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Washington Youth Soccer Sends Its Best to Regional Championships

PlayOn! looks ahead to Regionals by looking back at the paths each team has taken to get there

This week, the US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup kicked off in Arvada, Colo., with 14 outstanding Washington Youth Soccer teams battling talented squads from the other 13 states in Region IV for the right to compete at July’s National Presidents Cup in Sacramento.

Comprised of the Challenge Cup champions in the boys and girls U13-U17 age groups, plus select wildcards, Washington Youth Soccer’s representatives at Region IV Presidents Cup are a talented bunch, featuring dozens of the top players, from the top clubs across the state.

On Monday, June 18, a similarly talented collection of Washington Youth Soccer teams will begin competition at the Far West Regionals in Phoenix. They will be competing not only for Regional honors, but for berths at the most prestigious youth soccer tournament in the country — the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships, to be held in South Carolina, July 24-29. Washington’s representatives are truly the best of the best in Washington Youth Soccer — champions of the boys and girls U12-U18 divisions of the US Youth Soccer Washington State Championships, and a handful of wildcards featuring the most accomplished players in the state.

Over the next two weeks, these teams will face the stiffest competition Region IV has to offer in round-robin play, followed by elimination games to crown Regional champions and award those coveted Nationals berths.

Of course, just to earn the right to represent Washington Youth Soccer at Regionals, each of these teams has already had to overcome highly skilled and motivated opponents over four months of State Cup competition, first in qualifying games on fields statewide, and later in semifinals and finals at Starfire Sports in Tukwila.

As we prepare to root for our Washington Youth Soccer teams at Regionals, we take a look back on the unique paths each have taken to reach their one shining moment:

2012 US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup

June 12-17 | Arvada, Colo. | Schedules and scores

U13 Boys – Eastside FC 98B White

The ’98 Eastside FC boys rolled through bracket play in the Challenge Cup, scoring 17 goals to offset just three by their opponents. After a 3-0 semifinal win over Dos FC B98 Red, finally met their match in Seattle United B98 Tango, who handed the Eastside boys a 4-2 defeat.

U13 Boys — Washington Premier FC B98 White

WA Premier FC boys were nearly perfect in bracket play, shutting out teams from Harbor Premier and Federal Way FC before losing the final match of bracket play to fellow Regional competitors Eastside FC. WA Premier FC lost a hard-fought 1-0 semifinal match to eventual Challenge Cup champions Seattle United, but earned a wildcard berth to Regionals.

U14 Boys — Crossfire Premier B97 Storkson

This talented defensive team allowed just three goals in seven Challenge Cup games, winning six and drawing one. Striker Kris Deleon scored in each of the team’s final three games, including twice in a 3-1 title game win over RCSC B97 Seely.

U14 Boys — River City Soccer Club

Behind an overwhelming offensive attack, River City SC B97 Seely swept its way through its first six games at Challenge Cup by a combined score of 23-5, before falling to champs Crossfire Premier in the final game. But this team will get another shot at Crossfire when the teams meet in first-round bracket play at Regionals.

U15 Boys — Mercer Island FC United 96

The Mercer Island squad showed a knack for winning the close ones, finishing with a 4-0 record at Challenge Cup in games decided by one goal. Those hard-fought victories included a 3-2 semifinal win over Harbor Premier, and a 2-1 win in the championship game against Wenatchee Fire.

U16 Boys — Pacific FC Fire 95

The Pacific Fire FC allowed just one goal in three games in bracket play to advance to the Challenge Cup quarterfinals, before rolling off wins by scores of 4-2, 1-0 and 2-1 to capture the Challenge Cup crown.

U17 Boys — Eastside FC 94 White

Head coach Chance Fry’s U17 boys were among the most dominant of any at Challenge Cup, outscoring bracket-play opponents 15-0 and winning their quarterfinal game by a 6-0 margin. They fought off a stern challenge from Federal Way FC in the semi-finals for a 3-2 win, before shutting out Seattle United 2-0 in the final to complete their Challenge Cup run.

