Six Champions Crowned at National Cup VI Finals
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Connecticut’s Eastern FC Rangers lost, 3-1, to the Napa Sport Indians in the Premier U16 Championship – just one of the six title games played in boys U15-U17 flights Tuesday as part of the 2007 National Cup VI Championships.
Tied 1-1 at halftime, the Indians scored two second-half goals to prevail over the Rangers. Juan Chavez, Gerardo Martinez and Cesar Ramirez scored in the victory for the Northern California side.
In other action, Northern California’s Mount Hamilton Lobitos, competing in its second consecutive National Cup Finals, triumphed in the Super Group U17 flight with a 3-1 victory over Ohio’s Team Dayton. The Lobitos’ Juan Gonzalez, who led his side with five goals during the Finals, tallied and Mauricio Murillo, Jr. also scored.
In the Premier U17 Final, the Bayport Hurricanes’ (NY) Ryan Lastra and Shattuck-St. Mary’s (MN) Vasilios Kyriakopolous exchanged goals in the first half. Bayport’s Alex Dulmovits broke the tie late in the match when he buried a rebound in the back of the net to lift Bayport to the victory by a 2-1 margin.
The Super Group U16 title game featured a pair of Southern California teams in Albion SC and Orange SC Rage. Scoreless in the latter stages of the match, Orange SC’s Facundo Bruno struck for the game-winner on an impressive individual effort. From 25 yards out, he cut into the middle of the field and drove his shot into the left corner. Orange SC’s defense did not allow a goal during its four games at the National Cup VI Finals.
Trailing 1-0 after halftime, Maryland’s Potomac SA Internationals rallied against Carolina Goldstar Select (NC) to pull out a 3-2 win in the Super Group U15 division. With five minutes remaining and the scored knotted 2-2, Nat Eggleston blasted a free kick into the goal to make Potomac National Cup VI Champions.
Central Penn Alliance (PA) defeated Tigres Soccer Academy (TX), 2-0, to claim the Premier U15 title. Jorden Messersmith’s header off a corner kick and Austin Stover’s chip over Tigres’ goalkeeper were the difference for Central Penn.
The 2007 National Cup VI Finals continue July 28-31 with championships awarded in Super Group and Premier divisions to Girls U15-U17 teams at Bryan Park and Boys & Girls U12-U14 teams at Springwood Park in Burlington, N.C.
The newest 2007 National Cup VI champions will have their names engraved on The Doug Hamilton Memorial Cup, which honors Doug Hamilton, the former President & General Manager of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy and COO of AEG Sports who passed away in March 2006.
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