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Washington Youth Soccer Teams Excel at Regional Championships!
Three Washington Youth Soccer teams win regional crowns, two advance to nationals!
Washington Youth Soccer teams were at their best at June's Region IV Presidents Cup and US Youth Soccer Farwest Regionals, with six of the 30 total teams competing advancing all the way to regional finals, and three bringing home coveted regional crowns!
The action started at the Region IV Presidents Cup in West Jordan, Utah, where Washington Youth Soccer Challenge Cup champions and select wildcards in the Under-13 through Under-17 age groups matched up against champions from the other 13 Region IV states for the right to represent the West at this month's US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup in Iowa.
Washington Youth Soccer teams were dominant from the start. Eleven of our state's 13 teams advanced out of group play, seven made semi-finals and four reached the final round, with the Eastside FC White Girls Under-13 team coached by Tom Turner and the Washington Premier FC Black Girls Under-15 team coached by Dan Leeming each defeating the champions from Cal-South to earn Region IV titles.
Eastside got on the board early against Cal-South's Slammers FC Maroon, scoring in the 20th minute and again in the 50th to take a 2-0 lead. Slammers cut the deficit in half with a goal 20 minutes from time, but the Eastside girls were able to hold on through the tense final stages for their first Regional Championship win.
The story was different for the Washington Premier Girls Under-15 team, who scored four times in the span of 30 minutes to simply overwhelm Cal-South's Real SoCal Blues. After breaking a scoreless tie off a corner kick in the 31st minute, Washington Premier notched a second within 60 seconds off a deflection, then added two more just after halftime (including an own goal) to roll to an impressive 4-0 victory.
"We are extremely proud of all of our teams that worked so hard to be a part of the regional competition and absolutely thrilled that Washington Youth Soccer is represented with two regional champions," said Technical Director Gary White. "The Regional and National Presidents Cup tournaments are played after months of training and hard work by our teams and coaches and we congratulate them on their passion and commitment to the game."
While Eastside's win put a capstone on a thrilling season for the Under-13 girls, Washington Premier's win qualified them for July's US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup in Iowa, where they challenged champions from the other three US Youth Soccer regions.
Of course, the Region IV Presidents Cup was merely the first act of June's Regional action. In addition to the 13 Washington Youth Soccer teams that traveled to Utah, an additional 17 — comprised of State Champions and select wildcards from the Washington Youth Soccer State Championships — went to Boise in search of US Youth Soccer Farwest Region crowns and a berth at the most prestigious event in youth soccer, the US Youth Soccer National Championships.
And once again, Washington Youth Soccer teams represented their state well, with 11 advancing to group play and one — Eastside FC's 94 Red squad, coached by Daniel Strom — bringing home a championship.
The Eastside FC boys were as impressive as any of the 200-plus teams in the tournament, allowing just one goal over six games, while scoring 19 of their own. After turning the tables on 2010 national runner-up Albion White (Cal-S) — the team that eliminated Eastside FC from last year's event — with a 2-1 semi-final win, the squad rolled against Cal-North's Mt. Hamilton Tigers, scoring in the 22nd and 47th minutes to clinch a 2-0 win and a spot at Nationals in Phoenix later this month.
The Girls Under 15 Washington Premier FC team competed in the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup this past week and after a great showing, came home as Finalists! A huge congratulations to all of the players, coaches and parents on this incredible feat.
Congratulations to all of these outstanding teams! For more information on any of these events, visit WashingtonYouthSoccer.org!
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