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US Youth Soccer National League Crowns Champions

April 5, 2008 10:00 PM
 
Complete game recaps, stories, video and more at US Youth Soccer National League Home Page

At the close of today's US Youth Soccer National League games, eight teams received an invitation to compete at the US Youth Soccer National Championships in North Little Rock, Ark this July 22-27.
 
"The fact that, right up to the last matches of the weekend, meaningful games were being played in the last day of league play is a testament to the level of competition and quality of play that the US Youth Soccer National League represents," said Paul Luchowski, US Youth Soccer National League Commissioner. "The first year of the league has showcased the tremendous amount of talent that we have in this country and the dedication that US Youth Soccer has to the players.  We are excited to welcome the Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups for 2008-2009." 
 
Girls U15   Eclipse Select 92-93 v SoCal Blues – Dodge, 0:2
After falling 1-0 on Friday night in a tough match to the Dallas Texans 93G Red, the SoCal Blues-Dodge rebounded to win their next two matches in impressive fashion. The Blues completed their weekend of play today in the Under-15 Girls division with a solid 2-0 win over Eclipse Select.  The Blues erupted about 15 minutes into the second frame when Kaylie Davidson scored her second goal in as many days to put her side up 1-0.  Just two minutes later, Natalie Werner made it 2-0 when she shot one into the back of an empty net. Lauren Bohaboy, who had a goal in the Blues' 2-1 win over Sting Dallas Royal 93 on Saturday, a win that clinched a spot at nationals, spotted her teammate with some room to operate and sent a great ball her way. 

Warner then drew the Eclipse goalkeeper off her line and away from the front of the goal. After some impressive footwork that allowed her to shake the opposing 'keeper, she put one into the back of the net to give the Blues some breathing room.

Following the match, Blues head coach Randy Dodge was all smiles. "This was our third game in three days and I thought we did a great job," he said.  "I am really pleased with my kids."
 
Girls    U16     Southern California Blues – Lippens v CFC United, 1:2
Three minutes into play, Ahriel Fernandez scored for CFC, but SoCal would not go into the half down by one. A goal in the 27th minute evened the score when Carly Rivera took the ball right up to the net and slotted it past the goalie. In the second half, CFC had two almost certain goals waved offsides.  Patience paid off for CFC's Chrissy Lozier when she chipped the ball past the SoCal keeper and it rolled into the unattended goal.
 
CFC head coach said, "We told about six girls they really needed to step-up after the performance they gave yesterday. It's when those six step-up, we can play with anyone in the country. The desire and heart were lacking yesterday, but they really showed up today and displayed their desire and heart to win."

Girls U16   Eclipse Select v Dallas Texans Red, 2:2
Eclipse Select 91-92 headed into today's match with Dallas Texans Red knowing that a draw would be all that they would need to win the title in the Under-16 Girls division. After trailing by a goal on two separate occasions, Eclipse tied the match twice and finished with a 2-2 draw.

Both of the Texans goals came from striker Amanda Frisbie.  She put her side ahead (1-0) in the 30th minute when her shot from the right side beat the 'keeper to the right edge of the goal.  Just six minutes after that, Christy Patterson drew the match level for Eclipse with a goal in the 36th minute. Patterson lobbed one over the head of the opposing 'keeper from the right side and her effort fluttered into the left side of the net and tied the match at one goal apiece.

Frisbie added a second goal in the 50th minute. The play started when Texans goalkeeper Vittoria Arnold hit a great punt from in front of her goal. Frisbie got the ball on the right flank and lobbed it into the left side of the net from about 20 yards out to again give the Texans the lead at 2-1.  But Eclipse wasn't done. In the 61st minute, Kayla Paoulos received a great cross in the middle of the Texans box from the right flank. All Paoulos had to do to tie things was hit an easy finish, which is exactly what she did to make the match 2-2.

Following that equalizer, the Texans had several more chances but once the final whistle sounded, it was a 2-2 draw. The tie also clinched a spot in nationals for the Texans as the No. 2 team in the U16G division.

