Region III (South) rallied to tie Region II (Midwest) 1-1 and Region I (East) pinned a 4-0 defeat on Region IV (West) on Saturday at the US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Winter Interregional in Bradenton, Fla., for players born in 1996.
Region II took the lead in the 16th minute as recent U-17 National Team call-up Amar Sejdic (United FC, Ky.) scored his third goal of the weekend to lead all scorers. With time winding down, Johnny Nartowicz (Florida Rush) scored the equalizer for Region III on a controversial goal after a scramble in front of the net.
Region I felt it squandered Friday’s game, allowing Region II to come back from two goals down in the second half to win. The East team would not make that mistake again as it jumped on Region IV with three goals in a 12-minute span in the first half and finished out a 4-0 victory. Zachary Zandi (Penn Fusion, E-Pa.) got things going by converting a penalty kick in the 19th minute and Patrick Berneski (Lehigh Valley United, E-Pa.) doubled the lead just two minutes later. Daniel Kaiser (SAC, Md.) scored again for Region I in the 31st for a three-goal lead at the break before William Eskay (FC Frederick, Md.) converted his second goal of the weekend a minute after the restart.
1996 Region III 1, Region II 1
Goal scorers: RIII - Johnny Nartowicz, Florida (80th). RII - Amar Sejdic, Kentucky (16th).
1996 Region I 4, Region IV 0
Goal scorers: RI - Zachary Zandi, Pennsylvania (19th), Patrick Berneski, Pennsylvania (21st), Daniel Kaiser, Maryland (31st), William Eskay, Maryland (41st).