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First champion crowned, more finals set at the 2019 US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championships
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PHOTOS: Day 6
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BATON ROUGE, La. (June 26, 2019) — Determination turned into celebration on Wednesday at Burbank Soccer Park in Greensboro, N.C., as one team has already claimed a 2019 US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championship. By winning the title, 19U Boys FC Dallas Youth 00 (TX-N), has secured a spot in the prestigious US Youth Soccer National Championships, which will take place July 22-28 at the Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan.
The 13U-18U Boys and Girls finals, as well as the 19U Girls final, will take place tomorrow, Thursday, June 26, starting at 8:30 AM.
Out of the 13 champions and finalists that returned to the event, only three champions – 14U Girls D’Feeters 05 Black (TX-N), 15U Boys VHSC Steamers 04 Black (AL) and 17U Girls Sparta FC 02 Elite (TX-N) – return to the title match for a chance to defend their crown. One finalist – 18U Girls 01 Lady Lobos Rush Premier (TN) – returns to the title match for another shot at glory.
19U Boys Final Recap:
After finishing at the top of their respective groups, FC Dallas Youth 00 (TX-N) and MS Rush Premier (MS) both earned clean sheets in the semifinals to advance to the 19U Boys Southern Regional Championships final. MS Rush came into the match having conceded just one goal all event while the FC Dallas team came into the match as the age groups top scoring team. FC Dallas got at the MS Rush defense early in the game as Tucker Littleton got on the score sheet with an assist from Ethan Unger. The Mississippi side held off the FC Dallas attack until Brandon Torres doubled the advantage fifteen minutes into the second half. Rush could not fully clear the lines and the ensuring clearance would end up at the feet of Torres who sidestepped to the right and then hit a low shot to the far post to make it 2-0. The game got feisty at the end as both teams fought for the title but FC Dallas was able to run out the clock to secure the victory. With the win, FC Dallas advances to the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships for a chance to compete for the 19U Boys James P. McGuire Cup.
See how the teams advanced to the Southern Regional Championships Finals:
06 CSA South Elite (NC) and TSC 06 (TN) will face off in in the 14U Girls final. After a tight, 2-1, victory in the quarterfinals, CSA had to hold off Solar 07 Colvin (TX-N) to earn its, 3-1, victory. A late goal helped guide TSC to a, 2-1, win over Lonestar SC 07 Roma (TX-S). In the semifinals, TSC used a lone second-half goal to earn victory. With the knockout round wins, both CSA and TSC come into the final each having secured five straight victories. CSA will need to shut down age group leading goal scorer, Quinn Erim, who has scored six goals to lead the group. At tomorrow’s final whistle, only one of the two teams will be able to secure a perfect record, a regional title and a spot in the National Championships.
Group B winners, FC Dallas (TX-N) and Group B runners-up, ASCES CES Breakers FC (FL) will take to the field against each other for the second time this event in tomorrow’s 13U Boys final. FC Dallas comes into the game having gone undefeated so far while ASCES advanced out of group play with a 1-1-1 record. Dallas earned a, 3-1, victory to advance from quarterfinals and then used an exciting 3-2 victory over PPA KSA 06 Pro-Profile (GA) to earn its spot in the final. ASCES defeated OEFC Central 06 (OK), 2-1, in the quarterfinals before a Miguel Sosa goal helped them earn a tight, 1-0, victory over SCUFC 06 (SC).
D’Feeters 05 Black (TX-N) is back to defend its regional crown against home-state side LA Fire 05 Red (LA). D’Feeters earned two, 3-0, shutouts in the knockout rounds to seal its spot in the finals. The returning champions beat MS Rush Premier (MS), 3-0, before dispatching Group D winners 05 WFC Blue (NC), 3-0. LA Fire held off Group D runners-up Solar (TX-N), 3-1 in the quarterfinals before needing kicks from the mark to outlast Fever United 05 Penn (TX-N). LA Fire was up 2-0 before conceding two straight goals and will need to tighten up its defense when it comes up against age group leading goal scorer, Caelynn January (8).
