US Youth Soccer National League Girls wrap up 2013-14 season
Eight division titles claimed on the season’s final day
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (March 23, 2014) — The US Youth Soccer National League Under-14, Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 Girls completed their third and final day of matches Sunday at Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex in Las Vegas, Nev., alongside the 2014 Players Showcase. Sunday marked the final day of the 2013-14 season, and standings are now finalized with division titles, berths to the US Youth Soccer National Championships and guaranteed spots in the league next year decided.
The 2013-14 season was an exciting one for the girls, as eight titles were not decided until the final day of play. The top two finishers per division earned a place at this summer’s US Youth Soccer National Championships, July 21-27 in Germantown, Md., and those in the Under-14, Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 age groups earned an automatic spot to compete in the league again next season. With so much on the line, games in Las Vegas carried significant meaning toward the outcome of the season.
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As a club, Carlsbad Elite (CA-S) claimed three titles on Sunday — coming in the Under-14 Red, Under-16 Red and Under-17 Red Divisions. Carlsbad became just the third club to win three or more National League titles in the same season, joining Dallas Texans (N-TX) and Legends FC (CA-S), which won four division titles in 2011-12.
“As a director, I’m very proud of our club. The Under-17s winning out yesterday with a game to spare, which is absolutely fantastic. The Under-14s [winning the title], as well. It’s a proud moment for us as a club,” said Michael Duggan, Director of Coaching for Carlsbad, after their Under-16 squad clinched its second straight league title. “Carlsbad Elite is on the map. Going to Nationals and representing our club is a massive achievement. To do it three times, we’re just so excited and so proud.”
Beach FC Ingrassia (CA-S) defeated 2013 National Champion Cleveland United White (OH-N) on Sunday to cap a dominant and historic season in the Under-18 Blue Division. Beach became just the eighth team in National League history to win every one of its games in a season and the fourth girls’ side to accomplish the feat. Beach also tied the record for goals in a season with 26, which was set in 2009-10 by Scorpions Elite (MA). Earlier this season, BRYC 95 Elite (VA) also tied the mark of 26 goals when it wrapped up its season in Orlando.
All five defending National Champions punched their ticket to Germantown and will have a chance to defend their titles. Under-15 Eastside FC 98 Red (WA), Under-16 Eclipse Elite Black 97/98 (IL) and Under-17 DMCV Sharks Elite (CA-S) won their respective division titles, while Under-14 Legends FC 99 (CA-S) and Under-18 Cleveland United White (OH-N) secured second-place finishes.
Teams that have earned their place in the National Championships through the National League have had great success in the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. Since its inception, National League teams have captured a combined 26 of 38 possible National Championships. After making it through a highly competitive field in this year’s National League, the 10 champions and 10 runners-up are excited to have the chance to compete for the ultimate prize.
“A club like ours builds our program on the National League,” Duggan said. “The National League is the No. 1 competition for us. Our players love playing in it. It’s a fantastic league. It gives us the opportunity to go and represent Cal South and Carlsbad Elite in the National Championships. There’s nothing better out there.”
The full list of the 2013-14 National League Girls division winners and runners-up can be seen below.
2014 US Youth Soccer National Championship Qualifiers via the National League
Blue Champion: Tophat 18 Gold (GA)*
Blue Runner-up: Legends FC 99 (CA-S)*
Red Champion: Carlsbad Elite 99 (CA-S)
Red Runner-up: Ponte Vedra SC JFC STORM 99/00 (FL)*
Blue Champion: Eastside FC 98 Red (WA)
Blue Runner-up: Futura Academy Forte (MO)
Red Champion: Pride Predators 99 (CO)*
Red Runner-up: YMS Premier Xplosion 98 (E-PA)*
Blue Champion: Eclipse Elite Black 97/98 (IL)
Blue Runner-up: MRM Coyotes (MD)*
Red Champion: Carlsbad Elite 97/98 (CA-S)*
Red Runner-up: Tampa Bay United 97 Premier (FL)*
Blue Champion: DMCV Sharks Elite (CA-S)
Blue Runner-up: NSA Jaguars (IL)
Red Champion: Carlsbad Elite (CA-S)
Red Runner-up: Kings Hammer Academy (OH-S)*
Blue Champion: Beach FC Ingrassia (CA-S)
Blue Runner-up: Cleveland United White (OH-N)
Red Champion: BRYC 95 Elite (VA)
Red Runner-up: Match Fit Beat (NJ)
The 40 Boys and Girls teams that qualified for the National Championships through the National League will be joined by 56 US Youth Soccer Regional Champions to complete the field of 96 teams this summer in Germantown, Md.
The National League is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues (US Youth Soccer Region I Premier League, Midwest Regional League, Region III Premier League and Far West Regional League). The National League provides an avenue for teams to play in meaningful matches against top competition from across the country for continued development and opportunities for exposure at the national team, collegiate and professional levels.
National League teams earn their place in the league based on a proven track record of success in US Youth Soccer regional and national competitions and are among the nation's best. Competing for a league title and a spot in the US Youth Soccer National Championships, each and every game plays into who represents the National League this summer in Germantown, Md.
