U16-19 U.S. youth champions crowned in Lancaster

The remaining 2009 U.S. Youth Soccer National Champions were crowned on July 25, 2009 at Citizens Bank Fields at Progin Park, in Lancaster, Mass., where the country’s the top teams met to conclude the final leg of the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Series.

After this week’s three rounds of preliminary play, the top two teams in the Under-16 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups played today for their respective national title today and the Under-14 and Under-15 Boys and Girls age groups played yesterday.

Under-16 Boys
Dallas Texans 93 Red (N-TX) 1, Hicksville Strikers (E-NY) 0

The Larry Harmon Cup featured Dallas Texans 93 Red (N-TX), who claimed the US Youth Soccer National League title this year, looked to earn the US Youth Soccer Double as cup and League champions, against Hicksville Strikers (E-NY) in the Under-16 Boys championship final. Hicksville entered the match leading the age group in scoring with eight goals lead by Colin Heffron and Keith McKenna’s three each. Dallas Texans’ Brandon Perez would collect and score the game winning goal in the 56th minute to defeat the Strikers and claim the Double with the 1-0 win.

Under-16 Girls
De Anza Force (CA-N) 1, Ponte Vedra Storm (FL) 0

Playing for the US Youth Soccer Cup, formerly the Patricia Masotto Cup, was De Anza Force (CA-N) and Ponte Vedra Storm (FL), who looked to become the first girl’s team from Florida in 12 years to win the National Championship. De Anza Force was looking to complete their journey to the National Championships advancing to Lancaster as Region IV representatives, as the Region IV champion, So Cal Blues-Dodge, had already punched their ticket via the National League. Storm and Force played 40 minutes of scoreless soccer until 2 minutes into the second half Lorin Hom (42:00) gave Force the 1-0. Ponte had eight shots on goal, but the Force keeper, Emily Kruger, denied each one. The 1-0 score remained, giving Force the National Championship crown.

Under-17 Boys
CZ Elite (CA-S) 3, Triangle United (NC) 2

CZ Elite (CA-S) entered today’s Under-17 Boys National Championship against Triangle United (NC) with a single focus, keep the offense running. CZ Elite led the age group coming into Sunday’s Don Greer Cup match with eight goals. Daniel Amaya started the CZ Elite attack on the right foot with a goal in the 4th minute and Leonardo Guerra doubled the advantage in the 21st minute (2-0). Eder Arreola would total his fifth goal of the tournament, to lead all goal scorers, in the 26th minute for CZ Elite to go up 3-0. Triangle fought back and within a two minute stretch, cut the lead to one with goals from Chad Drimer in the 88th minute and Sebastian Garner’s PK in the 90th minute. Chad Drimer’s game-tying header in stoppage time was deflected by CZ’s keeper and ricocheted off the crossbar. Time expired and CZ Elite claimed the National Championship with the 3-2 win.

Under-17 Girls
Eclipse Select (IL) 4, PDA Fire (NJ) 0

Eclipse Select (IL) came out big to win over the PDA Fire for the Under-17 Girls Laura Moynihan Cup. This is Eclipse’s fifth National Championship and the second for coach Rory Dames. After a disappointing loss in the 2008 National Championship finals, Eclipse came out with a chip on their shoulder. The National Championship is the highest level of competition. Vanessa Laxgang was able to break through and put Eclipse on the boards early in the 16th minute. Only five minutes later, Eclipse’s Kelsey Hough put her team up by two. The Eclipse defense held PDA scoreless through the first half. Eclipse Select took 3-0 lead over PDA Fire on Samantha Scofield goal in 82nd minute from an Erin Pekovitch cross. Again, Scofield found the back of the next 10 minutes later giving the Under-17 Girls their first National Championship title, 4-0. Despite PDA’s attempts, their third shot at the National Championship in as many years ended with their second runner-up finish.

Under-18 Boys
DSC 90 Green (SC) 2, Javanon (KY) 1

Only four South Carolina teams have ever qualified for the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships, two of which qualified this year (Under-18 Boys DSC 90 Green and Under-16 Boys CESA 92 Premier). DSC has gone undefeated through state and regional championships and was an offensive force in the National Championship round robin scoring 15 goals. Standing in their path to the historic title for South Carolina was returning national qualifier Javanon 91 (KY). Enzo Martinez scored for DSC 90 Green in the 7th minute off a serve from teammate Crayton Benson for the 1-0 lead. Just before half, it was Benson again on the assist, this time to Juan Velasquez in the 44th minute for the 2-0 DSC lead. Javanon’s Vinicius Paiva would cut the DSC lead in half in the 50th minute (2-1). The South Carolina defense would hold and go on to claim the state’s first title with the 2-1 DSC win.

