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MORGAN HILL, Calif. (June 15, 2014) – Six of the 10 Washington teams competing at the 2014 US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup qualified for the knockout rounds, all looking to represent Washington and Region IV at the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup in Greenville, S.C., July 10-13. Three teams emerged to play for the title, but Under-15 Boys Tacoma United Chelsea was the only victor as they are the sixth Washington team to win a regional Presidents Cup trophy.
In 2013, Under-17 Girls Eastside FC White came up just short in the Presidents Cup national title game. No team from Washington has lifted the National Presidents Cup trophy in the six years of the competition.
Champions and select wildcards from the Washington Youth Soccer Challenge Cup in the Under-13 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups earned a spot in the US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup taking place in Morgan Hill, Calif., June 11-15. Representatives from the 14 Western states have convened at Morgan Hill Sports Complex outside of San Jose, with the regional winners earning a place in the National Presidents Cup finals.
For full scores and standings from the Region IV Presidents Cup, click here.
2014 US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup Results | Knockout Rounds
FC Alliance 00 (0-2-1) did not advance out of group play.
In the quarterfinal, Eastside FC 99 White did not hide their intentions on the week as they handily dispatched South Bay Gunners of Cal-South 3-0 to move on. Kendall Riley hit first in the 20th minute and Joelle Tudor and Priya White scored two minutes apart in the second half to gain momentum toward the semis.
In the semifinal, Eastside’s determination was tested, but proven as they took down Utah Storm 2-1. Priya White put Eastside in front in the 14th, but Utah leveled just before the break. With time winding down, Kendall Riley grabbed the game winner to send her side into the championship match.
In the final, Eastside faced a rematch with the only team to defeat them so far, West Coast FC United White of Cal-South. West Coast won the group game 1-0, and despite Eastside opening the scoring, West Coast once again prevailed to take the title 2-1. Paige Robertson put Eastside ahead just four minutes in, but West Coast immediately equalized and then found the game winner in the second half.
In the quarterfinal, Eastside FC 98 White found a first half goal and then held on to defeat Roseville Impulse of Cal-North 1-0. Kate Miller led the way with her 17th minute goal to head into the semifinal.
In the semifinal, Eastside ran into Utah Crush Blue, who not only persevered for a 4-2 semifinal victory, but also took home the championship. After coming out of halftime down 0-1, Eastside equalized in the 52nd from Isabelle Johnson. But Utah jumped back in front seven minutes later and then extended the lead to 3-1 before Anne Maher struck in the 71st. That was as close as Eastside could get however, as Utah added one more before the whistle to end Eastside’s perfect run.
In the quarterfinal, Washington Timbers 97 Green dispatched Celtic Hoops of Cal-South 3-0 to move on to the semifinal. Amanda Shi scored five minutes into the match and again five minutes before halftime for a 2-0 lead at the break, and Arocha grabbed her second of the day to cap the scoring.
In the semifinal, Timbers faced a tough wind, and a few tough calls, as they bowed out 1-0 to Lady Nomads of Nevada, the eventual champion.
In the quarterfinal, Crossfire Select 96 Farzeen downed MYSL SF United Girls from Cal-North, 3-0. Lily Hart struck in the 15th minute to give Crossfire Select the lead and Mikaela Metter followed up just before halftime. Arielle Van Peursem put the game away with the third in the 53rd minute en route to the semifinal.
In the semifinal, Crossfire Select endured a dramatic match with Colorado Rush Nero in which CS took the lead four times before finally prevailing 6-3 in overtime. Caitlyn Glenn netted first and Sabrina Mohazzabfar struck twice more, with Colorado battling back to even the score each time before Glenn, Hart and Caroline Ross each scored in overtime to finally put away the pesky Colorado team.
In the final, Crossfire Select were surely gassed from their 9-goal overtime semifinal, and fell 5-0 to CISC Velocity 97 of Alaska, a team they had previously beaten in group play.
Nortac Colibri (0-2-1) did not advance out of group play.
Eastside FC 00 White (0-2-1) did not advance out of group play.
In the quarterfinal, Tacoma United 98 Chelsea continued their winning ways and continued their shutout streak with a 4-0 win over Boise Nationals Inter of Idaho. Emmanuel Ramos hit first in the 24th for a 1-0 halftime lead before Nikolas Mejia’s double and a strike from Misael Alfaro broke the game open as Tacoma advanced.
In the semifinal, Bryan Flores scored the lone goal of the game as the defense again stayed strong to defeat Infinity SC 99 Premier of Utah, 1-0.
In the championship match, Tacoma Utd. lifted the trophy after their perfect run though the tournament in which they didn’t allow a goal after a 1-0 victory over Wolfpack SC of Cal-South. Vicente Aquino scored the game winner in the 75th minute as Tacoma will advance to play for the National Presidents Cup in South Carolina next month.
Federal Way FC 97 (1-2-0) did not advance out of group play.
In the quarterfinal, Crossfire Select 96 Gonzalez fell to eventual champions Las Vegas Neon 97 of Nevada, 2-1. After going behind in the 8th minute, Riley Brown equalized for Crossfire Select in the 14th to go into the break at 1’s. However, Nevada found the net in the 72nd and held on for the win to end CS’s run.