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Day Two - US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional

November 23, 2004 09:00 PM
1989, 1990s duke it out at US Youth Soccer ODP Girls event Region I vs. Region IV … it’s always a battle no matter the age group or circumstances. During Tuesday’s action at the US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional, Region IV twice got the upper hand. Click here for all the scores and game details from Tuesday’s matches of 1989 and 1990 teams … Region IV got the upper hand twice in 1-0 decisions over Region I during Tuesday’s action at the US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional at Boca Raton, Fla. The 1989 and 1990 Region IV teams posted 1-0 victories. In the Region II vs. III contests, the 1990 Region III team won 2-0 while the 1989s played to a 2-2 draw.

1990 Region IV 1, 1990 Region I 0

Michelle Spacciapolli once again showed why the first and last five minutes of each half are critical in soccer matches.

The 14-year-old from San Diego scored only 30 seconds before half, and Region IV was able to carry that lone goal to a victory over Region I.

“I think we deserved it,” Region IV coach Jan Smisek said of the goal. “Basically we had the majority of possession in the first half, and majority of the game in the first half was played in front of their goal. When you got the ball that much it’s kind of a relief to get that goal.”

Smisek said the play of keeper Bianca Henninger and midfielders Lauren Brown, Beth West and Teresa Noyola were pivotal.

“I was happy with the effort and intensity,” Region I coach Andy Biggs said. Region I tried a long-pass attack, where defenders were looking to play the longest possible forward ball. “In the first half the forwards weren’t in great spots to receive those passes.”

Biggs said the team’s second-half play was markedly better.

He noted the play of defender Alyssa Pember and midfielder Miyuki Hino.

1989 Region II 2, 1989 Region III 2

Region III once again proved a 2-0 lead might be the worst possible lead.

Region II’s Danielle Toney scored immediately after halftime, and 10 minutes later Jordan Hilbrands added another goal as the teams settled on a 2-2 draw.

“I felt we controlled the first half and felt we could get a couple more in the second half,” Region III coach Kevin Dempsey said. “But we came out a little flat and made one defensive mistake … at this level players on all four teams are good enough to make you pay, and they did.”

Casey Nogueira staked Region III to a 1-0 lead and Ashley Miller made it 2-0 in the first half.

Dempsey said defender Erica Campanelli played well at both ends of the field.

Region II coach Corbin Stone moved his forwards to play a higher to start the second half, and the change had an immediate impact. “There was certainly a difference (in the match) when we started that.”

Other top performers for Region II were midfielders Emily Esbrook and Samantha Huecker and forward Laura Heyboer.

1990 Region III 2, 1990 Region II 0

Merrit Mathias and Kim Castleberry scored goals leading Region III to a victory in an otherwise evenly played match.

Mathias struck in the first half with a well-placed drive to the far post. Castleberry basically dispossessed a defender and muscled her way to the second goal.

“We talked about the opportunities we get as a team, we must execute,” Region III coach Ronnie Hill said. “In the first half we had good opportunities … and the goalkeeper made good saves. Our challenge in the second half was if we get an opportunity, put it away.”

Hill said Ashley Rape played well in midfield and central defense, and Drea Hampton was strong in the midfield. Susannah Dennis played well until leaving the game with a hip injury.

“We had good attacking opportunities, but at times we looked like a team that had been together only two or three days,” Region II coach Ron Rainey said. “Hopefully this will allow us to get connected as we go on throughout the week.”

Rainey was pleased with the play of defender Nicole Lipp and first-half keeper Cat Parkhill.

1989 Region IV 1, 1989 Region I 0

Kylie Wright’s cross found Carli Castaneda, who made a nice move to create space then scored the only goal of the match as Region IV opened the event with a win.

“I’m happy with the result because we always compete with Region I,” said Region IV coach Philippe Blin. “It goes back and forth. Sometimes it’s them and sometimes it’s us. Today, it was us!”

Blin said first-half keeper Jorden Kussman, defenders Kate Deines and Nicole Sweetman and midfielder Kendra Perry were key to victory.

“Honestly, we played well and thought their goal came against the run of play,” said Region I assistant Michelle Salmon, who is filling in for head coach Richard Ilsley, whose college team is involved in NCAA play this week. “I thought defensively, we looked very solid and that was one of our goals coming into the game.”

Region I got strong play from defender Gretchen Miller, midfielder Sinead Farrelly and midfielder Amy Caldwell.




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