PHOENIX (January 6, 2019) – Day 3 of the 2019 US Youth Soccer West ODP Championships has come to an end. The day featured four Colorado teams competing in the semi-final stages with our U13, U14, U16 and U17 Girls looking to make finals. Simultaneously, all boy’s teams were playing in the consolation games acquiring more experience and high-level competition.
2007 Girls (U12G)
After a 6-1 win over Oregon yesterday, the U12 Girls side coached by Maren McCrary played their fourth and final game today in the consolation stages vs. Hawaii. The game proved to be a battle between both sides who were looking to finish the tournament on a positive note. Colorado ended up winning the match by the minimum difference 1-0.
2007 Boys (U12B)
Colorado and Arizona U12 Boys met for a second time today after meeting on Friday for the initial kick-off to the tournament. That game finished in a 5-1 win for Arizona. This time around, the result was no different. Arizona was superior against our boys and handed them their third loss of the competition in a 5-2 result.
2006 Girls (U13G)
Coming into the U13 Girls semifinal match, Colorado was 3/3 with 7 goals in favor while only receiving 1 against. Their game vs. Hawaii was a clash between two undefeated teams. The contest was very exciting with back and forth action for both sides, sharing extended periods of possession. Both teams were constantly penetrating the opponent’s backline, but were unable to find clear scoring opportunities. At times, it was a battle in the middle of the park as one team attempted to impose their will over the other. The game ended in a 0-0 tie, forcing two, ten-minute overtime halves. At the end, it would be Hawaii to run away with the win after scoring two goals in overtime. “It was a tough match. We played really well. We battled until the end. We gave up two goals late, but it was a good battle against a good team,” stated U13 Girls Head Coach Herman Sullivan.
2006 Boys (U13B)
The U13 Boys came out flying for their final game of the tournament against Idaho. The boys were able to net seven goals and maintain the zero in goal, picking up their second clean sheet this tournament. Excellent way to close out the trip with a win boys.
2005 Girls (U14G)
The U14 Girls team coached by Fields Brown ran into a strong and tenacious Arizona team that scored a pair of goals in each half to book their ticket to the U14 Girls final. While our Colorado team played good soccer, it was short moments during the game that ultimately defined the series. “It’s tough when you get to semifinals and lose a tough game like that, but credit to Arizona. Really good side, really strong and athletic. They punished the mistakes that we made, but no fault to the kids,” said Brown. “I thought the kids were fantastic from the first to the last minute.”
2005 Boys (U14B)
The U14 Boys lost a close consolation game to Eastern Washington today by a score of 2-1. With this result, the 05’ group concludes their participation at the 2019 US Youth Soccer West ODP Championships.
2004 Girls (U15G)
In the consolation bracket, the U15 Girls side tied Arizona 1-1 to close out their participation at the 2019 US Youth Soccer ODP West Championships. This team was one of two girls’ teams that did not make it out of group stage play, the other being the U12 Girls side.
2004 Boys (U15B)
The U15 Boys closed out their participation in the 2019 US Youth Soccer West ODP Championships with their third loss of the tournament to New Mexico by a score of 4-1.
2003 Girls (U16G)
The U16 Girls team coached by Ryan Henkel advanced to the final tomorrow in dramatic fashion by scoring the game winning goal in the last five minutes of regular time versus a persistent Southern Nevada team. The game looked like one that was headed into overtime, until #56 Kiera Flannagan put her body on the line, literally, to put the ball in the net. The play started in the midfield, when a ball was played out wide into a small window behind the Southern Nevada defense into Colorado’s right winger. The gap where the ball was played was so narrow, that it led to uncertainty from the Southern Nevada GK as to whether come out or stay put. She gambled, came out, but by that time Colorado’s nearest player was already approaching the ball. That led to a collision inside the box between the Southern Nevada GK who came out, a defender following the play and our attacking player. After the impact between all three players, the ball somehow bounced off with direction heading towards goal. A second Southern Nevada defender following the play approached the ball and tried to clear it, but that’s when #57 Kiera Flannagan, who was also following the second play, stepped into the clearance and forced the goal. That would prove to be the definitive moment in the game. Excellent semifinal performance by the U16 Girls who will now face Cal South tomorrow in the final. This U16 Girls team is the first Colorado team to reach a West ODP Championship in three years. Strange enough, the last team to do so was this exact same team in 2016 when they competed in the U12 age group.
Up Next: Final – Monday 1/7 vs. Cal South @10:45 AM
2003 Boys (U16B)
The U16 Boys had two games today. In their first game, they defeated Alaska 2-1 and then lost to Southern Nevada 3-2.
2002 Girls (U17G)
Our U17 Girls was the fourth and final team in semi-finals. The group played hard, but it was not enough for them to advance thru to the final. Cal South was the better team scoring four goals and will now face Arizona in the final tomorrow. Colorado finishes their participation at the 2019 US Youth Soccer West ODP Championships with 2 wins and 2 loses.
2002 Boys (U17B)
The rematch from the second group stage match between Alaska and our Colorado U17 Boys took place today for the consolation match. That game would finish 2 - 0 in favor of Colorado. This game however; would end in a 3-1 result for Alaska. With that result, the boys finished their participation at the 2019 US Youth Soccer West ODP Championships with 2 loses, 1 tie and 1 win.
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