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Recap Day 2: Four Colorado Teams Move on to the Semi-finals

January 5, 2019 11:00 PM
 
 

PHOENIX (January 5, 2019)– The second day of competition proved to be very positive for the girl’s teams, while none of the boy’s sides were able to make it past the group stage rounds. All U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 and U17 teams will play the consolation games tomorrow. 

 

Team Notes: 

2007 Girls (U12G) 

Sitting in second place of Group A, the U12 Girls side no longer have possibility of moving on to the finals scheduled for Monday after today’s results. While they did beat Oregon by a scored of 6-1, group leader Washington remained unbeaten and are unreachable with 12 points, Colorado has 6 with one game to go. The format of this age group only qualifies first place teams from Group A and Group B for the championship game.   

Up Next: Consolation – Sunday 1/6 vs. Hawaii @4:30 PM

            

2007 Boys (U12B) 

The U12 Boys coached by Jesus Ramirez managed to get their first three points of the tournament after a 2-1 comeback vs. Southern Nevada. They would go down early in the second half after an own goal, but in the final five minutes of play #25 Lucas Serna Lastra tied the game up with a wonderful volley strike. Minutes later, Lucas would draw a foul outside the box and leave it to #48 Nicolas Gibbins to score his second goal of the tournament after hitting an unstoppable shot that deflected off the Southern Nevada goalkeeper’s hands. In their second match of the day, they were not able to pull off the same result against an organized Cal North team. 

Up Next: Consolation – Sunday 1/6 vs. Arizona @10:00 AM

 

2006 Girls (U13G) 

After two wins vs. neighboring state rivals Utah and Arizona on Friday, Herman Sullivan’s team faced Northern Nevada today looking to lock up their semi-final qualification. They did so after an impressive match that was controlled by Colorado and played on Northern Nevada’s half most of the time. The result of this game was 2-0. They will look to do the same tomorrow when they play against Hawaii in the semi-final. Hawaii finished with a 3-0-0 record good for 9 points in Group B and a total of 13 goals for, while only receiving 2 in group stage. Colorado on the other hand, comes in 3/3 and 7 goals for while only receiving 1 goal against. 

Up Next: Semi-final – Sunday 1/6 vs. Hawaii @4:00 PM 

             

2006 Boys (U13B) 

Similar to our U12 Boys, this team split their games in day two of competition. In their first game vs. Eastern Washington, they played exceptional soccer maintaining possession and creating plenty of scoring opportunities with their wide players. One of those opportunities resulted in a goal by #41 Grant Lund from the penalty spot and the U13 Boys would take the lead right before halftime. In the second half, they continued to dominate possession and apply pressure to the opposing defense. The final result of the first game turned out to be a 3-0 victory for the Colorado boys. That same score would end up being the result for the second game, but favoring Hawaii who finished second in Group C with 6 points. 

Up Next: Consolation – Sunday 1/6 vs. Idaho @12:00 PM 

                

2005 Girls (U14G) 

The U14 Girls did not have a game scheduled for today. However; after their two-group stage wins they qualified to the semifinals on Sunday and will face Arizona. Their opponent finished top of Group C with 2 wins vs. Northern Nevada and Washington, while losing in their second match vs. Cal North. They’ve scored a total of 10 goals while only allowing 2. The Winner of this game will face the winner of the other semifinal between Southern Nevada and Utah. 

Up Next: Semifinal – Sunday 1/6 vs. Arizona 

 

2005 Boys (U14B) 

The 05’ Boys coached by Colin Mullaney continued to struggle in the tournament today after two more loses vs. Washington and Arizona. Thus far in group stage play, the team has conceded 6 goals while scoring 2. They’ll face Eastern Washington in the consolation match. 

Up Next: Consolation – Sunday 1/6 vs. Eastern Washington @4:00 PM

 

2004 Girls (U15G) 

Russ Lentine and the rest of the U15 Girls had a positive day today. Early in the morning for their first game, they managed to come back and split points with New Mexico in a 1-1 tie. For their second game, the girls played an organized and tenacious type of soccer that allowed them to beat Idaho by a score of 1-0. These results moved them up from the 4thposition of Group C to 2ndplace just behind Washington. Despite their excellent efforts today, they will be playing Arizona tomorrow in the consolation round. 