U13 Girls — VUSA Timbers G98 Red

The VUSA Timbers placed second in group play after a 1-0 defeat to Eastside FC, a loss they avenged in the Challenge Cup final. Striker Taryn Ries was tough to stop in bracket play, scoring a hat trick in a semifinal win over WPFC, before notching the lone goal in a 1-1 finals draw with Eastside, and scoring again in a 3-2 penalty shootout win.

U13 Girls — Eastside FC 98 White

One of the state’s top defensive squads entered the Challenge Cup final having yet to allow a goal in Cup play, shutting out each of its first five opponents. Eastside FC finally allowed its first goal to VUSA Timbers in the final, finishing 1-1 after regulation, and losing a penalty kick shootout by a razor-thin 3-2 margin, but earned a wildcard entry to Regionals.

U14 Girls — VUSA Timbers G97 Blue

The VUSA Timbers placed second in group play on goal difference despite shutting out all three opponents, including a 0-0 draw with group winners WestSound FC. They finally gave up a goal in a 2-1 Round of 16 win over BFC before posting two more shutouts in the quarters and semifinals, capped by a 2-1 championship win over Eastside FC.

U15 Girls — CK United G96

CK United rode an unstoppable offense to six straight wins in Challenge Cup play, outscoring opponents 21-3, including wins of 7-0, 4-0 and 4-0. They finished off their impressive run with a 3-0 win in the final against Legend, their fourth shutout in six Challenge Cup games.

U16 Girls — DOS FC G95 White

DOS FC earned a wildcard berth into the Round of 16 after finishing second in group play and made the most of it, winning four-straight one-goal games to earn the title of Challenge Cup champions. They beat the VUSA Timbers on penalty kicks in the Round of 16, squeaked past Seattle United, 2-1, in the quarters, then notched back-to-back overtime wins against Spokane Shadow (2-1) and NWN G95 Blue (3-2) to take the title.

U16 Girls — NWN G95 Blue

NWN Blue allowed just one goal in their first six Challenge Cup games before running into Dos FC in the finals, falling by a 3-2 score in overtime – earned a wildcard berth to Regionals.

U17 Girls — Spokane Shadow Premier G94 Navy

Spokane Shadow earned a Challenge Cup title on the strength of a diverse offense that combined for 23 goals in seven tournament games. Three different players — Madeline Aldrich, Sydney Nelson and Alyssa Lloyd — notched two-goal games for the team in bracket play, with Aldrich adding the lone score in a 1-0 finals win over BFC GU17 Black.

2012 US Youth Soccer Far West Regionals

June 18-24 | Phoenix, Ariz. | Schedules and scores

U12 Boys — Crossfire Premier B99-B. James

One of two teams coached by Crossfire’s Bernie James making the trip to Regionals next week, the Crossfire boys were among the most dominant of any at the US Youth Soccer Washington State Championships, scoring 29 goals against just one allowed in six games.

U13 Boys — Washington Premier FC B98 Black

This Washington Premier squad scored 31 straight unanswered goals through State Championships’ first five games, before finally allowing a goal to Crossfire Premier in the final. They were able to add two of their own, however, to hand Crossfire’s B98 team its first loss of the tournament and give Washington Premier a 2-1 State Championships win.

U14 Boys — Crossfire Premier B97-James

This Crossfire squad rolled through preliminary round games without allowing a goal, then proved they could win the close ones, too, in 2-0, 1-0 and 3-2 victories in bracket play to secure a State Championship and a trip to Far West Regionals.

U14 Boys — Washington Premier FC B97 Black

This talented all-around team rolled to five-straight wins in State Championships before running into a tough Crossfire squad in the final. Despite the hard-fought 3-2 defeat, they will be advancing to Far West Regionals as a wildcard team.

U15 Boys — Washington Premier FC B96 Black

Washington Premier made it all the way to the State Championships final without allowing a goal, then allowed 10 — four in regulation, and six more in an epic penalty kick shootout. Won the shootout, 7-6, to grab the coveted State Championships title.

