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US Youth Soccer National League Under-15 Boys Take to Field in Michigan

March 19, 2009 10:00 PM
 
 US Youth Soccer National League
US Youth Soccer National League Under-15 Boys Take to Field in Michigan

Scores and Standings [link]

PONTIAC, Mich. (March 20, 2009)
US Youth Soccer National League Under-15 Boys entered their final weekend of play today at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, Mich., a suburb of Detroit. The League champion, two representatives to the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships and the four teams that earn slots to the 2009-2010 National League will be determined after this weekend's play.

In the opening game of tonight's doubleheader, the Grand Rapids Crew Juniors (MI) moved into third place with a 3:1 win over the Michigan Jaguars (MI).
 
Jason Stacy tallied twice to lead the Crew to their third win of the campaign. Stacy scored in the 10th minute on solo effort, beating three defenders down the left side and slotting a shot on the near post. Alex Kozlowski evened the score with a Jaguars' goal in the last minute of the first half.
 
Stacy then scored the eventual game winner when he drilled a 20-yard free kick past the Jaguars' keeper early in the second half. Caleb Postlewait added a penalty kick goal in the 65th minute to close out the scoring.
 
In the night cap, Waza FC 94 Black (MI) earned a hard-fought 3:2 win over Sockers FC Chicago (IL). Waza's second win of the season moved the Michigan-based team into fourth place and kept alive their chances for a ticket to the 2009 US Youth SoccerNational Championships.
 
Waza's Jacob Flanigan opened the scoring with a goal in the 14th minute followed by a goal from teammate Cameron Roberts in the 52nd minute. Sockers FC's Arman Arami cut the lead in half with a 59th minute score. Waza's Ashwin Vaishnav tallied to extend the lead back to two before Sockers' Damien Sampson's 76th minute goal that finished the scoring.
 
With their wins, Grand Rapids and Waza keep their chances alive for capturing the second League spot that will punch their ticket to the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships. Both teams will need to win their games on Saturday to keep their hopes alive.
 
Both Grand Rapids and Waza will finish no lower than fourth place, thus guaranteeing National League slots for the 2009-2010 season.
 
National League action continues Saturday, March 21, at the Ultimate Sports Arenas with games at 2:15 and 4:15 p.m. ET. 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.
 
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.

US Youth Soccer National League
Under-15 Boys Results
Michigan Jaguars (MI) 1, Grand Rapids Crew Juniors-Bergsma (MI) 3
Goal Scorers: Michigan Jaguars: Alex Kozlowski (40:00)
Grand Rapids Crew: Jason Stacy (10:00) (54:00), Caleb Postelwait (65:00)

Sockers FC Chicago (IL) 2, Waza FC 94 Black (MI) 3
Goal Scorers: Sockers: Arman Armani (59:00), Damien Sampson (76:00)
Waza: Jacob Flanigan (14:00), Cameron Roberts (52:00), Ashwin Vaishnav (72:00)

US Youth Soccer National League Upcoming Matches*
Ultimate Sports Arenas 
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Time (ET) Home Visitor Field
2:15 p.m. Waza FC 94 Black (MI) v Michigan Jaguars (MI) 1
4:15 p.m. Grand Rapids Crew Juniors-Bergsma (MI) v Sockers FC Chicago (IL) 1
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Time (ET) Home Visitor Field
10:15 a.m. Waza FC 94 Black (MI) v Grand Rapids Crew Juniors-Bergsma (MI) 1
12:15 p.m. Sockers FC Chicago (IL) v Michigan Jaguars (MI) 1
*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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