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MORGAN HILL, Calif. (June 11, 2014) – Champions and select wildcards from the Washington Youth Soccer Challenge Cup in the Under-13 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups earned a spot in the US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup taking place in Morgan Hill, Calif., June 11-15. Representatives from the 14 Western states have convened at Morgan Hill Sports Complex outside of San Jose, with the regional winners advancing to the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup in Greenville, S.C., July 10-13. Ten Washington teams are competing for the regional crown and all kicked off the tournament with opening games today; compiling four wins, a draw and five losses.
The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup is a competition 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.
In 2013, Under-17 Girls Eastside FC White became the fifth Washington team to win a regional Presidents Cup crown, but came up just short in the Presidents Cup national title game. No team from Washington has lifted the national Presidents Cup trophy in the six years of the competition.
For full scores and standings from the Region IV Presidents Cup, click here.
2014 US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup Results | Tuesday, June 11, 2014
FC Alliance 00 got things started in the right direction to open the Region IV Presidents Cup, but saw FC Nova White of Idaho score three unanswered goals to take the game 3-1. Antonia Miranda put Alliance in the lead in the 18th minute before Nova took the lead before halftime and ultimately put the game away with their third in the second half.
Eastside FC 99 White faced tough opposition in Cal-South’s West Coast FC United to open play, and a second half goal was too much to overcome as Eastside fell 1-0. An even game overall with both teams threatening throughout, West Coast was able to capitalize as Eastside will need two good results to move on toward the final.
Eastside FC 98 White grabbed a crucial win over Colorado with a 2-1 score. Lauren Harwood put Eastside in front just minutes into the game, but Colorado equalized in the 42nd. Eastside persevered however, and Molly Darragh netted the winner in the 61st to give Eastside three points on the first day.
Washington Timbers 97 Green took care of business on day one, dispatching Infinity 98 Premier of Utah, 1-0. Desiree Arocha struck the game winner in the 27th minute to lead the Timbers to victory as they eye the quarterfinals.
Crossfire Select 96 Farzeen put down a solid performance with a 2-0 victory over Quad Cities Fusion from Idaho. After a scoreless first half, Lily Hart put Crossfire Select in the lead 13 minutes into the second half and Sabrina Mohazzabfar sealed the win with a 73rd minute strike.
Nortac Colibri never conceded more than one goal in a game in their run to the Challenge Cup title, but they came across tough opposition in their first match of the Region IV Presidents Cup, falling to Fusion FC Traviesos of Utah, 6-0. Fusion came screaming out of the gates with four goals in the first 16 minutes to lock up the opening match and Nortac couldn’t find the net as they pushed to get something from the game. Nortac can still advance from the group with positive results in their last two games.
Eastside FC 00 White is looking to take advantage of a wildcard bid into the Regional Presidents Cup, but fell 2-1 in the opener to HG Eagles of Cal-South on a late winner. After going behind in the 25th minute, Aaron Greenstein leveled for Eastside in the 42nd. The game went back and forth for the remainder, but an Eagles goal in the 63rd finished off the scoring and gave Cal-South the win.
Tacoma United 98 Chelsea got off on the good foot in their hopes for a regional title as they dispatched Phoenix 99 of Alaska 2-0. Brayan Torres netted the eventual game winner in the 23rd minute and Nikolas Mejia added the insurance goal in the 67th to seal the victory.
Federal Way FC 97 Blue took on IUSC Brasil of Cal-South in a rough and intense game to open the tournament, but ultimately came up short, 2-1. FWFC jumped out to the lead in the 13th minute thanks to Cole Hoefel as they took a 1-0 lead into the break, but two goals from Cal-South in the second half couldn’t be overcome as FWFC need two results in their remaining two games to advance.
Crossfire Select 96 Gonzalez showed their mettle after some unexpected travel issues and unfortunate refereeing to still grab a point in a 2-2 draw with Porterville United of Cal-North. Andrew Allen put Crossfire Select in the lead 20 minutes in before Porterville leveled in the 25th. Crossfire Select wasn’t having it as they immediately regained the lead in the 26th with Allen’s second, but a tough decision gave Porterville a penalty kick in the 68th, which they converted and held on despite a late push for the winner from CS.