December 14, 2012
YOUTH SOCCER INFORMER
Champions Crowned At Super Y-League Finals
BRADENTON, Fla. – After five days of competition involving 130 boys and girls teams from across the United States and Canada, 12 champions were crowned Tuesday at the Super Y-League North American Finals at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Parsippany SC took the Boys U17 Championship after Enver Caymaz scored a hat trick to lead his side to a 4-2 extra time victory over Ironbound SC. Caymaz found the net in both the 93rd and 101st minutes to cap an outstanding tournament after Ironbound had sent the game to extra time with a 90th-minute equalizer by Dylan Santos.
The Boys U15 Championship also went to extra time, with VSI West Florida claiming its second consecutive championship after a 2-1 victory over the Maryland Rush. With the teams tied 1-1 after regulation, and VSI down to 10 men after second-half sending off, Robert Bramble scored the decisive goal to give his side victory in the last minute of the first extra time period.
VSI also took victory in the Girls U17 Division, defeating the Northern Virginia Majestics 4-1 in the final day of the six-team round robin tournament. That win, behind second-half goals from Lauren Greene, Jessie Scarpa and Danielle Eule, coupled with the Kalamazoo Kingdom’s 2-0 loss to Force Football Club, lifted VSI into the top spot in the final standings.
Both U14 Finals went to penalty shootouts, with Ironbound SC defeating the Ottawa Fury 5-4 after the two teams had played to a 1-1 draw. The Cleveland Internationals also took victory after a 1-1 draw with Mequon United, the Internationals winning the shootout 4-2.
Other champions included the Southern Soccer Academy, which got a pair of goals by Tyler Edwards in a 2-0 win against TSF Academy in the Boys U16 Final. Triangle FC’s Grace Nipp, Caroline Houser and Frances Reuland each found the net in a 3-1 win against the New York Magic in the Girls U16 Final, while Tiffany Raygor had two goals and an assist as the Atlanta Fire defeated the Seacoast United Mariners 4-1 in the Girls U15 Final.
The Long Island Rough Riders claimed both the Boys and Girls U13 championship, with the Boys getting first-half goals by Ryan Innes, Anthony Pinto and Storm Strongin for a 3-0 win against Match Fit Chelsea. In the girls’ division, Long Island took a 1-0 win against Virginia Alliance.
Shayla Smart’s two goals proved enough for FC America to win the Girls U12 division as it took a 2-0 win against the Kalamazoo Kingdom, while Tampa Bay United’s Juan Soto scored in the final minute of extra time to give his side the U12 Boys championship with a 1-0 win against Alpharetta United.
U.S. Soccer Development Academy
The Dallas Texans swept Lonestar SC Academy on Sunday with the U-15/16 team posting a 3-1 victory and the U-17/18 team rallying for a 2-1 win. For the older age group, Adrian Velasquez and Jack Blanton scored in the 43rd and 45th minutes, respectively, to improve to 7-2-3 atop the Frontier Division. Cooper Whitfield, Samuel Valadez and Luis Macias each scored a goal for the Dallas Texans U-15/16 team (8-4-0).
The New York Red Bulls U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams both corralled 2-0 victories against FC Westchester on Sunday in Purchase, N.Y. Jon Estama and recent New York Red Bulls first-team signing Armando Moreno each scored a goal for the U-17/18 squad, while Harrison Steadman scored both goals for the U-15/16 team, in the 66th and 67th minutes.
Cascadia showdown coming
In their first action since the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase earlier this month, the Portland Timbers Academy teams resume conference play on Sunday when they visit the academy teams for Northwest-rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C.
The Timbers U-18 Academy (4-6-2, 14pts) face the Whitecaps FC U-18 Academy at 11 a.m. (Pacific), while the Timbers U-16 Academy (4-4-4, 16pts) takes on Whitecaps FC’s U-16 side at 1:30 p.m. (Pacific).
The matches against Vancouver will be the final action before the Timbers Academy takes an extended break in match play through the holidays and the month of January. The teams’ next matches are Saturday, Feb. 2, against the De Anza Force.