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Youth Soccer Month has Another Great Weekend

September 9, 2007 10:00 PM

As the second weekend of Youth Soccer month comes to an end, 25 hosts of Youth Soccer Month gained a win.  Eight state associations held clinics over the course of the weekend.  This weekend was also filled with a number of tournaments across the states; the Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational in Greenville, South Carolina, the SMU Mi Cocina Classic in Dallas, Texas, and the Drexel Labor Day Tournament in Philadelphia, Penn.

The No. 8 SMU Mustangs swept past No. 3 Virginia in the Mi Cocina Class on Friday, September 7.  Scott Corbin put the Mustangs on the board in the 11th minute, and Ryan Mirsky scored in the 44th giving the Mustangs a 2-0 lead at the end of the first half.  Virginia’s Neil Barlow made a deflected goal in the 54th to tie the game at 2-1.  Little did Virginia know what the Mustangs had in store.  The game ended with Leone Cruz scoring in the 59th, Bruno Guarda in the 81st, and Richard Oliva in the 86th resulting in a 5-1 victory for the SMU.  SMU also defeated Georgetown naming then the winning of the Mi Cocina Class this past weekend.

The women of Indiana University and Lehigh University both defeated their opponents in overtime.  Indiana played USC, with USC’s Amy Rodriguez opening the game with a score in the 19th minute.  With only 20 seconds left in regulation time, Indiana’s Leigh Anne Cummings scored in the 89th to tie the game.  Beginning overtime with an edge, Indiana scored in the 91st, Kristin Arnold, and held off USC for a 2-1 win.  Lehigh and Michigan State played a very similar game with Michigan opening with an early score in the 13th by Lauren Hill.  Lehigh followed with a score in the 24th by Liz Carlos to tie the game.  Once again Lehigh came through to win 2-1 with another goal by Melissa Montalvo in the 95th

The weather delay at Columbus Crew’s Crew Stadium did not faze Chicago Fire on Sunday.  Chicago’s Paulo Wanchope scored the only goal of the game in the 65th minute.  Both teams faced a number of challenges on the field, but the Fire was the one who broke through. 

Many more events including, two Major League Soccer games, will take place in the third weekend of Youth Soccer Month.  Real Salt Lake at DC United September 12th and Chivas USA at Colorado Rapids on will face off September 16th.  Free clinics held by state associations and university games will be showcased, as the University of Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech game will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel September 14th at 7:05 p.m.

September 5th
- Campbell University 0, Liberty 1 (m)

September 6th
- Nevada Youth Soccer Association Clinic – Las Vegas, NV

September 7th
- Coastal Carolina 1, Jacksonville 1 at Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational (Greenville, SC) (m)
- Furman 2, Presbyterian 0 at Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational (Greenville, SC) (m)
- Drexel 1, Howard 1 at Drexel Labor Day Tournament (Philadelphia, PA) (m)
- Temple 2, Rider 1 at Drexel Labor Day Tournament (Philadelphia, PA) (m)
- Florida Southern College 3, Thomas College 1 (m)
- Florida State University 10, Francis Marion 1 (w)
- SMU 5, Virginia 1 at SMU Mi Cocina Classic (Dallas, TX) (m)
- Tulsa 1, Georgetown 0 at SMU Mi Cocina Classic (Dallas, TX) (m)
- South Carolina Youth Soccer Clinic – Furman University – Greenville, SC
- Swarthmore College 3, Grinnell 0 (w)
- University of Maryland 1, West Virginia 0 (m) OT
- University of Toledo 5, Detroit 1 (w)
- Yale University 3, Northwestern 1 (m)

September 8th
- Chicago Fire 1, Columbus Crew 0
- Georgia Southwestern State Univ. 1, Belmont Abby College 2 (m)
- Georgia Southwestern State Univ. 0, Nova Southeastern University 7 (w)
- Illinois Youth Soccer Association Clinic – Chicago, IL
- Iowa Soccer Association Clinic – Waverly, IA
- Milwaukee School of Engineering 1, Kenyon College 4 (m)
- University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 3, St. Olaf College 1 (m)
- Virginia Youth Soccer Association – Virginia Beach, VA

September 9th
- Boston College 2, Harvard 1 (w)
- Cal South - Grand Terrance Youth Soccer League Clinic - Grand Terrace, CA
- Coastal Carolina 4, Presbyterian 0 at Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational (Greenville, SC) (m)
- Furman 4, Jacksonville State 1 at Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational (Greenville, SC) (m)
- Drexel 1, Rider 0 at Drexel Labor Day Tournament (Philadelphia, PA) (m)
- Temple 3, Howard 0 at Drexel Labor Day Tournament (Philadelphia, PA) (m)
- Florida Southern College 2, West Florida 3 (m)
- Indiana University 2, USC 1 (w) OT
- Lehigh University 2, Michigan State 1 (w) OT
- Montana Youth Soccer Association Clinic – Bozeman, MT
- SMU 1, Georgetown 0 at SMU Mi Cocina Classic (Dallas, TX) (m)
- Tulsa 0, Virginia 2 at SMU Mi Cocina Classic (Dallas, TX) (m)
- South Carolina Youth Soccer Clinic – Furman University – Greenville, SC
- Temple University 2, Drexel 1 (w)
- U.S. Naval Academy 1, Towson 0 (w)
- University of Arizona 0, University of Texas 2 (w)
- University of Dayton 1, Pepperdine 0 (w)
- University of Kentucky 1, Cleveland State 1 (m)
- University of Kentucky 4, Ohio University 2 (w)
- University of Pennsylvania 6, St. Joseph’s 0 (w)

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


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

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