CAL SOUTH STATE CUP CROWNS U14-U17 CHAMPIONS
April 27, 2009
All 8 Champs Move On to Presidents Tournament Regionals in Washington in June
April 27, 2009 (San Bernardino, CA) - The 31st edition of the Cal South State Cup competition closed with a flourish this weekend as eight teams in the U14 through U17 age brackets took home championship trophies. Semi-final and final matches for the last of the 2009 Cal South State Cup Olders brackets were held on Saturday, April 25 at San Bernardino's Blast Soccer Complex. All eight championship teams will now travel to the state of Washington in June to take part in the US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Tournament.
The Santa Barbara Soccer Club made the biggest single club impact through the weekend, as two of their boys' teams captured State Cup titles. Santa Barbara SC's BU14 White team found themselves knotted at 2-2 with the Los Alamitos Titans after both overtimes, and then locked up the title on penalty kicks, outshooting the Titans, 5-4. The boys of the Santa Barbara SC BU15 White also moved into overtime against the UIFC South Gate team, but then two extra Santa Barbara goals in the late frames left them on top, 3-1. The Bakersfield Brigade B92s slipped past the Legends FC Black team 2-1 for the Boys Under-16 title, while the BU17 crown was awarded to ConquistAmerica, who outlasted the Crusaders Soccer Club SD White squad by the same 2-1 score.
On the girls' side, another of the day's overtime finals matches was held between the U14 contenders, which ended with America United Blue on top of Real So Cal Black, 2-1. The GU15 So Cal Rush G93 Nike team had a smoother time on their way to a State Cup crown, more than doubling the goals of the PVSC Exiles Black team, 5-2. The Valley United girls in the U16 bracket topped Matrix Soccer Club Black by the score of 2-1, which also proved to be the scoring outcome of the Girls Under-17 final match as well, with Real Madrid Futbol Club edging out California Futbol Club to solidify their trip to the Presidents Tournament.
Around 1400 teams take part annually in the Cal South State Cup for the honor of being crowned as State Cup champion. State Cup champions in the U13-U17 brackets will move forward to represent Cal South at the inaugural US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Tournament in Tri-Cities, Washington from June 11-14, 2009, where they will face teams gathered from the 13 other western states that make up US Youth Soccer's Region IV. Champions at the regional level would then move on to the US Youth Soccer Presidents Tournament National Championships, scheduled to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina from July 16-19, 2009.
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2009 Cal South State Cup Olders Champions U14-U17
BU14 Santa Barbara SC White
US Youth Soccer Presidents Tournament Regional Championships
US Youth Soccer Presidents Tournament National Championships