MESQUITE, Nev. (Nov. 6, 2017) -- The second weekend of play in 2017-18 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional League's Desert Premier League (DPL) is in the books for the 12U-14U Boys and Girls.
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This past weekend was held at the Mesquite Regional Sports and Event Complex in Mesquite, Nevada, just an hour Northeast of Las Vegas. The final weekend of play will be held at the Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Arizona, from April 6-8, while the first weekend was held in Salt Lake City from September 15-17.
See photos from Day 1 (Friday) | Day 2 (Saturday) | Day 3 (Sunday)
While the surrounding backdrop provided stunning and colorful views of the Virgin Mountains and the Mojave Desert, the competing players had to stay focused on their matches as many teams looked to solidify their first-place standing and others looked to bridge the gap.
Team Performance Highlights:
12U Boys — Just three points separate four teams in this group as FBSL Tuzos Academy 06 (AZ) maintained their group lead after picking up six points. Tuzos have 15 points and trailing them are Scottsdale Soccer 06 Blackhawks Chapman (AZ) 13 pts., Forza FC06 DN (UT) 12 pts., and Utah Soccer Alliance USA Premier 06B - SM (UT) 12 pts.
13U Boys — It was a big weekend for Utah Soccer Alliance USA Premier 05B - SA (UT), Classic West 05 Premier Boys (AZ), and Scottsdale Soccer 05B Blackhawks Chapman (AZ). Utah Soccer Alliance scored seven goals and conceded just one while Classic West scored eight goals and conceded one goal. Both of these teams won their first two matches before they played against each other on Sunday, which ended in a 1-1 draw. They are both tied for the group lead with 16 pts. and trailing them by just one point is Scottsdale Soccer who scored 13 goals while conceding zero goals.
14U Boys — In another highly contested group, FBSL Tuzos Academy 04 (AZ) are the group leaders with 18 pts, while NM Rush 04 (NM) is second with 16 pts. Guadalajara Scorpions '04 (NM) picked up a big win on Saturday against Tuzos and they are currently third with 13 pts., and Sparta United Sparta 04 Premier JK (UT) is fourth with 13 pts.
12U Girls — It was a goal scoring outburst for group leaders Albion SCLV GU11 2006 Academy (16 pts.) as they won all three matches behind 17 goals. Trailing them is Real Henderson FC 06 Select Girls MM (NV) who also won all three matches and have 13 pts., Scottsdale Soccer 06G Blackhawks Jeffers (AZ) who have 12 pts., and Utah Avalanche 06 Black North DL (UT) who have 11 pts.
13U Girls — Scottsdale Soccer 05G Blackhawks Chapman (AZ) extended its perfect start to six matches following yet another strong weekend of play. They held their three opponents to just one goal while scoring 10 goals. Keeping pace with them is AZ Arsenal 05 Premier Teal (AZ) who are trailing the group leaders by just three points and CCV Stars 05 Girls (AZ) are in third place (13 pts.) after winning all three matches this past weekend.
14U Girls — In yet another close group, just two points separate the leaders, LVPSA '04 Girls Red (NV) from fourth place. LVPSA won their first two matches before playing to a scoreless draw against fourth-place, Pride SC Predators '04G (CA), on Sunday. Pride also won their first two matches as well. Sandwiched between these two teams is AZ Arsenal 04 Premier Teal 15 pts., who won all three matches this past weekend, and Celtic FC '04 Celtic FC Premier (UT) who have 14 pts.
The DPL provides an opportunity for the most competitive teams in its portion of US Youth Soccer Region IV to play each other on a scheduled basis while also competing for placement in the prestigious US Youth Soccer Farwest Regional Championships (13U-19U), as well as the highly-competitive US Youth Soccer National League (13U-17U).
The National League is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues (Region I Eastern Regional League, Region II Midwest Regional League, Region III Southern Regional Premier League and Region IV Far West Regional League). Each league provides the best-localized matchups and an opportunity for advancement to play at the national level – giving players great opportunities for development while offering college coaches a chance to see the top players in the region compete in meaningful games.
For more information on the DPL, click here.