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Region IV Championships Complete Cal North Recap

 
  
Game Results Recap
Far West Regionals Morning Games
June 18, 2012
7:00 AM GAMES
Under 15 Girls
In the opening day of Far West Regional competition the Bay Oaks Botafogo U15G handily defeated Oregon Rush 96 Nike in a 5-0 victory.
 
Under 15 Boys
In Far West Regionals competition the Mt Hamilton Atlas 98 vs CO Rush 98/99 match ended in a 3-1 victory for Mt Hamilton in day one competition
 
Under 18 Girls
U-18G Central Valley Flames scored in the 3rd minute to take a 1-0 lead to half. The Flames added two 2nd half goals to beat Arizona’s Gilbert Arsenal 98 Premier 3-0
 
Under 19 Girls
In the U19G age group Hayward Chaos got off to a rough start when they lost 11-1 to Arizona’s SC del Sol 93 Girls.
 
Under 19 Boys
Santa Clara Sporting 92 U19B defeated Portland 92 Navy 2-1. Sporting scored a goal early and put together a better attack in the 2nd half to net their game winning second goal.
 
9:00 AM GAMES
Under 12 Girls
In opening day action U12 Girls action at Far West Regionals the Washington Northwest Nationals downed Cal North South San Jose Fusion by a margin of 4 -1
 
Under 12 Boys
A 3-3 tie was the final score for the day-one U12 Boys matchup between Cal North's Redwood Burlingame Gold 00 and AZ's CCV Stars 00 Black.
 
Under 14 Girls
Orchard Valley Heat scored in the 11th minute to take a 1-0 lead to the half. Cal South Legends scored in the 2nd half to knot the game for a final 1 to 1 tie
 
Under 15 Girls
U15 Girls MVLA Mercury Black had their way with Hawaii in a 5-0 Far West Regionals victory for Cal North in opening day play.
 
Under 19 Girls
Far West Regionals U19 Girls Benicia lost a heartbreaker 1-0 to Cal South Riverside when a goal scored with two minutes left put Riverside ahead for good.
 
11:00 AM GAMES
Under 13 Girls
Day one of Far West Regional competition the U13 Girls MVLA Typhoons Black had a losing effort against the Washington Premier FC. The final score was 4-0
 
Under 13 Boys
Far West Regionals day one game for U13 Boys saw SC Sporting 98 Boys Green fall to AZ Banat 99 Gold with a final of 3-0 for Banat.
 
Under 14 Boys
Alum Rock PAC Impact could not score and the 0-0 halftime score did not hold up as Cal South's Santa Barbara SC White netted a goal in the second half resulting in a 1-0 decision.
 
Under 14 Boys
Las Vegas Sports Academy scored the game winning goal on a defensive breakdown in the first half to defeat Juventus Heat by a score of 1-0
  
 
Game Results Recap
Far West Regionals Evening Games
June 18, 2012
7:00 PM GAMES
Under 16 Girls
Up first was the Cal North’s Far West Regional League Wild Card the MVLA Lighting and Cal South’s Beach Futbol Club a sister team from FWRL that also advanced to FWR as a wild card team. Lighting came out flat and just couldn't get going through the first half, about 8 minutes in Beach FC scored on a nice through ball to make it 1-0, then later in the half on a free kick restart just outside the box Beach FC put another in the back of the net to make it 2-0 at half.  MVLA came out much sharper to start the 2nd half, they pushed for the next 10 minutes and it really looked like the game would be what we expected, then 12 minutes into the 2nd half Beach FC scored again and MVLA just didn't get it going again resulting in a final score of 3-0 in favor of Beach FC.
 
Under 17 Boys
Santa Clara Sporting 94 took on the Inter FC 95 Premier.  Santa Clara scored in the 11th minute off a 12- yard header to take the lead.  They controlled most the first half.  As the second half progressed Inter pushed more and more players forward for the equalizer.  With about 10 minutes to play Santa Clara cleared a ball off the line to keep the lead.  Just before the end of regular time Inter had a goal called back due to offside.    2 minutes into stoppage Utah had a corner kick and put 11 players in the box.   Their pressure paid off as they scored after a loose ball scramble in the box.  Undaunted Santa Clara took the ensuing kickoff and 10 seconds later scored on a 22-yard bending shot into the upper right corner to win the game 2-1.   
 
