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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 5-1 Baltimore Bays 00 (MD)
Washington Premier 2000 Black secured first place in Group A with a 5-1 win against Maryland's Baltimore Bays 00 on the final day of group play. Craig Johnson began the scoring in the 25th minute when he found himself alone on the left edge of the box before slotting home a shot. Baltimore would equalize right before halftime to put the score at 1-1. Johnson would double his total on the day with a goal in the 68th minute when a deflection off the Baltimore keeper fell at his feet. Ethan Carlson would add his second and third goals of the tournament in quick succession, and Gilbert De La Luz would add the cherry on top with a goal in the final minute. Washington Premier will play defending National Champions Baltimore Celtic SC 00 (MD) in the semifinals on Saturday, which will be live streamed here.
Carlson is in a two-way tie for top goalscorer in the age group with three, while Johnson and Dane Helle have two each.
U16 Boys: WPFC B02 Black 1-0 Club Ohio Green (OH-S)
Washington Premier 2002 Black entered the final day of group play needing a win against Ohio South's Club Ohio Green and some help in the other group match in order to earn a spot in the semifinals. WPFC did their part with a 1-0 win courtesy of Logan Oyama’s laser of a shot in the 56th minute, and they got the result they needed in the other match to advance to play 02 NCFC Elite of North Carlina in the semifinals on Saturday.
Read US Youth Soccer's game story here.