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Champion Crowned as US Youth Soccer National League Girls and Under-17 Boys Wrap Up Games in Las Vegas

March 14, 2009 10:00 PM
 
San Diego Surf 93-94 White clinches US Youth Soccer National League Under-15 Girls title in Vegas
San Diego Surf 93-94 White and FC Pennsylvania Strikers punch tickets to 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships in the Under-15 Girls division
Scores and Standings [link]

LAS VEGAS (March 15, 2009)
– US Youth Soccer National League Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 Girls and Under-17 Boys age groups wrapped up games today at Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex in Las Vegas.

The National League girls divisions were all determined this weekend while the Under-17 Boys League champion will be determined at a later date once make up games have been played. The Under-17 Boys age group remains a three-team race between Lower Merion Velez (EPA), YMS Xplosion (EPA) and Dallas Texans – Houston 92 Red (STX).  The Under-15 Boys final standings will be determined March 20-22 in Detroit, Mich. 

Under-15 Girls
The Under-15 Girls title was decided today between FC Pennsylvania Strikers (E-PA) and San Diego Surf 93-94 White (CA-S).  Surf looked to win and remain unbeaten on the National League season.  FC Pennsylvania held possession early and after the first half the score remained 0:0.  Alexandra Bailey broke the scoreless tie for the Surf in the 47th and the tides shifted and Surf held onto the lead and claimed the National League title.  Both teams punched their tickets to the 2009 National Championship.

Sonia Correa scored first San Juan Spirits 94 Blue (CA-N) in the 6th however Wall Wombats (NJ) Julia Gembry's equalizer in the 13th had the game at 1:1.  After the half Amanda Dailey added another Wombat goal in the 55th.  The match was again knotted in the 66th on a Haley Washburn goal.

Securing slots in the 2009-2010 National League season are SD Surf 93-94 White, FC Pennsylvania Strikers, Dallas Texans 94 Red Girls Dallas and NSA Premier Fury.

Under-16 Girls
One of two teams knew they would play themselves into the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships with a positive result today.  Standing in the way for So Cal Blues-Dodge (CA-S) was Cleveland FC (OH-N) and for Slammers FC (CA-S) it was Team Boca (FL).

Through the first half of the Slammers and Boca match neither team would allow a crack in the defense until Emily Dillon scored in the 46th for the Slammers.  The 1:0 lead was short lived as Ashley Oswald hit the equalizer in the 48th.  The match ended 1:1 and the Slammers would look for help to punch their ticket to the National Championships.

So Cal Blues-Dodge (CA-S) looked to secure another trip to the National Championships, lost in the finals in 2008, with a win over Cleveland FC (OH-N).  Cleveland's Kelsey Smigel had other plans as she controlled a ball into the box.  Smigel's shot was punched to safety by So Cal's Kelly McCormick.  Smigel then finished the ensuing corner kick to give Cleveland the 1:0 lead (33:00).  After the half, a regrouped So Cal would tie the match in the 46th on a Natalie Werner goal.  Amanda Dudley's goal in the 56th gave So Cal the 2:1 lead.  Down one, it was Smigel again for Cleveland but the crossbar denied the equalizer.  Minutes later Cleveland's Brianna DeFelice served a ball to Katie Roberts whose header, destined for the upper corner, was saved by McCormick.  The So Cal keeper would maintain the lead and as time expired, So Cal would punch their return ticket to the National Championships.

Under-17 Girls
It would take two minutes for Laguna Hills Eclipse Black (CA-S) to score on a Briana Campos goal (2:00) to give the Laguna side the 1:0 lead over Challenge 92 (S-TX).  The lead was short lived thanks to a Meghan Gibbons strike in the 3rd.  It would again be Campos (14:00) scoring for Laguna and the 2:1 lead would hold for the Southern California side.  

McLean MPS Dragons (VA) will leave Vegas with a statement game today against Vardar (MI).  McLean's Alex Reed put on a finishing clinic with four goals on the match.  Reed's offensive display began in the 4th and her second came six minutes later.  Teammate Jessica Frech added another in the 50th to give McLean the 3:0 advantage.  Reed would hit the hat trick in the 78th and finish her fourth and final goal of the match in extra time to send McLean back home to Virginia with a 5:0 win. 

Top four standings in the Under-17 Girls placed Dallas Texans Red 92, Eclipse Select 91-92, McLean MPS Dragons and Laguna Hills Eclipse Black respectively. 

Under-17 Boys
Manhattan Phoenix (E-NY) played Team Ohio (OH-S) to a scoreless tie through the first 45 minutes of play.  Team Ohio's Jeff Addis gave his side the advantage in the 58th and the defenses would hold to maintain the 1:0 win for Team Ohio.

Slammers FC (CA-S) came out strong in the first half scoring goals in the 18th and 27th minutes by Julio Cuevas and Brian Ford respectively.  Santa Clara Sporting 91 cut the lead in half in the 84th on a Arnold Lopez goal and the final would end 2:1 in favor of Slammers FC. 

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 top notch competition. The top two teams in each age group earn a direct path to the US Youth Soccer National Championships, played this July 21-26 in Lancaster, Mass., and the top four teams retain their spots in the National League for the following season.

National League play continues March 20 – March 22 at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, Mich. 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:
FC Pennsylvania Strikers (E-PA), San Diego Surf 93-94 White (CA-S), 0:1
Goal Scorers: Surf: Alexandra Bailey (47:00)

Wall Wombats (NJ), San Juan Spirits 94 Blue (CA-N), 2:2
Goal Scorers: Wombats: Julia Gembry (13:00), Amanda Dailey (55:00)
Spirits:  Sonia Correa (6:00), Haley Washburn (66:00)  

Under-16 Girls Results:
So Cal Blues-Dodge (CA-S), Cleveland FC (OH-N), 2:1  
Goal Scorers: Blues: Natalie Werner (46:00), Amanda Dudley (56:00)
Cleveland: Kelsey Smigel (33:00)

Slammers FC (CA-S), Team Boca 93/93 (FL), 1:1
Goal Scorers: Slammers: Emily Dillon (46:00)
Boca: Ashley Oswald (48:00)

Under-17 Girls Results:
Laguna Hills Eclipse Black (CA-S), Challenge 92 (S-TX), 2:1
Goal Scorers: Laguna: Birana Campos (2:00), (14:00)
Challenge: Meghan Gibbons (3:00)

McLean MPS Dragons (VA), Vardar (MI), 5:0
Goal Scorers: McLean: Alex Reed (4:00), (10:00), (78:00), (90:00+), Jessica Frech (50:00) 

Under-17 Boys Results:
Santa Clara Sporting 91 (CA-N), Slammers FC (CA-S), 1:2
Goal Scorers: Sporting: Arnold Lopez (84:00)
Slammers: Julio Cuevas (18:00), Brian Ford (27:00)

Manhattan Phoenix (E-NY), Team Ohio (OH-S), 0:1
Goal Scorers: Ohio: Jeff Addis (58:00)

US Youth Soccer National League 2009-2010 Champions (as of 3/15/09)
Under-15 Boys -
TBD
Under-16 Boys - Dallas Texans 93 Red (NTX)
Under-17 Boys - TBD

Under-15 Girls - San Diego Surf 93-94 White (CA-S)
Under-16 Girls - Dallas Texans 93 Red-Dallas (NTX)
Under-17 Girls - Dallas Texans Red 92 (NTX)

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 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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