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Washington Premier FC B00 and B02 are competing in the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championships, the oldest and most prestigious youth soccer championship, July 24-29 in Frisco, TX. Both teams qualified by winning their division of the US Youth Soccer National League, making it three teams in two years that WPFC has sent to Nationals via the National League.
U18 Boys: WPFC B00 Black 3-1 West Coast FC Armour 2000 (CA-S)
Washington Premier 2000 Black secured spot in the National Championship semifinals with a 3-1 win against National League Blue champions West Coast FC Armour 2000 of Cal South. Zakery Gregg found Emmanuel Nicasio for Washington Premier’s opening goal in the 33rd minute, and early into the second half it was Gregg finding the back of the net off David Mansfield’s corner kick. West Coast cut the deficit in half with a goal in the 75th minute and looked to be in good position for an equalizer after being given a PK, but Washington Premier keeper Brandon Limes would come up with a huge save. Minutes later Dane Helle would net his second goal in as many games to put the match away and ultimately earn a spot in the semifinals.
U16 Boys: WPFC B02 Black 0-3 Solar 02 Stricker (N-TX)
Washington Premier 2002 Black played defending National Champions Solar 02 Stricker in a battle of National League champions. Despite constant pressure from WPFC, Solar found the back of the net late in the first half off a free-kick, and the North Texas side put the game out of reach with two goals in the second half. Washington Premier remains in contention for a semifinals spot, but will need a win tomorrow against Club Ohio Green 1 (OH-S) along with some help in the other group match.