The final day of Presidents Cup is always a nail biter. With semi finals and finals played in the same day makes for a jam packed yet exciting day of play for both players and watchers. With final scores in the books for the tournament, we now know which teams are representing Utah in Regionals this coming June in Salt Lake.
With the temperatures maxing out around 50 degrees accompanied with a steady flow of wind throughout the day. Add some occasional wind gusts, it added an extra challenge element for all of our teams but it wasn’t anything they couldn’t handle. It made it really exciting to watch.
GAMES OF THE DAY – Finals Edition
Semis kicked this morning at 10 am, the road to the finals were paved with hopes from the four remaining teams; La Roca v. Liverpool FC and USA Metro Premier v. BE United. La Roca advanced with a 1-0 victory while USA Metro was able to squeak past BE United off of kicks from the mark, 3-2. Finals sets with a match up between La Roca and USA Metro set to kick at 4 pm. Giving both teams enough to rest up prior to their final match. After 45 minutes of game play there was no score, tensions were mounting and physicality was rising between the two teams. Great ball movement on both sides with many good shots. PK was awarded to USA during the closing minutes of the final half for a foul in the box. USA buries the shoot into the left corner. Final whistle blew a few minutes later. USA Metro Premier walks away champions after a hard fought and well played game with La Roca.
Setting the stage for the final match up within the 14U division between Blue Knights 04 and Utah Storm 04 was a tough fought journey for both teams playing their semifinal games earlier Monday. With their game set to kick off at 2pm, the whether was an additional obstacle to both teams, with wind coming and going during warm ups and throughout the game. With only one goal during this final for Blue Knights, possession was the key to success for this game.
After two close games during the semifinals, both ending with victories of 1-0 for both Utah Surf Davis and Wasatch, the final game was set to kick off at 3:30 pm. With both teams settling into the first half with some well-timed passes and good movement off the ball from both teams. With a final score line of 5-1 in favor of Utah Surf Davis, the girls of Surf will represent Utah during Regionals this June.
It was an exciting journey to the finals in the 16U bracket. Both of our teams that appeared during the final match made it to the finals by way of PK’s during their semifinal matches. La Roca v. Rampage was proved to be a good match up. With a prime location of field 4 at the Regional Sports and Event Complex, our U16’s was ready to roll. With a competitive final that was full of shots, connecting passes and challenges on the ball; La Roca came through with the W. Scoring 2 goals against Rampage to claim the cup during this Presidents Cup.
With a Region 2 match up, L30 Crush and Forza FC were ready to battle it out for supremacy during the 17U final. With Crush sporting their unmissably vibrant shorts, the two teams met up for an afternoon showdown. With a dominant performance from Crush, the final score ending up being 5-0. With the momentum of raising the cup today as champions of Presidents Cup, we’ll see if they’ll be able to “Crush” it at Regionals.
With their final opportunity to leave Mesquite as champions, our oldest division’s final was set to be a fierce showdown between Arsenal and Impact. A game primed to be an exciting match up; filled with passion, physicality, and precision our U18 finals was sure to be a game to watch and enjoy. Impact was able to rise to the occasion and slip a goal past the Arsenal defense for the game winning goal. With a 1-0 victory, we’ll hopefully see an incredible “Impact” at Regionals from our U18 champions this coming June.