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2010-2011 US Youth Soccer National League Boys wrap up opening weekend of play in Wilson, N.C.

November 18, 2010 06:00 AM

Day 4 of 4 complete
Daily video updates [link]

Scores and Standings:
U-15 Blue | U-15 Red | U-16 Blue | U-16 Red | U-17 Blue | U-17 Red

National League Boys resume play Feb. 19-21 in Weston, Fla.

WILSON, N.C. (Nov. 21, 2010) –
After four days of play, the US Youth Soccer National League Under-15, 16 and 17 Boys have solidified their spots in the standings until they meet again Feb. 19-21 in Weston, Fla., where they will continue competing for a ticket to the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Phoenix, Ariz., July 26-31.

"Every game here is a championship; that's the way we phrase it. Obviously, everybody is trying to get to the National Championships, and you have to treat every game as such. There's no game you can take for granted, and we certainly don't," said Noah Gins, Albion White head coach.

The first weekend of National League Boys' play welcomed 48 of the country's top teams to Wilson, N.C, where 96 games were played, all of which held great significance and meaning as teams were competing for a strong position in the standings and an eventual chance at earning advancement to the National Championships. Of the 48 teams competing in the league, only two leave the first weekend of play with an undefeated record, from the Under-15 Boys blue division, FC Dallas Youth 96 (N-TX), and from the Under-16 Boys red division, Concorde Fire Elite (GA).

"The National League is tremendously pleasing to the teams as well as the coaches. It's a beautiful environment. The referees are awesome, and the kids are able to play their best soccer because of the fields, the complex, the organization and because of the competition of play here," said Charlie Aronica, Under-17 Boys Commack SC United head coach.

Some highlights from today's matches…
Under-15 Boys
FC Dallas Youth 96 (N-TX) tallied their fourth consecutive win tpday in the Under-15 Boys blue division against Lonestars 96 Red (S-TX). The 3-0 shutout came to be with goals from Milton Rosales (23:00), James French (57:00) and Dean Madden (63:00).

The Under-15 Boys red division brought together two teams from the Carolinas with 95 CSA Charlotte SA Predators (NC) and CESA 95 Premier (SC). CSA's Charles Coulson opened with a 7th minute goal, but just before the half, Christopher Heijjer hit the CESA equalizer. Not willing to go home with a tie, CSA pulled out goals in the 72nd and 76th minute from Eduardo Iturbide and Solopino Bridges for a 3-1 CSA win and a third place seat in the standings.

Under-16 Boys
Eastside FC 94 Red (WA) took the 5th minute lead over CESA 94 Premier (SC), but CESA had other plans for their final day of play this weekend. Nicholas Watson hit a 17th minute CESA equalizer, and Christian Calloway completed the 2-1 CESA victory with a 47th minute goal.

The Reston Knights FC (VA) were looking to go home on strong note by securing their first win of league play, but they knew facing Albion White (CA-S), the defending National League champion and a team that played in the 2010 National Championship finals, would present a tough battle. James Paredes gave Reston the early upper hand with a 23rd minute goal and Alfonso Mendez extended the Reston lead to 2-0 in the 51st. Being down 2-0, Albion knew what they had to do take control of the game, and with that, Tony Kirouac put Albion on the board in the 60th. After several near goals, in stoppage time, Oscar Ortega took a free kick and teammate Shane Mahvi helped the ball in with a header for a 2-2 knot to end the game. The tie keeps Albion at the top of the Under-16 Boys blue division until league play resumes.

Minnesota Thunder Academy 95 (MN) took the 1-0 lead over Everest SC Black (OH-N) with a 30th minute Merlin Erickson goal. Sekou Kamara secured the 2-0 victory with a 57th minute goal for Minnesota to share a 2-1-1 record with two other Under-16 Boys blue division teams. Based on goal differentials, Minnesota is in third place overall in the division.

Under-17 Boys
The stakes were high at the Under-17 Boys red division game between Rush Nike Argonauts (NM) and Dallas Texans Red (N-TX) as both were looking to post a win in the final day of play. After a saved PK by the Argonauts' keeper Nicholas Moeser in the first half, the pace of the game increased, but the 0-0 score remained despite multiple shots on goal from both sides. 

The importance of marking a win in today's match was weighing on Commack SC United (E-NY) as they met the reigning National League champion, Grand Rapids Crew Juniors (MI), in the Under-17 Boys red division. A 29th minute Michael Biondo goal set Commack up 1-0, and Eduardo Cornejo found an opening in the 70th to solidify the 2-0 shutout. Commack travels home with the number one seat in the division thanks to a 3-1-0 record.
In their last game of the weekend, Penn Fusion Celtics (E-PA) were looking for their second win of league play as they met CESA 93 Premier (SC). Penn Fusion's mission of tallying a win came a little closer to reality when Keegan Rosenberry struck one in the 61st minute. The 1-0 Penn Fusion advantage remained for Penn's 2-2-0 record in the Under-17 Boys red division.