Under-18 Girls
FC Bucks Vipers (E-PA) 1, Ohio Elite (OH-S) 0

Looking to become the first girls team from Pennsylvania to claim a US Youth Soccer National Championship, FC Bucks Vipers (E-PA) faced Ohio Elite (OH-S) in the Under-18 Girls Francis J. Kelly Cup. The spirited contest would lead to only a few scoring chances, but neither side could finish and the half ended scoreless, 0-0. Teams made adjustments after the half and that’s when Madlyn Evans made the most of her opportunity in the 58th minute to give FC Bucks Vipers the 1-0 lead over Ohio. The Evans goal would be the only score in the match and the Bucks would go on to claim the first girl’s title for the state of Pennsylvania. With the win the girls would complete their goal of honoring head coach Ed Leigh’s son-in-law, fallen Philadelphia Police Officer John Pawloski lost in the line of duty this February, who the team has been playing for all season.

Under-19 Boys
Baltimore Casa Mia Bays (MD) 2, NASA 08 Elite (GA) 0

The James P. McGuire Cup, the oldest youth sport trophy in the country, founded in 1935, featured Baltimore Casa Mia Bays (MD) and North Atlanta SA 08 Elite (GA). The first half appeared destined for a scoreless draw until John Raley’s cross in the 45th minute to Mark Jaskolski gave the Bays the 1-0 lead. NASA went on the attack after the half, seeking the equalizer with Gerard Barbero and Mark Lavery making several entries deep into the Bays’ third. Michael Lansing stole a pass intended for a NASA player that led to a breakaway by Brendan Klebanoff. Klebanoff beat one defender for a one-on-one with NASA keeper Alex Kann, who he beat to the far post for the 2-0 win in the 89th minute. The win gave this group of Bays their second U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship (2006, 2009) and head coach Steve Nichols his seventh U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship title.

Under-19 Girls
Colorado Rush (CO) 4, Eclipse Select 89-90 (IL) 2

Colorado Rush Nike (CO) entered today’s Ross Stewart Cup in the Under-19 Girls final against Eclipse Select 89-90 (IL) as the only one of three defending US Youth Soccer National Champions to earn a spot in the finals. Eclipse defeated Rush earlier in the week, 2-1, and looked for the same result today, earning the club a second title on the weekend, joining the Under-17 Girls. After 80 minutes of scoreless soccer, Colorado Rush’s Danielle Foxhoven found a seam and scored in the 83rd minute (1-0). The relentless Eclipse side made the most of stoppage time as Hannah Peterson found Candace Ruff for the game tying goal (90+). The two sides would go into overtime periods with Rush striking first on a Kathryn Russell goal in the 98th minute. In overtime Foxhoven would prove to be too much for the Illinois side completing the hat trick with two goals (105+, 119+). Jessica Price’s header in the 118th minute added to the Eclipse total but Foxhoven’s answer sealed the 4-2 win. Today’s Rush win places the Colorado Rush as the most successful girls club with nine US Youth Soccer National Championships (Dallas Sting has eight).


U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Final Results

Day 5 Results ¿ Championship Matches
Under-16 Boys
Dallas Texans 93 Red (N-TX) 1, Hicksville Strikers (E-NY) 0
DTX – Brandon Perez – (56:00)

Under-16 Girls
De Anza Force (CA-N) 1, Ponte Vedra Storm (FL) 0
Scorers: DAF – Lorin Hom – (42:00)

Under-17 Boys
CZ Elite (CA-S) 3, Triangle United (NC) 2
Scorers: CZE ¿ Daniel Amaya – (4:00), Leonardo Guerra – (21:00), Eder Arreola – (26:00)

TRU – Chad Drimer – (88:00), Sebastian Garner – (90:00)

Under-17 Girls
Eclipse Select (IL) 4, PDA Fire (NJ) 0
Scorers: ECL – Vanessa Laxgang – (16:00), Kelsey Hough – (21:00), Samantha Scofield – (62:00) (72:00)

Under-18 Boys
DSC 90 Green (SC) 2, Javanon (KY) 1
Scorers: DSC – Enzo Martinez – (7:00), Juan Velasquez – (44:00)
JAV – Vinicius Paiva – (50:00)

Under-18 Girls
FC Bucks Vipers (E-PA) 1, Ohio Elite (OH-S) 0
Scorers: FCB – Madlyn Evans – (52:00)

Under-19 Boys
Baltimore Casa Mia Bays (MD) 2, NASA 08 Elite (GA) 0
Scorers: BAL – Mark Jaskolski – (45:00+), Brendan Klebanoff – (89:00)

Under-19 Girls
Colorado Rush (CO) 4, Eclipse Select 89-90 (IL) 2
Scorers: COR – Danielle Foxhoven – (83:00) (105:00) (119:00), Kathryn Russell – (98:00)
ECL – Candace Ruff – (90:00+), Jessica Price – (118:00)

2009 U.S. Youth Soccer National Champions

Under-14 Boys | William J. “Billy” Goaziou Cup
West Coast FC (CA-S)

Under-14 Girls | Elmer Ehlers Cup
Mustang Blast (CA-N)

Under-15 Boys | adidas Cup
Baltimore Casa Mia Bays (MD)

Under-15 Girls | Kristine Lilly Cup
San Diego Surf 93-94 White (CA-S)

