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Championship matches set at the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup

2018 NATIONAL PRESIDENTS CUP
 

Schedule, Scores and Standings
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Daily Game Recaps Posted on USYouthSoccer.org

WESTFIELD, Ind. (July 14, 2018) – Championship matches are set after the final day of preliminary play concluded Saturday at the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup in Westfield, Ind. Out of the 48 participating teams, 12 will be crowned following Sunday’s championship matches in the 13U through 18U Boys and Girls age groups.

Competing alongside the championship matches will be 12 third place matches for the remaining teams.

Among the teams playing in the finals is 16U Boys Heat FC 02 GR (NV). The team has worked hard together over the past three days to earn a 2-0-1 record to stand on top of the group.

“They enjoy playing with each other and that’s why we got the results with three wins,” head coach Giovanni Rodriguez said. “Being together for four years, it helps the group a lot. The closer that they are, the better bond they have on the field and off the field.

With the National Presidents Cup title on the line, Rodriguez has a strong sense of what winning the final match would mean to him and the team.

“It would mean the world to us. I know it’s not a World Cup, but to us, it will feel like we’re winning the World Cup,” Rodriguez said.

Final Matches:

Time Field Age Group Home Team State Away Team State
7:00 AM Field 25 16U Girls LVPSA 02 Red NV Mutiny FC 02 White TX-N
7:15 AM Field 23 15U Boys Heat FC 03 AS NV 03 Sporting Wichita Elite KS
7:30 AM Field 19 17U Boys 7 Elite Academy 01 South UT Brownsville Galaxy TX-S
7:30 AM Field 21  18U Girls Sting Timbers 00/01 ID Green White SC IL
7:30 AM Field 27 15U Girls HFC Ready 03 PA-E IP Aces Blue IL
7:45 AM Field 30 14U Girls LVSA04 White NV Iowa Rush IA
8:00 AM Field 18 13U Boys Soltilo FC CA-S SCCSA Dragons 05 PA-E
9:30 AM Field 25 14U Boys Central California Aztecs 04 CA-S ASA PGSA REAL BARZA 04 MD
10:00 AM Field 19 17U Girls Chicago Rush Select IL NUSA Maroon TN
10:00 AM Field 23 13U Girls FC Nova Elite 05 ID DASC 2005 SD
10:00 AM Field 27 16U Boys Heat FC 02 GR NV VE Green Gunners PA-E
10:30 AM Field 21  18U Boys Iowa Rush IA Barcelona AZ 00 AZ


Consolation Matches:

Time Field Age Group Home Team State Away Team State
7:00 AM Field 26 16U Girls Indy Premier SC 02 Elite Victory IN Montgomery United 2002s PA-E
7:15 AM Field 24 15U Boys Den of Lions Gunners NJ 03 CVYSA Blast Blue NC
7:30 AM Field 20  17U Boys Mainland United South Jersey Futbol Club NJ Chicago Rush 2001 Select IL
7:30 AM Field 22 18U Girls Vereinigung Erzgebirge - VE United PA-E 00 CUFC Gold G NC
7:30 AM Field 28 15U Girls Real Henderson FC 03 Select JA NV 03 BSC Cardinal G NC
7:45 AM Field 29 14U Girls PA Rush 04 PA-E 04 CVYSA Blast Blue G NC
8:00 AM Field 17 13U Boys PA Rush 04 TX-S Sporting Wichita KS
9:30 AM Field 26 14U Boys Shadow Premier FC IL CFA Dalton 04 Elite  GA
10:00 AM Field 20  17U Girls Broomfield Blast SC Magista CO Rage United Comets PA-E
10:00 AM Field 24 13U Girls Pipeline Black MD Sting Dallas 05 Roach TX-N
10:00 AM Field 28 16U Boys Music City FC Premier TN FC United 2002 Select Black IL
10:30 AM Field 22 18U Boys Liverpool FCIA Western Maryland MD Tampa Dynamo Red FL


Final Match Previews:

13U Boys: Soltilo FC (CA-S) vs. SCCSA Dragons 05 (PA-E)
A wild third day of group play saw the 13U Boys outlook take a 180-degree turn, as Soltilo FC (CA-S) and SCCSA Dragons 05 (PA-E) picked up wins to move from third and fourth, respectively, into the championship game. A Roberto Maldonado goal gave Soltilo a 1-0 win over Sporting Wichita (KS), which helped the Cal South side move to five points in the standings. Meanwhile, the Dragons took down previous group leader FC Dallas RGV 05 Red (TX-S), 3-1, to jump both the Kansas and South Texas sides into second place. Soltilo and the Dragons will now meet on Sunday to determine who comes out of this very tight group as the champion.

