Group winners deicded at 2019 Far West Presidents Cup
Schedules, Scores and Standings
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NORCO, Calif. (June 13, 2019) – Thursday brought an end to exciting preliminary games at the 2019 US Youth Soccer Far West Presidents Cup at the Silverlakes Sports Complex. The chase for the Regional and National Presidents Cup titles continues for the 108 teams who have advanced to the knockout rounds.
The 12U Boys and Girls competiting in the National Championships Series also have games that are taking place alongside the Far West Presidents Cup. The 12U journey ends at Regionals and so every team in competiting for the highest honor in the 12U age group.
Notes from a few of today’s games:
Boca Jrs LA B2006 Blue (CA-S) played against Las Vegas Pro Futbol (NV) to determine the winner of Group A. Las Vegas came into the game off the back of a 10-goal outburst in their previous match, while Boca had yet to concede a goal. In a classic matchup of offense vs defense, defense prevailed as Boca shut down the Las Vegas attack only conceding a first half goal to Angel Morales. Carlos Gonzalez Vargas and Luis Santillano scored for Boca to seal a 2-1 victory and first place in the group.
Rocky Mountain Soccer Cougars Black (CO) came into the match feeling like they had learned from the past and were ready for the next challenge after their win on Day 2. The next challenge had something to say about that. WVSC Black Arias (AZ) showed up in a must win game beating Rocky Mountain 4-0. The victory gave them the tiebreaker in the group and enough points to advance as second in the group. Thaddious Thurman bookended the scoring with goals in the 3rd and 75th minutes.
Xolos Utah Academy (UT) came into Day 3 without a loss, but they also did not have a victory. One of those things would change as they took on Group A leaders California Rush B01 Cinza (CA-S). Things looked bleak for the Utah club after Naoki Yamaguchi scored for California in the 8th minute. However, Joseph Valle refused to go home. He scored the game-tying goal in the 19th, game-winning goal in the 30th minute, and finished his hat trick with the insurance goal in the 62nd. While Xolos picked up the victory, California still finished first in group A, sending both teams into the knockout rounds.
SSAAK CSC Thunder 05G (AK) took on group leader Heat FC 05 TP National (NV) knowing a win would see them finish the group in first while a draw would still see them advance. They got neither. Girls 14U leading goal scorer Misha Yap got the opening goal in the 5th minute and Mayra Munoz Ortega added a second later in the first half. After halftime both teams went after it attacking hard and defending even harder. With no goals to be found all eyes went to the standings to see results in the other games. A 1 goal win for Milan SC, meant SSAAK was in and onto the quarterfinals.
Defense was found all over the group today, with no team scoring more than 1 goal. Players defended like their lives depended on it, in search of enough points to move onto the quarterfinals. 1-0 victories for Beach FC (CA-S). Washington Premier FC (WA), and AZSC Thunder 04G Bayern Elite (AZ) saw all 3 teams accomplish their goal and advance to the quarterfinals.
Baldwin Park United (CA-S) just couldn't find their groove in their first two games getting outscored 11-1 over the two games. Today all of that changed, the offense was flowing with a brace from Jayme Beatty and a goal from Ashley Medrano and the defense did enough to secure them a victory over Phoenix Premier 02G Black (AZ) 3-2. The result was a high for the team and they will have the chance for more as the victory was enough see them through to the quarterfinals coming back from the dead to win the second wild card spot.
Notes from 12U National Championships Series:
Heat FC 07 ED (NV)) and Boca OC (CA-S) are the last two unbeaten teams in the 12U Boys age group. Group B saw some crazy drama in the battle for second place. CCV Stars 07 Belleman (AZ) got out to quick and comfortable lead behind a brace from Owen Collins. Things got a lot of more interesting when XF Premier B07A's Kaviraj Badh scored with 6 minutes left in the game. XF premier pushed hard throwing everything they had at getting the equalizer, but CCV held on for the win. The result leadfrogged them over XF and into the quarterfinals.
Tied teams at the tops of Groups A and B meant there was pleanty of score board watching as each team was not only trying to win, but also do better than their rivals were doing on a different field. In group A Players SC (NV) and SD Surf Academy Girls Select 2007 (CA-S) both won but the higher goal differential saw SD Surf take the group. While in Group B both Real Colorado 08 National Girls (CO) and SC Del Sol 2007 Girls Pre-Academy (AZ) recorded draws meaning the teams had to be separated by the 4th tiebreaker, with Real Colorado winning the group.
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.
Note: The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup is a separate series of events from the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.