Tulsa, Ok. – 10 more National Champions were crowned today at the Mohawk Soccer Complex in Tulsa as the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series came to a close.
The last day of this long week featured fine individual displays, a double for one club, revenge, and even some history making by one team.
California club, Legends FC Gold had a pretty good day for themselves, winning the U14 and U15 girls titles by identical 2-1 scores. The U14’s were up first and they handled Dallas Kicks on goals from Laney Carroll and Amy Bishop sandwiched around a Dallas score from Jaida Thomas.
Soon after the younger girls celebrated its win, the Legends “veterans” took the field against Utah powers La Roca Premier.
Looking to play the spoiler role, Bryce Reynolds shot La Roca into the lead in just the 15th minute. La Roca have made its mark on the 2015 US Youth National Championships, winning the U13 girls title on Saturday night and they wanted more today.
Alexandra Jaquez tied the game for Legends and with the clock winding down Legends were making all the running with La Roca looking gassed.
With Legends pressing for the winner they won a corner kick. Kaylee Ramirez stepped up to the corner flag, and doing her best Michael Bradley Ramirez shot directly to the La Roca net.
Ramirez’ Olimpico sealed the win for Legends, and the double too.
Houstonians won the U14 Boys Championship thanks to a brace from Kevin Gonzalez. Those two scores would be all Houstonians needed with the defense doing the rest to shut out Georgia based GSA Premier.
In U15 Boys play the Sporting KC juggernaut kept on rolling with Maryland club Fewster FC today’s victim. Sporting’s 3-1 victory was kick started in the 21st minute by a golazo from U.S. U14 international Cameron Duke.
Fewster fought back to tie the match on a goal from Thomas Sidek in the 45th minute, but Fewster barely had time to enjoy that moment of parity, because SKC struck back just four minutes later.
Abdu Kikhia hit the target and Jacob Hall tallied late to secure the title for the smooth passing Kansans.
Today’s U16 Boys Final was among the most anticipated of the day with Seattle United Copa facing off against Baltimore Celtic.
Seattle won the group, crushing all in its path before beating Celtic 1-0 in the final game of the first round. It was Seattle’s only close game and Baltimore’s lone loss, so this replay was a must see soccer.
Today it was Baltimore that had the better of the early exchanges, but it was Seattle who scored first. A tenacious Vincente Aquino Contreras got his foot to a loose ball following a United corner kick and poked home to give Seattle the lead.
But Baltimore kept its poise, and with a manic supporters section loudly cheering them on, Celtic began turning the match its way. Nicholas Brown was giving Seattle fits all game and in the 57th minute the talented striker finally hit for the equalizer.
Jorge Tello played a perfect defense splitting through ball for the striker to run onto and once Brown had the ball at his feet there was only one possible outcome.
With the sides level each team had its chances, but there would be no breakthrough until Brown struck again in the 74th minute.
That would be all of the scoring as Baltimore secured the U16 title to go along with the U13 honors the team had earned on Saturday. Two members of the 16’s had younger brothers on the 13’s making this a family affair for the Baltimore club.
History was made in the girls half of the group when a 3-0 victory over YMS Premier Xplosion made the JFC Storm the first Florida club to win consecutive US Youth Soccer Championships.
The Storm would have to do without that element of surprise this year, especially when they ended up facing YMS in a rematch of last year’s final.
After a goalless first half JFC broke the ice with a long range blast from Leila Azari. Azari had luck on her side 21 minutes later when her tightly angled cross/shot fooled YMS keeper Gabrielle Isola and wound up in the goal.
With a 2-0 deficit YMS looked beaten and things only got worse when Maddie Elwell picked up a second yellow card and an untimely ejection.
Angeline Daly added a third Jacksonville goal on a late breakaway and it was time for the Florida club to celebrate making history.
Chicago Magic PSG Pre-Academy spotted Arlington Impact Red an early goal before storming back to win 4-1. Arron Ibilola was the man of the moment with a brace for the victors.
The U17 Girls final saw a reverse of last years U16 championship game between these same teams with Tampa Bay United turning the tables on Beach FC Academy with a 1-0 win.
Emily Evangelista struck in the 48th minute and Tampa Bay managed to make that narrow lead stand up to become champions.
Maicon Abreu scored the first two goals of the U18 Boys Championship game for FC Golden State and it was too much for LVSA Red to overcome. The Vegas side got on the board in the 80th minute, but would get no closer as Golden State claimed the championship.
Last year’s U17 Champion DMCV Sharks Elite were looking to annex the U18 title having moved up a grade one year later, but Carlsbad Elite had other ideas.
In a battle of Southern California clubs Sydney Yates scored the games lone goal and the Championship went to Carlsbad on a 1-0 score.
Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and see you next year in Frisco, Texas.