9:00 PM GAMES
Under 16 Boys
Cal North’s Santa Clara Sporting 95 Green squared off against the Scottsdale 96 Blackhawks from Arizona. The game started off with a bang as Arizona scored directly off the kickoff on a 55-yard looping shot over the Sporting keeper.  The teams exchanged scoring chances throughout the first half with Sporting netting the equalizer on a 29th minute header from a well delivered right wing cross.  Arizona answered back in 38th minute to retake the lead.   The second half was marked by several near goals for Sporting, most notably a shot in stoppage time that looked destined for the lower right corner except the Arizona keeper pulled off a brilliant save to keep the score at 2-1.   
 
Under 17 Girls
The U17 Girls Central Valley Chilipeppers started out their first game of the FWR tournament strong, scoring a quick goal in the 5th minute to take a 1 to 0 lead against the Utah Sparta United 95 Premier.  2 more goals scored at the 12th and 25th minutes saw the Chilipeppers ease into halftime with a 3 to 0 lead. The Chilipeppers then added another goal late in the 2nd half making the final score Chilipeppers 4 Utah 0. The Chilipeppers looked strong, showing great team speed along with excellent passing and ball control. 
 
Under 17 Boys
This 9 PM match pitted the Cal North Mt Hamilton PAC Tigres against the Oregon CFC Atlas U17 Boys.  As always the Tigres came out fast and strong, attacking hard for the first 5 minutes they put one in the net for a 1-0 lead. Atlas just couldn't match the skill, speed and strength of the Tigres and 40 minutes in on a beautiful through ball it was 2-0. The game was back and forth (with at least 60% of the time the Tigres on the attack in Oregon's half of the field) until late in the game when the Tigres center back made a run that ended in the final score making it 3-0 for the Cal North Tigres. 
 
Under 18 Boys
De Anza Force 93 Boys Blue from Cal North tied New Mexico’s state champions Rio Vista United 94 battled to a 1-1 tie in their first game of the tournament in a game played at the Scottsdale Soccer Complex
 
After a couple of hours sleep and Cal North staff will be back at it to start day 2 at 7:00 AM Tuesday morning. The high in Phoenix was 111 degrees on Monday.  More "fun in the sun" to come!!

 
Game Results Recap
Far West Regionals Morning Games
June 19, 2012
7:00 AM GAMES
Under 12 Girls
Arizona’s U12 State Cup champion San Tan Legacy Red faced their opponent, Cal North’s State Cup runner up and FWR wild card, South San Jose SSJ Fusion.  The match ended in a 1-1 tie.
 
Under 15 Girls
The MVLA Mercury Black U15 girls played an exciting match against the local Arizona San Tan 97 Legacy Red team. After a scoreless first half, Arizona found the back of the net late in the 2nd half to take a 1 to nil lead. MVLA had quite a few shots on goal late in the match, but the Arizona keeper made some spectacular saves as the Arizona team prevailed 1 to 0 in a very exciting match. 
 
Under 19 Girls
Benicia U19 girls gave a valiant effort without their #1 goalkeeper, but they just couldn't keep up with an energetic Colorado team as they fell 7 to 0 in their second FWR game
 
Under 19 Girls
Temperature at 7 AM kickoff was 81 degrees. Hayward Chaos down 0-2 at halftime with goals by Nevada in the 37th and 42nd minute.  No real clear chances for either team until Nevada opened the scoring late in the first half. The game finished 0-2 with Hayward unable to create much of an attack in the second half and a bit fortunate not to get scored on again a couple of times.  Temperature at the end of the game: 88 degrees.  
 
Under 19 Boys
Day two started out with Cal North’s U19 Boys, Santa Clara Sporting 92 netting their second win of the tournament in a 2-0 victory over the Idaho state champions, Boise Nationals.
 
9:00 AM GAMES
Under 14 Girls
The U14 Girls game began with a first minute goal by Orchard Valley Heat and ended with the Heat goalkeeper making a big save off the line late in the second half to preserve a 1-0 win over the Coeur d’Alene Sting Gold from Idaho.  The score is deceptive as the Cal North team controlled most the game and had the vast majority of the scoring chances. Heat had more scoring chances but the ID keeper made a couple of very good saves.  Heat is now 2-0-0 and first in their group. 
 
