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WILSON, N.C. (Dec. 7, 2018) — The 2018-19 US Youth Soccer National League season continued Friday with a second day of 14U-15U Boys and Girls games at the Wilson Gillette Soccer Complex, Fike High School, and Bryan Multi-Sport Complex in North Carolina.
After two days of play, only one of the three teams who competed in their respective 2018 National Championship finals have come away unscathed with two wins. Along with the National League veteran teams are a bunch of teams getting to experience the league for the first time. One of the new teams – Germantown Legends 05 Black (TN) – bounced back from an opening day loss by picking up a close win on Friday.
“Yesterday was a tough day for us as it didn’t go our way but we regroups and put it behind us,” said Germantown head coach Phil McDonnell. “It’s huge for us to get these three points. We came into this with the intent of winning our division and to do that you have to get wins. After yesterday, we had a setback and knew we had to go out and get these three points.”
The National League provides an avenue for teams to play in meaningful matches against top competition from across the country for continued development. In addition to recruiting opportunities, National League teams compete for the National League title and one of four slots from each gender age group to the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships. Teams in the 14U-18U age groups are also competing for a chance to re-qualify for the National League’s 2019-20 season.
Complete standings, scores and schedules, including goal scorers and match information, can be found at the results page here. Click on the score of each game for more information.
Some highlights from Friday's matches…
The Beadling 2005 South Red (PA-W) and Barca Academy CLB Martens 05 (OH-S) Black Division match ended in a 0-0 draw in as both teams earn a point moving forward into Day Two. Barca looked like they may take the lead early as Audrey Oliver hit a shot through traffic that froze the keeper, but the shot skipped just wide. Beadling battled back with a chance of their own when Sara Weigel found Sydnei Jones with a ball over the top but Jones was just beat to the ball by the Barca keeper before being able to get off a shot. Neither team could break the deadlock before the final whistle and the game finished 0-0. With the tie, Beadling stays within striking distance of the top two teams in the group.
05 NCFC Elite (NC) and Nationals TriCounty 05 Black (MI) played to a 0-0 draw in their second Blue Division game. Neither side was able to produce a goal in the first 35 minutes as each teams was searching for their first National League goal. In the second half, Nationals TriCounty pushed for a goal early but saw a couple of good chances sail just over the bar. NCFC’s best chances came off of multiple corner kicks but the North Carolina side couldn’t convert as each side remained wanting as the clock ticked toward the final whistle. With both offenses unable to convert, each team earned a point as the Division remains close after two days of results.
After a loss on the first day of Black Division play, Germantown Legends 05 Black (TN) battled back on Day Two to earn a late 2-1 victory over AFFC Storm (PA-W). Germantown scored its first National League goal, thanks to a William Preston goal, to take a 1-0 lead heading into halftime. AFFC looked the aggressors in the second half as they battled for an equalizer. After knocking on the door most of the half, AFFC finally found their equalizing goal with three minutes left to play. Joshua Veycheck worked down the right side of the field beyond a defender and whipped in a cross that was finished close range by Isaac Wetzel. Germantown looked resolved to win the game as they quickly marched down the field and Hays Adams hit a shot from deep that dipped under the bar to give the Tennessee side the late winner.
Libertyville FC 1974 Elite (IL) remains tied at the top of the White Division after a close 2-1 victory of Santa Clara Sporting 05 Green (CA-N). Santa Clara’s Enoedis Quintana scored the lone half goal and the first against the Illinois side this event. Libertyville battled back in the second half and leveled the score in the 61st minute as Zachary Hult found the back of the net. With its foot still on the gas, Libertyville took the lead just seven minutes later. Saul Valadez played the hero, scoring the game winner in the 68th minute. The win leaves Libertyville as one of two teams, along with KHA 05 Red (KY), with a perfect two wins so far in the White Division.
Utah Celtic FC earned an important win in the Black Division with a 3-1 victory over Eclipse Select MN 04 Kaasa (MN). It looked like Eclipse may take an early lead as the Celtic keeper couldn’t reach a cross with a punch but the ensuing shot went over the crossbar. Celtic scored the first goal of the game as Avery Frischknecht let a shot fly from about 20-yard away. The Eclipse keeper got a hand to it but couldn’t keeper out the shot as Celtic took a 1-0 lead. Celtic almost pushed the lead to 2-0 as it got an attacker in on goal but Eclipse’s Courtney Williams tracked back to made a sliding block on the attempt. The second half scoring all came within four minutes with Ellie Ford extending Celtic’s lead to 2-0 in the 65th minute. Just one minute later, Eclipse got on the board thanks to a goal by Kendall Stadden. Frischknecht extended Celtic’s advantage back to two-goals as she added her second of the game in the 69th minute. The game remained open until the final whistle but the score remained 3-1 and Utah Celtic earns an important three points in a tightly contested division.
In White Division play, Beadling 2004 South Red (PA-W) scored a late goal to overcome Michigan Jaguars 04 Green (MI) to remain undefeated with a 2-1 win. Beadling started off the scoring when Ava Boyd received a pass and then turned and hit a beautiful curler into the upper-ninety to make it 1-0. Michigan benefited from an own goal midway through the second half to equalize the score but Beadling’s Hailey Longwell scored her third goal of the week to put the PA West team back in the lead. The Beadling defense held off the Michigan attack in the final minutes to claim the victory and an important three points.
Inter Atlanta FC Blues (GA) and Sporting Omaha Elite 04 (NE) both earned a point after a 1-1 tie in Red Division play. Inter scored its first National League goal this season thanks to a goal from Evan Schroeder in the 31st minute to give it a 1-0 lead heading into halftime. Inter Atlanta almost secured the lead through the final whistle but Sporting Omaha’s Tristan Alvano equalized in the 77th minute to level the two sides late. The tie leaves Sporting Omaha with two points through two games while Inter Atlanta picks up its first point of the event.
Downtown LVSC 04 Gold (NV) remains undefeated in the Black Division after its, 3-1, victory over Potomac Soccer Association (MD). Downtown almost took an early lead but Potomac’s keeper, Nate Van Zoeren, came rushing out to make the attackers angle to narrow for a good chance. In end-to-end action, Potomac immediately had a chance on goal but pushed a shot just wide. The game remained wide open and it was Downtown that struck first. The Las Vegas side took a 1-0 as Braden Flannery got on the end of a corner kick with a low finish through traffic. Just six minutes later, Downtown struck against as a blocked shot chance dropped to the feet of Nicholas Walker who smashed home a chance from close range. Potomac cut into the lead early in the second half as Sachin rishna-Rogers finished his chance in the 50th minute. That was as close as Potomac would get as Walker added a second goal and then the Las Vegas team locked down in defense to earn the 3-1 win. The win keeps Germantown just one point back of the group leaders.
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