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THREE CAL SOUTH ODP TEAMS TAKE OVER US YOUTH SOCCER ODP CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PHOENIX

February 29, 2016

The three Cal South teams that participated in the 2016 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Championships will be returning to Southern California with three national titles, coming up on top in this weekend’s action that took place at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix.

The three Cal South ODP Teams made it to the national championships after winning the ODP Region IV Championships in early January. Last weekend’s tournament was a single-game elimination round, kicking off in the semifinal round. The 1999 Cal South Girls defeated Virginia 99 2-0 on Friday evening, while the 2000 Girls team crushed Eastern New York 5-0, and the Cal South 99 Boys beat Virginia 99 2-0 before moving on to the championship match.

The following are championship match highlights, provided by US Youth Soccer:

1999 Girls

Cal South 99 won its second straight ODP Championship with a 5-0 win over Michigan 99. Cal South got goals from Sydney Carr, Chloe Boice, Ashley Johnson, Samantha Fisher and two-time US Youth Soccer National Champion with Legends FC 99 Denae Antoine, to secure the title in the team’s final match.

2000 Girls

A second half goal from Annabella Folino was the difference for Cal South 00 as the Region IV side defeated North Carolina 00 1-0 in the finals. After a scoreless first half, the 2012 US Youth Soccer Region IV Champion with West Coast FC, broke the draw with a goal in the 60th minute, and the Cal South defense would hold off North Carolina to claim the national title.

2000 Boys

Cal South 00 would win the 2000 Boys title by the same score as their female counterparts as they defeated Michigan 00 1-0. Christian Zavala, who was named to the 2016 ODP Region IV Championships Tournament Team, broke the scoreless stalemate 15 minutes into the match after receiving a cross on the left side of the box and burying his shot. Michigan would earn a myriad of opportunities in the second half, but were unable to find the back of the net as Cal South completed a sweep of the 2000 age group.