Boys  U16     Cobb FC v Slammers, 3:0
Cobb FC put forth a solid defensive effort to hold Slammers FC scoreless in one of two Under-16 Boys games taking place at noon.  Jonathan Nelson and Jamal Keene scored back to back Cobb goals in the 21st and 22nd minutes to give Cobb the 2:0 advantage. Ethan LaPan scored another in the last minutes of play to secure the 3:0 victory over Slammers and place Cobb in a three way tie for the third and forth slots for the 08-09 league.  After the tie-breakers, Cobb would hold the fourth and final slot.
 
Boys    U16   Texans FC v Manhattan Phoenix,  0:2
Manhatten Phoenix headed into their final game in the Under-16 Boys division against Texans FC 92 Red with determination to get the result to secure their slot in the league for 2008-2009. That determination was also evident in Manhatten's Caetano Sanchez who scored the first of his two goals of the match in the 35th minute of play.  Sanchez's second strike was in the 50th minute and the defense would hold and keep the 2:0 lead against the Texans.  Manhatten's victory landed them a third place spot and the opportunity to return to the US Youth Soccer National League next year. 
 
US Youth Soccer National League Scores for April 6
 
Girls    U15     Eclipse Select 92-93 v Southern California Blues – Dodge, 0:2
                        Goal Scorers:
                        Southern California Blues – Dodge: Kaylie Davidson (14:00), Natalie Werner (15:00)
 
Girls    U16     Southern California Blues – Lippens v CFC United, 1:2
                        Goal Scorers:
                        Southern California Blues – Lippens: Carly Rivera (27:00)
                        CFC United: Ahriel Fernandez (3:00), Chrissy Lozier (42:00)
 
Girls    U16     Eclipse Select 91-92 v Dallas Texans Red 92 Girls, 2:2
                    &​nbsp;   Goal Scorers:
                        Eclipse Select 91-91: Christy Patterson (11:00), Kayla Paoulos (61:00)
                        Dallas Texans Red 92 Girls:
 
Boys  U16     Cobb FC v Slammers, 3:0
                   &n​bsp;   Goal Scorers:
                       Cobb FC: Jonathan Nelson (21:00), Jamal Keene (22:00), Ethan LaPan (80:00)
 
Boys  U16     Manhatten Phoenix v Texans FC 92 Red, 2:0
                    &n​bsp; Goal Scorers:
                       Manhatten Phoenix: Caetano Sanchez (35:00) (50:00)
 
 
2007-2008 US Youth Soccer National League Champions
Under-15 Boys – Baltimore Casa Mia Bays
Under-16 Boys – Dallas Texans 92 Red
Under-15 Girls – Dallas Texans 92 Red
Under-16 Girls – Eclipse Select 91-92 (IL)
 
National League teams to be represented at 2008 US Youth Soccer National Championships (top two)
Under-15 Boys – Baltimore Casa Mia Bays and Solar Red (N-TX)
Under-16 Boys – Dallas Texans 92 Red and YMS Explosion (E-PA)
Under-15 Girls – Dallas Texans 93G Red Dallas and SoCal Blues-Dodge (CA-S)
Under-16 Girls – Eclipse Select 91-92 (IL) and Dallas Texans Red 92 Girls
 
Teams securing slot in 2008-2009 US Youth Soccer National League (top four)
Under-15 Boys – Baltimore Casa Mia Bays, Solar Red (N-TX), FC Delco Roadkill (E-PA), Chicago Fire Juniors
Under-16 Boys – Dallas Texans 92 Red – Dallas, YMS Explosion (E-PA), Manhatten Phoenix (E-NY), Cobb FC (GA)
Under-15 Girls – Dallas Texans 93G Red – Dallas, SoCal Blues-Dodge, PDA Tsunami (NJ), Eclipse Select 92-93 (IL)
Under-16 Girls – Eclipse Select 91-92 (IL), Dallas Texans Red 92 Girls, ELA Elite (IL), SoCal Blues-Lippens (CA-S)
 
For more information about the US Youth Soccer National League, including latest schedules, scores and more visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.
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