13U Girls: FC Nova Elite 05 (ID) vs. DASC 2005 (SD)
By winning their opening two matches, FC Nova Elite 05 (ID) and DASC 2005 (SD) each clinched a place in the 13U Girls final heading into the final day of group play. The Idaho side posted each of its victories in convincing fashion, and Samantha Smith led the age group with four goals in group play. On the other hand, DASC picked up both of its wins via one-goal margins. The two sides met on Saturday in a preview of the championship game, and the game ended in a 1-1 draw — hinting that the final should be a close affair.

14U Boys: Central California Aztecs 04 (CA-S) vs. ASA PGSA REAL BARZA 04 (MD)
Three wins in as many games powered Central California Aztecs 04 (CA-S) to a first-place finish in group play and a spot in the championship game. The Cal South side outscored its opponents, 8-2, and showcased a balanced scoring attack, as six different players recorded goals. ASA PGSA REAL BARZA 04 (MD) used a 3-1 win over CFA Dalton 04 Elite (GA) to secure a second-place finish in the group. Giovanni Marquina scored twice in the critical Saturday matchup, bringing his total to a group-best three goals for the week.

14U Girls: LVSA 04 White (NV) vs. Iowa Rush (IA)
Each goal proved to be vital in the 14U Girls group, as LVSA 04 White (NV) and Iowa Rush (IA) came out of a three-way tie to earn a spot in the final.  LVSA picked up two shutout victories in its first two games to finish first in the group. The Nevada’s side’s lone defeat came on Saturday to Iowa Rush (IA), which used that win to overcome an opening day loss to PA Rush 04 (PA-E) — allowing Iowa to jump PA in the standings due to a better goal differential. Iowa will need to follow up its key win against LVSA on Sunday, as the two have a quick turnaround before meeting in the final.

15U Boys: Heat FC 03 AS (NV) vs. 03 Sporting Wichita Elite (KS)
In a group where just a single game was decided by more than one goal, Heat FC 03 AS (NV) and 03 Sporting Wichita Elite (KS) earned the necessary results to advance to the final. Heat FC won the group with two wins and a tie, and it was the lone team to score multiple goals in each of its games — led by Omar Coronel’s four tallies. 03 Sporting Wichita Elite (KS) picked up a win and a draw in its first two games before falling, 3-2, to Heat FC on Saturday in a preview of the championship match. The Kansas side conceded the least amount of goals in group play, setting up a clash with the highest-scoring team in the final.

15U Girls: HFC Ready 03 (PA-E) vs. IP Aces Blue (IL)
A 1-1 draw on Saturday, combined with two wins to open the week, gave HFC Ready 03 (PA-E) the necessary points to finish group play in first place. The Eastern Pennsylvania side was led in scoring by Taylor Yoder, whose three goals matched Avery Larson of IP Aces Blue (IL). The Illinois side will meet HFC in the final after IP Aces secured a pivotal 4-0 win over Real Henderson FC 03 Select JA (NV) on Saturday to jump into second place.

16U Boys: Heat FC 02 GR (NV) vs. VE Green Gunners (PA-E)
Heat FC 02 GR (NV) and VE Green Gunners (PA-E) will face off in the 16U Boys National Presidents Cup championship match. Heat FC accumulated a 2-0-1 record in group play, earning its second win on Saturday against FC United 2002 Select Black (IL) in a 5-2 game. Meanwhile, VE Green snuck into the final with a 1-1-1 record, playing to a scoreless draw to Music City FC Premier (TN) on Saturday. The two teams met each other on Friday, where Heat FC claimed a 2-0 win, and so far, Heat’s Sebastian Ramirez leads the 16U Boys top scorers list with three goals.