Some highlights from Sunday’s matches…
Ponte Vedra SC JFC Storm 99/00 (FL) defeated Solar Chelsea Elite 00 (N-TX), 4-2, in a battle for second place in the Under-14 Red Division and punched its ticket to the National Championships. Solar’s Sydney Simmons and Ponte Vedra’s Beverly Courtney exchanged goals in the opening 10 minutes to get the game off to a quick start. Solar took the lead before halftime when Catiana Lychwek ran onto a cross and directed the ball past the keeper. Ponte Vedra responded with second-half goals by Madison Sagas, Emma Voigt and Courtney to secure the 4-2 win and top-two finish. Carlsbad Elite 99 (CA-S) went 6-0-1 to win the division title.
After Tophat 18 Gold (GA) won earlier in the day to clinch the Under-14 Blue Division title, Legends FC 99 (CA-S) and Exiles Black (CA-S) squared off to determine which side would finish in second place. Following a scoreless first half, Legends took control when Alexandra Jaquez followed her own shot and hit home the rebound to put her side up, 1-0. That proved to be the game-winner, as the defending National Champions held on for the shutout victory and secured a trip to Germantown, where they will aim to defend their title.
In a very competitive Under-15 Red Division matchup, YMS Premier Xplosion 98 (E-PA) held off Tophat 17 Gold (GA) to win, 2-1, and clinch a spot in the National Championships. YMS took the lead in the 14th minute, when Meredith Webber found the back of the net. Reagan Glisson equalized for Tophat before halftime when she beat a diving keeper with a perfectly-struck shot from 30 yards away. Margaret Daeche put YMS back in front when she converted a penalty kick in the 49th minute, and the Pennsylvania side held off numerous Tophat attacks to claim the 2-1 win.
With the YMS victory, Pride Predators 99 (CO) had a chance to capture the Red Division title with a win over Legends FC 98 (CA-S). After some early close calls for Pride, Tarah Patterson displayed impressive skills to free herself for a strike from 25 yards that beat the diving Legends keeper and put the Predators in front. Brianna Alger added two second-half goals for Pride before Caitlyn Rogers found the back of the net for Legends. The Colorado side held on for the 3-1 win to secure the victory and claim the division title.
In the Under-15 Blue Division, defending National Champion Eastside FC 98 Red (WA) won, 3-0, on Sunday to finish first in the group. Futura Academy Forte (MO), which clinched a spot at Nationals during National League play in Orlando, will head to Germantown as the Blue Division runner-up.
Carlsbad Elite 97/98 (CA-S) claimed the Under-16 Red Division title with a draw Sunday against Albion USA 97-98 (CA-S). Each side did well to deny its opponent a breakthrough goal in an intense second half. The Carlsbad keeper made a diving save to her left to deny a penalty kick attempt, and the Albion keeper and defenders shut down a dangerous Carlsbad attack in the 65th minute to keep the match scoreless. Albion pushed for a winning goal in the final 25 minutes, but Carlsbad kept the clean sheet to force a 0-0 tie and give Elite its second straight National League title. Tampa Bay United 97 Premier (FL), which wrapped up its season in Orlando, held on to earn a second-place finish and a spot in this summer’s National Championships.
MRM Coyotes (MD) escaped with the second ticket to Nationals in the Under-16 Blue Division thanks to Boise Nationals Italia (ID) playing Legends FC 97 (CA-S) to a 2-2 draw on Sunday. MRM will join Eclipse Elite Black 97/98 (IL) in Germantown, after the Illinois side clinched the division title in Orlando.
An early goal helped Farmingdale United (E-NY) to a 1-0 victory against Kings Hammer Academy (OH-S). Taylor Sipos found the back of the net in the 12th minute to give Farmingdale a lead that held up for the full 90 minutes, as the New York side claimed its third win of the season. Because Bay Oaks Botafogo 96 (CA-N) failed to beat group winner Carlsbad Elite (CA-S), Kings Hammer held on to second place in the Under-17 Red Division — finishing with 15 points and earning a trip back to Nationals.
DMCV Sharks Elite (CA-S) clinched the Under-17 Blue Division title with a 2-0 win on Sunday. The victory moved the Cal South side past idle NSA Jaguars (IL), which is heading to Nationals as the Blue Division runner-up.
In a matchup to determine the Under-18 Blue Division champion, group leader Beach FC Ingrassia (CA-S) met defending National Champion Cleveland United White (OH-N). The teams exchanged first-half goals, as Kimberly Keever scored for Beach, while Alexis Manoa found the back of the net for Cleveland. Beach pulled away in the second half thanks to a tally by Michelle Reed and two late goals by Jessica Vincent. The 4-1 victory helped the Cal South side to the division title and a perfect 7-0-0 record on the season.
BRYC 95 Elite (VA) and Match Fit Beat (NJ) each finished with 19 points in the Under-18 Red Division, but BRYC will head to Germantown as the National League champion thanks to a better goal differential.
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