US Youth Soccer National League Results | Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010
Under-15 Boys Blue            
Scottsdale Soccer 96 Blackhawks AZ 1   OBGC Rangers MD 3
96BH - Grant Lillard (15:00) | RANG - Jony Karahbetyan (60:00), Jeremy Ebobisse (64:00), Jeremy Ebobisse (75:00)
CUP Crew Juniors Gold OH-S 3   Concorde Fire  GA 0
CUP  - Thomas Moore (28:00), Austin Harrell (59:00), Jack Clark (62:00)    
FC Dallas Youth 96 TX-N 3   Lonestar 96 Red TX-S 0
FCD - Milton Rosales (23:00), James French (57:00), Dean Madden (63:00)    
Penn Fusion 95 PA-E 1   West Pines United Black FL 1
PF95 - Joseph Hansen (11:00) | WPU - Walker Dawkins (21:00)    
Under-15 Boys Red            
SDFC 09 Gauchos NJ 0   Lehigh Valley United 95 PA-E 1
LVU  - Gabriel Tagliamonte (32:00)          
Michigan Jaguars MI 3   LAFC Houstonians '96 TX-S 1
HOUS - Luis Esquivel (12:00) | JAGS - Griffin Parks (52:00), Luai Fakhoury (59:00), Nathan McLean (77:00)
Classics Eagles Red OH-S 1   Team America 95 Stripes VA 0
CEFC - John Schuman (61:00)            
95 CSA Charlotte SA Predator NC 3   CESA 95 Premier SC 1
CSA - Charles F. Coulson (7:00), Eduardo Iturbide (72:00), Solopino Bridges (76:00) | CESA - Christopher Heijjer (39:00)
Under-16 Boys Blue            
Eastside FC 94 Red WA 1   CESA 94 Premier SC 2
EFC - James Molyneux-Elliot (5:00) | CESA - Nicholas Watson (17:00), Christian Calloway (47:00)
Albion White CA-S 2   Reston Knights FC VA 2
ASC - Richard Kirouac (60:00), Shane Mahvi (80:00+) | KFC - James Paredes (23:00), Alfonso Mendez (51:00),
Sockers U 16 Cup  IL 0   Lake Grove United NY-E 1
LGU - Sean Hageman (47:00)            
MN Thunder Academy 95 MN 2   Everest SC Black OH-N 0
MNTH - Merlin Erickson (30:00) , Sekou Kamara (57:00)      
Under-16 Boys Red            
Downtown Rapids 95 Gold NV 4   Beachside CT 1
DR95 - Antonio Velazquez (14:00), Antonio Velazquez (65:00), Juan Carlos Regalado JR (70:00), Antonio Velazquez (80:00) | BEAC - Santiago Muriel (44:00)
Eclipse Select 94 95 IL 3   Raiders FC IL 2
ECLP - Sean Kirwan (26:00), Max Menzies (41:00), Michael McKune (54:00)| RFC - Alexis Monteon (44:00), Alexis Monteon (78:00)
AC Bethesda MD 2   Concorde Fire Elite GA 3
AC - Zachary Tamen (34:00), Zachary Fingerhut (71:00) | CFE - William Robinson (2:00), Cameron Moseley (29:00), Cameron Moseley (72:00)
AHFC 95B TX-S 4   Team Ohio FC Juventus OH-S 2
AHFC - Mario Toro (42:00), Mario Toro (45:00), Mario Toro (59:00), Joshua Durham (63:00) | TOJU - Alex Polko (5:00), Alex Bumpus (58:00)
Under-17 Boys Blue            
RSL Florida 93 FL 0   Javanon 94  KY 2
J94 - Neil Henley (8:00) (20:00)            
Sereno 94 White AZ 1   TSC 94 Black OK 1
SERE - Angel Rascon (32:00) | TSC - Harrison Kane (49:00)    
Blast FC OH-S 2   Annandale United FC VA 3
BFC - Emmanuel Appiah (53:00), Nick Goldbeck (84:00) | ANNU - Eric Schmidt (37:00), Oliver DeThier (40:00), Connor Coward (85:00)
Under-17 Boys Blue            
Waza FC 94 Black MI 0   PSC Coppa 93 PA-E 0
Rush Nike Argonauts NM 0   Dallas Texans Red-Dallas TX-N 0
Grand Rapids Crew Juniors MI 0   Commack SC United NY-E 2
CSCU - Michael Biondo (29:00), Eduardo Cornejo (70:00)    
Penn Fusion Celtic PA-E 1   CESA 93 Boys Premier SC 0
CELT - Keegan Rosenberry (61:00)            
CUP Crew Jrs U 17 Gold OH-S 1   Lou Fusz Gold Popovic MO 1
CUP - Craig McGinlay (58:00) | LOUF - Drew Dempsey (29:00)    
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