Finals concluded today in Overland Park, KS, wrapping up a thrilling weekend filled with tons of talent and dogged determination as the creme of the crop took home U13-U19 boys and girls US Youth Soccer National titles for 2013.
Pateadores LA (CA-S) had an outstanding finish to their Championship run with a 3-0 shut out against FSA FC Navy (CT). Bryan Perez ushered in the first goal in the 7th minute and Alejandro Barrera contributed another before halftime to keep that lead growing. As the second half got underway, Kyle Holcumb notched the final goal, and with a strong back line ready to pounce, FSA didn’t stand a chance.
Pateadores CM (CA-S) are 2013 National Champions after conquering the field with a clean 4-0 victory over Michigan Wolves 99 (MI). The Wolves were able to hold off the goal hungry PAT boys in the first half, but were unable to score themselves, as both teams headed into half time 0-0. The PAT’s erupted as soon as the second half commenced. Christopher Lopez opened and closed scoring with a brace, Santiago Galera tallied one in the 50th minute and an own goal added some extra security.
Overtime would be the deciding factor when it came to a U15 National Champ, and in the end, Santa Barbara SC White (CA-S) topped Dix Hills Elite (NY-E) 2-1 to claim the title. It was a thriller from the start, with Sahid Conteh scoring for SBSC in the first half and Elite equalizing in the second. As overtime kicked into gear, the suspense was shattered to pieces with Chairat Puengrod’s winning goal minutes before the end.
Smithtown Arsenal (NY-E) took home the glorious National title today, beating GSA 97 Red (GA) 2-0 with first and 2nd half goals. Tomas Butzke got Arsenal on the board with an early strike in the 12th minute. Harrison Weilbacher added a security goal in the 63rd minute to cement the win in stone.
A scoreless draw pushed West Coast FC (CA-S) and CUP Gold 95/96 (OH-S) into overtime in the U17 boys final today, and a singe goal scored by Dylan Struthers would carry WCFC to the top to clinch the National title after a hard fought battle playing against an excellent team.
West Coast FC (CA-S) prevailed in penalty kicks to snag the U18 boys National crown after a suspenseful final match against Raiders FC Premier (IL). Gage Zerboni scored for WCFC in the second half and Kyle Hamann equalized in stoppage time. After drawing in OT, WCFC pulled ahead in PK’s to finish the final fight.
All eyes were on Chicago Fire Academy (IL) and Lehigh Valley United 93 (PA-E) as both teams eyed the towering McGuire Cup after playing to a 1-1 draw in prelims. The aggression was intense on the field, as they struggled to score and maintained steady defense. It was LVU’s Shane Campbell who blasted the back of the net in the 34th minute with what would be the winning goal. After that, LVU dominated for the remainder, creating multiple chances, but were not able to deliver. Nonetheless, they held on to that lead to nab the hard earned National title and the McGuire Cup.