05 PGSA Stars (NC) and SCUFC 05 (SC) are advancing to an all Carolina final after each earning, 2-0, wins in their respective semifinal matches. The Group D runners-up, PGSA, earned a, 2-0, victory over Group C winners Tropical Impact 2005 Orange (FL) in the quarterfinals before earning another, 2-0, victory today – a win over Group B runners-up Weston FC Black (FL). SCUFC used its chance as a runner-up to beat FC Dallas 05 North Blue (TX-N) in kicks from the mark in quarterfinals before dispatching Group B winners, One World Soccer 05 (TX-S). PGSA and SCUFC both finished second in their respective groups and will look to use the most of their opportunity to claim the regional title and a spot in the National Championships.
Group B’s CFC Redstar 04 Elite (GA) is making the most out of Group B runners-up status and will face the Group D winner and in-state foe, GA Rush 2004 (GA), in tomorrow’s final. CFC defeated Group A winners, Sunrise Sting and then the Group D runners-up, Busa 04 (AL) to advance to the final. In today’s game, CFC earned a clean sheet while securing its, 3-0, victory over the Alabama side. Georgia Rush has been a force to be reckoned with so far this event. It comes into the game boasting 23 goals scored in its five games while conceding just two. With the two age group leading goal scorers on display tomorrow – CFC’s Dylan Driver (10) and Rush’s Jordynn Dudley (8) – both defenses will need to be on high alert throughout the game.
Defending regional champion, VHSC Steamers 04 Black (AL), is headed back to the final where it will face PPA KSA 04 Pro-Profile (GA). VHSC and KSA met in the quarterfinals of last year’s event where Energy was the winner in a one-goal game. Each team scored three goals in their respective wins today with Steamers earning a, 3-0, victory over 2018 quarterfinalists Rise 04 Elite I (TX-S) while KSA defeated this year’s Group D winners, Germantown Legends 04 Black (TN), 3-1. KSA Emanuel Michael comes into the game as the age group leading goal scorer with six goals with Steamer’s Kosi Udeh just behind with four. Steamers have allowed only two goals against all event and will look to leverage its balanced attack and defensive abilities to springboard itself back to the National Championships.
In a rematch of Pool B play, the 16U Girls final tomorrow will be between Dallas Texans 03 (TX-N) and Sunrise Sting 2003 (FL). Dallas first won in the quarterfinals after a high goal scoring affair in a, 6-3, victory over AFC Lightning 03 (GA). The Texans built on that victory and defeated Group D winners, Lady Lobos Rush Premier (TN), 2-0 to head to the finals. Sunrise finished second in its group and matched up against Group A winners, USA/Tormenta 03 Black (SC) in the quarterfinals where it earned a, 3-1, victory. Sunrise built on that victory by earning a big, 4-0, victory over returning champions D’Feeters 03 Black (TX-N). Dallas Texans claimed a, 5-3, victory when these teams met in group play, and will look to replicate that early success, while Sunrise will look to use the confidence from defeating the defending champs to help guide it to the 16U girls title.
FC Dallas 03 Premier (TX-N) held on in its semifinal to earn a, 3-2, victory over PPA KSA 03 Pro-Profile (GA) and will now face 2018 National Championships semifinalist OK Energy FC Central (OK). Through the event so far, FC Dallas has combined to score 22 goals. The North Texas side first earned, 3-0, victory over hometown club Baton Rouge SC 03 Black (LA) and then used three different goal scorers to push for a, 3-2, win over KSA. After finishing first in Group D, OK Energy defeated Furia Rojinegra (TX-S), 3-0, to advance to the semifinals. OK Energy earned its second straight clean-sheet to advance to the finals, this time a victory over CFA Dalton 03 Elite (GA). OK Energy’s lone goal of the game came from its top scorer so far at the event, Fernando Saldana (5).
