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2013-14 National League Las Vegas Preview: U-14 Girls


Blue Division

All eight Under-14 teams will be completing their first National League seasons in Las Vegas, meaning the current standings may undergo a lot of changes before they are finalized. Three Blue Division teams have created separation from the rest of the field, and they each play one another during the final weekend of the season — setting up some crucial games to decide who will come away with the top two spots and berths in the US Youth Soccer National Championships.

Notable teams

Tophat 18 Gold (GA) — Tophat was dominant in its first four games of the season, as it went undefeated and left North Carolina in a tie for first place with 12 points.

Exiles Black (CA-S) — Like Tophat, Exiles compiled 12 points on four wins in the season’s opening weekend. The California side will now have the advantage of playing a little closer to home.

Legends FC 99 (CA-S) — Legends is three points behind the co-leaders and has an opportunity to play both Tophat and Exiles in Las Vegas.

Eclipse Select (IL) — The Illinois side has a chance to sneak into second if the top three draw in some of their head-to-head matchups.

Game to watch

March 21, Tophat 18 Gold (GA) vs. Exiles Black (CA-S)
There are several great matchups in this group, but it’s hard to overlook a game between two 4-0-0 sides. The meeting on the first day of play in Las Vegas could leave one side in prime position to claim the division title, or it may open up opportunities for those chasing them should Tophat and Exiles tie.

Red Division

Carlsbad Elite 99 (CA-S) enters play in Las Vegas atop the Red Division after winning all four games in North Carolina. While the California side created a little bit of separation from the rest of the group, it has a difficult schedule for the final weekend that includes games against the teams in second and third.

Notable teams

Carlsbad Elite 99 (CA-S) — Three of Carlsbad’s four wins in North Carolina were by one goal. It may have to win more tight games with the tough matchups coming up in Las Vegas.

Ponte Vedra SC JFC STORM 99/00 (FL) — Ponte Vedra is in second place, two points behind Carlsbad, but it also has a two-point edge over third-place Solar Chelsea Elite 00 (N-TX).

Solar Chelsea Elite 00 (N-TX) — Solar did not allow a goal in its first four games, and will need to continue that strong defense when it plays both Carlsbad and Ponte Vedra in Las Vegas.

Game to watch

March 23, Solar Chelsea Elite 00 (N-TX) vs. Ponte Vedra SC JFC STORM 99/00 (FL)
There is less room for error for Solar as it tries to move into the top two in the group. Depending on how the games unfold during the first two days, this matchup could determine which team punches its ticket to the National Championships.

Other Notes

The following Under-14 Girls participated in the 2014 ODP Girls National Camp in January:
Brianna Amos (Oklahoma FC 00), Alexandra Jaquez (Legends FC 99), Allyson Sidloski (Cleveland FC), Annelise Peterson (YMS Premier 99 Pride), Elena Gutlove (Cleveland FC), Caelan Miller (Century V X-treme), Cameron Hall (Tophat 18 Gold), Ella Shamburger (Tophat 18 Gold), Emily Ashby (Grand Rapids Crew Jrs. 00 Gold), Janae Lee (Legends FC 99), Madeline Loris (Classics Eagles Red), Rachel Jones (Tophat 18 Gold), Raegan Kelley (Tophat 18 Gold), Taylor Gosselin (Legends FC 99), Vanessa DiNardo (Cleveland FC)