Boise, Idaho, (June 28, 2014) — Champions were crowned at the 2015 US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships today and Utah will send four victorious teams to the US Youth Soccer National Championships July 21-26 in Tulsa, Okla.
Heading into the tournament, Utah had claimed only two Region IV Championships since 2005. That total doubled this year alone as La Roca FC, Utah’s most trophied club, made history by claiming four wins in the Under-15-18 Girls region title games.
Adolfo Ovalle, La Roca club founder and head coach of the champion U-17 girls team, said the club is overwhelmed with joy in a competition that saw 11 La Roca teams qualify for the tournament with nine of the 11 advancing to the knockout stage. “Today is the best day in my career as a coach. I am so happy for my girls, coaches and La Roca friends. We believed we could win and the support of our La Roca family carried us to victory. We will keep dreaming big as we prepare for an even bigger stage at the national championships in Oklahoma next month.”
Results from La Roca’s Championship Matches Today
Under-15 Girls Final
La Roca Premier PO 3 Carlsbad Elite 2
LaRoca FD 2 Arsenal FC S Bowers 1
LaRoca Premier 1 Celtic FC Premier 0
LaRoca PO 3 Rio Rapids SC 2
The finals matches were streamed live, and replays can be found here:
Championship Game Recaps
Under-15 Girls: La Roca Premier PO (UT) vs. Carlsbad Elite 99 (CA-S)
Carlsbad Elite 99 (CA-S) looked to be cruising to a regional title against La Roca Premier PO (UT) in a battle of teams that had already qualified to the National Championships via the US Youth Soccer National League. Carlsbad earned a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Sierra Enge and Tina Oddone. La Roca refused to go away as U.S. Under-17 National Team player Olivia Wade fueled La Roca’s comeback with a hat trick in the last 20 minutes, including the game-winner in the final minute.
Under-16 Girls: La Roca FD (UT) vs. Arsenal FC S Bowers (CA-S)
La Roca FD (UT) got off to an early start against Arsenal FC S Bowers (CA-S) as Mikayla Colohan scored in the seventh minute. Livia Borges double La Roca’s lead in the 38th minute, and it looked as that would be the final score until Arsenal’s Danielle Clark scored her ninth goal of the tournament in the final minute. However, that would be the only goal La Roca conceded as the match ended 2-1 in favor of the Utah side.
Under-17 Girls: LaRoca Premier (UT) vs. 98 Celtic FC Premier (UT)
An all-Utah final was minutes away from going to penalty kicks from the mark between La Roca Premier (UT) and 98 Celtic FC Premier (UT) after neither team was able to find the back of the net in regulation and the majority of overtime. Despite both teams combining for 43 goals in 10 games leading up to this one, the first goal of the match occurred when Paige Stevens broke the scoreless tie in the 119th minute for La Roca with her sixth goal of the tournament to put her in a tie for the most in the age group. La Roca and goalkeeper Jocelyn Hanrath maintained their knockout stage shutout streak with the win.
Under-18 Girls: La Roca PO (UT) vs. Rio Rapids SC 97 (NM)
La Roca added its fourth regional title by the score of 3-2 with a win over Rio Rapids SC 97 (NM). Just three minutes into the match Averie Collins found the back of the net for La Roca to take the early lead, but Rio’s Caitlyn Acosta would respond right before halftime to knot the game at one. Rebecca Mazzie gave Rio its first lead with a goal in the 60thminute, but Natalie Reynolds equalized in the 88th minute forcing overtime. In overtime it was Collins scoring her second goal of the game, and fourth in the tournament (all in the knockout round) to put La Roca up 3-2 for good.
Of the 11 teams La Roca FC took to Boise, four emerged as champions in the regional championships where the top 238 US Youth Soccer boys and girls teams from the 14 State Associations that make up US Youth Soccer Region IV compete for the regional title. States represented include Alaska, Arizona, California North, California South, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Utah Youth Soccer Association brought a total of 21 teams to the weeklong event.
About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series
The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer’s 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players in the US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (U-13 through U-19) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The Under- 14 through 18 Boys and Girls age groups have four teams representative of the US Youth Soccer National League, in which the top four teams in each gender age group earn a direct path to the national championships. Overall the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation’s top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer)
US Youth Soccer – “The Game for ALL Kids!®” is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.
About La Roca FC
Based in Layton, Utah, with a Utah County location in Highland, Utah, La Roca Futbol Club was established in 2005 to provide a quality competitive youth soccer program for developing soccer players. La Roca FC trains serious youth soccer players who desire an opportunity to develop and showcase their skills to the fullest potential. The club offers its players a chance to compete at the highest levels of state competition and participate in regional and national tournaments. Partnership agreements with Puma and Borussia Dortmund (BVB) of the German Bundesliga provide La Roca access to the best training techniques in soccer for its club coaches and players. More information is at larocafc.com.