Mesquite, NV (1/13/2018)
The third day of Presidents Cup is always one of the busiest and craziest days of the entire tournament. There are the last group stage games being played, and then the wait and see until knockout rounds are set. Then usually a second game, either a quarterfinal or semi. This doesn’t even mention things like tiebreakers, shootouts, or wild cards. All the action also makes the third day of the tournament one of the most excitement, join us as we take a look back at todays excitement.
The two teams mentioned yesterday Liverpool F.C. 05B SG and Sparta 05 JH both advanced out of group play only to run into each other in the quarterfinals, a matchup Liverpool won 3-1. In the other quarters, USA Premier 05B PR, SWAT 05B DR, and Aggies FC 05B BH all won, with the SWAT game needing penalty kicks to determine the winner. The semis, on Monday at 10:00am will feature USA vs Liverpool, and SWAT vs Aggies.
Yesterday we highlighted several northern Utah teams, NUU Panthers, Wasatch SC, and Aggies FC, good news is that all three of those teams made it out of group play and participated in the quarterfinals, they were joined by La Roca TJ, Utah Storm 04 Bergholm, Rampage 04 LR/Si A, and Liverpool F.C. 04B Red LS and Utah Surf 04 AC. Unfortunately for the aforementioned three northern Utah teams, only NUU Panthers advanced as they beat Wasatch SC 1-0. They will play Utah Storm after they beat Utah Surf 3-0. The other semi will feature La Roca vs Liverpool F.C. Those games will be played Monday at 8:00am.
L30 Northern United Elite Blue B03 won the high stakes winner take all match against Sparta 03 CK, they rode that momentum through their quarterfinal match, and then overtime, before finally falling 6-5 on pks to Blast 03. The other quarterfinal winners were L30 Gremio FC B03 Premier who beat Sparta 2-0, La Roca S KN who beat Rampage 03 MS, and Liverpool F.C. 03B SG 3-0 winners over L30 Union Premier B03. The semi-finals will take place at 10:00am Monday and pit Blast vs La Roca S, and Liverpool F.C. vs Gremio.
With so many games to play today, there was tons of movement and neither of the teams highlighted managed to hold on and win their group to advance to the semi-finals. Instead Sparta 02 Premier DKJ, L30 Gremio FC B02 Premier, Liverpool F.C. 02B SG and NUU CV United 02 all emerged from the mass of games to win their groups. The stage has been set for Sparta vs NUU and Gremio vs Liverpool on Monday morning at 8:00am
VKCOBRAS 2001 Zapata came out and took care of business to pick up their third win in 3 games and clinch their spot in the semi-finals with a 4-0 victory. Also finishing with 9 points in the group stage were Liverpool F.C. 01B SG and Utah Rangers FC 01 Blue. The fourth semi-finalist was SCSL CV Aztecas after a crazy three way tie on 6 points at the top of group D. The matchups on Monday will be Liverpool vs SCSL and Utah Rangers vs VKCOBRAS.
Arsenal didn’t beat Liverpool so Group C went pretty straight forward and advanced Liverpool F.C. 00B Red SG to the semi-finals where they will take on Blue Knights 00 Premier JM winners in their match against United FC 00 JM. That United team snagged the wild card spot and will play SWAT United 00B DJ/JO the winners of Group A. These games will take place on Monday at 8:00am.
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