MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (July 11, 2019) – The 2019 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, presented by Chipotle, kicked off Thursday at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The four-day event features 48 US Youth Soccer Boys and Girls teams in the 13U through 18U age groups that have earned their way to the National Presidents Cup via success in their respective US Youth Soccer Regional Presidents Cup events.
The quality of competition was on display as 17 of 24 games on the first day of play were either ties or finished with teams within two goals of each other. The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup offers teams the challenge of experiencing different types of play by competing from state to regional to national levels. The Presidents Cup provides teams with a progressive, competitive experience that highlights competition, camaraderie and community.
The US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup will continue preliminary games through Saturday, July 13. Championship and third place matches will take place on Sunday, July 14. For more information on the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup, visit www.usyouthsoccer.org/national-presidents-cup/.
Three Rivers Rampage (MN) vs. Solar 03 Wells (TX-N)
Final: Three Rivers wins 2–1 (PKs)
Championship Recap: After earning a, 2-0, shutout in their group match, it took kicks from the mark for Three Rivers Rampage (MN) to defeat Solar 03 Wells (TX-N) to claim the 16U Girls title. Solar scored the lone first half goal as Shelbi Lafferty scored just over halfway through the first half. Three Rivers Rampage battled back in the second as it leveled early in the half with Cedar Jorgenson’s third goal of the event. With neither team able to score in the overtime period, the game headed to kicks from the mark. Despite saving one of Minnesota’s shots, Solar struggled from the spot as Three Rivers Rampage outlasted the North Texas side, 4-2, from the spot to claim the 16U Girls National Presidents Cup title.
Championship Preview: Three Rivers Rampage (MN) went a perfect 3-0-0 to punch its ticket into the 16U Girls final where it will face Solar 03 Wells (TX-N). Rampage has allowed just one goal against on its way to its three straight victories. Rampage will lean on that tough defense as it looks to secure a third shutout in four games. Solar 03 Wells (TX-N) needed a victory against Keystone FC Elite 2003 (PA-E) to advance to the final and Faith Adje was the hero, scoring the game’s lone goal in the 80th minute. A tie would have pushed through Keystone, but the Adje goal sends Solar through for a shot at the 16U Girls title. The last time the two teams met, Rampage earned a, 2-0, victory on two Ava Johnson second half goals.
Keliix Intra (MN) vs. West Texas Rush Sharks White (TX-S)
Final: Keliix Intra defeated 0–3 by West Texas Rush Sharks
Championship Recap: West Texas Rush Sharks White (TX-S) got redemption from its only loss of the event and claimed the 18U Boys National Presidents Cup title with a, 3-0, victory over Keliix Intra (MN). Sharks took a promising, 2-0, lead into halftime thanks to a brace from Quinton Brown. Keliix's offense couldn’t get started in the second half with Sharks holding tight on the defensive end. Sharks added a second-half insurance goal as Jason Castillo found the back of the net in the 58th minute. The South Texas defense held through the final whistle to earn a clean sheet and send Sharks home with the 18U Boys National Presidents Cup title.
Championship Preview: After losing its first game of the event, Keliix Intra (MN) knocked out two consecutive victories to top the group after a three-way tie with West Texas Rush Sharks White (TX-S) and DC Stoddert Blue Metros (MD). Keliix defeated California Rush 01 Cinza (CA-S), 3-0, to secure its first clean sheet of the event, which played a big part in the tiebreak. In the other game, DC Stoddert just needed a tie in order to stay on the top of the group and punch its ticket to the final but West Texas got a second half goal from Joaquin Maud to earn a tight, 1-0, victory. The win leapfrogged West Texas over DC with goal differential and secured its spot in the final. West Texas scored first in its group play match against Keliix, but ultimately surrendered two second-half goals in a, 2-1, loss to the Minnesota side.
Keliix-Intra (MN) vs. CSA – Monmouth (NJ)
3rd Place Result: Kellix-Intra wins 3–0
Day 2 Recap
Three Rivers Rampage (MN) defeated Solar 03 Wells (TX-N), 2-0, to earn its second straight shutout victory and sealed its spot in the 16U Girls final. Three Rivers defensive prowess was once again on display and Ava Johnson provided the offensive finishes. After a scoreless first half, Johnson added goals in the 55th and 73rd minutes to push the Minnesota side to victory. After a day one defeat, Keystone FC Elite 2003 (PA-E) bounced back and earned a, 3-0, victory over Crossfire Premier 03 A (WA). Keystone’s Shelly Williams and Alison Sekpovic pushed Keystone to a, 2-0, halftime lead and then Sekpovic added a goal in the second half to seal the victory. Keystone will face Solar in tomorrow’s final group play match. A win will put either team into the final match while a tie will give the edge to Keystone on goal differential.