Under 15 Girls
The 9 AM game matched Bay Oaks Botafogo against Utah’s LaRoca PO in U15 Girls. Bay Oaks did a great job of controlling the game.  They scored in the 26th minute off of an impressive run down the far side with a cut back to the middle, finishing it with a nice left-footed shot.  At the 40th minute they scored again on a through ball up the middle.  The final was 2-0 Bay Oaks. Game time temperature was 93 degrees.
 
Under 15 Boys
Hayward Mini Chivas had a relatively stress-free match in a 6-0 win over Alaska’s CISC Velocity 97B Blue.  The Mini Chivas evened their record to 1 win and 1 loss in group play.
 
Under 18 Girls
The U18 Girls Central Valley Flames lost a close one to Idaho’s Super Nova by a score of 3 to 2 in day two pool play.
 
11:00 AM GAMES
Under 12 Boys
Cal North team Redwood Burlingame Gold 00 took their day two match by defeating the Rush 00B Nike from Hawaii with a final score of 2-0.
 
Under 13 Girls
MVLA Typhoons Black from Cal North came up short in a 1-0 loss to Utah’s LaRoca Premier LH.  Typhoons drop to 0-2-0 after two days of competition.
 
Under 13 Boys
Mt Hamilton PAC Atlas 98 kept their winning ways going by claiming a 2-1 victory in the U13 Boys age group when they beat Utah’s USA 99 Premier.
 
Under 13 Boys
Santa Clara Sporting 98 Green had a second-day loss to the U13 Boys State Cup champion from Cal South, the United FC Gold 98.  The final score was 2-0.
 
 
Under 14 Boys
In a great matchup, the U-14 Alum Rock PAC Impact managed to come from 2 goals behind and eke out a 3 to 3 tie with Arizona’s 98 CCV Stars. Alum Rock managed to sneak a direct kick by a wall in the final minutes to secure the tie
 
Under 14 Boys
Even with the game time temperature being a little cooler today (95 degrees) it didn't help the U14 Boys Juventus Heat in overcoming a very strong Arsenal team from Cal South.   Heat allowed two goals during the first half, came back in the 2nd half with a score, had an opportunity to tie it on a PK but could not finish. A final goal for Arsenal later in the half had the match end at 1-3 in favor of Arsenal

 
Game Results Recap
Far West Regionals Evening Games
June 19, 2012
7:00 PM GAMES
Under 16 Girls
The Foothill MVLA Lightning U16 Girls dominated the game and handled Hawaii’s HSC Bulls 96 Ka’ula in a 6-0 game that displayed Lightning’s offensive and defensive skills.
 
Under 17 Boys
The Mt Hamilton PAC Tigres from Cal North continued their winning ways in the U17 Boys group in a day-two contest that pitted them against the Sandpoint Strikers from Idaho. The final was 4-0 in favor of the 2010 Region IV Champion Tigres.
 
9:00 PM GAMES
Under 16 Boys
In the 2nd day of pool play, the U16 Boys Santa Clara Sporting 95 faced a tough opponent in the Cal South Arsenal FC.  The game was tied 0 to 0 at the end of the first half. Late in the second half, Cal South knocked in a crossing pass to score.  This lone goal held up as Cal South prevailed 1 to nil. Both teams demonstrated their defensive excellence in this struggle dominated by the defenders.
 
Under 17 Girls
The CV Chillipeppers were hot tonight as they continued their march to the quarterfinals with a 5 to 0 victory over the Oregon Joga Bonita.  They scored early and often taking a 5 - 0 lead into halftime.  This score held up in the second half and the Cal North U17 girls improve to 2 and 0 in pool play. Up next is a matchup with the Washington Eastside FC G94 Red. 
 
Under 17 Boys
For the second day in a row Santa Clara Sporting 94, the wild card team from Cal North, took a 2-1 game to keep their winning record intact.  By capturing the win from Hawaii’s Abunai 95 the Cal North boys moved to 2-0-0 and first place in U17 Boys Pool A.
 
Under 18 Boys
With an opening kickoff temp near 100 degrees in Scottsdale U18 Boys De Anza Force lost 1-0 to Oregon West Side on an OR goal midway through second half.  The game was very evenly matched and the result could have gone either way.

 
Game Results Recap
Far West Regionals Morning Games
June 20, 2012
7:00 AM GAMES
 
Under 12 Girls
Cal North’s U12 Girls wild card, South San Jose Fusion, fell to the Cal South State Cup Champions legends FC 99.  The loss knocked the Fusion into third place and out of contention to advance. 
 
