La Roca U-16 Boys go undefeated to win National League Blue Division
March 13, 2016, Las Vegas, NV— After a dominating performance in two rounds of group play, La Roca U-16 Boys, coached by Celso Santos, today emerged from national league competition as the first-place finisher and champion in the National League Blue Division. In two divisions of sixteen U-16 Boys teams, La Roca was the only undefeated team (six wins, one tie), setting a record by scoring twenty-four goals, conceding only three, en route to defeating the defending national champion Sporting KC Academy 7-1 and GotSoccer number-two ranked Fewster FC 5-0.
It was a total team effort for La Roca, which featured the top goal scorers of the tournament in the U-16 Boys division:
|Shadrach PreeceNathan Mumford
Sebastian Van Thiel
|Elder AguayoWalter Henriquez||11|
The 2015-16 season was an exciting one for the boys, as three titles were decided on the final day of play. The top two finishers per division earned a place at this summer’s US Youth Soccer National Championships, July 25-31 in Frisco, Texas, and several sides in the Under-14, Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 age groups earned an automatic spot to compete in the league again next season. With so much on the line, games in Las Vegas carried significant meaning toward the outcome of the season.
A tie helped La Roca South CS 99/00 Premier (UT) remain at the top of the Under-16 Blue Division, but it still has some work to do in order to secure a top-two finish.
La Roca South CS 99/00 Premier (UT) recorded a big victory over number-two nationally ranked Fewster FC (MD) on Saturday to secure a top-two finish in the Under-16 Blue Division. Lincoln Augenstein put the Utah side up in the opening minutes, and that score held until halftime. La Roca found an attacking rhythm in the second half, as it doubled the lead with a Jose Pizano-Rodriguez strike in the 51st minute. Cristobal Zamorano then made sure to put the game away by recording a hat trick in a span of 10 minutes to extend the La Roca advantage to 5-0. That’s how the match ended, as the Utah side punched its ticket to Nationals and will have a chance to win the group title on Sunday.
La Roca video coverage at 2:33, including interview with La Roca Mid-fielder Walter Henriquez
La Roca South CS 99/00 Premier (UT) earned a 2-1 win against Fullerton Rangers White (CA-S) on Sunday to claim the Under-16 Blue Division title. La Roca keeper JD Myers made a diving save to deny an early Fullerton penalty kick, as the Cal South side had its share of chances in the early minutes of the game. La Roca managed to grab an advantage in the 31st minute, as Agustin Asensio followed up his own shot and hit the rebound into an open net. Fullerton equalized in the 77th minute when Santiago Beningazza converted a penalty kick, but the Utah side scored a stoppage time winner when Nathan Mumford found the back of the net. The 2-1 victory gave La Roca the division championship, while Fullerton advanced to Nationals as the group runner-up.
La Roca video coverage at 2:11
Final Results National League Under-16 Boys
Blue Champion: La Roca South CS 99/00 Premier (UT)
Blue Runner-up: Fullerton Rangers White (CA-S)
Red Champion: Dix Hills Hurricanes (NY-E)
Red Runner-up: United FA Premier (GA)*
About USYSA National League
The National League is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues (US Youth Soccer Region I Champions League, Midwest Regional League, Southern Regional Premier League and Far West Regional League). The National League provides an avenue for teams to play in meaningful matches against top competition from across the country for continued development and opportunities for exposure at the national team, collegiate and professional levels.
National League teams earn their place in the league based on a proven track record of success in US Youth Soccer regional and national competitions and are among the nation’s best. Competing for a league title and a spot in the US Youth Soccer National Championships, each and every game will play into who represents the National League this summer in Frisco, Texas.
The National League’s alumni have gone on to prove themselves at the collegiate and professional levels, with former players competing in NCAA Division I, II and III, Major League Soccer, National Women’s Soccer League, English Premier League, the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The top pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft (Jack Harrison) and the 2016 NWSL Draft (Emily Sonnett) are both former National League players.