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Oct, 2021

NJYS 11U-14U State Cups: Sweet 16 Recap

Elise Radesich, NJYS Contributor

The "Sweet 16" Round of the New Jersey Youth Soccer 11U-14U State Cups concluded this past weekend, with
member teams competing in the National Championship Series, Presidents Cup and Challenge Cup.

The completion of games thus far finalizes team placements in the quarterfinals. State Cups action will continue next week, as teams battle to determine the semifinalists in each tournament by October 17th. 

Let’s take a look at the action from the Round of 16…

Challenge Cup

12U Boys

Looking to advance to the quarterfinals, the Mercer United FC Scorpions hosted the Medford SC Mad Dogs Blue. It was an exciting back and forth match that eventually ended in a 2-2 scoreline after regulation concluded. The game then headed to penalty kicks to decide the winner. The Scorpions capitalized on two great saves by goalkeeper Noah Winn, including the game-winning block on the fifth attempt.

“I listened to my trainer’s advice to watch the kicker’s shoulders as he approached the ball, and I went right to make a save,” said Scorpions goalkeeper Noah Winn of the final attempt.

14U Girls

BTSA Hurricanes took on Monmouth United SC Tornadoes in the 14U Round of 16. With a 3-0 win, the BTSA Hurricanes move on to the Elite 8 of the Challenge Cup. Leila Hopkins scored once for the Hurricanes, and Jayana Candelaria scared twice.

Coach Dan McCullough for the BTSA Hurricanes stated, “Our girls have been working hard all season, and it payed off with a solid Challenge Cup win against a tough opponent.”

President’s Cup 

11U Girls

On Sunday, Wall Monaco and STA MOSC competed to see who would advance to the next round. Monaco came out on top, defeating STA MOSC, 4-0. Molly Fitzgerald and Nora Farrell both had one goal each for Monaco, while Gracie Ryan registered a brace.

12U Girls

Last Sunday night, the Jersey South FC Pride defeated a tough Cherry Hill FC Junio Premier Dragons team, 2-1, advancing to the next round.  The Pride were down, 1-0, in the second half, but two goals by Kaylee Keith led Jersey South FC Pride into the Presidents Cup Quarterfinals.

“I am very proud of the girls for their display of character and effort,” said Stephan Hart, coach of the Jersey South FC Pride. “They continued to compete and never gave up when they went 1-0 down in the second half. Although Kaylee had both goals, this was a complete team effort. I am very proud of this entire group!”

13U Boys

Kearny Thistle United Gunners took on the Marlboro SC Blue Rebels in the 13U Round of 16 in the President’s Cup. The game went into a penalty shootout after a 1-1 battle through both regulation and extra time. The goalkeeper for Kearny Thistle United, Gabriel Wahby, set the tone by blocking Marlboro’s first and last penalty kicks. Andres Rodriguez scored the only goal for Kearny and put them through in penalty kicks, 1-0.

“It was a competitive match from start to finish. You never want a game to be decided by penalties, but I’m happy for our boys that we were on the winning end,” said Paul Almeida, head coach of Kearny Thistle United Gunners.

National Championship Series

11U Boys

Dutchmen FC Arsenal faced a strong Vistula Aces side in the 11U National Championship Series. The Dutchmen scored three goals early in the game, with a brace by Marco LaBosco and another by Lucas Gaus. Before halftime, the Vistula Aces answered back with two goals of their own. Building on their strong start, Arsenal scored another three unanswered goals in the second half. Marco LaBosco scored another two goals for a total of four on the match, while Luke Newman added one as well. Big saves were mad by goalkeeper Zachary Pena to keep the Dutchmen in front until the final whistle.

14U Boys

14U Freehold Celtic defeated Vistula Zielinski by a score of 3-1, earning placement in the quarterfinal round of the National Championship Series. Sean Moore scored for Freehold late in the first half, giving his team a 1-0 advantage at halftime. Vistula came then back early in the second half and tied the game at one apiece.

Next, Brody Nacarlo scored an incredible goal for Freehold on a direct kick from 39 yards out. Sean Moore added an insurance goal on a penalty kick while the Freehold defense, with Cade Cascone in goal, were able to hold their opponent to one goal despite an excellent offensive attack by Vistula.

The goal by Brody Nacarlo also made the ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 on Sunday night. Click here to watch it.

To read more about the 2021-2022 NJYS State Cups, click here.

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