Under 14 Girls
At kickoff for the match between U14 girls Orchard Valley Heat and the Washington Northwest Nationals G97 Red saw the temperature a mild 81 degrees at kickoff.  The first half was a tight defensive battle. Washington thought they broke through with a goal in the 25th minute, but the goal was nullified by an offside and the game went to half tied at 0. In the second half in the 41st minute, Washington scored a goal on a breakaway to take a 1-0 lead. The Heat then kicked off, dribbled down and scored in less than 30 seconds to tie the game at 1. In the 13th minute of the second half, a Heat foul set up a Washington set piece. The ball was lobbed into the box where it bounced around and rolled to a WA player who shot. A handball stopped the ball and WA converted the PK to take a 2 to 1 lead.  Then in the 18th minute, Washington scored on a breakaway. The final score was Washington 3 Orchard Valley Heat 1, leaving the Heat 1-1-1 after pool play and no chance to advance to quarter finals.
 
Under 15 Girls
MVLA Mercury Black from Cal North’s Foothill Youth Soccer League, secured a spot in Friday’s U15 Girls quarter finals with a 2-0 win over Carlsbad Elite, the Far West Regional League wild card team from Cal South.
 
Under 15 Boys
Hayward Mini Chivas lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to Colorado Storm 97 COPA ending their quest to advance to the single elimination play. Finishing 3rd in pool play, the Hayward team will look to next season to defend their state title and return to FWR.
 
Under 18 Girls
The Central Valley Flames won 1-0 over LaRoca of Utah on the strength of an early 1st half goal. CV take 2nd in the group and move on to quarter finals on Friday.
 
Under 19 Girls
The Hayward Chaos fell 2-0 to New Mexico’s U19 Girls champions, Rio Vista FC 93, in day-three action leading to the Chaos’ elimination from the tournament. Chaos rebounded from a 1st game lopsided match to make the following two pool play games respectable.
 
Under 19 Girls
Benicia Arsenal could not muster the fire power or defense to counter what the Arizona U19 Girls Sereno 93 White brought to the pitch.  A 4-0 loss capped the Arsenal’s competition as they were eliminated from advancement.
 
9:00 AM GAMES
 
Under 15 Girls
After dominating their first two games, Bay Oaks Botafogo U15 Girls looked a little sluggish today and were unable to create any clear cut scoring chances.  Botafogo gave up a goal to Washington’s NW Nationals 96 Red 13 minutes into 2nd half on a through ball down the right side culminating with a shot from about 15 yards over the GK's head to the back post.  With temperatures in the mid 90's Botafogo lost their final game in pool play 0-1 to finish 2nd in Pool B.  Bay Oaks will face AZ San Tan Legacy 97 Red in quarterfinals on Friday. 
 
Under 19 Boys
It was a low energy outing for Santa Clara Sporting 92 in the U19 Boys bracket this morning. Sporting went down 2-0 in the first 25 minutes, then a flurry of goals were scored in a period of 5 minutes making the score 3-2 with Arizona’s San Tan 93 Legacy White on top. In extended time of the 1st half Sporting received a red card.  The game ended with no more scoring and final score of 3-2 in favor of AZ but based on their previous performance Santa Clara was able to capture the top spot in Pool A and moves on to the quarterfinals.
 
 
 
 
 
11:00 AM GAMES
 
Under 12 Boys
In U12 Boys action the Cal North Burlingame Gold played Nevada Heat FC to a 1-1 draw to wrap up second place in Pool B and advance to the quarter finals on June 22nd following a day of rest on Thursday.
 
Under 13 Girls
The U13 Girls MVLA Typhoons Black were eliminated from the competition as their final pool play match ended in a 1-1 tie with RVFC Prestige 99 from New Mexico.
 
Under 13 Boys
Mt Hamilton PAC Atlas 98 U13 boys defeated Oregon CFC Real Madrid by a score of 4 to 1 to cruise into the quarterfinals by winning their pool and remaining undefeated through the round-robin phase of the tournament.
 
Under 13 Boys
Cal North’s wildcard, U13 Santa Clara Sporting 98 Boys Green, lost to Nevada’s State Cup Champion LVSA 99 Red by a 2 to 0 score to go three and out in the tournament.
 
Under 14 Boys
U14B Alum Rock Impact rolled over the Colorado Rapids by a score of 7-1. This was a very strong outing for Impact who finished 1-1-1 in pool play and squeaked into the single elimination rounds on the goal-differential tie breaker.
 