Day 1 Recap
Three Rivers Rampage’s (MN) defensive held strong in its, 1-0, win over Keystone FC Elite 2003 (PA-E). Cedar Jorgenson’s second half goal was the lone goal of the game as Rampage earned the clean-sheet and a full three points on the day. It was just as close in the other 16U Girls match as Solar 03 Wells (TX-N) earned a tight, 1-0, win over Crossfire Premier 03 A (WA). Solar scored the game’s only goal in just the third minute of play as Olivia Rueckert found the back of the net early. After over 75 more minutes play, neither side would score again as Solar held on for the win.
Day 2 Recap
Keliix Intra came back in the second half to earn a, 2-1, victory over West Texas Rush Sharks White (TX-S). West Texas took the lead in the 17th minute when Sebastian Benitez scored the lone first half goal. It looked like West Texas could hold through the second half for the victory but Keliix’s Ramzi Ouro-Akondo clawed one back in the 74th minute and then Edward Rosenthal added the game winner in the 81st. The Keliix defense held on through the final whistle to earn the victory and an important three points to keep it in the hunt for a spot in the final. DC Stoddert Blue Metros defeated California Rush 01 Cinza (CA-S), 3-2, to earn another tight victory. DC’s Andrew Kelly opened the scoring but Rush’s Jesus Melgoza leveled the score just before the halftime whistle. DC pressed in the second half, grabbing goals from Alexander Cirino and Luas Huntington to earn a, 3-1, advantage. Rush’ Eric Church pulled his team within one with just five minutes to play, but the Cal South side could not find an equalizing goal before the final whistle.
Day 1 Recap
DC Stoddert Blue Metros (MD) earned a tight, 1-0, victory over Keliix Intra (MN). Peter Laursen scored for DC just before the halftime whistle as the Maryland side took a, 1-0, lead into halftime. DC Stoddert held the edge through the final whistle to earn a full three points and handed Keliix its first loss after it went a perfect five-for-five at Midwest Presidents Cup. In a high scoring affair, West Texas Rush Sharks White (TX-S) bested California Rush 01 Cinza (CA-S), 5-2. Sharks got on the scoreboard first with a goal from Mario Felix but California equalized in the 45th minute. The teams exchanged a flurry of goals midway through the second half as Sharks Arthur Santana and Sebastian Benitez scored within a minute of each other before California Rush’s Jesus Melgoza pulled one back to keep it within one. Emiliano Ruiz Valenzuela doubled Sharks’ advantage three minutes later and then Quinton Brown made sure there was no comeback with an insurance goal in the 89th minute.
Day 2 Recap
Rage FC (TX-S) held on to earn a, 3-2, victory over Keliix-Intra Premier (MN) and an important three points. Rage held a tight, 2-1, lead over Keliix headed into halftime with Sydney Varela and Biana Chacon scoring first for Rage and then Lillian Selberg adding a goal in the final minute of the first half. Rage took a two-goal advantage early in the second half with a goal from Alexandra Cereceres in the 49th minute but the two-goal lead didn’t last long as Meerah Thompson answered just one minute later for Keliix. Rage’s defense held off the Keliix as it looked for an equalizer to earn an important three points. CC Aztecs/Coast (CA-S) defeated CSA – Monmouth 2001 Showcase (NJ), 3-0, to earn its second straight win and second straight clean sheet. Cynthia Flores scored the lone first half goal in just the ninth minute of play as the Cal South side took a, 1-0, edge heading into half. Aztecs shut the door late in the second half as Flores added a second goal and then Araneg Leon scored in the 81st minute. Aztecs will face a Keliix side tomorrow that will come out flying, as the Minnesota side will need a positive result against the group leaders in order to give itself a chance at a spot in the 18U Girls final.
Day 1 Recap
Minnesota’s Keliix Intra (MN) earned a, 1-0, victory over CSA – Monmouth 2001 Showcase (NJ) to open 18U Girls play. After a scoreless first half, the teams continued their struggles to find the back of the net through much of the second. Keliix’s Nicole Branch finally broke the deadlock in the 80th minute and then the Minnesota side held through the final whistle for the win. In the other game, CC Aztecs/Coast (CA-S) scored twice in the second half to push it to a, 2-0, victory over Rage FC (TX-S). With neither team able to figure out the opposing defense in the first half, the two teams went into halftime scoreless. CC Aztecs took the lead just three minutes into the second half as Cynthia Flores figured out the puzzle to score a goal. Haley Obenshain added a goal in the 80th minute to help ensure the win and the full three points.