LAWRENCE, Indiana (July 31, 2004) - Clear blue skies set the stage for a great second day of play at the US Youth Soccer National League Director’s Cup at the Lawrence Soccer Complex. Over 50 teams were in action, positioning for Sunday’s finals as round robin play continued under near perfect conditions.
While most teams spent the day positioning for a shot at the Director’s Cup finals, Vista Hotshots made the most of their trip from Virginia by clinching a US Youth Soccer National League Director’s Cup Championship in the Under-14 Girls with a 3-0 record through today’s round robin play. Braddock Road, also from Virginia and 3-0, will play for the Director’s Cup Championship against Medford Strikers (NJ) in the Under-17 Girls Premier Division.
Teams from tournament-host Indiana Youth Soccer Association went 6-2-4 on the day and have advanced several teams to tomorrow’s title games. The CUSC Cosmos clinched their Under-15 Boys Premier Championship while in Division I action, Carmel Craze will battle Challenge Advantage (S-TX) for the Under-16 Girls title and Westside United (IN) faces the Sundevils (S-TX) in the Under-17 Boys championship.
In today’s Under-15 Boys match between Westside United (IN) and Twisters (S-TX), both teams scored back-to-back goals until late in the second half. The Twisters scored in the 18th off Rafael Bustos’ shot to the back of the net and Carlos Recinos’ blast at 36th. Westside bounced back with goals in the 38th minute from Mike Luttrull and Kyle Gentile. The score was tied 2-2 as Derek Craig of Westside advanced his team with a goal in the 61st, but it was Recinos with his second of the night that claimed victory for the home team in the 64th.
Carmel United (IN) and Wave FC (FL) went from offensive, to defensive and back to offensive in their Under-16 Girls match-up. Scoring early was Carmel’s Nikki Bonacors and Wave’s Amanda Olvias. After a defensive forty-five minutes of play Carmel’s Caitlin Kovacs brought back the offense with goals in the 65th and 77th to keep Carmel in position for a run at the finals on Sunday.
At the conclusion of the match the Under-16 Girls pool was locked in a three-way tie between Carmel United (IN), Challenge Advantage (S-TX) and Capital United (E-NY). With an equal number of wins between the teams, Carmel United (IN) was awarded first place on goals and Challenge Advantage as second with the fewest goals allowed.
Proving that it’s never over until it’s over, FC Pride (IN) and Medford Strikers (NJ) laced up the boots for a match that could have easily gone either way. Both teams battled for scoring opportunities but relentless defense kept both teams off the scoreboard until late in the first half when FC Pride’s Mat Franklin scored in the 43rd. As the half ended Medford’s Christine Johnson tied-up the score in the 45th. It went back and forth in the early second with goals from Kelly Ogden (IN) and Nicole Papp (NJ). Medford looked to be in control with a late strike from Ali Kliment in the 83rd but FC Pride continued to press and Shannon Engle made the most of an opening in the 90th to tie the match at 3-3.
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.
Championship action begins at 8:00 am tomorrow.
US Youth Soccer National League Director’s Cup, presented by adidas
Day 2 Results
Manhattan Thunder (E-NY) 3, Midstate United (RI) 1
CUP (0-S) 1, Westside United (IN) 0
Carmel Craze (IN) 2, Challenge Advantage (S-TX) 0
Hibernian (NJ) 4, Greensboro Storm (NC) 0
Excell of WBL (MN) 3, Bay United Sharks (FL) 0
FC Delco Crush (E-PA) 2, Howell Hammer (NJ) 0
Yahara (WI) 3, FC Pride (IN) 1
Team America Premier (VA) 2, America's United (NJ) 2
Rockford United (IL) 3, OCSA Coastal Crew (NC) 1
Dallas Texans Red (N-TX) 0, Medford Strikers (NJ) 0
Braddock Road (VA) 3, FC Pride 1 (IN)
Capital United (E-NY) 2, Wave FC (FL) 1
Cocoa Expo (FL) 9, Pittsgrove FC (NJ) 0
Javanon (KY) 3, Louisville Alliance (KY) 0
NWI United (IN) 6, Den of Lions (NJ) 2
Fayetteville (NC) 2, Team Chicago (IL) 1
Vista (VA) 4, West Pasco (FL) 0
New Hampshire Stars (NH) 4, NJ United Barracudas (NJ) 0
Team Boca (FL) 1, Ashburn Rangers (VA) 0
Indy Burn (IN) 1, HUSA (IL) 0
Javanon (KY) 3, FC Leeds (E-PA) 0
Raptors (IL) 2, NJ Rangers (NJ) 1
FC Pride (IN) 5, Lighting (FL) 0
Vista Hotshots (VA) 3, CASL Spartan United (NC) 1
Sundevils (S-TX) 1, Bronx Reggae Boys (E-NY) 0
Braddock Road (VA) 3, Clay City United (IN) 0
FC Pride (IN) 3, Medford Strikers (NJ) 3
Hibernia (NJ) 6, Bay United Sharks (FL) 1
Excell of WBL (MN) 1, Greensboro Storm (NC) 0
Westside United (IN) 3, Twisters (S-TX) 3
Capital United (E-NY) 0, Challenge Advantage (S-TX) 1
Carmel Craze (IN) 3, Wave FC (FL) 1
CUSC Cosmos (IN) 4, Midstate United (RI) 0
Carmel Crusaders (IN) 0, FC Pride (IN) 0
Lighting (FL) 1, CASL Spartan United (NC) 0
FC Leeds (E-PA) 2, Raptors (IL) 2
Javanon (KY) 6, NJ Rangers (NJ) 1
Team America Premier (VA) 3, OCSA Coastal Crew (NC) 1
Rockford United (IL) 1, America's United (NJ) 0
Howell Hammer (NJ) 2, Yahara (WI) 1
FC Delco Crush (E-PA) 4, FC Pride (IN) 0
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