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US Youth Soccer National League Girls and Under-17 Boys Games Kickoff in Las Vegas

March 12, 2009 10:00 PM
 

2009-2010 League slots claimed, no champions named in first day of play in Vegas
Scores and Standings [link]

LAS VEGAS (March 13, 2009) – Some of the nation's top teams in the Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 Girls and Under-17 Boys age groups continued their US Youth Soccer National League play today at Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex in Las Vegas.

The National League places weight on each game as standings and champions will be determined in Vegas for all girls age groups this weekend. The Under-17 Boys standing and rankings will be determined once make up games are played in April.  To date only the Under-16 Boys (Dallas Texans 92 Red) and Under-17 Girls (Dallas Texans Red 92) league titles have been claimed.

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 and offers elite competition. The top two teams in each age group earn a direct path to the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships, played this July 21-26 in Lancaster, Mass., and the top four teams, with the exception of the Under-17s, retain their spots in the National League for the following season.

Under-15 Girls
San Diego Surf (CA-S) moved into a first place tie with FC Pennsylvania Strikers today thanks to wins and the accompanying three points for both sides.  San Diego played the Wall Wombats (NJ) and took the 3:0 win thanks to two goals from Sara Adams (16:00, 74:00) and Cassandra Collins (49:00).

FC Pennsylvania Strikers took the early lead off a Brittany Ratcliff goal in the 27th.  2008 US Youth Soccer National Champion, San Juan Spirits 94 Blue knotted the score at one in the 67th off a Kyla Booker goal.  Booker's goal was negated in the 74th off Brittany Ratcliff's strike, her second of the match, to give the Strikers the 2:1 win.  

FC Pennsylvania, Dallas Texans Red and San Diego Surf all clinched slots for the 2009-2010 National League.  Look for the age group to be determined Sunday San Diego and FC Pennsylvania meet.

Under-16 Girls
So Cal Blues and Slammers FC, both from Southern California, came to Vegas with the goal of moving up in the standings to push Dallas Texans, currently first, and Eclipse Select (IL), currently second, out of the top two slots to punch a ticket to the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships. 

Today So Cal met Team Boca (FL) and Slammers faced Cleveland FC (OH-N).  Both games ended in ties, 0:0 and 1:1 respectively.  Cleveland's Jillian Graff scored in the 68th and Slammers' Emily Dillon scored in the 58th.  

Eclipse Select (IL) secured their slot in the 2009-2010 National League season.

Under-17 Girls
Vardar (MI) entered today knowing that three consecutive wins would place them into the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships.  Today's opponent, Laguna Hills Eclipse Select (CA-S), looked to take Vardar out early and start the weekend off on the right foot for the Southern California side.  It would take 57 minutes for either side to show a crack and Laguna Hill's Amanda Tafoya took full advantage to provide the one goal lead.  Six minutes later, teammate Allison Park doubled the total with a shot to the far post in the 63rd.  Riley Wood cut the Laguna lead in half in the 69th.  Vardar had some opportunities to tie the match but couldn't finish until the 82nd when Kayla Mannino scored.  The match ended 2:2.  Vardar will take the point and look to find some help as the weekend moves on.

Challenge 92 (STX) organized and Annalisa Hall finished in the 31st as the South Texas girls looked to move closer to McLean MPS Dragons (VA).  After the half, McLean struck in the 61st thanks to a goal from Christy Hassell to tie the match at 1:1.  The Challenge quickly reorganized and scored again in the 72nd (Meghan Gibbons) and Annalisa Hall would record her second of the match in the 80th to give the Challenge the 3:1 win to move from seventh to fourth place on tie-breakers.    

Under-17 Boys
Jay Levin looked to put the Slammers FC (CA-S) side on the board in the 21st on a shot from just outside the box that clipped the Manhattan Phoenix keeper and ultimately ricocheted off the far post.  Manhattan's Mamadee Kamara played a ball into the box for Moriken Sangary who beat his mark and chipped in the game winning goal in the 51st (1:0) 

Santa Clara Sporting 91 (CA-N) played Team Ohio (OH-S) to a 0:0 tie.  The tie pushed Santa Clara ahead of Ohio in the rankings. 

National League action continues Saturday, March 14, at Betty Wilson Soccer Complex with games at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. PT. For a complete schedule of games, click here or visit the US Youth Soccer National League Center to get up-to-date standings and scores.

