High-SchoolGirls-Soccer: Girls Club Soccer News

Region IV U17s: Idaho team ready for test

June, 15, 2012
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Eric Simmonsen knows his Super Nova team might get overlooked. Idaho doesn’t exactly have the soccer reputation of Southern California or Arizona. And the trip to the President’s Cup last summer might have some folks thinking this team won’t compete at the highest level.

“It gives us kind of an underdog feeling,” says Simmonsen. “We’re out to prove ourselves every time we step onto the field.”

But it wouldn’t be wise to gloss over the Idaho squad.

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Region IV U16s: FRAM Premier is favored

June, 15, 2012
6/15/12
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If you don’t know the name FRAM Premier, you probably should. The Under-16 team’s roster includes nine Division I commitments and together they have won the South California State Cup and the Far West Regional Premier League this season. And coming into the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships, they are one of the more feared teams in the age group.

“We have a little bit of everything,” says coach Rich Boon. “We have some very athletic players, we have some very technical players… we really have a great mix of what it takes to be successful.”

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Region IV U15s: Leahi wants to make waves

June, 15, 2012
6/15/12
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It’s nearly 3,000 miles from Honolulu to Phoenix. It’s a six hour flight – if you’re lucky and have no layovers – and a three-hour time difference. But Leahi Premier couldn’t be happier to make the trip.

The Hawaiian State Cup champs come over to the mainland three times each year to play in tournaments, according to coach Joelle Sugai. The team competed in the Players Showcase in Las Vegas in March, and will travel to Surf Cup later this summer in San Diego. In between, they look to make waves at next week’s US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships.

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Region III U18s: Gatorade stars lead NASA

June, 13, 2012
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It’s rare to see two different Gatorade Players of the Year -- from two different states -- on the same club team. But for NASA Elite of Georgia, a squad that also boasts three U.S. Soccer national player pool players and 18 college commitments, it’s just another day on the pitch.

Emily Sonnett, this year’s Georgia Girls Soccer Player of the Year, and Sara Coleman, the award winner from Mississippi, both patrol the midfield for NASA. They led the team to the Region III crown last year and coach Dave Smith says he likes their chances to do it again this year.

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Region III U17s: Arkansas team aims high

June, 13, 2012
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NWA Lightening Strikers of Arkansas enters the weekend with unmatched experience. The squad has won their sixth consecutive Arkansas State Cup title, and is making the trip to the Region III Championships for the fourth straight year.

“I have to admit, it’s kind of a rare find,” says coach Doug Estrada, “finding that level of commitment from the girls in this area who have this kind of ability, and have competed nationally.”

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Region III U16s: TNFC out to make Impact

June, 13, 2012
6/13/12
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Each of the past two seasons, the Tennessee FC 96 Impact team has made the Region III Championships. And both times, they were eliminated by the eventual regional champion.

This time around coach Tommy Cochran likes his team’s chances and knows that his team is ready to play at the highest level.

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Region III U15s: Louisiana team is on Fire

June, 13, 2012
6/13/12
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At first glance, Group C may not look all that spectacular. It features teams from Louisiana, Alabama, Oklahoma and Tennessee. But don’t be fooled by their location – this group will be one of the most intriguing this weekend at the US Youth Soccer Region III Championships.

Louisiana Fire returns to the Region III Championships this year after winning their third consecutive State Cup. And in their group they see a list of familiar opponents.

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Pain of last year drives Eclipse Select U17s

June, 11, 2012
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Cristina Mursuli Courtesy of Jorge MursuliCristina Mursuli protects the goal for Eclipse Select, which will be favored at the ECNL championships.
Rewind 12 months.

This time last year, Eclipse Select’s U16 squad was the top team in the country. The team had a 10-1-1 record in the regular season and entered the Elite Clubs National League playoffs as the No. 1 overall seed.

But something went wrong. Whether it was the Colorado air, a lack of mental preparation or an injury to a star forward, Eclipse came out flat. The team lost the first game of the playoffs 1-0 to Real So Cal.

“It was devastating,” said forward Michelle Prokof. “We never want to feel like that again.”

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PDA Showcase: Real So Cal stuns Eclipse

May, 26, 2012
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ZAREPHATH, N.J. – The match was played under a constant threat of rain, but as far as top-ranked Eclipse Select Under-17s were concerned, it felt as if they had been struck by lightning a second time.

