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SALT LAKE CITY (June 17, 2018) – The 2018 Far West Presidents Cup came to an exciting conclusion on Sunday in Salt Lake City, Utah, as 14 teams claimed titles. Not only did those sides step off the Salt Lake City Regional Athletic Complex fields as Far West Presidents Cup Champions, but the 13U-18U Boys and Girls title winners also secured berths to the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, which will be played July 11-15 at the Grand Park Sports Complex in Westfield, Ind.
Nevada led the way with five Far West Presidents Cup titles, while Idaho was close behind with three winners. Cal South won two titles, and Colorado and host Utah each had one champion. LVPSA (NV) and Heat FC each claimed two titles.
2018 US Youth Soccer Far West Presidents Cup Champions
||Nova Elite 05
||Soltilo FC FC
||LVPSA 04 White
||Central California Aztecs 04
||Real Henderson FC 03 Select JA
||Heat FC 03 AS
||LVPSA 02 Red
||Heat FC 02 GR
||Broomfield Blast SC Magista
||7 Elite Academy 01 South
||Sting Timbers 00/01
||Boise Nationals Timbers 2000 Blue
2018 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships Champions
||Legends FC 06
||Total Futbol Academy
Notes from the Far West Presidents Cup finals…
FC Nova Elite 05 (ID) used an early first half goal from Alondra Osuna to earn a, 1-0, victory over Pateadores (CA-S). After a pass from Samantha Smith, Osuna hit a shot that went off the Pateadores keeper and into the goal for what would become the game winning goal. Pateadores pressed hard at the end but Nova’s defense held and they became the 13U Girls Far West Presidents Cup Champions. With the scoreline, FC Nova managed to go through the tournament without letting a single opponent find the back of its net.
In a rematch of Thursday’s game, LVPSA 04 White (NV) got revenge on its earlier, 3-0, loss and earned a, 1-0, victory over FC Nova Elite (ID) to become the 13U Girl champs. Audree Morter scored her only goal of the tournament in the 9th minute of play to help guide her team to victory. FC Nova could not find an answer to LVPSA’s defense and the match finished 1-0 in favor of the Nevada side.
A last minute goal gave Real Henderson FC 03 Select JA (NV) a, 2-1, win over Idaho Rush Premier 03 (ID). Real Henderson’s Jaeya Grey put her team up in the first half but Idaho Rush answered in the second half with a goal from Kendra McDaniel. The game looked like it would go to overtime but Grace Sedillo got on the end of a cross-field pass and in on the keeper. Sedillo hit a low hard shot at the near post that snuck in to give her team the win in the final seconds of play.
LVPSA 02 Red (NV) punched its ticket to the National Presidents Cup final with a 1-0 win over PSC South Bay (CA-S). After a scoreless first half, Meghan Harkin played hero for LVPSA by scoring in the 60th minute to give her team a 1-0 advantage. The Nevada side held on to the lead through the final whistle to earn the victory and a trip to Indiana.
Broomfield Blast SC Magista’s (CO) two first-half goals were too much for L30 Crush 01 (UT) in the 17U Girls final. Broomfield got first half goals from Denae Lamb and Joli Reeves to give the Colorado side a 2-0 advantage going into halftime. Cassidy Wilkes pulled one back for Crush in the 63rd minute but the team from Utah could not find an equalizer. After falling in the semifinals last year, Broomfield now advances to National Presidents Cup.
It took overtime to separate L30 Nitro (UT) and Sting Timbers 00/01 (ID) in the 18U Girls final. Erika Skindlov put Sting ahead in the first half but Nitro’s Graishouse Grenner scored her second goal of the tournament to tie the game back up heading into halftime. Megan Drake scored in the first overtime period in the 97th minute and then Sting Timbers held on for dear life as Nitro pressed for an equalizer. Sting Timbers did an excellent job relieving pressure by playing the ball deep out of their end and into the corners and held on until the final whistle to earn the victory.
