River City SC Wins Region IV Presidents Cup; Two Washington Youth Soccer Teams
Off to Nationals
Washington Youth Soccer’s U14 River City SC Seely won its age group at the 2012 U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup Championships in June, earning the chance to represent the state at the US Youth Soccer National President’s Cup in Sacramento, July 11-15.
In all, 31 Washington Youth Soccer teams competed at Regional Championships in Colorado and Arizona last month, with 20 advancing to quarterfinals, 10 to semifinals and three to finals, including River City’s win.
The title was the first for the River City squad, which holds the uncommon distinction of being Region IV Champions despite winning neither the State Cup title, nor finishing first in their group at Regionals.
The Spokane-area team entered Regionals on a one-game losing streak following a 3-1 defeat to Crossfire Premier in the Washington Youth Soccer Challenge Cup final this spring. After playing Crossfire to a 1-1 draw in the regional opener, however, River City compiled a 3-0-1 record over its next four games to take the Region IV title, including a 2-0 win over Alaska in the quarterfinal, a 2-1 win over Nevada in the semi, and the aforementioned 2-1 victory in the championship game.
In all, nine of the 14 Washington Youth Soccer teams competing at the Region IV Presidents Cup advanced to quarterfinals, with four winning again to reach the semifinal round. River City SC’s win advances them to this week’s US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup in Sacramento, where champions from all four US Youth Soccer regions in the boys and girls U14-U17 age groups will meet to determine this year’s National Presidents Cup champions. Complete schedules, scores and daily event recaps are available online at http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/PresidentsCup/.
While those teams were competing in the Presidents Cup, 18 other Washington Youth Soccer teams were on the field in Arizona vying against teams from 13 other Western states at the US Youth Soccer Far West Regionals. Winning teams in the U14-U19 age groups earned berths at the US Youth Soccer National Championships — the most prestigious championship in youth soccer.
Having already clinched a berth at Nationals by virtue of winning the elite US Youth Soccer National League this year, Washington Youth Soccer’s Eastside FC 94 Red had nothing to lose in the U17 boys division, advancing to quarterfinals before losing a 1-0 match to the eventual Regional champions from Arizona.
Two Washington Youth Soccer teams, however, did make it to the final round — the Washington Premier 96 Black boys and Northwest Nationals 97 girls.
WPFC 96 Black recovered from a 5-0 opening-day defeat to Cal South’s Fullerton Rangers 96 White, earning a rematch with the reigning National Champions in the Regional final. The second time around was a much more closely contested match, but the Cal South squad emerged with a narrow, 1-0 win for their second-straight Regional crown.
The margin was the same for the U14 Northwest Nationals 97 girls, who surrendered just one goal to Cal South’s Beach FC 97, only to see the Beach defense lock down that lead for their fifth shutout in six Far West Regionals games.
Twelve of the 17 Washington teams competing in Arizona advanced to quarterfinals, with six reaching the semi-final stages.
The action continues this month with the National Presidents Cup in Sacramento, and the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Rock Hill, S.C. Fans can follow all the action online at the links above — plus, view scores and recaps from Regionals, and photo galleries from each day’s competition!