US Youth Soccer National League Results

Under-15 Girls Results:
San Diego Surf 93-94 White (CA-S), Wall Wombats (NJ), 3:0
Goal Scorers: Surf: Sarah Adams (16:00), Cassandra Collins (49:00), Sarah Adams (74:00)

San Juan Spirits 94 Blue (CA-N), FC Pennsylvania Strikers (E-PA), 1:2
Goal Scorers: Spirits: Kyla Booker (67:00)
Strikers:  Brittany Ratcliff (27:00),(74:00)

Under-16 Girls Results:
Cleveland FC (OH-N), Slammers FC (CA-S), 1:1
Goal Scorers: Cleveland:  Jillian Graff (68:00)
Slammers:  Emily Dillon (58:00)

Team Boca 93/93 (FL), So Cal Blues-Dodge (CA-S), 0:0

Under-17 Girls Results:
Challenge 92 (S-TX), McLean MPS Dragons (VA), 3:1
Goal Scorers: Challenge:  Annalisa Hall (31:00), Meghan Gibbons (72:00), Annalisa Hall (80:00)
McLean: Christy Hassell (61:00)

Laguna Hills Eclipse Black (CA-S), Vardar (MI), 2:2
Goal Scorers: Laguna: Amanda Tafoya (57:00), Allison Park (63:00)
Vardar:Riley Wood (69:00), Kayla Mannino (82:00)

Under-17 Boys Results:
Team Ohio (OH-S), Santa Clara Sporting 91 (CA-N), 0:0

Manhattan Phoenix (E-NY), Slammers FC (CA-S), 1:0
Goal Scorers: Manhattan: Moriken Sangary (51:00)

US Youth Soccer National League Upcoming Matches*:
Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex | All games are PT

Under-15 Girls

     

Saturday, March 14, 2009

     

Time

Home

 

Visitor

Field

2 p.m.

Wall Wombats (NJ)

v

FC Pennsylvania Strikers (EPA)

1

2 p.m.

San Juan Spirits 94 Blue (CAN)

v

San Diego Surf 93-94 White (CAS)

2

         

Sunday, March 15, 2009

     

Time

Home

 

Visitor

Field

12 p.m.

FC Pennsylvania Strikers (EPA)

v

San Diego Surf 93-94 White (CAS)

1

12 p.m.

Wall Wombats (NJ)

v

San Juan Spirits 94 Blue (CAN)

2

         

Under-16 Girls

     

Saturday, March 14, 2009

     

Time

Home

 

Visitor

Field

12 p.m.

Slammers FC (CAS)

v

So Cal Blues-Dodge (CAS)

1

12 p.m.

Cleveland FC (OHN)

v

Team Boca 92/93 (FL)

2

         

Sunday, March 15, 2009

     

Time

Home

 

Visitor

Field

10 a.m.

So Cal Blues-Dodge (CAS)

v

Cleveland FC (OHN)

1

10 a.m.

Slammers FC (CAS)

v

Team Boca 92/93 (FL)

2

         

Under-17 Girls

     

Saturday, March 14, 2009

     

Time

Home

 

Visitor

Field

10 a.m.

Vardar (MI)

v

Challenge 92 (STX)

1

10 a.m.

McLean MPS Dragons (VA)

v

Laguna Hills Eclipse Black (CAS)

2

         

Sunday, March 15, 2009

     

Time

Home

 

Visitor

Field

8 a.m.

Laguna Hills Eclipse Black (CAS)

v

Challenge 92 (STX)

1

8 a.m.

McLean MPS Dragons (VA)

v

Vardar (MI)

2

         

Under-17 Boys

     

Saturday, March 14, 2009

     

Time

Home

 

Visitor

Field

4 p.m.

Santa Clara Sporting 91 (CAN)

v

Manhattan Phoenix (ENY)

1

4 p.m.

Slammers FC (CAS)

v

Team Ohio (OHS)

2

         

Sunday, March 15, 2009

     

Time

Home

 

Visitor

Field

2 p.m.

Santa Clara Sporting 91 (CAN)

v

Slammers FC (CAS)

1

2 p.m.

Manhattan Phoenix (ENY)

v

Team Ohio (OHS)

2

*Subject to change.

For more information about the US Youth Soccer National League, including latest schedules, scores and more visit www.USYouthSoccer.org/national_league.  

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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.

Media Request: When referring to the United States Youth Soccer Association, the largest youth sports organization in the United States, please refer to the association only as US Youth Soccer, and never as USYS or USYSA. We appreciate your cooperation.

About US Youth Soccer National League - Formed in 2007, the US Youth Soccer National League was developed as a path of advancement for the top teams from the US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues. In addition to meaningful matches, development and identification, the league created a direct path to the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships.  League play features the Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 age groups for boys and girls who are seeking to advance their college, professional and U.S. National Team aspirations.  Learn more at /National_League/

 

 

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