After losing 4-1 in preliminary play, Soltilo FC (CA-S) made the best of its rematch against Northbay Timbers 2005 (CA-N) with a 3-1 win to earn the 13U Boys Far West Presidents Cup title. Northbay scored the lone first half goal thanks to age group leading goal scorer Alvaro Picon. Northbay put the pressure in the second half and scored three second-half goals in ten minutes to take the lead. Kevin Lerman-Hernandez, Yahir Salaza and Elias Cardenas added the Timbers second half goals to guide their team to victory.
In a back and forth game, it took kicks from the mark to separate Central California Aztecs 04 (CA-S) and FC Deportivo Warriors (CA-S). After a scoreless first half, Central California took the lead in the 67th minute thanks to a Joshua Bryant strike but Warriors leveled just one minute later when David Zarate found the back of the net. The game went to overtime and both teams added one more goal with Aztecs' Dylan Lynch scoring and then age group leading goal scorer Ernesto Figueroa leveled the score just four minutes later for the Warriors. Aztecs outlasted WArriors 5-3 in kicks from the mark to claim the 14U Boys Far West Presidents Cup title.
Heat FC 03 AS (NV) defeated Boise National Timbers 03 Blue (ID), 2-1, to claim the 15U Boys Far West President Cup title. Heat got off to a strong start with a 2nd minute goal by Omar Coronel. Dalton Bateman equalized in the second half but Heat FC’s Christopher Salas scored the game winner in the 60th minute. Boise couldn’t pull one back before the end of regulation and the Nevada side earned the 2-1 victory.
Heat FC 02 GR (NV) used a strong first half to power to a, 4-1, victory over SMUFC 02 Blue (CA-S) in the 16U Boys final. Goals from Roberto Soto and Sebastian Ramirez led Head to a 2-0 first half lead. The Nevada side came out firing in the second half and added two goals from Giovanni Montes and Nathan Zamora to push the lead to four. Alejandro Lopez notched a consolation goal for SMUFC but the Cal South team could not fight its way back. With the win, Heat go from Group C runners-up to 16U Boys Far West President Cup Champions.
7 Elite 01 South (UT) defeated Wolves FC 01 (CA-S), 2-0, to win the 17U Boys Far West Presidents Cup title in front of their home-state fans. Neither team could score in the first half but 7 Elite started to put the pressure on in the second half. Elite’s Ben Simister score the game’s first goal just six minutes into the second half and then Oscar Quintero doubled the advantage just over ten minutes later. Wolves pushed but could not find the final passing connections in the final third to start its comeback. The final whistle blew and 7 Elite becomes the new 17U Boys Far West Presidents Cup Champions.
Boise Nationals Timbers 2000 Blue (ID) used the momentum from its, 5-0, semifinal win to earn a, 3-0, victory over Barcelona AZ 00 (AZ) in the 18U Boys final. Ryan Gamboa started the scoring by converting a penalty in the first half and then teammate Ahmed Ibrahimovic double the advantage headed into halftime. Armin Hasanovic, the age groups leading goal scorer, added a second half goal to push the lead to 3-0. Barca pressed but couldn’t start the comeback it needed to keep Boise from becoming the 18U Boys Far West Presidents Cup Champions.
Notes from 12U National Championships Series finals:
Total Futbol Academy (CA-S) and Tuzos Academy 06 (AZ) played an intense match to a draw in regulation time after each team had earned comfortable, 4-1, wins in the semifinals. After a scoreless regulation and two more scoreless overtime halves, the teams headed to kicks to the mark. Total Futbol Academy outlasted Tuzos with a score of 4-3 from the mark to become the 12U Far West Regional Championships title winners.
In its second straight elimination match against a Cal South opponent, Legends FC defeated LA Galaxy Southbay 06 (CA-S), 1-0, in a very close 12U Girls final. Each team came into the match boasting high-powered offenses, but the defenses shined in the final match. After all was said and done, Karina Da Silva’s 49th minute goal was the difference between the two sides that pushed Legends FC to the 12U Girls Far West Regional Championships title.
For complete event results for the Far West Presidents Cup, click here. For more information on all US Youth Soccer Regional and National Presidents Cup events, visit the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup Homepage at www.usyouthsoccer.org/presidents-cup.
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