US Youth Soccer National League Play Wraps Up in Georgia
Scores and Standings [link]
Under-17 Boys National League resume play March 13-15 in Las Vegas
MARIETTA, Ga. (March 1, 2009) –
Teams battled the elements during the last day of play at McEachern High School and Harrison High School in Powder Springs and Kennesaw, Ga., suburbs of Atlanta. The weekend has showcased talent from some of the top teams in the Under-15 through Under-17 Boys age groups in the National League.
There was no ease in the weather as teams continued to play until the fields were blanketed with snow. The Under-17 Boys teams were unable to play their games and will be rescheduled for a later date.
The US Youth Soccer National League competition is for the nation's top teams in the Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 boys and girls age groups, consisting of a total of eight teams per gender age group. The National League offers additional exposure to collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team coaches in meaningful matches.
Baltimore Casa Mia Bays (MD) wrapped up their final weekend of League play with a 2:0 win over SCSA 93 Gold. The Bays were held scoreless through the first half, but Michael Gamble netted one in the 63rd and ten minutes later, Derek Chan hit a second goal for the Bays. Currently, the Bays are in first place with 17 League points, but the Under-15 Boys champion will not be decided until March 20-22 when the Under-15 Boys resume play. Grand Rapids Crew Juniors are among the top competitors for the first place spot.
The TFC 94 (NTX) and Solar Red (NTX) game was rescheduled and will played at a later date in North Texas.
Ado Junuzovic gave GSA Phoenix 93 Red (GA) the early lead, completing a hat trick in the first 11 minutes of the game against 92 CASL Elite (NC). The rain turned to sleet and the sleet turned to snow causing the game to be called shortly after the half and GSA walked away with the 3:0 win.
The Dallas Texans Red 93 (NTX) proved their right to be called Under-16 Boys National League champions as they won 2:0 over KCFC Rangers 92-93 (KS). The game was 0:0 after the half, but Brandon Perez knocked in a Dallas goal in the 55th and teammate Cody Keyes followed with a 65th minute shot to take the game.
Spirit United Coppa 82 (EPA) walked away with their first win of the weekend after posting ties in their first two games in Georgia. Spirit put their first goal in the net in the 67th, but FC Delco's Michael Gonzalez countered a minute later with a shot of his own. Without losing tempo, Bavahtah Roberts knocked one in for Spirit to take the 2:1 lead. John Frederick solidified the 3:1 Spirits win in the 80th.
Blast FC (OH-S) and Chicago Fire Jrs. (IL) were evenly matched until the 61st minute when Joe Little shot one past the keeper for the Blast. Then Jonathan Holden gave Blast the 2:0 lead when he headed the ball off the cross bar and into the net. Blast solidified their second win of the weekend, 2:0 over Fire.
The weather took front stage and the Under-17 Boys games were cancelled. Games will be rescheduled at a later date.
National League action resumes Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15 at the Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex in Las Vegas, Nev. For a complete schedule of games, click here
or to visit the US Youth Soccer National League Center
to get up-to-date standings and scores.
US Youth Soccer National League Results
SCSA 93 Gold (NC) 0, Baltimore Casa Mia Bays (MD) 2
Goal Scorers: Baltimore: Michael Gamble (63:00), Derek Chan (73:00)
TFC 94 (NTX) and Solar Red (NTX) game will be played in North Texas at a later date.
GSA Phoenix 93 Red (GA) 3, 92 CASL Elite (NC) 0
Goal Scorers: GSA: Ado Junuzovic (2:00) (10:00) (11:00)
KCFC Rangers 92-93 (KS) 0, Dallas Texans Red 93 (NTX) 2
Goal Scorers: Texans: Brandon Perez (55:00), Cody Keyes (65:00)
Spirit United Coppa 82 (EPA) 3, FC Delco (EPA) 1
Goal Scorers: Spirit: Kenny DeStefano (67:00), Bayahtah Roberts (71:00), John Frederick (80:00)
Delco: Michael Gonzalez - (68:00)
Chicago Fire Jrs. (IL) 0, Blast FC (OH-S) 2
Goal Scorers: Blast: Joe Little (61:00), Jonathan Holden (67:00)
The Under-17 Boys games were snowed out and new play dates will be announced at a later date.
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About US Youth Soccer National League -
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