Albuquerque, N.M. (June 21, 2010) – Defending 2009 US Youth Soccer National Champions, Under-15 Girls Mustang Blast (CA-N) and Under-17 Girls De Anza Force 92 Blue (CA-N), kicked off the 2010 US Youth Soccer Region IV (West) Championships today at State Farm Soccer Complex in Bernalillo, N.M.
The top 232 US Youth Soccer boys and girls teams from the 14 State Associations that make up US Youth Soccer Region IV compete for the regional title. States represented including host, New Mexico, are Alaska, Arizona, California North, California South, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Teams play a round robin schedule June 21-23, followed by a day of rest before qualifying teams advance to the quarterfinals on June 25. Semifinal will be played June 26, with champions crowned June 27.
A look at how the defending champions faired in day one…
2009 Region IV Champions
U-14 G Sparta 96 Premier (UT) v *West Coast FC (CA-S), 5-3
U-19 B *WSM Internationals (OR) v Columbia Timbers (WA), 4-2
2009 Region IV and National Champion
U-17 G *De Anza Force 92G Blue (CA-N) v Leahi 93 Premier (HI), 4-1
2009 National Champion
U-15 G *Mustang Blast (CA-N) v So Cal Blue Draluck (CA-S), 3-0
Notes from a few of today’s games…
The Under-15 Boys Colorado Rapids made a splash in the first day of the Region IV Championships with a 7-1 win over Utah’s Inter FC 95 Premier. Colorado’s Isaac Martinez scored in the 38th minute and Jairo Sanchez followed up with a goal in the 50th minute. Martinez completed his second of the match in the 54th minute, then a 63rd minute own goal set Colorado at 4-0. Inter FC’s Ace Phillips had the team’s lone goal in the 65th minute and Colorado finalized the 7-1 win with goals by Cody Van Beek and Jorge Lopez in the 75th and 79th minutes.
The California North’s Under-15 Boys Mt. Hamilton PAC Tigers took the early lead over New Mexico’s Rush Stingers with back-to-back goals by Tanner Thompson in the 8th and 17th minutes and another by Lorenzo Vasquez in the 19th minute. Luke Lawrence put one on the board for Rush in the 47th minute, but Mt. Hamilton countered with one of their own in the 67th minute for the 4-1 final.
Cal South’s LAFC Chelsea and Oregon’s CFC Atlas Under-15 Boys were even through the first half; neither team able to get one past the keeper. LAFC came back with a renewed strategy in the second half and William Raygoza put LAFC up 1-0 in the 56th minute. Luis Flores finished off the 2-0 LAFC victory with a 78th minute goal.
Arizona’s Sereno South 95 White Under-15 Boys faced a tough opponent in Albion White (CA-S), the 2009-2010 US Youth Soccer National League champion. Sereno stepped out with a 2nd minute Joshua Greene goal and before the half Sergio Rizo extended the Sereno lead. Albion looked to come back when Ariel Lassiter slotted a 42nd minute goal, but Sereno’s Edgar Gonzalez Plazola countered Lassiter’s goal in the 67th minute for a 3-1 score. Albion jumped out with another goal by Lassiter in the 78th minute, but after many attempts in the final minutes of play, the 3-2 score remained in Sereno’s favor.
Not even three minutes into today’s game against De Anza Force Blue 91 (CA-N) Under-18 Girls, Elite FC Titans (NM) put one on the board compliments of Savannah Walker. This set De Anza into action with Chelsea Bruan, Stephanie Bell and Bernadette Fahmy all scoring before the half. The score remained at 4-1 for De Anza’s day-one victory.
Sarah Johnson and Julie Johnson had back-to-back goals for Sereno 92 White (AZ) in the 9th and 10th minutes as they met Utah’s La Roca Premier. Sarah Johnson went on to score again in the 23rdminute and teammate Danielle De La Vina followed suit in the 36th minute. Seconds before the half, Madison Lorenzen found the back of the net for Sereno’s 5-0 lead. De La Vina brought Sereno into the half with her second in the 47th minute and Ellen Parker had one of her own in the 56th minute. La Roca built momentum, with goals from Mindi Beckstrom and Katelin Taylor in the 74th and 80thminutes, but it was a little too late and Sereno marked the 7-2 win.
The Under-18 Girls Laguna Hills Eclipse (CA-S) set the pace early in the game against HSC Bulls (HI) when Kim Allard netted one in the 5th minute follow by two from Kristyn Benavidez in the 8thand 20th minutes. Rachel Schulte secured a hat trick with Laguna goals in the 32nd, 39th and 60thminutes. HSC’s Christina Tognetti and Kara Yamamoto found back-to-back scoring opportunities in the 60th and 70th minutes, but Laguna found it once more in the 88th minute for the 7-2 advantage.
This year marks Storm Academy Copa’s (CO) fourth trip to regionals, and in day one of prelims they marked a 5-1 victory over Rush 92 Nike (HI). Anne Stuller, Kristen Hamilton and Nicholette Digiacomo gave Storm the early 3-0 lead. Rochelle White hit one for Rush in the 53rd minute, but Storm retaliated with Hamilton’s second and Lauren Cinoranelli’s first totaling the 5-1 win.
Regional winners of the Under-14 through Under-19 age groups earn a berth to the 2010 US Youth Soccer National Championships July 20-25, at Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan.
The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the Under-15 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 60 teams.
2010 marks the 75th anniversary of the Under-19 Boys James P. McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth sports dating back to 1935 with the inaugural youth championships. The Under-19 Girls National Champion will hoist the Ross Stewart Cup on its 30th anniversary.
Daily reports and complete results from the tournament are available onhttp://championships.usyouthsoccer.org. Keep up to the minute with US Youth Soccer National Championship Series on Twitter.