Up Next: Consolation – Sunday 1/6 vs. Arizona @6:00 PM 

 

2004 Boys (U15B)

Coach Nick DiBattista and the U15 Boys had a rough day at the ODP Championships when they ran into Utah for their final group stage game. The game ended in a 5-0 loss and will now have to play New Mexico in the consolation round. New Mexico finished third in Group B with their only win coming in today vs. Wyoming. 

Up Next: Consolation – Sunday 1/6 vs. New Mexico @4:00 PM 

 

2003 Girls (U16G) 

2018 ODP West All-Tournament Team Selection #77 Kaitlin Coffin and the rest of the U16 Girls had two of the toughest opponents today. Northern Nevada, who was top of the group prior to this game, was coming off a 2-0 win vs. Eastern Washington. Today, our Colorado girls would hand them their first loss of the tournament in a 2-1 battle that would prove to be a deciding factor as to who would move on or not. Utah had the same amount of points as Colorado after beating Eastern Washington 1-0, leaving it up to the final game. Utah would go on to beat Northern Nevada 4-2, meaning Colorado needed to win by a difference of two or more goals vs. Eastern Washington. The U15 Girls would do so after a well-managed game plan that allowed them to score 2 goals and keep a clean sheet. However; it was no easy task for our team to score those two goals, as Eastern Washington had in net the U16 Girls West Region Goalkeeper. The girls prepare for another tough opponent tomorrow in Southern Nevada, who finished top of Group B with 7 points. A group where Washington, Cal North and Arizona all took part in. 

Up Next: Semifinal – Sunday 1/6 vs. Southern Nevada @2:00 PM 

 

2003 Boys (U16B) 

The U16 Boys did not have a game scheduled for today, but already know who their opponent will be for one of their two consolation matches. Their first opponent will be Alaska and are waiting on results to see who the second rival will be. 

Up Next: Consolation – Sunday 1/6 vs. Alaska @12:00 PM 

               Consolation – Sunday 1/6 vs. TBD @6:00 PM 

 

2002 Girls (U17G) 

The U17 Girls team faced New Mexico and Washington in the final day of group stage. In their first game vs. New Mexico, they found themselves down 1-0 for most of the game. It wasn’t until the final 10 minutes when the girls got into a rhythm, combined in the midfield and managed a comeback that included a PK and a stunning, remarkable, impressive strike from #83 Romeni Gurmendi. For their second contest, they bumped into Washington who was also coming off two wins vs. New Mexico and Oregon. This game was important as it would decide the first place for Group B. Washington would end up taking home the three points after scoring three, but our U17Girls would move on to the semifinals as the wildcard, leaving out Northern Nevada who allowed only one more goal than Colorado. Goal differential would prove to be the tie breaker. In front of them they’ll have an always favorite Cal South team that remains perfect winning 3/3 without allowing any goals so far in this tournament. 

Up Next: Semifinal – Sunday vs. Cal South @12:00 PM 

 

2002 Boys (U17B)

The U17 Boys were the only team heading into Saturday that had a slight chance of moving on to the semifinals. While they did depend on other results, first they had to take care of a Washington team that was in the same place as them, fighting for that wildcard. The game was as expected. Intense, physical, fast paced, with both teams giving little space to operate. As soon as a player received the ball, an opposing player was there to close them down. It was a battle in every area of the pitch. In the center of the park, in the outside flanks, in the box, everywhere. With so much on the line, the players were aware of the situation. At the end, all the energy and the effort made by both teams ended in a 0-0 draw and would send both teams in to the consolation rounds. Colorado will face Alaska, while Washington will square up against in-state rival Eastern Washington. 

Up Next:Consolation – Sunday 1/5 vs. Alaska @12:00 PM

 

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