CYSA Crowns Two Regional Champions

U18 Girls Pleasanton Rage, U14 Girls Mustang Blast
and U16 Girls De Anza Force 92 Blue advanced to the
US Youth Soccer National Championships!

LANCASTER, Calif (June 21, 2009) - California Youth Soccer association proudly announces two Regional Champions. Under-18 Girls Pleasanton Rage and Under-14 Girls Mustang Blast were crowned US Youth Soccer Regional IV Champions and earned berths to the US Youth Soccer National Championships, July 21-26, 2009 in Lancaster, Mass., at Citizens Bank Fields at Progin Park.

Along with the Rage and Blast, the runner up Under-16 Girls De Anza Force 92 Blue will also represent Region IV at the National Championships, as the Region IV Champion, So Cal Blues, had already qualified for Nationals earlier in the year by taking second in the US Youth Soccer National League.

Seven CYSA teams competed in Championship matches, producing some nail-biting action. In the Under-12 Girls' match, the Mustang Mavericks' Hailey Balma posted a 48th-minute goal that sent the game into overtime.

However, it was not enough to hold up, as the Mavericks lost, 2-1, to Cal South's Arsenal FC.

CYSA's Redwood Juventus CRS Elite Under-12 Boys earned their way to the finals without a loss, but fell to the So Cal team, Legend FC, by a 4-1 deficit. The Elite's goal was scored by Benjamin Hiltbrand Consoli in the 40th minute.

The defending Region IV Champions, Under-13 Girls Mustang Fury, took a tough, 2-0 loss to West Coast FC (CA-S) after giving up only one goal and scoring 15 during match play in preliminary rounds, quarter- and semi-finals.

Facing the defending Region IV champions, Cal South's West Coast FC, the Under-13 Boys Santa Clara Sporting 95 was unable to add to their 32 goal total and five-match winning streak, and had to settle for runner-up.

In another match against a defending Regional Champion (So Cal Blues), the Mustang Blast's Reilly Parker booted a 27th-minute shot to even the Under-14 Girls' championship match at 1-1. The score remained tied throughout regulation and overtime. Using the "Kicks From the Mark" tie-breaker, the Blast prevailed by netting four while the Blues were only able to score three.

The Under-16 Girls So Cal Blues and De Anza Force 92 Blue game started out with a fifth-minute Blues goal. De Anza's Alesha Blair countered in the 25th minute to tie, but the Blues regained the lead in the 35th minute. Although the Blues won the game, 2-1, the Force punched their ticket to the National Championships.

In what proved to be an impressive performance, the Under-18 Girls' age group brought together the 2007 Regional Champion, Pleasanton Rage, and the So Cal Blues. The Blues' defense held off Pleasanton's dominating offense until the 43rd minute, when Madelyn Payne shot one past the keeper; 11 minutes later, Ahsha Smith followed suit. Olivia Klei added another Pleasanton goal in the 76th minute and Payne chipped in her second in the 87th minute for the 4-0 victory over the Blues.

Champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 age groups will advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Lancaster, Mass., in mid-July. Be sure to follow the CYSA teams' game results on the CYSA and US Youth Soccer web sites.