The 2013 U.S. Youth Soccer Regional Championships are underway, with Region IV wrapping up final games on Sunday in Honolulu, HI.
Sixteen U13-U19 boys and girls team advance to play in the National Championship July 22-28 in Overland Park, KS. Cal South swept the board, bringing home 12 of those 16 coveted titles.
The U13, U14 and U19 boys Pateadores teams dominated, bringing home three Regional Championship titles. The U15 boys from Santa Barbara SC won their 3rd title in four years and move on to defend their 2012 National Championship title in Overland Park.
U12 Boys FC Golden State (CA-S) Defeats HSC Bulls 01 (HI) 3-1 for Club’s First Regional Title
FC Golden got the ball rolling with two goals scored within the first 12 minutes of the match to give them an early 2-1. Abraham Gonzalez opened scoring with a goal five minutes in and Alen Piceno doubled the lead at the 12th minute. The third consecutive Golden goal was scored by Matthew Hoppe at the start of the second half to up FC Golden’s lead 3-0. The Bull’s weren’t going out without a fight and Jourdan Furukawa managed to score the team’s lone goal in the 37th minute, but they wouldn’t be able to top the GOlden State boys.
U13 Boys Pateadores LA Win Second Consecutive Regional Title
Pateadores of Cal South had a memorable day sending three teams to the National Championships in Overland Park. The second win came from an explosive final game for the U13 boys. They defeated SC Del Sol White (AZ) 4-1, even though Del Sol had beaten them during group play. Jason Pats stole the show with a hat trick that set the Pats in a comfortable position with two goals scored in the first half and a third 14 mins into the second. Carter Clemmensen scored a goal for Del Sol in the 60th minute, but it couldn’t touch the Pats, who were able to add yet another goal when Kyle Holcumb scored in the 70th minute.
U14 Boys Pateadores SC Grab Club’s First Title of the Day Against Defending Champs United FC Gold (A-S) 3-1
Pateadores SC started a winning streak for the club when it defeated defending champs, United 3-1. Christopher Lopez scored the first goal in the 17th minute, followed by Jhovany Tenorio to give the Pats a 2-0 lead at halftime. United lashed back in the 50th minute when Kevin Diaz netted the ball and got his team on the board. But, just 16 minutes later, it was Lopez again, upping the Pats lead 3-1 before the end of the game.
U15 Boys Santa Barbara SC White (CA-S) Wins Third Regional Title in Four Years
The defending champs stayed strong for another Regional Championship, and no one was able to touch them, as they defeated FC Golden State Platinum (CA-S) 4-2.
FC Golden was the first to get on the board with an early 6 minute lead from Joseph Celo. They held that 1-0 well into the second half when Santa Barbara’s Eric Conteras was able to equalize in the 68th minute. Both teams battled through 30 minutes of overtime with no one prevailing. Finally, a shootout decided the winner, and Santa Barbara emerged victorious after a hard, long match.
FC Golden State (CA-S) Beats Cascade FC Boca Juniors (OR) 2-1 to Nab Second Championship Title
Back-to-back goals in the second half cemented the win for the U16 Golden State boys, starting with Edgar Esquivel in the 49th minute and then Reyes Jaimes in the 51st. Kevin Moranchel got the Boca Juniors on the board with an 80th minute strike, but it wouldn’t be enough to catch Golden State, and they took the Regional title home.
Santa Clara Sporting 95 Wins Cal-North’s Only 2013 Regional Title
The U17 boys of Sporting came out fighting and defeated their opponents, Crossfire Premier 95 (WA) 4-2. It didn’t take long for them to take the lead with Bradley Bumgarner scoring in the 13th minute. Then, Crossfire turned the tables, with two goals from Adeseyi Adekoya in the 34th and Ionatan Cohen in the 40th minute to put their team in the lead going into the half. Sporting put a stop to Crossfire’s advance, proving just how badly they wanted that title with three thrilling goals in just four minutes. It was Bumgarner again with his second goal in the 71st minute to equalize, followed by a goal from Andres Ochoa Baeza just two minutes later to pull Sporting ahead. Finally, Sporting could breathe easy when Anthony Tejeda Ledezma cushioned the lead in the 75th minute and they took the Regional Championship.
Albion USA (CA-S) Take Home First Regional Title with 2-1 Victory over Boise Nationals Premier (ID)
Ariel Lassiter scored the brace that earned his team a coveted spot in the National Championships. He scored in the 16th minute for the initial lead, but Nationals countered back after halftime when Austin Azevedo headed the ball into the net to equalize. Lassiter added his second goal in the 69th minute to move his team forward with their first Regional Championship Title.
U19 Pateadores ANA (CA-S) Make History for Club with Third 2013 Regional Title Win
A 2-1 victory over HSC Bulls 94 (HI) move the Pats forward to play for the James P. McGuire Cup that was earned with hard work and determination. HSC opened scoring and took the lead in the 20th minute when Aaron Goo blasted in a penalty kick. But then it was Luke Kadillak’s brace that brought the Pat’s to the top. He tied the game before halftime and put another one in the net in the 52nd minute to seal the 2-1 win and end the day in glory for his club with their third Regional win after the U13 and U14 boys nabbed Regional titles as well.