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Jul, 2021

One NJ Team Advances to Finals of USYS National Championships

Justin Polkowitz, NJYS Contributor

BRADENTON-SARASOTA, Florida (July 24, 2021) – 
Following an exciting day that featured the conclusion of semifinal play, one team will be representing NJ Youth Soccer across the 14U through 19/20U Boys and Girls age groups in the finals of the 2021 US Youth Soccer National Championships. All of the teams competing in Bradenton-Sarasota earned their place in the National Championships via success in the US Youth Soccer Regional Championship Series.

The US Youth Soccer National Championships began on Tuesday in Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida, where nearly 104 boys’ and girls’ teams from 32 US Youth Soccer State Associations first competed in a group play format to advance into single elimination play. New Jersey was well represented with three teams advancing to the semifinals, later narrowing to one team in the finals.

Teams will wrap up the US Youth Soccer National Championship weekend on Sunday with 12 national titles still on the line at the Premiere Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Saturday saw 12 teams secure their ticket to the finals of the 2021 US Youth Soccer National Championships. All of the games are meaningful for youth development. There are no easy games­­ as teams inch closer and strive for the US Youth Soccer National Championship title.

A few highlights from Saturday’s matches….

14UG: Wayne SC Dynamite Academy

The Wayne SC Dynamite Girls Academy knew it was going to be a tough semifinals matchup, playing Albion SC of California after they won all three of their games in the group stage by a combined score of 8-1.

Possession throughout the game was balanced. However, the Dynamite Girls Academy team were not able to finish chances in the final third of the field. In the end, Albion SC of California took advantage of their time in front of goal as they added four of their own. Wayne SC Dynamite Academy lost, 4-0, in a tough battle against an excellent Albion side.

The brilliant season from Wayne SC Dynamite Academy comes to an end, where they got all the way to the semifinals, the final four of the US Youth Soccer National Championships. These girls should be very proud of this accomplishment as this is nothing to be frowned upon. The Dynamite Girls represented New Jersey well as these girls fought to the final whistle.

15UB: Real Jersey FC

Real Jersey FC faced off against New England Surf of Massachusetts in the 15U Boy’s semifinal match at the US Youth Soccer National Championships. Real Jersey FC wasted no time and stormed out of the gate in the semifinal match, as they quickly attacked and found the back of the net with Cade McGrath’s strike in the 19th minute to start the scoring. Shortly after, Milton Jones slotted one home to the far corner to put Real Jersey FC up, 2-0. Real Jersey FC kept the pressure on and dominated the midfield throughout. After battling for the ball in box, Angus Kenson slid a shot right under the goalkeeper to put Real Jersey FC up, 3-0, at the half.

Real Jersey FC added a flurry of insurance goals in the second half as the 15U Boys started the scoring in the 59th minute, converting off a counterattack. Moments later, Andrew Kitch finished a loose ball in the box, scoring his second goal of the game in 64th minute to extend New Jersey’s lead.

With a 7-0 finish, Real Jersey FC punched there to ticket to the US Youth Soccer National Championship final! Real Jersey FC had several scoring opportunities while securing a shutout victory versus New England Surf of Massachusetts in the National Championship semifinal. Real Jersey FC will play for a National Championship tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. against Sparta United of Utah to see who will be crowned the best team in the 15Us in all the country.

15UG: Real Jersey FC

Real Jersey FC met with La Roca FC of Utah in the 15U Girls 2021 US Youth Soccer National Championship semifinal. Real Jersey FC finished group play with four points hoping to vie for the National Championship game. Real Jersey FC got out to a strong start as they almost got on the score sheet in the 10th minute, but La Roca’s goalkeeper made a remarkable save.

The game remained scoreless until Morgan Kotch of Real Jersey FC shot a ball in the box that hit off a defender in a collision with the goalkeeper that ricocheted into the back of the net to give Real Jersey FC a 1-0 lead in the early stages. The goal may not have been the prettiest, but Real Jersey FC kept the pressure on and held on to the one goal lead for the remainder of the first half.

The teams came out quick off the second whistle with lots of quality scoring chances from both sides, but La Roca FC netted the equalizer in the 60th minute and scored the eventual game winning goal minutes later to push ahead. Despite a strong effort all second half, the girls fell to 2-1 to La Roca FC. The 15U Real Jersey FC Girls team fought valiantly giving it their all but struggled to get out of their defensive third which ultimately decided to be the difference.

It was not the result in which we all hoped, but New Jersey is still so proud and excited for what is ahead for this team.

Congratulations to the one NJ Team advancing to the 2021 US Youth Soccer National Championship Finals:

17UB: Real Jersey FC (Finalist)

Teams will compete in the championship matches on Sunday, where a win in the 13U-19/20U finals of the US Youth Soccer National Championships will allow teams to secure the most prestigious National title in youth soccer.

NJ Youth Soccer would also like to applaud two New Jersey referees, Justin Saporitio and Danielle Cornetta, for their exceptional officiating in Saturday’s semifinal matches at the US Youth Soccer National Championships.

The US Youth Soccer National Championship competition is for the nation's top teams in the 13, 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, 18U and 19/20U boys and girls age groups. The National Championship offers additional exposure to collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team coaches, as players compete in meaningful matches. Teams in the National Championships are competing for the most prestigious National title in youth soccer.

For a complete list of scores and schedules for the 2021 US Youth Soccer National Championships, click here.

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