The 2013 U.S. Youth Soccer Regional Championships are underway, with Region IV wrapping up the 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. Cal South girls teams took five titles and Hawaii claimed a third Regional Championship title with U18 girls Leahi 95 Premier emerging victorious in their final game. Both U16 girls teams advance after an impressive showing in the National league, as well as the U15 Carlsbad Elite who won the Regional title after winning their National League Division.
Colorado Rush Nike U12 girls Bring Home Colorado’s Only 2013 Regional Title
The Rush girls defeated San Diego Surf 00-01 White (CA-S) 3-1, jumping right to it with the first goal scored by Erin Hohnstein in the 16th minute. Things got heated minutes before the half, when Madison Mercado equalized for Surf. It was anyone’s game going into the second half, and Rush stepped up, with Overland Park set in their sights. Sydney Compoz scored in the 64th minute and Macy Clem scored 7 minutes later to cement the win.
U13 girls Legends FC (CA-S) claim one of two girls titles against Arsenal Colorado Gold 3-2
The second half saw a dash for the title, building up suspense of who would move forward after the first half ended 0-0.Three consecutive goals made it look like Legends might have a clean sweep. Taylor Gosselin kicked things off with a goal in the 37th minute, then Nia Harris in the 57th. Kaylee Ramirez scored the final goal just three minutes later. Arsenal wasn’t going without a fight, and Madison Williams put one away in the 66th minute. Her teammate Riley Dietrich added the final goal five minutes later but the Legends were able to stay on top for the remainder and make it out as the victors after a hard fought battle.
Eastside FC 98 Reds (WA) Beat La Roca FD (UT) 3-0 after Scoreless Draw in Group Play
The Reds really put the heat on in finals with a clean sweep victory starting when Laura Roberts scored at the 10th minute. It wasn’t long until another goal was supplied by Joanna Harber 10 mins later to double the Reds growing lead. Finally, Makaylie Moore cushioned it a little more with a third goal in the second half, basting in a nice long ball from 30 yards out.
U15 Girls Carlsbad Elite (CA-S) Continues on to National Championships Winning National League Division and Regional Title
These girls are on fire, already securing a spot in the National Championship after winning their National league division, but there’s nothing wrong with adding a Regional title to that list either! They took on Boise National Italia (ID) and had a clean sweep victory 3-0. Nationals will advance to the championships as the Region IV representative, the first Idaho team to ever qualify.
Sunny Dunphy scored Carlsbad goals in the 23rd minut as well as Natallie Rocha at the break with stoppage time. Hayley Mayne finished up with a goal in the 50th minute.
U16 Girls Legends FC (CA-S) and DMCV Sharks (CA-S) Both Advance After Shining in National League
It was a battle of the best as both teams went into finals with National Championship spots already secured for outstanding finishes during National League play. The Legends nabbed the Regional title 3-0, with Kristen McBeain opening scoring in the 38th minute and Peyton Perea’s brace in the second half.
A third U16 girls game was played to determine a representative for Nationals, and Bay Oaks Botafogo (CA-N) got the ticket, beating Carlsbad Elite (CA-S) 1-0. Aerial Chavarin supplied the golden goal 12 minutes in to move her team up to third place.
U17 girls Fram Premier (CA-S) To Make First Appearance at the National Championships
A 3-1 victory over Sparta 96 Premier (UT) got Fram a spot to compete in Overland Park. Sparta took the lead when Madison Lyons put one away just three minutes in, but it only fueled Fram, who came back with three consecutive goals from Samantha James in the 23rd minute and a brace from Victoria Bolden in the 50th and 63rd.
Leahi 95 Premier Surge Become Third Hawaiian Team to win a Regional Championship
The U18 Leahi girls took on Arsenal Colorado in a close match that ended 3-2. Dempsey Banks opened scoring in the 14th minute, but Arsenal was close behind, equalizing just seven minutes later. Leahi came back with Banks scoring a brace in the 69th minute and Daisy Pascua cushioned the lead in the 75th for added security. Arsenal pushed forward with Katy Couperous scoring with only nine minutes left in the game, but Leahi was able to hold the lead till the final whistle sounded.
U19 So Cal Blues Dido Win Second Regional Title
The So Cal Blues girls have a lot to celebrate after defeating Express (HI) 2-0. They will head to Overland Park with their second Regional title in two years and it was a well-earned victory after both teams drew 1-1 in preliminary play.
The Blues came back fighting in the finals, led by Kodi Lavrusky. Her brace scored in the 7th and 40th minute were the only goals scored, nabbing the Regional title.