2022 National Presidents Cup: Day 2 Recap
Friday marked the second day of US Youth Soccer’s 14th annual National Presidents Cup at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C.
13U Girls: Campton United 2009 Girls USYS Red (IL) 3 – 09 CSA North/Hville Roma G (NC) 0
It was an evenly contested first half, with both teams finding chances but neither able to break down the opposition’s defense enough to find the opener.
Campton came into the second half determined to break the deadlock — and did. Boey Herren added the team’s first in the 44th minute, and then Brooklyn Grossi converted a penalty kick in the 57th, which was awarded after a shot by Sophia Wollenberg hit a defender’s hand inside the box.
Wollenberg got her goal six minutes later, putting the finishing touches on a 3-0 win for the Illinois side.
19U Girls: ALBION SC Central Cal SM G03 Academy (CA-S) 1 – Centre Union 03/04/05G (PA-W) 3
Centre Union flexed their muscle early, tallying the opener off a Trinity Prestash goal in the 14th minute. Rachel Sickeri provided the assist and was a key cog for the Pennsylvania West side all game, showing an ability to pick the right pass often.
ALBION tried to find a response and thought they did, but a goal was disallowed after being ruled offside. Centre Union’s Allison Little did her best to add to the team’s lead, taking multiple shots that almost found their way into the back of the net, but was unable to apply the finishing touch as the game went into the break 1-0.
ALBION settled in quickly during the second half and found some chances early on but couldn’t get one to go their way, with Angelina Tapia having a promising shot of hers saved.
Centre Union finally added some needed insurance from goals by Stefanie Hoyt in the 72nd minute and Prestash’s second in the 85th minute, which proved vital. Annette Vargas clawed one back for the Cal South side in the dying minutes, scoring a free kick from the right side.
17U Girls: Colorado Rush 2005G DPL (CO) 5 – Victory SC 2005 Girls (PA-W) 3
Colorado Rush came out of the gates swinging, with Sydney Azuero scoring in the 4th minute. Averie Byerly added a second in the 12th, and then Sunnie Yarnell added the team’s third in the 16th minute, capping off a terrific start.
Victory’s Adlie Abraham brought one back for the Pennsylvania West side, but Rush’s Makahl Chambers was able to restore their three-goal lead before the half.
The Colorado side added one more, Yarnell’s second of the day, before facing heavy pressure. Victory mustered up two goals late, from Tessa Charpentier and Jaiden Emehizer just two minutes apart, but couldn’t find an equalizer.
13U Boys: CFJC 2009B PREMIER (IL) 2 – FC LEGENDS UTD 09B RED (NTX) 5
FC Legends had the first real chance of the game in the opening minutes, with Kabili Yuoh providing a low cross to Luke Soliz, whose shot hit the post and went out of play. Yuoh made his own chance count minutes later, scoring the game’s first goal in the 7th minute. CFJC bounced back, leveling the game in the 26th minute from a Noah Barnett goal.
FC Legends were knocking on the door to add another before the half but couldn’t. Both teams found much more success in the second period, which was a high-scoring affair.
Jeronimo Roldan broke the tie in the 48th minute for the North Texas side, but Barnett scored a second to even it up for CFJC in the 63rd. Roldan added a second of his own one minute later, a shot from outside the box that deflected off a defender and floated above the keeper’s head.
Kaifa Yuoh put the game in his hands for FC Legends from there. He added two insurance goals from clinical finishes, just two minutes apart, that were too much for the Illinois side to handle.
14U Girls: FC-1 Girls 2008 Elite Blue (IL) 4 – Villareal NTX 08G (NTX) 2
Villarreal’s Aaliyah Roberts started things off in this game, finishing a chance from outside the box in the 3rd minute. Claire Georgees leveled the match for FC-1 seven minutes later. The rest of the half featured a back-and-forth affair, with both teams playing through their midfield, but no breakthroughs.
FC-1 wasted no time once the second half started, though, scoring three goals in the first five minutes. Georgees added her second from a perfect cross by Morgan Link, and Kaya Schneider and Link had goals of their own as well.
Roberts was able to grab one back for the North Texas side in the 50th minute, her second, but it wasn’t enough in the end.
18U Girls: Northern Utah United Tsunami 04G – SC (UT) 1 – Iron Valley United Thorns ’04 (PA-E) 1
Iron Valley’s Julie Marrero fired home the opening goal in the 16th minute for Iron Valley — the first half’s only one.
The Eastern Pennsylvania side had a chance at another early in the second but couldn’t convert. Iron Valley’s keeper, Margaret Webb, was forced off due to injury, and Tsunami amped up the pressure from that point on. Tyniah White had an opportunity but saw it saved.
It looked as if the match would end 1-0, but Brittney Egbert’s 75th minute goal saw the teams draw — a crucial goal that kept Tsunami in second place, two points ahead of Iron Valley.