Youth Soccer Month 2006 kicked off in high gear over the Labor Day weekend with a full slate of events across the nation.
From the University of Maryland and Yale in the east to the University of Indiana in the Midwest to University of Memphis and Bowling Green State in the south and University of Portland in the west, youth soccer families had a chance to learn about Youth Soccer Month and win great prizes.
The 24th adidas/IU Credit Union Classic ended with a bang over Labor Day weekend with Notre Dame defeating Indiana University in overtime, 5:4, to capture the title. With a crowd of over 5,500 at the final game, Indiana’s Darren Yeagle pushed Indiana into the lead going into half time, but it was fleeting. Notre Dame’s Joseph Lapira tied the match in the 48th minute. Lapira scored four of Notre Dame’s five goals. Lapira and Darren Yeagle were two of the five players from these teams who were named to the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic All-Tournament Team.
Yeagle was also this summer’s Under-19 adidas Golden Boot winner at the 2006 US Youth Soccer National Championships where his team, Javanon (KY), won the James P. McGuire Cup. So it was fitting that he played so well while his university and fans celebrated Youth Soccer Month. Fans received Youth Soccer Month thunder stix and other premiums such as mini-stress balls during the game.
More than 115 events, including three very busy weekends, remain for Youth Soccer Month 2006. For a complete list of upcoming Youth Soccer Month events visit www.youthsoccermonth.org.
Youth Soccer Month Opening Weekend Results:
- Bowling Green State 1, Xavier 0
- Temple University 0, Maine 3
- University of Maryland 0, Towson 0
- University of Maryland 4, UCLA 1
- University of Memphis 0, Clemson 2 at Memphis Diadora Tournament
- University of Portland 0, Vermont 0 at Nike Invitational opening night
- West Virginia 4, Western Michigan 0
- Campbell University 3, UNC Asheville 1
- University of Memphis 0, Alabama 2
- Indiana University 4, Texas Tech 0
- West Virginia 2, Cal State Northridge 1
- Indiana University 4, Notre Dame 5 in overtime at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic, Freshman Darren Yeagle (U19 Golden Boot winner at the 2006 US Youth Soccer National Championships) was named to the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic All-Tournament Team
- Monmouth 1, Seton Hall 3
- Seton Hall 2, Fordham 0
- University of Florida 6, Louisiana-Lafayette 1
- West Virginia 4, Binghamton 0
- Yale 0, North Carolina 4
Recognizing the impact and importance the sport of soccer plays in the day-to-day lives of America’s families, US Youth Soccer, with over 3.2 million members, the nation’s largest youth sports association, is spearheading Youth Soccer Month – Celebrating Soccer in America, this September.
Throughout Youth Soccer Month a series of messages will be communicated to illustrate the essence of youth soccer. Each week during Youth Soccer Month a different message will be the focus of “Celebrating Soccer in America.”
The four messages of Youth Soccer month are:
- Fitness: (Week of September 4)
The health and fitness (physical, psychological and social) benefits of playing soccer.
- Fun: (Week of September 11)
Whether recreational or competitive in nature, involvement in soccer is easy, affordable and rewarding.
- Family: (Week of September 18)
Playing soccer ties families together as schedules, vacations and family time are coordinated.
- Friendship: (Week of September 25)
The relationships generated through playing soccer extend beyond the field.
Youth Soccer Month will also highlight the various programs available to children interested in participating in soccer, including the inner-city, special needs, recreational and elite soccer programs that have facilitated the growth of the sport at all levels.
For more information about Youth Soccer Month and a schedule of events visit www.YouthSoccerMonth.org.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer - The Game for ALL Kids!® is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3.2 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member state associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.
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