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Davis Avalanche makes run all the way to the U-12 WSC finals

The Cutler-Orosi Purple Revolution defeated the Davis Avalanche in the under-12 girls championship game at the Western States Championship in Orange County in Lake Forest last Saturday.

The Western States Championship matches the best of the AYSO teams from sections 1, 2, 10 and 11, covering winners from California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Alaska. This year, there were 250,000 players combined on teams in the AYSO Western States.

In a semifinal game, the Avalanche scored the lone goal of the game in the first quarter, as Lucia Wait put the ball at the feet of Panna Torok, who placed the ball in the upper-right part of the net for the eventual game-winning goal. Keeper Josey Draper kept the Wildcats far from the net in the first half. It was the 17th shutout of the season for the Avalanche, who finished the season 18-1-1 and outscored opponents 71-8.

In the finals, the Avalanche again started fast in the first 10 seconds of the game with a long-range mid-field goal by Jada Dwyre off a pass from Caitlyn Garcia on the initial kick-off. Minutes later, the Revolution scored to tie the game — it was the first goal allowed by the Avalanche since Sept. 22, 2018.

The Revolution showed patience and passing skills, scoring three additional times in the first half for a 4-1 lead. Defenses took over again in the second half with the Revolution scoring one additional time, defeating the Avalanche 5-1.

Reporting courtesy of Davis Enterprise.

Allowing just eight goals in 20 games is amazing – what makes for a good backline?

Mare Nostrum Cup coming to Colorado

The best youth soccer talent in the world will be coming to Commerce City, Colo., this summer. In late July, 300 teams will compete in the inaugural “Mare Nostrum Cup.”

Teams have to apply online and pay a fee. There are two divisions: Under 12 and Under 14. The tournament is July 26-28. The games will take place on the fields outside of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

US Youth Soccer ODP – A look back

Here is a great video from US Youth Soccer ODP – a look back at some of the moments from the recent ODP West Region trip to Mexico

What makes for a great and successful soccer tournament? 

Kentucky Youth Soccer Association helping grow soccer at all levels

Kentucky Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) is devoted to promoting youth soccer in the state of Kentucky. KYSA represents over 40,000 youth players, 6,000 coaches, and thousands of volunteers to help grow the great game of soccer in the great state of Kentucky.

KYSA also hosts the Kentucky American Cup (June 8-9). The tournament provides recreational youth soccer players an opportunity to experience a consistent and high quality statewide tournament in a fun, family-like atmosphere. It fosters stimulation and excitement about soccer in an effort to increase the recreational player’s interest in and love for the game.

Only recreational players registered with the Kentucky Youth Soccer Association, through an affiliate member recreational league are eligible to participate in the Target United Cup. No select players or all-star teams are allowed. Additionally, any team or player entered in or rostered for State Open, Presidents Cup or Soccer Village Cup are not eligible. When we incorporate programs that create a fun and healthy developmental environment for players while recognizing their participation and excellence, we are investing in a quality future.

The KYSA girls ODP team is ready to head to Germany.

What other teams, events can youth soccer organizations offer to help promote soccer?

LET’S TALK: OK, now you’ve read what’s on my mind…what are your thoughts on the above or any other “football” happenings?

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