Under-14 and Under-15 Boys and Girls and Under-19 Boys crowned at 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships
2012 National Champions Crowned Saturday
Under-14 Boys | Santa Barbara SC White (CA-S)
Under-14 Girls | MSC Coyotes Green (MD)
Under-15 Boys | Fullerton Rangers 96 White (CA-S)
Under-15 Girls | Legends FC (CA-S)
Under-19 Boys | Crew Juniors (OH-S)
Under-16 through Under-18 Boys and Under-16 through Under-19 Girls to be determined Sunday
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ROCK HILL, S.C. (July 28, 2012) -
The first 2012 US Youth Soccer National Champions were crowned tonight at the beautiful Manchester Meadows, in Rock Hill, S.C., where the country’s top teams have earned a place to compete in the final step of the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, presented by the National Guard. This weekend's championship finals were determined after three days of round robin play earlier this week.
The National Guard's partnership with US Youth Soccer is focused on enriching the soccer experience by positively influencing players and coaches in areas of leadership and character development while adding a strong presence of American pride.
In the U-14 Boys final, defensive stops repeatedly shut down offensive attacks between Sunrise Elite 97/98 (FL) and Santa Barbara SC White (CA-S). The 70 minutes of regulation play ended with neither team breaking through for a goal and the title game headed into extra time. Strong defensive play and goalkeeping thwarted all scoring efforts and the champion was decided by spot kicks. Going into the shootout, Santa Barbara switched keepers and Eric Contreras came up with two saves for his team. All four Santa Barbara shooters stepped up and buried their shots to claim the William J. Goaziou Cup for the Cal South side.
For the second time in two years, Fullerton Rangers 96 White (CA-S) are national champions, notching a 1-0 victory over Challenger Crew Jrs (OH-N). For the second time in two years, Fullerton secured the title without conceding a single goal. Fullerton’s goal came when George Castro received the ball with his back to goal in the 16th minute, spun his defender and beat he keeper far post. Castro netted a tournament-leading four goals this week. Saturday’s game was a much closer contest than the game between these two sides on the first day of play, which Fullerton won 4-0. Challenger teammates Julian Castro and Nick Costa received the Golden Ball and Golden Glove, respectively.
Under the lights, the nationally televised U-19 Boys James P. McGuire Cup final between Crew Jrs (OH-S) and GSA Phoenix Red (GA) provided class and drama for the more than 2,300 spectators in the stadium and FOX Soccer viewers around the country. GSA took the lead in the 36th minute off the boot of Hugh Pringle (Syracuse) who buried home a loose ball in the box off a set piece to give Georgia a 1-0 lead at intermission. As rain poured down at the beginning of the second half, Crew Jrs poured on the pressure—dictating the run of play and creating dangerous chances. Crew Jrs equalized in the 55th minute, as Jordan Tyler (Penn State) checked to the ball, spun his defender to create space near the top of the 18 and unleashed a low, driven shot. Just 10 minutes later, GSA failed the effectively clear the ball out of their defensive third and William Trapp (Akron) laced a stunning half-volley into the side netting for the game winner.
The U-14 Girls Elmer Ehlers Cup belongs to MSC Coyotes Green (MD) who beat TNFC 98 Azzurri (TN) 2-0 to claim the trophy. The scoreline was a reversal of the 2-0 defeat TNFC dealt MSC on the second day of play. Elizabeth Coletti started the scoring in just the 4th minute for MSC. That goal was the first TNFC had conceded all week. Kristen Bissell added an insurance goal for MSC in the 57th minute and the team kept a clean sheet en route to the victory.
Legends FC (CA-S) earned a 1-0 victory over fellow National League champ Kings Soccer Academy (OH-S) to win the U-15 Girls national championship. Legends’ Ashlee Smith sent a lofted ball into the box that found the head of Peyton Perea. Her effort was deflected, but it bounced back to Perea who knocked it home for the game and national championship winner. The win marks the first national title for Legends FC, who sent four teams to Rock Hill. The club will play for its second title Sunday in the U-17 final.
Stories, photos and videos are available following games. Real time scoring is available at http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org
Tomorrow the Under-16 through Under-18 Boys and Under-16 through Under-19Girlschampionship matches will take place Manchester Meadows with games scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Championship Finals Results - Saturday, July 28 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships
MSC Coyotes Green MD 2, TNFC 98 Azzurri TN 0
MSC: Elizabeth Coletti (4:00), Kristen Bissell (57:00)
Legends FC CA-S 1, Kings Soccer Academy OH-S 0
Legends: Peyton Perea (64:00)
Santa Barbara SC White CA-S 1, Sunrise Elite 97/98 FL 0
Challenger Crew Jrs. Black OH-N 0, Fullerton Rangers 96 White CA-S 1
Fullerton: George Castro (16:00)
Crew Juniors OH-S 2, GSA 93 Phoenix Red GA 1
Crew: Hugh Pringle (36:00)
GSA: Jordan Tyler (55:00), William Trapp (66:00)
The tournament consists of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups as well as the US Youth Soccer National League
qualifiers in the Under-15 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 60 teams.
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About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series –
The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players in the US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (U-14 through U-19) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The Under-15 through 17 Boys and Girls age groups have two teams representative of the US Youth Soccer National League, in which the top two teams in each gender age group earn a direct path to the national championships. Overall the National Championship Series provides top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) –
US Youth Soccer - "The Game for ALL Kids!®"
is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.