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April 21, 2009

Competition Continues in U14-U17 Brackets This Weekend

April 21, 2009 (San Bernardino, CA) - Four talented teams in the Under-18 and Under-19 age brackets left the fields of San Bernardino this weekend with some very impressive hardware in their hands: a 2009 Cal South State Cup championship trophy. Semi-final and final matches for the two oldest of the seven State Cup Olders brackets were held on Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19 at San Bernardino's Blast Soccer Complex.

Monarcas USA, a team registered through Coast Soccer League, won the Boys U18 crown by shutting out Fram CQ 2-0, after decisively winning all four of their games leading to the final. So it went, too, for Corona United as they sought to capture the Boys U19 title, taking a string of solid victories to the final, which proved a bit closer as they walked away with a narrow 1-o shutout over UIFC Tapatio, also of Coast.

On the girls' side of the blazing State Cup competition, the U18 Poway Vaqueros coached by Brendan Kelly took the Carlsbad Lightning Red team into overtime, where the Vaqueros prevailed, 2-1. When the Westside Breakers White shut out the Del Mar/Carmel Valley Sharks White 1-0 to nab the GU19 State Cup title, it was their third consecutive match with that same score, as well as their fifth shutout in six games during the tournament.

Now deep into its 31st year, around 1400 teams annually take part 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 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.

Team photos of the Cal South State Cup champions and finalists can be accessed here.

For more information on the Cal South State Cup competition, please click here.

2009 Cal South State Cup Olders Champions

BU18 Monarcas USA
GU18 Vaqueros - Kelly
BU19 Corona United
GU19 Westside Breakers White

US Youth Soccer Presidents Tournament Regional Championships
Tri-Cities, Washington, June 11-14, 2009

US Youth Soccer Presidents Tournament National Championships
Raleigh, North Carolina, July 16-19, 2009