Under 14 Boys
Juventus Heat made a push for advancement in their third day of play.  By winning their final round robin match 5-0 over Arizona’s Real Tuzos 98, the U14 Boys team moved from last to second place in their pool and they advance to Friday’s quarter final rounds. 

 
Game Results Recap
Far West Regionals Evening Games
June 20, 2012
7:00 PM GAMES
 
Under 16 Girls
MVLA Lightning handily dispatched their U16 Girls opponent from Nevada, Vegas United 96 by a score of 6-0, to advance in Far West Regional play.  Lightning moves on to meet Arizona in the quarter finals.
 
Under 17 Boys
Despite sustaining a 2-0 loss at the feet of Idaho’s Boise Nationals Premier, Santa Clara Sporting 94 took second in their pool to move on to quarter final play.  Sporting will use the day of rest to recuperate from the intense heat and be prepare to play Cal North rival, Mt Hamilton PAC Tigres.
 
Under 18 Boys
Needing a win to advance to the quarterfinals, DeAnza Force 93B Blue couldn't overcome an early two goal deficit, eventually losing 0-4 to U18 Boys Nevada Players SC 94 to end their FWR competition.
 
9:00 PM GAMES
 
Under 16 Boys
Santa Clara Sporting 95B exited the FWR competition after a losing their third game to the FC Phoenix Academy U16 Boys team.  Arizona dispatched the Cal North boys by finishing the game with a winning score of 4-3
 
Under 17 Girls
Central Valley Chilipeppers were one of two Cal North teams to go undefeated in pool play.  The ‘peppers finished preliminary round play with a perfect record after defeating the Washington team, Eastside FC G94 Red U17 Girls in the 5-3 third-day competition..
 
Under 17 Boys
U17 Boys Mt Hamilton PAC Tigres ran the table by holding their pool play opponents scoreless in three preliminary round games. Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over LVSA 95 Red, Nevada’s State Cup champion, allowed the Tigres to proceed to quarterfinals undefeated.
 
After a well-deserved day of rest, 12 Cal North teams will advance to Friday’s single elimination Quarter Finals.
 
 
Game Results Recap
Far West Regionals Quarter Final Games
June 22, 2012
 
Under 12 Boys
The U12 Boys State Cup champions from Cal North and Colorado squared off in a 9 AM match at Scottsdale Complex where Redwood Burlingame Gold 00 battled to down the Colorado Storm 00 Copa in a 1-0 final.  The Burlingame boys will advance to take on Cal South’s Pateadores LA in the 8 AM semifinal match.
 
Under 13 Boys
In an offensive barrage from both teams and a combined total of 9 goals, Mt Hamilton PAC Atlas 98 came out on the short end of the scoring and lost to the powerhouse Rush Nike 99of Hawaii by a final of 5-4 in favor of Hawaii.  After going undefeated in preliminary round play, the loss was a bitter pill to swallow for the Cal North boys in their return trip to Far West Regionals where they lost in the championship game to Cal South in 2011.  The streak of 7 FWR wins over the two seasons was impressive as the team now must look to 2013 and a trip to Hawaii to avenge their loss.
 
Under 14 Boys
Redwood Juventus Heat, the U14 Boys Cal North state champions made sure they would play tomorrow when they battled their way into semifinals by winning their quarter final match 1-0 over Rush Nike 98 of New Mexico.  The hard fought match ensured Saturday play for the Heat who will go on to face fellow Cal North team, Alum Rock Impact, in semifinal action at 10 Saturday. 
 
Under 14 Boys
Alum Rock Impact scored early on a header as they took on WPFC 97 Black from Washington in their quarter final match up.  After the two teams traded goals, Impact punched their ticket to an all Cal North semifinal vs Juventus Heat, by securing the 2-1 quarter final victory.  The semifinal all-Cal North showdown between Impact and Heat ensures a Cal North presence in the U14 championship match on Sunday.
 
Under 15 Girls
U15G Bay Oaks bounced back from their 3rd game preliminary round loss to defeat San Tan Legacy 97 Red of AZ 3-1 to secure a place in the semi-finals on Saturday.  In a balmy 84 degree game time temperature Bay Oaks wasted little time in asserting their authority and scored first off a set piece when Botafogo headed the ball in off a corner kick to take an early lead. 10 minutes later they went up 2-0 on a looping ball over the GK.  AZ pulled to within one back on a penalty to make it 2-1.  The momentum shifted temporarily and Legacy began pushing hard to equalize riding the momentum for the rest of the 1st half but the scores stayed 2-1 into the break.  Bay Oaks scored midway through the second half on a well-finished shot from the right side of the box AZ rarely threatened after that and Bay Oaks closed out the game comfortably.  Bay Oaks will face Colorado’s Pride Predators 97 in the semifinals where Cal North has two of the four 15G semi-finalist teams. 
 
