Youth Soccer Month 2007 kicked off in high gear over the Labor Day weekend with a full schedule of events across the nation.
Louisiana State University began their season strong with a 3-0 win over Southern Mississippi this weekend. A record 1,828 fans showed at the LSU Soccer Complex to cheer on their Tigers. Dominating the offensive side, LSU had a total of 25 shots to Southern Mississippi’s one. All three goals were made by sophomores, Malorie Rutledge in the 14th, Melissa Clarke in the 24th, and Michelle Makasini in the 65th.
With a 1-1 score in regulation time, the University of Maryland at Baltimore County and Elon University knew that overtime would be a struggle. Elon forward Stacie Ledford scored the winning goal in the first minute of overtime. UMBC could not get one past Elon keeper Lizz Johnson, who had over 20 saves, before the end of overtime. Goal scores of the game: UMBC – Ashley Singer in the 80th; Elon – Katie Persichini in the 42nd, and Stacie Ledford in the 91st.
The Wright State women’s soccer team ended their season opener weekend, playing in the Wright State Classic, with a solid 2-0 lead. Playing Jacksonville State on Friday, 3-1, and Austin Peay on Sunday, 2-0. The Raiders are on a roll.
More than 135 events, including Major League Soccer teams Chicago Fire at Columbus Crew on Saturday, September 8th, and many more clinics, university and MLS games will take place through Youth Soccer Month 2007.
Youth Soccer Month Opening Weekend Results:
- Louisiana State University 3, University of Southern Mississippi 0
- University of Portland 1, Cal State Bakersfield 2
- Austin Peay 1, Evansville 2 at Wright State Classic (Dayton, Ohio)
- Wright State 3, Jacksonville State 1 at Wright State Classic (Dayton, Ohio)
- Indiana University 1, UCLA 0
- McNeese State University 3, Texas A&M Commerce 2
- University of Maryland, Baltimore County 1, Elon 2 (OT)
- U.S. Naval Academy 1, Air Force 0
- Evansville 3, Jacksonville State 2 at Wright State Classic (Dayton, Ohio)
- Wright State 2, Austin Peay 0 at Wright State Classic (Dayton, Ohio)
Recognizing the impact and importance the sport of soccer plays in the day-to-day lives of American’s families, US Youth Soccer, with over 3.2 million members, the largest 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 3)
The health and fitness (physical, psychological and social) benefits of playing soccer.
Fun: (Week of September 10)
Whether recreational or competitive in nation, involvement in soccer is easy, affordable and rewarding.
Family: (Week of September 17)
Playing soccer ties families together as schedules, vacations and family time are coordinated.
Friendship: (Week of September 24)
The relationships generate through playing soccer extend beyond the field.
Youth Soccer Month will also highlight the various programs available to children interested 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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