National Cup Regional champions crowned in the Northwest, Southeast and West (Girls)
CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 27, 2012) – The National Cup XI continued on June 23-26 with the busiest weekend of play to date, as a total of 52 teams claimed titles at the Northwest, Southeast, and West (Girls) Regionals.
The Northwest Regional was National Cup XI’s largest Regional event, crowning 27 champions and hosting the largest number of teams from a multitude of different states. Crossfire Premier won four championships, while Washington Premier, Eastside FC, Northwest Nationals and Vancouver United all earned two titles.
“We had some tough games against good local competition,” said Greg Lambert, coach of the Northwest Nationals Northwest Regional U-17 Girls Super Group champions. “The finals were a rematch of last year’s final versus our nearby rival Crossfire Premier, and we scored the game winner with just three minutes remaining in the second overtime period.”
Eleven champions were crowned at the Southeast Regional, held at the West Creek Fields in Richmond, Va. Triangle United SA led the way, winning three titles, with two on the boys side and one girls championship. Roanoke Star SC Elite also won two championships, one each on the boys and girls side.
The second weekend of play wrapped up at the West (Girls) Regional, with girls finishing play at Turlock Sports Complex in Modesto, Calif. and Mistlin Sports Complex in Ripon, Calif. Of the 14 titles awarded, Lamorinda United was the only club to claim multiple championships (U-16 and U-17 Super Groups).
Winners in the U-13 through U-17 age groups from each Regional will advance to the National Cup XI Finals, to be held July 27-30 at Waukegan Sports Park in Waukegan, Ill.
“It's a great accomplishment for the club to not only win the Regional, but represent the Northwest at Nationals Cup XI Finals in July,” said Rocky Guiterrez, coach of Eastside 97 Northwest Regional U-14 Girls Super Group champions. “The girls are very excited to return to National Cup Finals, as they were last year's finalist at National Cup X and are looking forward to achieving or surpassing last year's success.”
“We have enjoyed the National Cup,” said Lambert. “After winning the Regional event last year, we were very excited about the opportunity to advance to National Cup XI Finals. After enjoying the opportunity to compete at Nationals last year, we were hoping to advance to the finals this year.”
As the National Cup continues through July, be sure to upload your photos and videos from the National Cup to the US Club Soccer Facebook page and use the hashtag #NationalCupXI to discuss the event while interacting with US Club Soccer on Twitter.
Links to lists of championship teams and photos from the June 23-26 Regionals are below:
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