It’s day three of preliminary games of the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Overland Park, KS as 88 U13-U19 boys and girls teams are working hard to collect points. Three points are rendered for a win, one for a tie and zero for a loss. The top two teams from the U13, U14 and U19 age groups and pool winners in the U15-U18 age groups will advance to compete in the National Championship on Saturday and Sunday.
Legends FC Elite (CA-S) and NEFC Elite (MA) tied 2-2 as both battled neck-and-neck to the end. The Legends took the lead with Kaylee Ramirez scoring a brace, one goal in 4th minute and another in the 44th. But, NEFC came back strong in the second half with a goal from Marykate McGuire in the 53rd minute and Michaela Joyce supplied the equalizer in the 64th minute to end a thrilling game.
Pateadores LA (CA-S) blasted FSA FC Navy (CT) out of the water this morning, ending the game 8-2. It was goal after goal for Pateadores in the first half, which included a brace from Kyle Holcumb and goals from Jason Pacas, Bryan Perez and Jason Pacas. Zachary Lopes and Anthony Melody got FSA on the board four minutes within each other, but the Pateadores boys continued to apply pressure, finishing the game off with second half goals from Alejandro Barrera, Bryan Perez and one from Kyle Holcumb to complete his hat trick.
Fullerton Rangers (CA-S) had an easy shut out against CCV Stars 97 Boys Black (AZ) 3-0 with two first half own goals and a third scored by Ricardo Ruiz in the 57th minute.
Meanwhile, Smithtown Arsenal (NY-E) clinched a close win against NASA 15 Elite (GA) 2-1. Arsenal and NASA finished the first half tied 1-1 with Christopher Hettler scoring for Arsenal. They pulled ahead in the second half with an early second half goal in the 49th minute to take the win.
Cleveland United White (OH-N) defeated Albion Hurricanes 96 (TX-S) 4-1 thanks to a consecutively scored hat trick from Kelly Novak. They were tied 1-1 going into the half time, with Angelica Grayson opening scoring for the Hurricanes in the 27th minute, and Sydney Elinsky equalized for United in the 31st.
Lou Fusz Wipke (MO) and Oklahoma FC 96 (OK) both kept an iron grip on their game, refusing to let any slack warrant a lead to end in a 2-2 draw. Madeline Orf got Lou Fusz on the board instantly in the 3rd minute, but Rachael Thun wasn’t about to let that slide, and scored for Oklahoma six minutes later. The ball was back in the Lou Fusz court, as Hali Long added a second goal before halftime. But Oklahoma continued to keep up, and Mikayla Lowery scored the equalizer before halftime, and no one would break the tie for the remainder.
A scoreless draw was the result for top teams Connecticut FC (CT) and team Chicago Botafogo (IL) after sturdy back lines kept goals at bay. Each advance with a win and a tie.
Concorde Fire Elite (GA) held on to a first half lead to beat Albion Soccer Club (CA-S) 2-0 for a chance at a spot in the finals. Cooper Coughlin got Concorde on the board and Tyler Alexander supplied a second goal for extra cushion. Albion created several opportunities, but was not able to capitalize.