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Opening Day of National League Play Showcases Competitive Matches

April 2, 2008 10:00 PM
 
Under-15 and Under-16 Girls and Under-16 Boys seeking league crown
Dallas Texans Red 92 Boys Claim title and ticket to national championships

Frisco, Texas (Thursday, April 3, 2008) – Elite youth teams from across the country kicked off the final round of US Youth Soccer National League play today at the beautiful, new Ross Stewart Soccer Complex in outside of Dallas.
 
Game one of weekend play started off with an upset as the No. 2, Dallas Texas Red 92 fell to No. 6 Southern California Blues – Lippens 1:3. With minutes left in the first half, Megan Perry beat the Texans keeper and netted one to put the Blues up 0:1 going into the half. The Blues took the victory using a combination of strong defense and consecutive goals netted by Shelby Chambers-Garcia in the 53rd and 74th minutes. Morgan Brittany scored the sole goal for the Dallas Texans Red 92 in the 64th.
 
The Blues, Brittany Winegar said, "We felt like they looked at us like we were the underdogs. We came out and knew what we had to do, and we did it." Winegar had a solid save in the final minutes of play to keep the Blues on top.
 
"We knew that if we wanted a shot at Nationals (US Youth Soccer National Championships),we had to go in and show them what we were made of," Shelby Chambers-Garcia of the Blues said, "Before the game, I was picturing myself and focusing on what I needed to do."
 
The Dallas Texans 92 – Red captured the inaugural US Youth Soccer National League title in the Under-16 Boys division with a 2:1 victory over the Slammers from California. Early in the game Connor Doyle capitalized to put the Texans in front. A miscommunication gave the Texans a second thanks to an own goal. The Slammers would regroup and score in the 43rd courtesy of Federico Antonelli. In the end the Texans would hold to claim the title and the ticket to Little Rock. 
 
"The league has great competition and we came in tonight wanting to get the early lead and put it away," said Connor Doyle. "This feels great!"
 
National League action will continue through the weekend at the Ross Stewart Soccer Complex.
 
US Youth Soccer National League Scores for April 3

Boys U16   Dallas Texans 92-Red Dallas v Slammers, 2:1
                  ​ Goal Scorers:
                   Dallas Texans 92-Red Dallas: Connor Doyle (7:00), OG (20:00)
                   Slammers: Federico Antonelli (43:00)
 
Girls U16   Dallas Texans Red 92 Girls v Southern California Blues, 1:3
                   Goal Scorers:
                   Dallas Texans Red 92 Girls: Morgan Brittany (64:00)
                   Southern California Blues - Lippens: Megan Perry (39:00); Shelby Chambers-Garcia (53:00) (74:00)
 
For more information about the US Youth Soccer National League, including latest schedules, scores and more visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.
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