Under-16 Girls | US Youth Soccer Cup
De Anza Force (CA-N)

Under-16 Boys | Larry Harmon Cup
Dallas Texans 93 Red (N-TX)

Under-17 Girls | Laura Moynihan Cup
Eclipse Select 91-92 (IL)

Under-17 Boys | Don Greer Cup
CZ Elite (CA-S)

Under-18 Girls | Francis J. “Frank” Kelly Cup
FC Bucks Vipers (E-PA)

Under-18 Boys | Andy Stone Cup
DSC 90 Green (SC)

Under-19 Girls | Ross Stewart Cup
Colorado Rush Nike (CO)

Under-19 Boys | James P. McGuire Cup
Baltimore Casa Mia Bays (MD)

adidas Golden Glove and Boot Winners (Most outstanding player and keeper)

Under-14 Boys
Golden Glove: Ricky Brown ¿ West Coast FC (CA-S)
Golden Boot: Donovan Frazier ¿ Dix Hills Thunder (E-NY)

Under-14 Girls
Golden Glove: Beth Ritter ¿ Mustang Blast (CA-N)
Golden Boot: Joanna Boyles ¿CASL Spartans Elite Black 94 (NC)

Under-15 Boys
Golden Glove: Kyle Jackson ¿ Sereno 94 White (AZ)
Golden Boot: Malcolm Harris ¿ Baltimore Casa Mia Bays 94 (MD)

Under-15 Girls
Golden Glove: Ariana Zargarian ¿ San Diego Surf 93-94 White (CA-S)
Golden Boot: Sarah Adams ¿ San Diego Surf 93-94 White (CA-S)

Under-16 Boys
Golden Glove: Chris Mar ¿ Hicksville Strikers (E-NY)
Golden Boot: Brandon Perez ¿ Dallas Texans 93 Red (N-TX)

Under-16 Girls
Golden Glove: Emily Kruger ¿ De Anza Force (CA-N)
Golden Boot: Alesha Blair ¿ De Anza Force (CA-N)

Under-17 Girls
Golden Glove: Erin Dees ¿ Eclipse Select 91-92 (IL)
Golden Boot: Vanessa Laxgang ¿ Eclipse Select 91-92 (IL)

Under-17 Boys
Golden Glove: Alex Bolowich ¿ 91 Triangle United Gold (NC)
Golden Boot: Jesus Gonzales ¿ CZ Elite (CA-S)

Under-18 Girls
Golden Glove: Gabrielle Pakhtigian ¿ FC Bucks Vipers (E-PA)
Golden Boot: Maddie Evans – FC Bucks Vipers (E-PA)

Under-18 Boys
Golden Glove: James Gladden ¿ DSC 90 Green (SC)
Golden Boot: Juan Velasquez ¿ DSC 90 Green (SC)

Under-19 Girls
Golden Glove: Kristin Tribbett ¿ Colorado Rush Nike (CO)
Golden Boot: Casey Shoot ¿ Eclipse Select 89-90 (IL)

Under-19 Boys
Golden Glove: Alex Kann ¿ NASA Elite (GA)
Golden Boot: Chris Klute ¿ NASA Elite (GA)

U.S. Youth Soccer Fair Play Award Winners

Under-14 Girls: Scorpions SC (MA)
Under-14 Boys: Dix Hills Thunder (E-NY)
Under-15 Girls: Chantilly Burn (VA)
Under-15 Boys: Grand Rapids Crew Juniors (MI)
Under-16 Girls: Ponte Vedra Storm (FL)
Under-16 Boys: Campton United (IL)
Under-17 Girls: PDA Fire (NJ)
Under-17 Boys: 91 Triangle United Gold (NC)
Under-18 Girls: Ohio Elite (OH-S)
Under-18 Boys: Javanon 91s (KY)
Under-19 Girls: Colorado Rush Nike (CO)*
Under-19 Boys: Colorado Rush Nike (CO)

*2009 US Youth Soccer National Champion

For complete statistics, please visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/ChampionshipsCenter.asp.

On Friday, August 6, The US Youth Soccer National Championships Highlight Show, presented by adidas, will air on the Fox Soccer Channel, U.S. Youth Soccer’s official television partner, at 8 p.m. ET. The two-hour show will highlight the National Championships providing feature stories, interviews, game highlights and more.

Annually the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation’s top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country. In 2009, over 600 coaches attended the U.S. Youth Soccer Regional Championships.

Daily reports and complete results from the tournament are available on http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org. Keep up to the minute with U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Series on Twitter.


About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series — The U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from U.S. Youth Soccer’s 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players in the U.S. Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams, through U.S. Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four the U.S. Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (U-14 through U-19) from each regional event advance to the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships. The Under-15 through 17 Boys and Girls age groups have two teams representative of the U.S. Youth Soccer National League, in which the top two teams in each gender age group earn a direct path to the national championships. Overall the National Championship Series provides top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country.

About the United States Youth Soccer Association (U.S. Youth Soccer) — U.S. Youth Soccer – “The Game for ALL Kids!” is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. U.S. Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.