Under 15 Girls
Cal North’s U15 Girls quarterfinalist MVLA Mercury Black easily dispatched NW Nationals 96 Red from Washington and coasted to a 4-0 win after pouring it on in the second half.  Despite having the run of play, the first half ended deadlocked after the MVLA goalkeeper made a great 1 v 1 save to keep it at zeroes.  Four minutes into the 2nd half the pump was primed and the scoring began for Mercury.  The goals continued to come, first on a 19 yard left-footed grass cutter into the bottom left corner and then on a cross from the left wing that was redirected by a defender leaving the Washington GK on the wrong foot resulting in an own goal. The result never looked on question from then and MVLA closed out the game on a well finished 1 v 1 goal that was dribbled around the keeper and they cruised into the semifinals to face Leahi 97 Premier on Saturday with aspirations of being in an all Cal North championship on Sunday.
 
Under 16 Girls
MVLA Lightning returns to Far West Regional semifinal play after falling in FWR quarterfinals last year.  After a season out of the running, U16 Girls Lightning looks to reclaim their Regional Championship and take their first step by facing Eastside FC 95 Red, Washington’s state champions.  The 2-0 win was MVLA’s third shutout win in a row.  Lightning fought through 10 minutes of stoppage time that was added when a head-to-head collision between two players temporarily stopped the match.  The kickoff for the semifinal match is set for 10 AM Saturday where Cal North will face Eastside FC 95 Red.
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Under 17 Girls
It took nearly all of the 120 minutes of regulation and 2 overtime periods for the Central Valley Chilipeppers, the U17 Girls team from Cal North, to break the 1-1 tie.  With 5 minutes to go in the second OT the ‘peppers put one in and held on for the victory over the substantially bigger Idaho Super Nova girls. The 0-0 halftime score could not be broken and the two teams moved on to overtime.  Scoring nearly immediately (3 minutes in) the CV girls tried but failed to shut down Idaho.  Super Nova answered the Cal North goal and until 5 minutes remained the tie held up.  A final push by the Chilipeppers resulted in the game-winning goal and a final of 2-1.  The semifinal matchup between Central Valley and Arsenal of Colorado takes place at 8 AM Saturday.
 
Under 17 Boys
After starting an hour late due to the 7 AM match going into OT and PKs, the Cal North matchup between the champion Mt Hamilton PAC Tigres and runner up Santa Clara Sporting 94 was a thriller as expected.  The 0-0 halftime score only added to the tension and anticipation of the teams and the spectators.  Tigres missed a couple of opportunities and after some spectacular saves by Sporting’s goalkeeper, they finally capitalized 20 minutes into the 2nd half.  After a sendoff for a player from the Tigres, they scored again on the restart and never looked back finishing up by a final score of 2-0 and keeping their undefeated streak alive.  Tigres will face Cal South’s Albion White in semifinal play.
 
Under 18 Girls
For the 7 AM kickoff it was 90 degrees for the quarterfinal match between the U18 Central Valley Flames and the Cal South Platinum FC Small. The Flames were wearing sporting their red jerseys with navy blue shorts and red socks. The Platinum FC wore their silver-gray jerseys, black shorts and silver sox. The match was slow paced to start out with both teams feeling each other out in the first 10 minutes. At the 14 minute mark, the Flames #14 went down in the Flame’s half of the field and had to be helped off. But Central Valley continued to battle into the first water break with the score still tied at zero. In the 22nd minute, the Flames scored first on a fantastic shot into the upper right corner of the goal over the keeper to take a 1 to 0 lead. Most of the first half was played in the Cal South half of the field. Platinum FC was getting frustrated and began to play a more physical game. The score remained 1 to 0 as the match went into halftime. The second half started with Cal South showing more intensity, as they picked up a yellow midway through the half. The high-intensity game remained 1 to 0 in favor of the Flames through both 2nd half water breaks and through 90 minutes.  In the second minute of stoppage time, Cal South broke through with a shot up the middle that rebounded off the keeper to a Cal South player who put it in and the game was tied.  The whistle ending regulation play blew meaning two 15 minute overtime periods would be needed. In the first OT the score remained 1-1.  Things got heated in the 2nd OT with yellow cards going to players from both Cal South and Cal North on an exchange between them after a hard tackle. Ultimately the game contest remained deadlocked and kicks from the penalty spot were necessary to determine who would move on. After the first five rounds of kickers 5, kicks were tied at 3 for each team.  It stayed tied through the sudden death phase of the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th kickers.  In the 10th round of kicks Cal South converted their chance while the Flames could not. For the Cal North girls, it was a devastating way to end their run at Far West Regionals.
 
