[U.S. YOUTH SOCCER] Iowa’s '94 boys became the first team from the state to win an U.S. Youth Soccer ODP National Championship as they beat defending champion Cal South, 4-1, in Sunday's final at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix.
Cal South, New Jersey and Virginia won the other age group titles.
New Jersey grabbed the lead in the 87th minute on a goal from Gabby Galanti, but Cal South’s Makenzy Doniak leveled in stoppage time and Taylor Alderete scored the winner nine minutes into overtime as Cal South claimed the title 2-1. Last year, Cal South gave up a one-goal lead late in the game as New Jersey came out on top 2-1.
California South 2, New Jersey 1 (OT)
Goal scorers: CAS – Makenzy Doniak (90) Taylor Alderete (99) NJ – Gabby Galanti (87)
Georgia 4, Michigan 3
Goal scorers: GA – Anastasia Whitehouse (9) Bria Washington (16) Rachel Garcia (25) Caroline Wootten (54); MI – Mallory Weber (33, 60) Merlinn Beckwith (69)
Iowa won its first ODP title with a 4-1 over Cal South, 4-1, in a rematch of last year's semifinals. Danton Ireland grabbed the lead for the Iowans in the 26th minute and Gabe Christianson doubled it on a penalty kick in the 70th. Cal South knocked in a PK of their own seven minutes later from Alberto Diaz, but Iowa responded with a second Irelan goal in the 85th and Quint Wickett sealed the game with his second in the 90th.
Iowa 4, California South 1
Goal scorers: IA – Danton Irelan (26, 85) Gabe Christianson (70), Quint Wickett (90); CAS – Alberto Diaz (77)
Eastern Pennsylvania 2, Florida 0
Goal Scorers: EPA – Joseph Farrell (64) Darius Madison (89)
New Jersey defeated Cal South 1-0 to give Ruthers coach Glenn Crooks his second straight ODP Championship after he led New Jersey's 94s to the title last year. Katelyn Walters put New Jersey in the lead in just the 4th minute and the goal would stand as goalie Danielle Sedillo and the New Jersey defense recorded their second shutout of the weekend.
New Jersey 1, California South 0
Goal scorer: CAS – Katelyn Walters (4)
Illinois 2, North Carolina 1
Goal scorers: Corey Burns (47) Holly Gregory (59); NC – Sydney Browder (45)
Peter Pearson scored twice to lead Virginia to a 3-1 win over Washington in the final. Pearson’s first came just before the halftime whistle and Francesco Amorosino added the winner 15 minutes after the break. Washington mounted a furious comeback, but Jacob Hauser-Ramsey’s 67th-minute goal was all they could get.
Virginia 3, Washington 1
Goal scorers: VA – Peter Pearson (40, 75) Francesco Amorosino (54); WA – Jacob Hauser-Ramsey (67)
Illinois 1, Georgia 0
Goal scorer: IL – Michael McKune (76)