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PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 5, 2017) — Winners were crowned Sunday at the 2017 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Championships at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Ariz. Cal South took home two national titles, while Eastern Pennsylvania and Florida each added one apiece.
2017 US Youth Soccer ODP Champions:
2000 Girls Champion – California South
2001 Girls Champion – Florida
2000 Boys Champion – Eastern Pennsylvania
2001 Boys Champion – California South
Players try out for the high-level US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program through a series of trials at their US Youth Soccer State Association. Those selected are exposed to some of the nation's best coaches, trainers and facilities.
US Youth Soccer ODP is the original Olympic development program. It is the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer and the National Women’s Soccer League, as well as a majority of current and past national and youth national team members, as alumni. With programs in all 55 State Associations, as well as regional, national and international tournaments, US Youth Soccer ODP continues to offer development and exposure opportunities to any player, regardless of hometown or club affiliation.
Cal South 2000 Girls conquered Florida 00 in a 6-0 victory. In the fourth minute of play, Zoe Hasenauer scored, and four minutes later, teammate Jacqueline Bruder added another for Cal South. To close out the first half, Sara Jayne Affleck added the third Cal South goal. Cal South was aggressive offensively in the second half as well, with goals from Amber McCorkle, Helen Burke and Sara Jayne Affleck to give Cal South the 6-0 win and a 2001 Girls ODP Championships title.
Eastern Pennsylvania had its foot on the pedal for the entirety of its 7-0 match against Oregon. In just the 8th minute of play, Nicholas Brison had his first of three goals scored. Eastern Pennsylvania’s Darryl Longdon doubled the score in the 22nd minute and his teammate, Aaron Tylicki, scored two goals in 5 minutes. Heading into halftime, Eastern Pennsylvania was leading 4-0. The second half was the same story for Eastern Pennsylvania with two goals from Nicholas Brison and another by Matthew Pron. With the win, Eastern Pennsylvania was crowned 2000 Boys ODP Champions.
Florida 01 Girls were victorious over Cal South in the ODP Championships final with a 4-1 win. Molly Stetsma got the scoring going early for Florida with a goal in the 10th minute of play. Cal South evened up the score in the 25th minute with a goal from Sarai Zedingil. In the second half, Florida and its relentless attack was able to score three goals. Nicole Vernis found the back of the net in the 53rd minute and Alexis Hiltunen netted two goals in the 80th minute.
Cal South won the 2001 Boys title with a 3-0 win over Minnesota. Opening up the scoring for Cal South was Brandon Garcia, who found the beck of the net in the 20th minute. Angel Franco added to Cal South’s lead in the 40th minute with a goal just before halftime. Cal South rounded out scoring with another goal from Angel Franco goal in the 61st minute. Cal South had a strong defensive presence to hold onto a clean sheet for the entire match, earning the championship medals.