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YOUTH DIGEST: U-17 boys beat Canada, U-17 girls roster, Utah boys winners, Region II state champions
October 26th, 2004 3:45PM
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U-17 BOYS BEAT CANADA: The U.S. under-17 national team won three games and tied a fourth during its recent stay in the Miami area. The U-17s got two goals from David Arvizu and another from Preston Zimmerman after falling behind early to snag a 3-1 victory over Canada. Two days earlier, the U-17s played two games, tying Florida International University, 2-2, and beating Weston's U-18 team, 4-0. Zimmerman and Arvizu both scored against FIU. Amaechi Igwe had a hat trick, and Neven Subotic added the fourth goal. The U-17s also beat the Miami U-17 all-stars, 3-0, on goals from Eddie Ababio, Joseph Sorrentino and Josmer Altidore.

U-17 GIRLS ROSTER: Many of the players who may represent the USA at the 2006 women's world youth championship began a training camp on Oct. 23. Head coach David Smith brought 24 U-17 players to U.S. SoccerÆs National Training Center at the Home Depot Center: Goalkeepers: Meagan McCray (San Francisco), Dianna Pfenninger (Sugar Land, Texas). Defenders: Ameera Abdullah (Denver), Jenna Belcher (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.), Allison Fries (Dublin, Ohio), Kasey Moore (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Stefani Rocco (Sacramento, Calif.), Caroline Walden (Guilford, Conn.), Lauren Wilmoth (Garland, Texas). Midfielders: Brittany Bock (Naperville, Ill.), Cydne Currie (Irving, Texas), Melissa Hayes (Cave Creek, Ariz.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Amanda Lebo (Telford, Penn.), Lindsay Lum (Houston), Jennifer Om (Fairfax, Va.), Laura Grace Robinson (Houston), Hayley Siegel (Ellicott City, Md.). Forwards: Jackie Acevedo (Austin, Texas), Jessica McDonald (Glendale, Ariz.), Kelly O'Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Lauren Shapiro (Phoenix), Brittany Taylor (Campbell Hall, N.Y.), Nikki Washington (Mesquite, Texas).

UTAH STATE CHAMPIONS: Utah state boys champions were recently crowned. The U-15 UFC Orange, U-16 USA Milan, U-17 Inter FC Premier and U-18 Rangers all won by 1-0 margins in the finals played at Lone Peak Park in Sandy. Inter FC Premier was the only defending champion to repeat. For Sparta Premier U-18 and U-16 teams and the U-15 Nighthawks from Sandy, their title defenses ended with losses in the final.

REGION II CHAMPIONS: State cup champions were recently crowned in three Region II states. They include FC Milwaukee teams in the Wisconsin Girls U-15 to U-18 age groups. In Michigan, girls winners were Vardar (U-13, U-17 and U-18), Livonia United (U-14), Michigan Gators Orange (U-15) and Michigan Hawks (U-16). In recent years, the Hawks had dominated Michigan soccer. Iowa winners were Des Moines Menace (boys U-15 and U-17), Cedar River Soccer Association (boys U-16), Iowa Soccer Club Crew (boys U-18), West Des Moines Quest (girls U-15), West Des Moines Royal Fuerza (girls U-16) West Des Moines Storm (girls U-17) and Ankeny (girls U-18). The 2005 U.S. Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships will be held June 24-29 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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