Pool B winners, Team Boca 2002 (FL), will meet Pool C winners and defending regional champions, Sparta FC 02 Elite (TX-N), in the 17U Girls final. After a one-goal victory in its first game, Team Boca has flexed its scoring prowess, winning each following game by two goals or more. Team Boca arrived in the finals by first defeating Sunrise Sting 2002 Black (FL), 3-1, and then earning a big, 4-0, victory over home-state side Cajun SC Rage 16/17 Academy (LA). Sparta topped Group C with a perfect 3-0 record heading into the knockout rounds. It secured a big, 5-1, victory over AFC Lightning (GA) in the quarterfinals and then handed Group A winners, NUSA 02 Maroon (TN), its first loss of the tournament in a, 2-0, victory. The clean-sheet marked the first game in the event that NUSA had scored less than three goals in a game as Sparta flexed its defensive prowess. Sparta will have to defeat a formidable opponent in Team Boca in order to repeat as champions and return to Nationals.
The 17U Boys final will be between two group winners – OK Energy FC Central 02 (OK) and Coral Estates Strikers Blue (FL). After falling in last year’s semifinals, OK Energy is back after earning a, 3-0, victory over Smyrna SC 2002 Red (GA) in quarterfinals and then earning a tight, 1-0, victory over 02 Lobos Rush Premier (TN) on a late second half goal. Coral Estates showed its fight through the knockout rounds, coming from behind after going down three goals to win, 4-3, against Mandeville SC Lakers 02 (LA), and then held on to a three goal lead of its own as it fought off ID Club Division 02 (TX-S) in a, 3-2, victory. OK Energy will look for a third straight shutout while Coral Estates will look to flex its grit and determination to guide it to the 17U Boys title.
01 Lady Lobos Rush Premier (TN) are headed back the finals after today’s, 2-1, comeback victory over 01 CSA North/Hville Elite (NC). Lobos will face a Coral Gables Storm 2001 Black (FL) team that won, 2-0, over the Dallas Texans Red (TX-N). After going 2-1-0, Storm finished as runners-up in Group A. On the way to the final, Storm has knocked off the Group B winners as well as the Group D winners to earn its spot in the final. On the other side, Lobos has not lost a game, all while scoring 18 goals through its five games. Lobos will look to change history tomorrow, after falling, 1-0, in the 2018 final.
Group A winners, FC Dallas Youth 01 Premier (TX-N) will face Group B winners, Oklahoma Energy FC (OK) in the 18U Boys final. FC Dallas notched a, 6-2, win over AFC Gold (GA) before earning a hard fought, 3-2, win against PPA KSA 01 Pro-Profile (GA). After going up in the first half, FC Dallas conceded a late goal as Deedson Vixamar smashed a shot into the back of the net to force overtime. FC Dallas conceded a penalty kick in overtime to give KSA the lead but FC Dallas’ Orlando Castro stepped up to convert a penalty of its own to level the score. Joe Perryman tapped in a ball across the face of the goal in the 119th minute to seal the win for the North Texas side. OK Energy come into the game having just earned two clean-sheets in the knock out rounds – a, 2-0, win over South Texas side Escuela Oficial Houston Rayados (TX-S) and a ,3-0, win over 2018 semifinalists Lobos Rush 01 Premier (TN). Energy now has five wins in five games and will play for a sixth in tomorrow’s 18U Boys final.
Group C winners, Cajun SC Rage 18/19 Academy (LA) will face Group A runners-up 00 CSA Charlotte King (NC) in the 19U Girls Southern Regional Championships final. Cajun earned a, 2-0, victory over 00 Lady Lobos Premier (TN) before defeating Solar West B. Williams (TX-N) in a goal packed, 5-4, semifinal. CSA earned two, 2-0, shutouts on its way to the final. CSA first defeated returning National Champions, Sunrise Sting 2000 (FL) in the quarterfinals before shutting out an Impact SC 01/02 Elite (GA) who had put up 19 goals coming into the semifinals.
The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 14U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 104 teams.
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