Teams in the 1994 and 1995 age groups played their semifinal matches today and the championship pairings are set for Sunday, March 6. A complete schedule is available on USYouthSoccer.org or by clicking here.
State US Youth Soccer ODP teams, boys and girls, have earned their way to the 2011 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships by way of winning their US Youth Soccer ODP Regional Championships. The format, similar to the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series
, provides state teams the opportunity to compete against teams from other regions in a championship tournament.
Returning champions California South 1994 Boys and New Jersey 1994 Girls are poised to repeat on Sunday after winning their game today.
Last year's 1994 champions New Jersey advanced to defend their title with a 2-0 victory over Georgia. Katelyn Kraft put New Jersey in the lead in the 28th minute and 2010 Most Valuable Player, Gabby Galanti, added the insurance goal in the 43rd.
Adding to the intrigue of the 1994 final, last year's runners-up, California-South, advanced to complete the rematch from 2010 with a 4-3 win over Michigan. Kodi Lavrusky notched her first goal in the 4th minute and Makenzy Doniak put Cal-South up two in the 40th. But Michigan had plenty of fight in them as Casey McMillan grabbed one back before halftime and Sophia Maccagnone leveled in the 58th. Jocelyn Blankenship put Cal-South back on top in the 63rd and Lavrusky extended the lead to 4-2 in the 63rd. Mallory Weber made it interesting at the end with a Michigan goal in the 85th, but Cal-South held on for the win.
In last year's championship match, New Jersey's Gabby Galanti grabbed two goals to overcome a 1-0 deficit to win the title.
The 1994 Cal-South Boys are back to defend their title as well after a 2-1 win in a wild game against Eastern Pennsylvania. With just a minute left in regulation, Eastern Penn. earned a penalty kick, which Craig Kikendall converted for what appeared to be the winner. On the ensuing kickoff, Cal-South played a ball into the box which couldn't be cleared and Willie Lopez roofed a shot from a sharp angle to even the score. With overtime inevitable, Sergio Buenrostro volleyed in the winner to give Cal-South two extra time goals and a return to the national final.
The 1994 Boys final won't be a rematch of last year's final, but it will be a rematch of last year's semifinal as Iowa took down Florida 3-1 to reach the championship. Gabriel Christianson put Iowa ahead in the 27th and Tyler Chavez added another in the 54th for a 2-0 lead. James Jaroscak tried to give Florida a chance with a 90th minute goal, but Chavez struck again just a minute later to ensure the Iowa victory.
The 1995 Girls title match will mirror the 94's as Cal-South and New Jersey will meet after semifinal wins. Cal-South's Christine Settles and Brooke Booth scored in the 29th and 31st to down Illinois 2-0.
New Jersey handled North Carolina 4-0 on goals from Erin Smith, Erica Murphy, Schuyler DeBree and Nicole Brennan.
Virginia advanced to the final game with a 1-0 defeat of Illinois. Peter Pearson scored the winning goal in the 17th minute and the Virginia defense made it stand with the shutout.
Washington and Georgia played an intense game to close out the semifinals as Washington prevailed 2-1 on penalty kicks after regulation and overtime ended at 1-1. Cameron Moseley struck first for Georgia in the 40th minute. Jacob Hauser-Ramsey tied things up for Washington to start the second half and neither team could break the deadlock entering penalties. In the final round of penalty kicks, Joseph Gillies netted Washington's final kick to give them a 4-2 shootout win and a spot in the final.
2011 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships
Scores | March 4, 2011
New Jersey 2, Georgia 0
Goal Scorers: Katelyn Kraft (28:00) Gabby Galanti (43:00)
Cal-South 4, Michigan 3
Goal Scorers: CAS: Kodi Lavrusky (4:00) (67:00) Makenzy Doniak (40:00) Jocelyn Blankenship (63:00)
MI: Casey McMillan (41:00) Sophia Maccagnone (58:00) Mallory Weber (85:00)
Iowa 3, Florida 1
Goal Scorers: IA: Gabriel Christianson (27:00) Tyler Chavez (54:00) (90:00)
FL: James Jaroscak (90:00)
Cal-South 2, Eastern Penn. 1
Goal Scorers: CAS: Willie Lopez (90:00) Sergio Buenrostro (90:00)
EPA: Craig Kikendall (89:00)
Cal-South 2, Illinois 0
Goal Scorers: CAS: Christine Settles (29:00) Brooke Booth (31:00)
New Jersey 4, North Carolina 0
Goal Scorers: NJ: Erin Smith (18:00) Erica Murphy (47:00) Schuyler DeBree (49:00) Nicole Brennan (54:00)
Washington 2, Georgia 1 (4-2 PK's)
Goal Scorers: WA: Jacob Hauser-Ramsey
GA: Cameron Moseley
Virginia 1, Illinois 0
Goal Scorers: VA: Peter Pearson (17:00)
Schedule for Championship and Consolation Matches | Sunday, March 6, 2011
1994 Boys Field 4 Championship - Cal-South v. Iowa
1994 Boys Field 3 Third Place - Eastern Penn. v. Florida
1995 Boys Field 6 Championship - Virginia v. Washington
1995 Boys Field 7 Third Place - Illinois v. Georgia
1994 Girls Field 3 Championship - New Jersey v. Cal-South
1994 Girls Field 4 Third Place - Georgia v. Michigan
1995 Girls Field 7 Championship - Cal-South v. New Jersey
1995 Girls Field 6 Third Place - Illinois v. North Carolina
*Subject to change, please check USYouthSoccer.org for the most current schedule.
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