Under 19 Boys
Santa Clara Sporting created good pressure through the first 15-20 minutes.  At that point OC Revolution from Cal South started pushing forward and created some chances. At the 35TH minute Sporting was issued a caution and on the restart Cal South scored on a header. At minute 41 Santa Clara gave up a PK on a bad tackle in the box. The half ended with Revolution up 2-0.  Five minutes into the second half Santa Clara scored to make it 2-1.  But at 13 minutes into the half, as the saying goes, "things started to go south" literally.  There were back to back tackles against Sporting right in front of the bench and no calls made.  Coach Brasil lost his cool and was sent off.  From that point on the calls started going 90% in favor of Cal South.  A missed offside call by the A/R resulted in a goal for Revolution who now held a 3-1 advantage.  Another free kick for Cal South boosted the score to 4-1.  Running low on energy, Sporting scored in the final 5 minutes of the match with the 4-2 score holding up for the final.
 
With 8 Cal North teams advancing to play in 7 different games, Cal North staff will need to have their heads on a swivel to keep up with the progress of the teams.


 
Game Results Recap
Far West Regionals Semifinal Games
June 23, 2012
Under 12 Boys
Burlingame Gold 00 from Redwood League were unable to fend off the stronger Cal South Pateadores who downed the Gold by a score of 5-0.  The Burlingame boys had gone undefeated up until the semifinal match up and did a solid job of representing Cal North in the U12 boys Division.
 
Under 14 Boys
The showdown between the two Cal North U14 Boys teams, Juventus Heat and the Alum Rock PAC Impact ended with the Heat victorious in a 3-0 win over their District II counterpart.  Heat, who squeaked into the single elimination rounds after losing their first two preliminary round matches will now take on Cal South in the championship battle for a spot at US Youth Soccer Nationals in July.
 
Under 15 Girls
Bay Oaks Botafogo lost a heartbreaker in overtime as Colorado was able to score 2 goals capturing the 4-2 semifinal win.  After being a player down for 10 minutes in the 2nd half of regulation as the Botafogo waited to sub their injured player back in, the tide turned and Colorado was able to tie the game in the waning moments of the game.  Things did not go Cal North’s way as Colorado scored early in OT and put the exclamation point on their victory never looking back.  Botafogo’s first trip to FWR gives the team motivation to repeat as State Cup champs in 2013.
 
Under 15 Girls
In U15 girls semifinal play the MVLA Mercury took a very tough opponent from Hawaii, Leahi 97 Premier, all the way through regulation and nearly through 30 minutes of OT to finally score with 4 minutes left in the second OT and secure a spot in the Far West Regional championship match up against a powerhouse Colorado team that dashed the hopes for an all Cal North final when they knocked off the other Cal North entry, Bay Oaks. 
 
Under 16 Girls
The Washington Eastside FC 95 Red tried but could not keep Cal North’s MVLA Lightning from their single-minded pursuit of reclaiming the National Championship crown that they earned in 2010 as U14 Girls.  Tied 1-1 minutes into the second half, Lightning scored their 2nd goal and never looked back. After an early exit from Far West Regionals in 2011 the Lightning has focused on capturing another USW Youth Soccer National Championship and are poised to return to Nationals when they face off against Arizona’s Sereno 96 White North in the Region IV championship match.
 
Under 17 Girls
Kickoff temperature was 82 degrees and the Central Valley Chilipeppers started the game with a breakaway that put them in a one-on-one situation with the Colorado Arsenal keeper. Chilipeppers scored and went up 1- 0 in the second minute.  In the 31st minute the Chilipeppers scored on another breakaway putting them up 2 to 0.  Colorado finally got their first shot of the game at the 46th minutes and made the most of their opportunity when they closed the deficit to 2-1.  The goal came when the Cal North keeper came out and Colorado got a shot off of a defender who was positioned too deep.  The ball crossed the goal line and the score went to Arsenal. After dominating the first half in which there was only one corner kick for Colorado and no goal kicks by CV, Chilipeppers put in the final goal of the game in the 47th minutes and held on to win by a score of 3-1.  Chilipeppers move on to championships where they will match up against the Legends Breakaway of Cal South.
 
