PHOENIX (January 4, 2019)– Twelve Colorado teams got the ball rolling at Reach 11 Soccer Complex in Phoenix, Arizona. Two teams went 2/2, and others will have a hard time making it past group stage while one team will play a decisive match tomorrow for a potential wildcard spot.
2007 Girls (U12G)
The 2007 Girls age group is made up of a total of nine state associations split into two groups. There will only be two finalists decided by Group A and Group B top finishers. So far, Colorado sits in third place in Group A along with Washington (1st), Hawaii (2nd) Northern Nevada (4th) and Oregon (5th). The U12 Girls lost their first match to a tough opponent in Washington by a score of 5-3. In their second game, the girls turned it up and won vs. Northern Nevada to keep their qualifying hopes alive.
Up Next: Saturday 1/5 vs. Oregon @6:00 PM
Sunday 1/6 vs. Hawaii @3:30 PM
2007 Boys (U12B)
The U12 Boys coached by Jesus Ramirez struggled in their first match vs. Arizona losing 5-1. The boys went down on the scoreboard early, but managed to get back into the game after a spectacular finish from #48 Nicolas Gibbins. After that it was all Arizona, who sit top of Group B with a four-goal difference. Gibbins and the rest of the team will need to get two results tomorrow and will require help from others if they want to get to the championship match scheduled for Monday.
Up Next: Saturday 1/5 vs. Southern Nevada @9:00 AM
Saturday 1/5 vs. Cal North @3:00 PM
2006 Girls (U13G)
One of four unbeaten Colorado teams, the U13 Girls managed to rack up two wins vs. neighboring state rivals Utah and Arizona. The team coached by Herman Sullivan have scored a total of five goals while only receiving one in two matches, putting them in first place of Group C and giving them a high possibility of moving on to the semifinals on Sunday.
Up Next: Saturday 1/5 vs. Northern Nevada @1:30 PM
2006 Boys (U13B)
The U13 Boys were just one of five teams to play only one game today. A roster that includes Fall 2018 State Cup MVP’s Ryan Shapiro (Broomfield SC) and Fabrizio Giovenzana (St. Vrain FC) were unable to kick-off the tournament the proper way. In front of them was a talented Arizona team that ran away with a 2-0 victory. Currently, the boys are sitting in third place of Group C.
Up Next: Saturday 1/5 vs. Eastern Washington @9:00 AM
Saturday 1/5 vs. Hawaii @6:00 PM
2005 Girls (U14G)
The U14 Girls is the second Colorado team that managed to go 2/2 in their first day of competition. The girls coached by Fields Brown kept two clean sheets and scored a combined eight goals vs. Oregon and Eastern Washington. This age group has a total of 14 state associations, highlighting two groups of three (Group A and Group B) and two groups of four (Group C and Group D). Colorado was drawn into Group B, meaning they have played their group stage games and have now qualified for semifinals on Sunday regardless of the result between Oregon and Eastern Washington.
Up Next: Semifinal – Sunday 1/6 vs. 1stof Group C
2005 Boys (U14B)
The game for the U14 Boys saw two penalty kicks called in the first half, which were both converted. Alaska went up on the scoreboard first and Colorado followed. Tied at halftime, the game remained a back and forth contest until the dying minutes of the game when Alaska slipped the game winning goal on the bottom right corner and escaped with the three points.
Up Next: Saturday 1/5 vs. Washington @11:00 PM
Saturday 1/5 vs. Arizona @5:00 PM
2004 Girls (U15G)
The team coached by Russ Lentine ran into a strong Washington team in their first contest of the ODP Championships. They lost 3-0 which puts them in last place of Group C, a group joined by Idaho and New Mexico.
Up Next: Saturday 1/5 vs. New Mexico @1:00 PM
Saturday 1/5 vs. Idaho @7:00 PM
2004 Boys (U15B)
The U15 Boys had a great start of group play by defeating Montana with an astonishing 3-0 score. However; later tonight the team saw the other side of the coin against a strong Arizona team that netted four goals. While Arizona is projected to move onto the semifinals from Group C, the boys will look for the best finish possible tomorrow against Utah who currently sits in second place.
Up Next: Saturday 1/5 vs. Utah @3:00 PM
2003 Girls (U16G)
The U16 Girls coached by Ryan Henkel came from behind to rescue a point after going down early to Utah. This was the only game of the day for the 03’s, who return 2018 ODP West All-Tournament Team Selection #77 Kaitlin Coffin. The girls sit in third place of Group C along with Northern Nevada (1st), Utah (2nd) and Eastern Washington (4th).
Up Next: Saturday 1/5 vs. Northern Nevada @11:00 AM
Saturday 1/5 vs. Eastern Washington @7:00 PM
2003 Boys (U16B)
The U16 Boys played hard, but ran into two resilient teams in Idaho and Arizona. Arizona, last year’s ODP West Championships age group winner, was up first and managed to score three goals on Colorado. Later on, at 5:00 PM, Idaho recorded four goals on net and left our U16 Boys with no chance of moving on.
Up Next: Consolation – Sunday 1/6 vs. TBD
2002 Girls (U17G)
A 2-0 victory vs. Oregon in the opening game puts the U17 Colorado Girls in first place of Group B. However; they’ll have a tough second day of group play tomorrow as they face New Mexico and Washington, who currently sits in second place with three points. The team managed by Heather Solar returns 2018 West ODP Championships All-Tournament Team selection #49 Melina Faris, who is looking to repeat that same achievement this year.
Up Next: Saturday 1/5 vs. New Mexico @11:00 PM
Saturday 1/5 vs. Washington @7:00 PM
2002 Boys (U17B)
After a 2-0 defeat to an always favorite Cal-South team, the U17 Boys led by GK Diego Chavez were able to get a result in their second match of the day vs. Alaska. That 2-0 victory positions them in second place of Group A, with Washington and Alaska following. This age group accounts with three groups of four, which gives the Colorado team a slight chance of making the semifinals on Sunday. Tomorrow’s game will be crucial vs. Washington who are also looking for that wildcard spot.
Up Next:Saturday 1/5 vs. Washington @3:00 PM
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