Finals take shape at the 2017 US Youth Soccer ODP Region IV Championships
Schedules, Results and Standings
PHOENIX (Jan. 7, 2017) — The semifinals are in the books and finals are set at the 2017 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Region IV Championships at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. The four-day tournament features teams of elite players in the 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 age groups, from Region IV, which includes Alaska, Arizona, California North, California South, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Six State Associations have teams in the finals. Cal South leads the way with nine teams, Arizona has four teams, Washington has three teams, Utah has two teams and Nevada and Oregon each have one team.
Group C winners Cal South defeated Arizona 2-0 to continue onward to the 2000 Boys final. After a scoreless first half, Aiden Cuevas opened the scoring in the 54th minute. Christian Zavala added Cal South's second to finish the scoring. With the win, Cal South is set to face an Oregon side that defeated Nevada 2-1 in the other semifinal. Oregon's John Sarna scored first in the 8th minute but the score was equalized only ten minutes later by Nevada's Teagan Jarvis. Zachary Velasco played the hero for Oregon as he put his side ahead for good in the 68th minute.
Cal South earned a convincing 5-0 win over Colorado to punch its ticket into Sunday's final match. Kailey Smith opened the scoring in just the 7th minute of play with teammates Molly Myers and Amber McCorkie rounding off the first half scoring. Sara Jayne Affleck and Jayln Lupo both scored seconds half goals to finish the scoring at 5-0. In the other semifinal, Washington defeated Utah 1-0 in a tight match and will now face Cal South in the final. Carly Tudor scored the game's lone goal in the first half and Washington held off a Utah side who was coming off an earlier victory that day.
Group C winners Washington got all they could handle in the first half from Group A runner-up Arizona Grey. Arizona dominated posession but couldn't convert on their chances in front of their goals. Washington's Jack Harrison took advantage of a chance to give Washington the 1-0 lead going into halftime. A ball bounced in the box and popped out to Harrison who smashed a volley from outside of the top of the box into the upper left corner. Arizona's players regrouped at halftime and came out firing on all cylinders claiming a 3-1 comeback victory. Cameron Fisher made the score 1-1 in the 50th minute with his teammate Denis Conteh adding a brace to seal the win for Arizona.
It took kicks from the mark to separate Cal South and Utah in the other 2001 Boys semifinal. Cal South's Diego Aragon scored what seemed to be the game winner in the 60th minute but Utah tied the game in the dying embers when Benjamin Ortiz scored in added time. With neither team scoring in extra time, the game was decided from the spot where Cal South outlasted its opponents to advance to the final.
Both Utah and Cal South earned 4-0 wins in the 2001 Girls semifinals to advance to the final match where both will put their undefeated records on the line. Utah defeated Arizona with Brecken Mozingo, Anna Pickering (2) and Nicole Rey finding the back of the net. In the other semifinal, Sarai Zedingil notched her division leading eighth goal to start the scoring for Cal South. Madison Rask added a brace and Lilli Rask finished the scoring to send Cal South into the final.
Utah advanced to the 2002 Boys ODP Region IV Championship finals on a 3-1 victory over Cal South. Daniel Powell scored first for Utah in the 17th minute and Utah went into the second half with a 1-0 lead. Powell found the back of the net again in the 56th minute, and his teammate Dyson Clapier added the third Utah goal in the 67th minute. Ruben Cazales scored for Cal South in the 71st minute, but Utah prevailed until the final whistle blew to make the final score 3-1.
Arizona clawed back to a victory over Washington in the other 2002 Boys semifinal. Age group leading goal scorer, Kevin Soltys, scored his division leading sixth goal to put Washington ahead. Arizona held the Washington attack in the second half and got goals just three minutes apart from Adrian Galindo and Derrick Silva to claim the 2-1 victory.
Group B teams Cal South and Washington are set to collide in the 2002 Girls final in what will be a preliminary play rematch where the teams tied 1-1. Cal South dealt Colorado its first loss of the event with a 3-0 victory in their semifinal match. Cal South struck with three different goal scorers. Rachel Rosen scored the lone first half goal with teammates Haley Mossmer and Alysa Romero adding second half tallies. Utah's undefeated streak was also ended as Group B runner-up Washington defeated them 1-0. A close match between the teams was separated by Zoe Burns' lone goal in the game during the 61st minute.
Group A winners Cal South defeated Group B winners Nevada 1-0 to stay undefeated this weekend. Felix Barajas' goal in the 15th minute was enough to send Cal South to the final as its defense held for a clean sheet. Cal South will face Arizona who cameback to defeat Utah 2-1. Utah's Hunter Ball scored the opening goal in the 19th minute but the lead only lasted a few minutes as Alexander Kessler scored his fourth goal of the event. Arizona's Riley Lynch scored the lone goal in the second half to send Arizona through to the final.
The Cal South 2003 Girls remain undefeated and unscored upon going into the finals, earning a 2-0 semifinal victory over Group A leaders Nevada. Makenna Dominguez scored the game's opener with Kayla Colbert scoring the game's final goal. Cal South kept the cleansheet while keeping Nevada's division leading goalscorer, Olivia Garcia, off the scoresheet. In the other semifinal, Washington defeated Cal North to earn its fourth victory in four games at the event. After a scoreless first half, Washington's Madison Ferris and August Hunter scored two goals just three minutes apart early in the second half to seal the victory.
Arizona's Naill Dunn scored a brace to help lead Arizona to a 2-1 victory over Cal North. Dunn scored in the 38th and 45th minutes in the second half to give his team a 2-0 advantage. Alexander Medina cut into the lead for Cal North, but his team couldn't muster another goal and Arizona fought to a 2-1 victory. Arizona will play Cal South who advanced to the final after defeating Colorado 4-0. Cal South used a team effort to get the win with four different goal scorers. Jonathan Santillan, Tristan Wouters and Spencer Lewis notched first half goals with Samani Villanueva rounding off the scoring in the second half. The 2004 Boys Cal South side will hope to keep it's cleansheet streak alive as it advances to play Arizona.
In a semifinal between two undefeated California sides, Cal South got the best of Cal North with a 2-0 victory. Division leading goalscorer Lindsey Chau's eighth and ninth goals of the event led her team into the finals. In the other semifinal, Nevada defeated Utah in a close 1-0 matchup. In a game that had no goals in regulation, Amber Mallas played the hero when she scored what would be the game winning goal in the 79th minute. Mallas' lone goal turned out to be enough and and now Nevada advances to play Cal South in the final in a matchup between two sides who have let in only one goal between them during the event.
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