Under 17 Boys
The game between Mt Hamilton PAC Tigres and Cal South’s Albion White got underway at 8 AM under clear skies and mid 80s temps. The Tigres played without their starting center midfielder who was serving a one game suspension after he was sent off for a being cautioned twice in yesterday's quarter final game. 15 minutes into the match the Tigres made a hard run to the end line, played the ball back to the 18 yard line and there was no chance for the Cal South GK.  Result: 1-0 Tigres. Cal South picked up their pace and increased their attack and their keeper made a great save to keep the deficit at one.  30 minutes in the Tigres continued their high energy attack but Albion was able to score on a crossing ball to the far post making it 1-1. The goal energized Cal South who continued to press for the remainder of the half.  Cal South came out strong in the 2nd half, playing some long balls and stepping up their offensive pressure. After yellow cards were issued to players on both sides, the teams continued to battle with no scoring taking place. Tied at end of regulation, the teams headed to OT after 90 minutes of strong play with both sides having chances but neither team able to break the tie. Two minutes into OT the Tigres had two great chances, one just wide and the other a great save by the Cal South GK.  10 minutes into the 2nd OT period Cal North scored on great individual effort making it 2-1 for Mt Hamilton.  A red card issued to a Tigres with no time remaining and a corner kick restart by Cal South resulted in a stoppage time goal for Albion and kicks from the penalty spot tie breaker to break the tie.  In an exciting PK series the Tigres keeper stopped a shot by Cal South which made the difference in the 4 to 3 tie breaker and sent Tigres on to the Sunday championship game against Arizona’s Sereno.
 
 
Game Results Recap
Far West Regionals Championship Games
June 24, 2012
 
 
 
Under 14 Boys
The U14 Boys Redwood Juventus Heat were unable to overcome the one goal deficit posted by Santa Barbara at  the 25th minute and their Far West Regional championship aspirations came to a sudden end..  In a game that could easily have gone either way, Heat kept up the pressure and stopped all subsequent Cal South attacks only to have their efforts thwarted. Heat exit the competition one game short of their goal of advancement to nationals.
 
Under 15 Girls
MVLA Mercury Black broke through first midway through the first half with a long goal from the 18 yard box to take the 1-0 lead over Colorado Predators.  The score held up throughout the remainder of the game and the U15 Girls from Cal North were triumphant.  Mercury moves on to US Youth Soccer National Championships in Rock Hill South Carolina July 24-29.
 
Under 16 Girls
Foothill League and MVLA Club will have two representatives at National Championships as the MVLA Lightning and Arizona Sereno 96 White North fought their way through a scoreless regulation game and 2 scoreless overtime periods before settling the championship in a kicks-from-the-penalty-spot tie breakers.  MVLA kickers were able to net 4 kicks as opposed to the 2 that Sereno put in.  The Lightning will return home to prepare for their late July trip to South Carolina and a chance to reclaim the national crown they earned in 2010.
 
Under 17 Girls
US Youth Soccer National League champions and Cal South’s National Cup champions, the Legends Breakaway, scored in the first half and held on to the 1-0 lead to battle their to the Under 17 Girls Region IV championship over Cal North’s Central Valley Chilipeppers.  With the Breakaways having earned their spot at US Youth Soccer National Championships by virtue of their National League finish, Chilipeppers will claim the Region IV slot and represent Cal North and Region IV in Rock Hill next month.
 
Under 17 Boys
For the second day in a row the U17 Boys PAC Tigres from Mt Hamilton took their single elimination round matches all the way to PKs.  After a successful PK series in semifinals, the Tigres were unable to convert enough shots in the finals as the Arizona GK stopped two of the Tigres’ attempts leading the way for Sereno’s championship game victory.  A hard fought match where both sides had chances ended 1-1 at the conclusion of regulation.  The teams scored 1 goal apiece in overtime forcing the shootout. The heartbreaking defeat for the Tigres was their first loss of the tournament.  The team will head home to regroup and start the new season.
 

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