16U Girls: LVPSA 02 Red (NV) vs. Mutiny FC 02 White (TX-N)
LVPSA 02 Red (NV) went undefeated in group play, earning a 4-1 win over Indy Premier SC 02 Elite Victory (IN) on Saturday. The Nevada side will face Mutiny FC 02 White (TX-N) in the final game, which will be a rematch of Thursday’s game, where LVPSA took a 1-0 win. As the game was a close one, either team could take the 16U Girls National Presidents Cup title. While both teams have only allowed one goal throughout the event, Mutiny FC has tallied six goals and LVPSA has 10 goals with Heidi Smith scoring four of them. Smith currently leads the 16U Girls age group in goals.

17U Boys: 7 Elite Academy 01 South (UT) vs. Brownsville Galaxy (TX-S)
The 17U Boys group turned out to be a close race, but 7 Elite Academy 01 South (UT) and Brownsville Galaxy (TX-S) came out on top to be in the final match. While Elite Academy went 2-1-0 in the preliminary round, Brownsville Galaxy went 1-0-2. Elite Academy’s 6-2 win over Chicago Rush 2001 Select (IL) and a 1-1 tie for Brownsville Galaxy against Mainland United South Jersey Futbol Club (NJ) helped both teams to earn a spot in the final. Together, Ben Simister, Sawyer Heaton and Oscar Quintero have contributed seven of Elite Academy’s 11 goals. On Thursday, the Brownsville Galaxy came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Elite Academy 3-2, so it could be a game of redemption for the Utah side.

17U Girls: Chicago Rush Select (IL) vs. NUSA Maroon (TN)
The 17U Girls final will consist of a battle between Chicago Rush Select (IL) and NUSA Maroon (TN). Despite a 1-0 loss to Broomfield Blast SC Magista (CO) on Saturday, Chicago Rush’s two wins in the previous matches allowed the team to earn a spot in the championship game. On the other side, it was a tight contest for second place in the group, but NUSA pulled through with a 2-0 win over Rage United Comets (PA-E) thanks to goals from Olivia Grytza and Evelyn Jimenez. Chicago Rush will continue to look for Brooke Brodzinski on the field as she is currently the 17U Girls leading scorer with five goals. While Chicago Rush defeated NUSA, 2-1 on Friday, both teams will still have to fight for the title on Sunday.

18U Boys: Iowa Rush (IA) vs. Barcelona AZ 00 (AZ)
Iowa Rush (IA) and Barcelona AZ 00 (AZ) will face each other for the second consecutive day on Sunday as Iowa Rush defeated Barcelona, 2-1, on Saturday. The preliminary game was a close one as Barcelona’s Alberto Castaneda Bobadilla scored first, but Iowa Rush’s Riley Wood and Michael Brandt notched one goal each to give their team the win. Barcelona was undefeated before the game, while Iowa Rush picked up its third win of the week. Iowa Rush’s Cole Vincent and Jaeger Erickson stand on top of the 18U Boys leading scorers list as Vincent has five scored five goals and Erickson has three goals.

18U Girls: Sting Timbers 00/01 (ID) vs. Green White SC (IL)
Sting Timbers 00/01 (ID) claimed a 1-0 win over Green White SC (IL) on Saturday, yet the two teams will meet again in the 18U Girls final match on Sunday. Sting’s win was its third of the week, while Green White went 1-1-1 in group play. Megan Drake on the Idaho side was the lone scorer for the game on Saturday, and she leads the 18U Girls age group in goals with three. It could be anyone’s game on Sunday, so both teams will have to come out ready and focused.

The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup offers teams the challenge of experiencing different types of play by competing from state to regional to national levels. The Presidents Cup provides teams with a progressive, competitive experience that highlights competition, camaraderie and community.

To view all of Saturday's results, check out the schedule, standings and scores website.

Note:  The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup is a separate series of events from the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. For more information on the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup, visit www.usyouthsoccer.org/presidents-cup.

 
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