LAWRENCE, Indiana (July 30, 2004) – Early morning mist turned to afternoon showers as teams opened competition on the first day of the US Youth Soccer National League Director’s Cup, presented by adidas, at the Lawrence Soccer Complex.
Demonstrating the competitiveness in the field of over 50 teams present this weekend, five games today ended in ties while eight games were decided by just one goal. Six teams, five of them from US Youth Soccer’s Region I, finished the day with records of 2-0 and teams representing the Indiana Youth Soccer Association finished the day 3-7-2.
Among the day’s highlights was the Under-17 Girls match between the Clay City United (FL) and FC Pride representing tournament host Indiana Youth Soccer Association. Florida’s Abbey Buzzell put Clay City on the board early in the match with a goal in the 6th minute. Katie Owen tied the game and Kelly Ogden gave FC Pride the lead with a goal in the 40:00 minute. FC looked to be in control until Katelin Swift created some space and the game-tying goal in the 77th minute. The teams walked off the field unbeaten and with a point for the tie.
Friday and Saturday’s round robin games awards 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie and 0 points for a loss. Teams with the most points at the completion of round robin play will advance to the championship matches on Sunday.
The Under-17 Boys game between Westside United (IN) and Bronx Reggae Boys (E-NY) saw a spirited match as both teams rallied to remain in possession of the lead. In the end, Westside scored two unanswered goals in the second to win the match.
The Bronx Reggae Boys left their first game jitters on the sideline for their second match of the day against the Strikers of North Carolina. The Bronx boys took the early lead with a goal in the 19th by Graham Jamar. The Strikers would score in the 35th by Josh Rivera but the Bronx’s Sylvester Sikele would prove too much, scoring a hat trick and pushing his team to victory (32:00, 79:00, 85:00). The Bronx boys showed their tenacity winning the match 6-1 with the help of a late goal by Johnson Don.
In the Under-14 Boys, Virginia’s Ashburn Rangers won 2-1 over NJ United Barracudas of New Jersey. The Barracudas came out to an early lead on Sean Hiller’s goal in the 27th minute of play. Scoring chances gave way to some excellent defensive work by both teams. Late in the second, the Ashburn Rangers began to turn the momentum and scored in the 60th with a goal from Christopher Caulker-Kamara. It took Zanunu Williams eight minutes (68:00) to hit the go-ahead goal and give Ashburn the 2-1 win.
The US Youth Soccer National League Director's Cup, presented by adidas, is the culminating event for the National Leagues operated during the summer, featuring top boys and girls teams in the Under-14 through Under-18 age groups.
Round robin action resumes at 8:30 am tomorrow.
US Youth Soccer National League Director’s Cup, presented by adidas
Day 1 Results
Under 14 Girls
FC Pride (IN) 2, CASL Spartan United (NC) 1
Vista Hotshots (VA) 3, Carmel Crusaders (IN) 0
Vista Hotshots (VA) 2, FC Pride (IN) 0
Carmel Crusaders (IN) 2,Lighting (FL) 2
Under 14 Boys
New Hampshire Stars (NH) 4, HUSA (IL) 2
NJ United Barracudas (NJ) 2, Ashburn Rangers (VA) 1
Indy Burn (IN) 1, Team Boca (FL) 0
Indy Burn (IN) 2, Ashburn Rangers (VA) 1
New Hampshire Stars (NH) 5, Team Boca (FL) 0
HUSA (IL) 3, NJ United Barracudas (NJ) 0
Under 15 Girls
Greensboro Storm (NC) 3, Bay United Sharks (FL) 0
Hibernian (NJ) 3, Excell of WBL (MN) 0
Under 15 Boys Premier
CUSC Cosmos (IN) 2, Midstate United (RI) 0
CUSC Cosmos (IN) 3, Manhattan Thunder (E-NY) 0
Under 15 Boys Division I
CUP (OH-S) 3, Twisters (S-TX) 2
Westside United (IN) 3, Twisters (S-TX) 2
Under 16 Girls
Capital United (E-NY) 2, Carmel Craze (IN) 1
Challenge Advantage (S-TX) 2, Wave FC (FL) 0
Under 16 Boys Premier
Howell Hammer (NJ) 2, FC Pride (IN) 0
FC Delco Crush (E-PA) 3, Yahara (WI) 0
Under 16 Boys Division I
America's United (NJ) 2, OCSA Coastal Crew (NC) 0
Team America Premier (VA) 1, Rockford United (IL) 0
Under 17 Girls
Braddock Road (VA) 5, Dallas Texans Red (N-TX) 4
Pride FC (IN) 2, Clay City United (FL) 2
Under 17 Boys Premier
FC Leeds (E-PA) 3, NJ Rangers (NJ) 1
Raptors (IL) 5, Javanon (KY) 3
Under 17 Boys Division I
Westside United (IN) 4, Bronx Reggae Boys (E-NY) 2
Sundevils (STX) 4, Strikers (NC) 1
Bronx Reggae Boys (E-NY) 6, Strikers (NC) 1
Westside United (IN) 4, Sundevils (S-TX) 1
Under 18 Girls
Fayetteville Force (NC) 2, West Pasco (FL) 0
Vista United (VA) 4, Team Chicago (IL) 1
Vista (VA) 4, Fayetteville (NC) 1
Team Chicago (IL) 6, West Pasco (FL) 0
Under 18 Boys
Den of Lions (NJ) 4, Louisville Alliance (KY) 2
Cocoa Expo (FL) 8, NWI United 2
Javanon (KY) 2, Pittsgrove 0
Cocoa Expo (FL) 3, Den of Lions (NJ) 0
Louisville Alliance (KY) 4, Pittsgrove FC (NJ) 1
Javanon (KY) 3, NWI United (IN) 1
For more information on the US Youth Soccer National League Director’s Cup, presented by adidas visit www.USYouthSoccer.org
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