Games continue at the 2018 US Youth Soccer ODP West Championships
Schedules, Results and Standings
PHOENIX (Jan. 6, 2018) — The 2018 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) West Championships, continued Jan. 6 at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. The four-day tournament features teams of elite players in the 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 age groups, from the West Region, which includes Alaska, Arizona, California North, California South, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
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Oregon finished Group A with a perfect 3-0 record to move to the semifinals where they will face Group C winner Cal South. Cal South advances with seven points as it tied Arizona 0-0 in the final preliminary game. Utah advances ahead of Nevada in Group B, with its 4-0 win over Idaho in its last game give it an edge on goal differential to finish on top of the group. Group C's Arizona will advance to the semifinals on tiebreaker over Nevada as it only allowed one goal while Nevada had allowed two.
Cal South defeated Arizona 1-0, thanks to a goal from Izabel Reyes, to finish 3-0 through group play. Cal South remains undefeated through preliminary games with eight goals for and zero against. Utah, the other only remaining undefeated team in the age group, will face Cal South in tomorrow's semifinal. Utah earned a 4-1 win against Eastern Washington to seals its spot in the semifinals. Group C's Eastern Washington will advance to the semifinals after finishing on the top of the Group and will face Group B's Cal North. Cal North almost missed out on the semifinals, but it held off a comeback attempt by Colorado in its 3-2 victory.
Arizona will face Arizona Wildcard in a hometown matchup in the 2002 Boys semifinals. Arizona topped Group A with a great differential of 14 goals for and just one against. Arizona Wildcard played to a 1-1 tied with Colorado to ensure itself a spot in the semifinals. A late second half goal by Logan Guertin sealed the team's spot. Cal South finished a perfect 3-0 and ended up the only team with a perfect record in the age group after preliminary play. Cal South will face New Mexico who advances out of Group A. New Mexico will need to break Cal South's clean sheet streak in order to advance to the final.
Arizona earned a tight 1-0 win over Colorado to claim the top spot in Group A and a spot in tomorrow's semifinals. Arizona's Mollie Griswold sits on top of the goal-scoring chart with five goals. In Group B, Washington got the job done with a 2-1 over Utah. Goals by Reese Tappan and Hallie Bergford were enough to give Washington the win. Group C's Cal South and Utah will match up in the other semifinal. Cal South won 5-2 in its final group stage game against Nevada while Utah will be looking to bounce back after a loss in its final game of preliminary play.
Washington earned a 3-0 victory over Arizona Wildcard to finish perfect through its three preliminary games. Group A's Washington will match up against Arizona, who are coming off a big win against Eastern Washington to advance to the semifinals. Cal South advance out of Group B with a staggering 17 goals for while allowing none against. Cal South will need that offensive firepower in the semifinals when they face off against a Utah team that has also allowed no goals through its three games.
Cal South and Cal North will face off in a match-up of undefeated teams in one side of the 2003 Girls semifinals Cal South has allowed no goals against in its three match ups while Cal North has allowed just one. Washington, the other remaining team with a perfect record, will represent Group B against Group D's Arizona. Washington earned a 2-1 win against Hawaii to finish on the top of Group B
New Mexico and Cal South match up in game that will pit two teams with perfect records against each other. New Mexico finished its preliminary games with a 2-1 victory over Utah while Cal South earned a 4-0 win over Nevada. Despite the loss, Nevada will advance as the Group B winner and will face off against the winner of the Group D play-in game. Arizona will have to get by Hawaii again if they want to earn a spot in the semifinals. In their previous matchup, Arizona defeated Hawaii 5-0 behind a two goal game from Blake Bernal.
Nevada narrowly advanced out of Group A with a 1-1 tie against Colorado and advances via a goal differential tiebreaker. Cal South finished Group B undefeated with 13 goals for and zero against to advance to the semifinals. Washington will also be advancing to the semifinals with a perfect record with only one goal against and will face the Group D's Arizona. Arizona will need to be wary of Washington's Karli Yoshida Williams who is second in the age group in scoring with four goals.
Cal North went perfect in Group A scoring 13 goals and allowing just 2 goals over its three games. Cal North will face New Mexico in its semifinal. New Mexico claimed a crucial come from behind victory over Oregon to grab the top spot in Group C. Arizona and Cal South will play in the other semifinal which should be a showcase of both offensive firepower and defensive prowess. Both teams have scored 34 goals between them while allowing just two through the preliminary games.
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Undefeated Cal South and Cal North teams will face each other in a battle of California sides in the semifinals. Cal North allowed no goals through its three games while Cal South allowed just one. Hawaii advances form Group B with an important 2-2 tie with Oregon in its last game to make sure it finished with the top point total. Hawaii will face Group D winners Utah who defeated Eastern Washington 5-0 on the last day of preliminary play on its way to the semifinals.
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