For the second time in 11 months, Real So Cal zapped Eclipse Select, this time rallying for a 3-2 victory to highlight Saturday’s Elite Clubs National League action at the PDA Showcase. Last year’s Real So Cal victory was a bit more monumental, beating then top-seeded Eclipse Select in the national quarterfinals.

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PDA Showcase: ECNL Under-17 Preview

May, 23, 2012
5/23/12
5:37
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PDA Showcase ECNL Previews: Under-15 | Under-16 | Under-17

More than 200 teams from across the country head to Zarephath, N.J., this weekend for the annual PDA Showcase, one of the nation’s most esteemed club soccer events. In recent years, the Showcase has taken on new meaning, serving as the final stop for many ECNL teams before June’s playoffs. Forty-four ECNL clubs will send a total of 110 teams to this year’s PDA Showcase and the results will have major implications on which teams makes the playoffs in their respective age groups.

ESPNHS breaks down the teams to watch, the players to watch, and the matches to watch at U17 this weekend in New Jersey.

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PDA Showcase: ECNL Under-16 Preview

May, 23, 2012
5/23/12
5:36
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PDA Showcase ECNL Previews: Under-15 | Under-16 | Under-17

More than 200 teams from across the country head to Zarephath, N.J., this weekend for the annual PDA Showcase, one of the nation’s most esteemed club soccer events. In recent years, the Showcase has taken on new meaning, serving as the final stop for many ECNL teams before June’s playoffs. Forty-four ECNL clubs will send a total of 110 teams to this year’s PDA Showcase and the results will have major implications on which teams makes the playoffs in their respective age groups.

ESPNHS breaks down the teams to watch, the players to watch, and the matches to watch at U16 this weekend in New Jersey.

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PDA Showcase: ECNL Under-15 Preview

May, 23, 2012
5/23/12
5:35
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PDA Showcase ECNL Previews: Under-15 | Under-16 | Under-17

More than 200 teams from across the country head to Zarephath, N.J., this weekend for the annual PDA Showcase, one of the nation’s most esteemed club soccer events. In recent years, the Showcase has taken on new meaning, serving as the final stop for many ECNL teams before June’s playoffs. Forty-four ECNL clubs will send a total of 110 teams to this year’s PDA Showcase and the results will have major implications on which teams makes the playoffs in their respective age groups.

The U15 age group only includes about half as many teams as the older groups, but ESPNHS breaks down the teams to watch, the players to watch, and the matches to watch at U15 this weekend in New Jersey.

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BUSA attracts players from other states

May, 1, 2012
5/01/12
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“Merge on to US-78 E towards Birmingham. Drive for 116 miles.”

The Google directions from Georgia Russell’s house to the Birmingham United practice fields are daunting. Anyone less committed or less hard-working would probably turn away immediately.

But not Russell. She crosses state lines at least twice a week to play for Birmingham United. She knows it’s the best competition around, and for the past two years, she’s made the trip to compete at the highest level.

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Sereno player crosses desert to play soccer

May, 1, 2012
5/01/12
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Of all the athletes across the country who travel long distances to play for their club teams, Meg O’Brien has to deal with a little something extra.

O’Brien is from Flagstaff, Ariz., and travels 145 miles each way to play for Phoenix-based Sereno SC. It’s a drive through desert, mountain and valley, and after two-and-a-half hours it puts Meg at the Sereno practice fields.

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Desire, dad drives KCFC keeper to her goal

May, 1, 2012
5/01/12
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Keighton Allen Courtesy of Allen familyKeighton Allen travels more than two hours each way to play for KCFC.
Dad remembers.

“She looked at me in the eighth grade and said she wanted to play soccer in college.”

Mark Allen is the father of seven children. The oldest, Keighton, is a three-time all-state goalkeeper and the 2010 Catch It Kansas Soccer Player of the Year. And four years ago when Keighton told her dad that she had dreams of collegiate play, he knew it was a reachable goal. He also knew it would take a serious commitment.

“He told me we were going to have to drive a long way for practice,” Keighton says. She responded: “Hey, that’s fine with me.”

And so, a long way they drove. One hundred ninety miles, to be exact. From their home in Wichita, Kan., to the KCFC practice facility in Kansas City. It was the beginning of Keighton’s sophomore year, and it was time to make a move toward her dreams.

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