Champions Crowned at US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships
The 2016 US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships concluded as 14 teams advance to the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Frisco, Texas. Cal South brought home seven regional titles as Under-17 Boys Seattle United 98 Copa was the only team to repeat among the six teams that entered the tournament looking to defend their title.
Soccer News: Champions were crowned at the 2016 US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships with the U13 through U19 champions earning a berth to the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships, July 25-31 at Toyota Soccer Complex in Frisco, Texas. U14 through U18 Boys and Girls Finals were streamed live.
Cal South took home the most regional titles with seven, while Cal North won three, Washington won two, Nevada won one and Oregon had a team win a regional title for the first time since 2010. After six teams entered the tournament looking to defend their regional titles, Under-17 Boys Seattle United 98 Copa (WA) was the only side that won back-to-back regional titles.
2016 US Youth Soccer Region IV Champions
U13: So Cal Blues 02 Baker (CA-S)
U14: USA Stars 02 (CA-N)
U15: FC Salmon Creek Nemesis 00 Ellerston (OR)
U16: Legends FC 99 (CA-S)
U17: Eastside FC 98 Red (WA)
U18: Beach FC Academy 97 Joyner (CA-S)
U19: So Cal Blues Dodge (CA-S)
U13: Strikers FC Chingirian (CA-S)
U14: LVSA 02 Red (NV)
U15: SC Sporting 00 Green (CA-N)
U16: Strikers FC North (CA-S)
U17: Seattle United 98 Copa (WA)
U18: South San Jose PAC Indios (CA-N)
U19: FC Golden State (CA-S)
U13 Girls: So Cal Blues Baker (CA-S) vs SD Surf Academy (CA-S)
So Cal Blues won the club’s second straight Under-13 Girls Region IV Championships after defeating fellow Southern California team SD Surf Academy 1-0 in the finals. Reilyn Turner scored her eighth goal of the tournament, which put her in a tie for the most in the age group with fellow U.S. U14 National Team player Simone Jackson to put Blues up in the 28th minute, and the Blues defense would produce a clean sheet for the 1-0 win.
U14 Girls: USA Stars 02 (CA-N) vs. Fullerton Rangers 01 White (CA-S)
USA Stars 02 edged out Fullerton Rangers 01 White 1-0 to advance to the National Championships. Lauren Helwig scored her fourth goal of the tournament in the 35th minute to take the 1-0 lead, and USA Stars secured its fifth straight clean sheet to claim the regional title.
U15 Girls: Rebels SC White (CA-S) vs FC Salmon Creek 00 Nemesis (OR)
FC Salmon Creek used three early goals in the first half to move past Rebels SC White and claim the Under-15 Girls title. MacKenzie Frimpong began the scoring 10 minutes into the match, and Ava Bendetti would double Salmon Creek’s lead three minutes later with her goal. Malaika Quigley added another goal for the Oregon side in the 21stminute to make the score 3-0. Rebels would receive a goal from Jacqueline Barrientos in the 61st minute, but Salmon Creek would hold on for the 3-1 win.
U16 Girls: La Roca Premier PO (UT) vs Legends FC 99 (CA-S)
La Roca Premier and Legends FC battled for the second time this tournament, the two sides also played twice at the 2015 National Championships in group play and in the national finals, where Legends claimed its second National Championships. It was the Southern California side prevailing again with a 1-0 win thanks to Alexandra Jaquez’s goal in the 11th minute. Both sides will be heading to the National Championships due to La Roca qualifying by winning the US Youth Soccer National League Red Division.
U17 Girls: Eastside FC 98 Red (UT) vs. Celtic Storm Premier (UT)
Eastside FC will head back to the National Championships after a year hiatus due to the a 2-0 win over Celtic Storm 99 Premier (UT). The 2013 Region IV and National Champions got on the board when 2013 National Championships Golden Ball winner Joanna Harber found the back of the net in the 78th minute. Alexa Kirton doubled Eastside’s lead just four minutes later to give her side the 2-0 lead, and ultimately the regional title.
U18 Girls: Beach FC Academy 97 Joyner (CA-S) vs FC Nove 97/98 (ID)
2014 Region IV and National Champions Beach FC used a Daria Petredes penalty kick goal to defeat hometown FC Nova. In the 85th minute, Under-20 U.S. National Team Player Savannah DeMelo was taken down in the box. Fellow Youth National Team player Petredes knocked home the penalty kick to punch her side’s ticket to the National Championships. Beach, who has reached the national finals in the last two years, will look to win its second National Championship in Frisco.
U13 Boys: Strikers FC Chingirian (CA-S) vs. FC Alliance 02A (WA)
Reagan Wortmann’s goal in the third minute was the difference as Strikers FC Chingirian defeated FC Alliance 1-0 in the Under-13 Boys finals. Wortmann, who scored off a corner-kick, scored his first goal of the tournament in important time to give his team a spot in the National Championships.
U14 Boys: Eastside Timbers Ajax (OR) vs. LVSA 02 Red (NV)
LVSA 02 Red punched its ticket to the National Championships with a 2-0 win over Eastside Timbers Ajax (OR). After both sides needed overtime to win their respective semifinals matches, the finals would end in regulation as LVSA received goals from Caden Buckley in the 33rd minute and Jimmy Villasenor in the 60th minute.
U15 Boys: SC Sporting 00 Green (CA-N) vs Rio Rapids SC 01 (NM)
Extra time was needed to determine a winner between SC Sporting and Rio Rapids when the score after regulation was 1-1. 2015 US Youth Soccer ODP Region IV Championships All-Tournament team member Skylor Rose broke the scoreless stalemate in the 46th minute for Rio, but Andrew Lirios-Ramos would equalize for Sporting just eight minutes later. Two minutes into extra time Francisco Dominguez gave Sporting its first lead with his goal, and the Northern California side would hold on for the 2-1 win.
U16 Boys: Strikers FC North (CA-S) vs EC Real Pumas (CA-N)
Strikers FC North erased a 1-0 deficit to defeat EC Real 2-1 and claim the regional title. Pedro Cortes gave EC Real the 1-0 lead in the 36th minute, but John Dauphin equalized for Strikers right before halftime. Alex Ayala would net the eventual game-winner in the 50th minute.
U17 Boys: Seattle United 98 Copa (WA) vs. LA Premier FC White (CA-S)
Defending Region IV Champions and national finalists Seattle United secured a second straight trip to the National Championships with a 2-0 win over LA Premier FC. Brannon Jong began the scoring in the 16th minute by finishing off a cross from the left flank. Vincente Aquino Contreras put the match out of reach by doubling Seattle’ lead in the 88th minute to give his side its second straight regional title.
U18 Boys: South San Jose PAC Indios (CA-N) vs. DMS 11 Academy (CA-S)
PAC Indios will head back to the National Championships after the 2015 Region IV finalists defeated DMS11 Academy 2-0. Albert Munante scored his age group-leading eighth goal of the tournament to put the Northern California side up 1-0, and Angel Gil-Briseno added a second for PAC for the 2-0 win.
U19 Boys: FC Golden State (CA-S) vs. Arizona Arsenal 97 Premier Teal (AZ)
Defending National Champions FC Golden State earned a return trip to nationals after a 3-0 win over Arizona Arsenal. 2015 National Championships Golden Ball winner Gabriel Costa began the scoring in the 65th minute, and Maicon Abreu would add a pair of goals in the span of three minutes to make the score 3-0. FC Golden State will now play for the James P. McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth sports, at the 2016 National Championships.
Source/Photo Credit: US Youth Soccer