Games continue at the 2016 US Youth Soccer Region IV ODP Championships
Schedules, Results and Standings
PHOENIX (Jan. 8, 2016) — The 2016 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Region IV Championships, continued Jan. 8 at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. The four-day tournament features teams of elite players in the 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 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.
Due to rain delays and field restrictions, the majority of age groups will play their final group match on Saturday, with semifinals occuring later that night.
The tournament will ultimately determine who represents Region IV in the 2016 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships in the 1999 and 2000 age groups. California South won three Region IV and National ODP Championships in 2015, while Utah 99 won the Region IV title last year, and ultimately became the first team from Utah to win the ODP Championships.
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Arizona 99 and Cal South 99 took control of Group B with wins against Alaska 99 and Washington 99 respectively. Cori Sullivan’s hat trick to go with a goal from Katherine McKay gave the Arizona side the 4-0 victory against Alaska, while Cal South’s 3-0 win over Washington came courtesy of Catarina Macario’s brace and Claire Grouwinkel’s goal.
Colorado 99 grabbed control of Group C with a 2-1 victory over Eastern Washington 99. Taylor Bee began the scoring in the 48th minute, and Kenady Adams doubled Colorado’s lead in the 63rd minute. Sydney Sanders brought Eastern Washington back within one in the 69th minute, but Colorado would hold on for the 2-1 win.
In Group A, Cal South 99 has control thanks to a 2-0 win over Eastern Washington 99. Arturo Rocha began the scoring in the 15th minute. Shortly after the second half began, Hugo Lemus doubled Cal South’s lead to give the 2014 champs a 2-0 win. The other match in Group A featured a 1-1 draw between Alaska 99 and Colorado 99. Colorado struck first in the second half, when Zion Lander scored in the 47th minute. It looked as if the final score would be 1-0 in favor of Colorado, but Derek Stone equalized for Alaska just before the final whistle.
Washington 99 and Arizona 99 sit atop Group B due to victories on day two. Washington defeated Idaho 99 5-0 thanks to a Nicholas Parris hat trick combined with goals from RJ Stretch and Teagan Eldridge. Arizona had a little more difficulty getting to the top of Group B with a 1-0 win over New Mexico 99. Zerek Jakubowksi scored the match’s only goal in the 49th minute.
Defending ODP Region IV and National Champions Utah 99 started its title defense off on the right foot with a 2-0 win over Oregon 99. Zahir Vazquez got Utah off to a dream start with a goal in the second minute, and Luke Madsen added a second goal in the 11th minute.
Alaska 00 defeated New Mexico 00 in a back-and-forth match that ultimately ended with a 4-3 score. Lauren Hepler began the scoring just six minutes into the match for Alaska. Alexis Baca responded jsix minutes later to put the match at 1-1. Carson Head’s goal in the 23rd minute broke the tie, and Hepler’s second goal added a cushion. Baca responded again for New Mexico as she completed her hat trick in the 55th minute to make the score 3-3. Kiara Simpson scored the game-winner in the 65th minute to give the Alaskan side the win. Alaska now controls Group A, and Arizona 00 controls Group B thanks to a 4-0 win over Oregon 00.
Nevada 00 took control of Group C courtesy of a 3-0 win over Eastern Washington 00. Jacob Mecham struck first for Nevada in the 10th minute, and seven minutes later it was Corrigan Neville doubling Nevada’s lead. Grant Smith added an insurance goal in the 65th minute to secure the 3-0 win. In the other Group C match, Cal South 00 edged out New Mexico 00 thanks to Christian Zavala’s brace within eight minutes in the first half. Skylor Rose responded for New Mexico in the 65th minute, but it was too little too late as Cal South was able to hang on.
Oregon 01 sits atop Group A thanks to a 3-0 win over Alaska 01. Gwynn Llewelyn began the scoring in the 12th minute, and Ava Bendetti doubled Oregon’s lead just four minutes later. Payton Lindell would later add another insurance goal in the 45th minute. In the other Group A match, Cal North 01 and Arizona 01 fought to a 0-0 draw.
Cal North 01 defeated Eastern Washington 01 1-0 in the first match of the 2001 Boys age group. Armon Olaee’s goal in the 25th combined with the Cal North defense producing a clean sheet gives Cal North three valuable points heading into the final day of group play.
Joining Cal North 01 at the top of Group A is Oregon 01 after a 1-0 win over Alaska 01. Edgar Monroy scored the match’s lone goal just six minutes into the match, but neither team was able to find the back of the net after that as the match ended 1-0.
Oregon 02 nabbed a 1-0 win over Utah 02 to earn a spot at the top of Group A. After a scoreless first half, Aanya Friedeman broke the scoreless stalemate in the 50th minute, and the Oregon defense was able to hold off Utah for the 1-0 victory.
Cal South 02 joined Oregon at the top of Group A after a 4-0 win over New Mexico 02. Frida Murrieta scored two goals in the seventh and 46th minutes, and sandwiched in between were goals from Shayra James and McKenna Carbon.
New Mexico edged out a 1-0 win over Idaho to move to the top of Group A. Wylie Trujillo began the scoring for New Mexico in the sixth minute, and that was all New Mexico would need as they were able to keep Idaho off the scoreboard.
Neither Nevada 02 nor Oregon 02 was able to find the back of the net as the two teams battled to a scoreless draw in Group B.
The match between Nevada 03 and Arizona 03 swayed in the favor as both defenses as the score was 0-0 as the final whistle blew. This result leaves Colorado 03 alone at the top of Group A after an 8-0 win over Alaska 03.
Arizona 03 Red earned a 2-0 win over Montana 03 thanks to a pair of goals from Alexander Kessler in the 16th and 36th minutes. Utah 03 joins Arizona at the top of Group A with a 3-1 win over Nevada 03. Silvestri Dante’s first half brace gave Utah a 2-0 heading into halftime. Llan Hernandez added a third goal right after halftime, only for it to be cancelled out by Abel Mendoza’s goal for Nevada to make the final score 3-1.
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