U16 Boys — Crossfire Premier B95-Collings

Crossfire Premier placed second in group play, but was first when it mattered, shutting out two group winners in quarters and semifinals, then shutting out Washington Premier in the final for the State Championships crown.

U17 Boys — Eastside FC Boys 94 Red

Eastside FC rode a staunch defense and the high-scoring efforts of Jordan Thompson and Beau Blanchard to the State Championships final, where goals by Jordan Morris and Giovanni Sanchez De-Leon carried Eastside to a 2-1 win over WestSound FC.

U18 Boys — Washington Premier FC B93 Black

Like the U16 Crossfire squad, Washington Premier’s B93 Black team squeaked through group play with a 2-1 record before finding their groove in bracket play, culminating in a 3-0 win over Whatcom FC in the final. Interestingly enough, this team had a diverse attack, with eight goals in bracket play scored by eight different players.

U12 Girls — Northwest Nationals G99 Red

Northwest Nationals proved their mettle in tight games, winning three-straight games by one goal (or fewer) in bracket play. Followed up a 1-0 quarterfinal win with a 3-2 overtime win in semis, and a penalty kick shootout win over Crossfire in the State Championships final.

U12 Girls — Crossfire Premier G99-Crum A

This talented defensive team allowed just one goal through the tournament’s first five games before playing to a 2-2 draw in the final against Northwest Nationals, whose stingy goalkeeping proved the difference in a 1-0 penalty kick defeat. Crossfire Premier will be advancing to Far West Regionals as one of a select few wildcard entries.

U13 Girls — Washington Premier FC G98 Black

This Washington Premier team scored almost as many goals in its first game (8) as in the other five combined (11), shifting from an overwhelming offense to a tight-knit defense to finish State Championships undefeated, winning both high-scoring and one-goal games.

U14 Girls — Northwest Nationals G97 Red

Excellent defense held opponents to just one goal in six games against the best teams in the state, while opportunistic offense put the ball in the net at the right times, including a pair of 1-0 wins in semifinals and finals to give Northwest Nationals the State Championships win.

U15 Girls — Eastside FC Girls 96 Red

Eastside FC overwhelmed opponents with five shutouts in six games, including an unblemished defensive record in three group play contests. Striker Amanda Johnston will be one to watch at Regionals after scoring five times in bracket play, including all three of Eastside’s goals in a 3-0 win over Northwest Nationals in the State Championships final.

U15 Girls — Northwest Nationals G96 Red

Northwest Nationals won three of its first five games by just one goal, before running up against a tough Eastside FC team in a 3-0 finals defeat. They could get another shot at Eastside at Far West Regionals, where they have advanced as a wildcard entry.

U16 Girls — Eastside FC Girls 95 Red

Eastside FC outscored opponents 18-2 over five games at State Championships, including impressive 5-0, 5-1 and 3-1 wins in elimination games, the latter earning Eastside the title of State Champions. There were goals from six different players during bracket play, a diversity that could prove valuable in Regional play.

U16 Girls — Northwest Nationals G95 Red

Northwest Nationals entered the State Championships final against Eastside FC with an unblemished defensive record, having scored 11 goals and allowed zero through the first four games of the State Championships. Despite a 3-1 loss in the title game, they will have the chance to show their defensive strength at Regionals as a wildcard team.

U17 Girls — Eastside FC Girls 94 Red

Eastside girls scored just 10 goals in five games of State Championships play, but finished with a 4-1 record on the strength of just two goals allowed, both in group play. They won three-straight 2-0 decisions in elimination games, capping their State title run with a 2-0 win over VUSA Timbers to avenge a 1-0 defeat just days prior.

U18 Girls — Eastside FC Girls 93 Red

Eastside FC emerged as champions of a tightly contested U18 Girls bracket in which just six of 22 games were decided by more than one goal. After a 3-0 win in the quarterfinal round, and a 2-1 semifinal win over Spokane Shadow, they advanced to the final against Dos FC, where an OT goal from Elizabeth Zitnik proved the difference in a 1-0 State Championships win.

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