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Region IV U18s: Utah team guns for title

June, 15, 2012
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For each of the past four years, LaRoca has won the Utah State Cup and earned a spot in the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships. For each of the past three years, the team made it out of group play and was knocked out in the elimination rounds. This time around, the girls from Utah are taking aim at their first ever regional championship.

“A lot of teams that go to the regional events, they are just happy to be there,” says coach Tim Crompton. “But we’ve been there so many times, that anything less than winning would be a disappointment.”

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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
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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
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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 U16s: TNFC out to make Impact

June, 13, 2012
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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
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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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Ole Miss lands Midwest defender

June, 7, 2012
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Caitlin Lewis, a Class of 2013 defender from Papillion, Neb., has verbally committed to Mississippi, her family confirmed to ESPNHS.

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LSU adds another ODP player for 2014

June, 7, 2012
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Madi Ramsey, a Class of 2014 midfielder from Rock Hill, S.C., has verbally committed to LSU, she has confirmed to ESPNHS.

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UC Riverside lands local product

June, 5, 2012
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Danielle Giltner, a Class of 2013 midfielder from Chino Hills, Calif., has verbally committed to UC Riverside, her family has confirmed to ESPNHS.

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Pennsylvania midfielder chooses Kent State

June, 5, 2012
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Abbie LaVignaCourtesy of LaVigna familyAbbie LaVigna has helped Peters Township to back-to-back state titles.
Abbie LaVigna, a Class of 2013 midfielder and defender from McMurray, Pa., has verbally committed to Kent State, her family has confirmed.

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Dayton lands instate ODP player for 2014

May, 22, 2012
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Nicolette Griesinger, a Class of 2014 midfielder and defender from Strongsville, Ohio, has verbally committed to Dayton, her family has confirmed to ESPNHS.

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Atlanta Fire midfielder chooses Georgia

May, 22, 2012
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Maddie Burdick, a Class of 2014 midfielder from Alpharetta, Ga., has verbally committed to Georgia, she has confirmed with ESPNHS.

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Sting midfielder selects Arkansas for 2014

May, 21, 2012
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Gabby de Leon, a Class of 2014 midfielder from Rowlett, Texas, has verbally committed to Arkansas, her family has confirmed.

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Xavier lands Eclipse Select player for 2013

May, 17, 2012
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Celeste Carlson, a Class of 2013 midfielder and defender from Park Ridge, Ill., has verbally committed to Xavier, her family has confirmed to ESPNHS.

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