Monday, March 26, 2012
National League: What a day for Legends
By Sheldon Shealer
Legends FC (Calif.) went 6-0-1 through National League Under-15 play to secure a spot in this summer's US Youth Soccer National Championships.
Legends FC (Calif.) and its partner club Legends Breakaway (Calif.) combined to win four US Youth Soccer National League titles over the weekend in Las Vegas, securing national championship berths for the California power this summer.
Before Sunday’s strong finish, only the Dallas Texans had ever won more than one National League title in a single year -- accomplishing the feat three times:
2010-11: Dallas Texans won U16 Girls and U17 Boys division titles.
2008-09: Dallas Texans won U16 Girls, U17 Girls and U16 Boys titles.
2007-08: Dallas Texans won U15 Girls and U16 Boys titles.
ESPNHS recaps each of the National League age groups following the final round of play this season:
Red: FC Penn Strikers (Pa.)
Blue: Toro Bravo (Neb.)
Top Scorers: 6, Chesney White, Brentwood Premier (Tenn.); 5, Kelsey Nix, NASA (Ga.), 4 (tie), Lindsey Mayo, Brentwood Premier (Tenn.); Dajia Griffin, FC Penn Strikers (Pa.).
Detail: The Under-18 competition finished previous to the Las Vegas venue.
Blue: Legends FC (Calif.)
Red: Legends Breakaway (Calif.)
Top Scorers: 6, Hannah Leinert, J.B. Marine (Mo.); 5, Nicolette Martino, Legends Breakaway (Calif.); Tanya Samarzich, Legends Breakaway (Calif.).
Detail: Legends and Legends Breakaway swept the Under-17 titles. Legends and Breakaway were separate clubs until the groups recently merged staffs. To keep the identity of each team, Breakaway retained that part of its name. On Sunday, both teams made a name for themselves nationally with lopsided wins to clinch division titles. Shavonn Johnson scored twice as Legends FC handled Albion White (Calif.) 6-0 Sunday with a late flurry to win the Blue Division over VSA Heat Blue (Va.), which was already finished. … Legends Breakaway needed a win over Players SC (Nev.) on Sunday to steal the title from Michigan FC, which was already finished, and the California team delivered a 5-1 victory. Nicolette Martino and Tanya Samarzich each scored twice.
Blue: Legends 95 (Calif.)
Red: KCFC/Futura Academy (Mo.)
Top Scorers: 8, Savannah Trujillo, KCFC/Futura Academy (Mo.); 7, Emily Ogle, Internationals (Ohio); 6, Amanda Ball, Legends (Calif.).
Detail: Although Legends 95 (Calif.) took control of the Blue Division with a 1-1 draw Friday against Match Fit Chelsea Beat (N.J.), the California squad secured the title with a 1-0 win Sunday against Beach FC (Calif.). Taylor Greenwood delivered the winning goal. … KCFC/Futura (Mo.), which was finished prior to the weekend, caught a break when the two top challengers Eastside FC (Wash.) and Internationals (Ohio) tied on Friday. Eastside had already been eliminated, but the tie put Internationals in two must-win situations. The Ohio power, however, tied its Saturday match, ending the race for first place.
Blue: Kings Soccer Academy (Ohio)
Red: Legends FC (Calif.)
Top Scorers: 6, Lauren Nemeroff, Kings Soccer Academy (Ohio); 5 (tie), Bethany Coons, JB Marine (Mo.); Mikayla Flores, Legends FC; Bridgette Andrzejewski, PSC Baltimore (Md.).
Detail: Kings Soccer Academy and Legends FC wrapped up division titles prior to Sunday’s action, however, both delivered impressive event-ending wins. Legends finished a 6-0-1 showing in the National League with a 3-1 victory over PSC Baltimore. Legends fell behind midway through the first half then rolled off three goals in the final 21 minutes to seal the win. Kings Soccer Academy, meanwhile, pinned a 2-0 defeat on Cleveland FC with goals from Meghan Martella and Katie Murray. Kings went 7-0 in National League play, outscoring its opponents 17-1.