Kylie Schwarz, Rachele Armand
M: Kaitlyn Clark, Meegan Johnston, Gianna Dal Pozzo, Micaela Powers
F: Elizabeth Bartels, Rose Lavelle
Subs: Nicole Hopkins, Lauren Knight, Gracie Lachowecki, Madisson Lewis, Ashton Miller, Kelly Neeb, Allison Stucky
Region III 95s Lineup
GK: Claire Wheatley
D: Alexandria Carter, Kiana Clarke, Claire Wagner, Tayler Estrada
M: Kelsey Gorney, Beryl Smith, Morgan Reid
F: Marion Crowder, Savannah Jordan, Ariel Kupritz
Subs: Hailey Brohaugh, Jasmine Hart, Elizabeth Keester, Auburn Mercer, Antoinette Payne, Rachel Thun, Taylor Francis
Region I 95s 2, Region IV 95s 2
In overcast conditions, Matt Potter’s westerners battled back from a 2-0 halftime deficit to play to a 2-2 draw. Penn Fusion’s Kendal Robino put Region I on top 1-0 with a well-placed free kick from 30 yards. The shot was struck low and with pace, and snuck inside the near post for the opening goal.
Century United’s Veronica Latsko runs well with the ball, while Region IV’s Darian Jenkins of Sparta Premier is quick in the attack. Alyssa Alarab of Mustang Blast covers well as an outside back. Breakaway SC’s Nicolette Martino was very active in showing for the ball for Region IV. She tracks back well and makes intelligent runs in the forward third. Albertson Fury’s Amanda Rooney is a tough two-way midfielder.
Region I doubled their lead right before halftime as PDA’s Caroline Chagares cut inside from the left and rolled a ball into the path of HBC’s Zoe Clark, who hit a good strike from the edge of the area to make it 2-0 at the break.
A mistake in the back allowed Region IV forward Emily Bruder to pounce and her cool finish made it 2-1. Slammers’ Kayla Mills ripped a shot from 30 yards through the goalkeeper’s hands to tie the game at 2-2. Region IV and Avalanche outside back Mikayla Elmer showed a lot of tactical awareness in making intelligent attacking runs and always being in the right position defensively. On the other side of the back line in the 2nd half, Madison Hall of Colorado Rush exhibited good speed and the ability to put in a timely, effective tackle.
Dorian Bailey scored a late winner to lift the Region II 96s to a 1-0 win over their Region III counterparts. The Region I 96s defeated Region IV 3-0 on goals from Amber Stearns, Taylor Kugler and Sabrina Flores.
Monday night, the Region II 94s routed a Norwegian national team 8-0. Courtney Raetzman scored a hat trick, Leah Haidar added two and Elaina Musleh, Crystal Thomas and Mallory Weber provided one each in the mismatch.
Play resumes tomorrow with the 93s and 94s, including U15 National Teams from the U.S. and Norway, back at it.
Region I 95s Lineup
GK: Morgan Stearns
D: Zoe Clark, Bridget Skinner, Brittain Dearden, Salina Williford
M: Jessica Holmes, Amanda Rooney, Lindsey Lane, Kendal Robino
F: Caroline Chagares, Vanessa Kovar
Subs: Taylor Bucklin, Andrea Gunderson, Rachel Hill, Veronica Latsko, Meghan MacDonald, Shea Newman, Madison Tiernan
Region IV 95s Lineup
GK: Kaitlyn Fahrner
D: Elizabeth Raben, Jill Farley, Kelly McCann, Alyssa Alarab
M: Morgan Stanton, Claire Winter, Abby Bergquist
F: Arielle Shipp, Kayla Mills, Darian Jenkins
Subs: Kaeli Schmidt, Mikayla Elmer, Nicolette Martino, Madison Hall, Emily Bruder, Katy Couperus