SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 12, 2012) –The first day of games are complete at the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup at the Cherry Island Soccer Complex in Sacramento, Calif. Thirty-two teams from 14 different states took the field to vie for a chance to lift the National Presidents Cup trophy in the Under-14 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups.
Recaps from Thursday’s games:
Georgia Mountain YMCA (GA) secured a hard fought day one victory over River City Soccer Club (WA). In just the 8th minute of the game, Fabian Abarca scored to claim the lead for Georgia Mountain. Despite close chances at both ends neither team could convert, and the lone goal stood as the game winner. Elkhart Flames Dynamite (IN) took control of the group as they claimed three points via a 2-1 victory over Metuchen Rover Juniors (NJ).
Every team in the U-14 Girls group enters day two with a point as both group games ended in a draw today. In a game against LVU United (E-PA), St. Louis Scott Gallagher’s (MO) Katheryne Stiles struck first in the 7th minute. That lead would hold for much of the game, until LVU’s Ashley Ender equalized in dramatic fashion just five minutes from time. In the group’s other matchup, JASA Coastal Surge (NC) drew 0-0 with NC Boca (CA-S).
FC Golden State White (CA-S) made a statement in the U-15 Boys pool in day one action with a 6-1 victory over TUFC Los Guerreros (S-TX). After giving up a goal in just the second minute, FC Golden State rattled off six unanswered goals. Diego Gonzalez and Edgar Esquivel led the way with two goals apiece. Rage Gunners 96 (PA-E) also notched a victory on day one, as they beat Region II representative Kansas City SC Gold 96/97 (KS), 3-1.
GUSA Navy (NC) earned an important three points on day one with a 3-2 victory over Colorado United White (CO). Allexis Taylor started the scoring in the 18th minute for GUSA, but Rebekah Haysley would level for Colorado United just after half. GUSA’s Taylor would finish her double in the 45th and Hannah Van Eerden added a goal just two minutes later to claim a 3-1 lead. That goal proved vital as Colorado United’s Katherine Petersen would pull one back in the 75th. Serving as the Region II representative, Dallas Texans 97 (TX-N) also claimed a day one victory as they beat FPYC Wildcats Blue (VA), 1-0.
Crusaders United (MA) started each half effectively as they took on FC Porto of Kansas (KS). Just two minutes into the game, John Coneeny gave Crusaders the lead after his team stole possession just after kickoff. In similar fashion, Steven Kilday doubled the lead for Crusaders just after the whistle to start the second half. FC Porto of Kansas showed its experience and pulled one back in the 67th minute and again in the 73rd to earn the draw. LA Premier FC Black (CA-S) rose to the top of the group with a 2-0 victory over United Strikers (TX-N).
Looking to improve on a fourth place finish in 2011, Capital United Blue Fusion (NY-E) started its bid for a National Presidents Cup title with a 5-1 win over Central FC Select Strikers (WI). Morgan Loder and Brittany Laplant led the attack with two goals each. A strong defensive effort kept Central FC at bay, with Gabrielle Millot notching the only goal for Wisconsin. In the other pool game, Houston Express 96 (TX-S) posted a shutout as they beat Platinum FC Cleary (CA-S) 3-0.
Capitalizing on a balanced attack, Brasil Coachella (CA-S) tallied a 6-0 win over Texas United Westside (S-TX). Jimmie Villalobos found the net twice, with Christian Huerta, Sebastian Gonzalez, Hugo Vinalies and Cesar Figuroa also joining him on the scoresheet. The group’s other game proved to be much tighter, as Indiana Invaders Black (IN) earned a 1-0 victory over FC Frederick 94 Royal (MD).
Crusaders (MA) earned an emphatic 5-0 victory over Libertyville Premier Orange (IL). Four different Crusader players found the net on the day, led by a Laura Nee double.Crusaders’ day two opponent, Arsenal Colorado Royal (CO) also earned three points on Thursday. Late goals secured a 4-2 victory for Arsenal over Miami Lakes SC (FL).
The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup is designed for those teams seeking additional challenges to play against teams of similar abilities for a national title. The cup provides a progressive, competitive experience to teams that might not otherwise get the opportunity to participate in a series of unique experiences highlighting competition, camaraderie and community from the state to regional to national levels of US Youth Soccer.
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About the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup - The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup is designed for those teams seeking additional challenges to play against teams of similar abilities for a national title. The cup provides a progressive, competitive experience to teams that might not otherwise get the opportunity to participate in a series of unique experiences highlighting competition, camaraderie and community from the state to regional to national levels of US Youth Soccer.