[NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Finals]West Coast FC won a pair of titles as Cal South teams went home with five of the seven boys trophies at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Series in Overland Park, Kan. Sunday's play saw six of seven finals go to overtime.
Under-18 Boys | West Coast FC (CA-S)
Under-17 Boys | West Coast FC (CA-S)
Under-16 Boys | Smithtown Arsenal (E-NY)
Under-19 Girls | NASA 12 Elite II (GA)
Under-18 Girls | Team Chicago Botafogo (IL)
Under-17 Girls | Cleveland United White (OH-N)
Under-16 Girls | DMCV Sharks Elite (CA-S)
(Click here for report on Saturday's final.)
In the U-18 boys final, Ricky Brown, son of West Coast FC coach Rick Brown, saved two penalty kicks and then converted the final spot kick to claim the title, the team's second after a 2009 under-14 championship.
“It doesn’t matter how many times we are here, it matters that when we are here, we finish what we started,” Rick Brown said. “You have to take advantage of these moments and we were lucky enough to experience it at age 14 in 2009, and we are lucky to have the same moment here in 2013 at under-18. To have these guys go to college with this championship, it really comes full circle.”
West Coast FC (CA-S) took the lead over National League rival Raiders FC Premier (IL) on Gage Zerboni's goal but Kyle Hamann headed a ball from Roberto Torresinto the net for a stoppage-time equalizer that sent the game to overtime. The game finished 1-1 before Brown scored to win the shootout in the fifth round of penalties.
Little could separate National League teams West Coast FC (CA-S) and CUP Gold Boys (OH-S) as West Coast needed an overtime goal from Dylan Struthers to win 1-0.
In the lone game on Sunday to be decided in regulation, Smithtown Arsenal (E-NY) defeated GSA Phoenix Red (GA), 2-0. Smithtown, which had earlier knocked off two-time defending national champions Fullerton Rangers White (CA-S), won the final on goals by Thomas Butzke and Harrison Weilbacher.
NASA 12 Elite II (GA) defeated So Cal Blues Dido (CA-S), 2-1, with all three goals coming in overtime. NASA got the first advantage in overtime with a Caroline Watersgoal. Kelsey Nix doubled the score six minutes later, butJocelyn Blankenship was able to put So Cal on the board with her late goal.
In a rematch of the final game of the National League season, Team Chicago Academy Botafogo (IL) once again defeated returning champ VSA Heat Blue (VA, 2-1, on Zoe Swift's overtime goal. Swift had scored in the 11th minute, butCassidy Mercier evened the score for VSA in the 49th minute.
In the Under-17 Girls, Cleveland United White (OH-N) defeated Match Fit Beat (NJ), 2-1, in overtime. Alexis Manoa gave Cleveland the early lead in the 4th minute, but Brianna Robinson leveled the score for Match Fit seconds before the break. In overtime, Cleveland grabbed the game winner on Kelly Novac's header.
In another match between two National League foes, DMCV Sharks Elite (CA-S) defeated 2012 finalist Kings Hammer Academy (OH-S) on penalty kicks after their match finished 2-2. Kings Hammer’s Sydney Kilgore and the Sharks' Kirsten McBeain traded goals in regulation. Kings Hammer went ahead two minutes into overtime on Lauren Nemeroff's goal, but Natalie Saddic tied the match for the Sharks by tapping in a loose ball.