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Jun, 2021

NJ Youth Soccer Crowns its Final Spring State Cups Champions

Justin Polkowitz, NJYS Contributor

New Jersey Youth Soccer hosted the final NJYS State Cups championship matches of the spring season over the weekend, crowning its 11U to 17U NJYS Challenge Cup and 18/19U Boys Presidents Cup champions in Jackson, N.J.

Prior to this past weekend, championship games were played in both the National Championship Series and Presidents Cup, as well as the 18-19U Challenge Cup. Previously called the Commissioners Cup, the Challenge Cup is the NJYS State Cup designed to create a challenging and enjoyable event for teams outside of the National Championship Series and Presidents Cup.

NJYS Challenge Cup Champions:

11U Boys: Plainfield SC JAE Academy

11U Girls: Madison Rose City

12U Boys: Rancocas Valley SC Sharks

12U Girls:  Washington United Soccer Club

13U Boys: Rahway Raiders

13U Girls: Lacey Wildcats

14U Boys: Mercer United FC Storm

14U Girls: Monmouth United Riptide

15U Boys: Cherry Hill FC Barca

15U Girls: Summit Soccer Premier

16U Boys: Medford Soccer Avengers

16U Girls: Morris Elite Premier

17U Boys: Clifton Stallions Sport Boys

17U Girls: Summit Premier

NJYS Presidents Cup Champions:

18/19U Boys: NJ Surf South Shore

17U BOYS

The Challenge Cup championships were filled with action this past weekend. The 17U Boys Final of the Challenge Cup was one game that kept spectators on the edge of their seats, with the Clifton Stallions Sport Boys scoring a late goal off a second-half free kick. In a hard-fought match by both teams, the result could have gone either way, but the Stallions were able to record a 1-0 win that earned them the title of 17U Boys Challenge Cup champions.

“Such a coachable, responsible, hardworking group,” said Mike Fromfield, head coach of Clifton Stallions Sport Boys. “They have a lot of skill and talent, but it has been a pleasure to work with this group all season because they work so hard, get along so well and love the game. It is enjoyable to train, play and get together.”

17U GIRLS

The Summit Premier Girls solidified a big score line on Sunday, registering seven goals to emerge victorious in the final of the 17U Girls Challenge Cup. Coach David Stapleton of Summit Premier was very emotionally after the match, as the win gave Summit Premier its first NJYS State Cup title on the girls side.

16U GIRLS

In the 16U Girls Challenge Cup Final, Morris Elite Premier was able to edge the Jersey Knights Daggers, 1-0. Their stellar defense was on display as the girls worked hard to shut down the Jersey Knights attack and limit their goal-scoring opportunities.

“Playing in this heat is not easy, and we knew Jersey Knights were going to be tough. Two very strong, competitive teams were going at it today,” said Kari Washington, Morris Elite Premier head coach. “It was anyone’s day, but it just happened to be ours as the soccer gods blessed us. This group of girls is the sweetest and kindest you will ever meet. They look out, work and play for each other, so I am beyond proud of them. They went through a lot as a team and individuals to get to today.”

15U BOYS

Cherry Hill FC Barca put forth an impressive showing in the 15U Boys Challenge Cup final, dominating possession against a very strong Watchung Hills Gunners side. In a hard-fought final, Cherry Hill FC Barca topped the Gunners, 2-0. The final score seemed a fitting end to a championship display that showcased strong defense and goalkeeper play.

Cherry FC Barca head coach Mike Schlotterbeck spoke highly of the boys, stating that he was “really proud of the kids. Over 24 teams entered in this age group. The team has improved these past couple of years, and it shows hard work pays off, especially on a hot day where we want to keep the ball and possess. I thought we did the best we could with the conditions. There is good chemistry with the group, and they get along, which is most important in any sport. They all play for each other.”

The NJYS State Cups hosted more than 1,000 member teams this spring, demonstrating an increase from previous seasons and a strong return after a yearlong hiatus due to COVID-19.

Next up for NJ Youth Soccer is the 2021 NJYS Futsal State Cup, which is created for 9U-19U boys and girls teams. The event will be managed by EDP Soccer, one of the leading league and tournament companies in the country. This will be the third competition of its kind after this past winter’s event was postponed due to COVID-19 and related safety considerations. The 2020 NJYS Futsal State Cup hosted more than 100 teams, and champions earned a place at US Futsal’s prestigious Regional Championship.     

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