Quarterfinals continued, semifinals revved up and even a big championship final took place in Tuesday’s action of the US Youth Soccer Region III Championships at the Blake-Service Soccer Complex.
NASA 12 Elite 11 out of Georgia (top photo), will trek to Overland Park, Kan. to compete for a national crown after an exciting triumph over TBU Premier 93 (Fla.) in a shootout in U19 girls action.
Tuesday's game notes
Eight teams have played their way into the final matches of their age groups, and NASA 12 Elite II (Ga.) became the first champion crowned Tuesday at the 2013 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships, presented by the National Guard at the Blake-Service Soccer Complex. By winning the Under-19 girls title, NASA 12 Elite II became the first Region III Champion to qualify for the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which will be held July 22-28 in Overland Park, Kan.
After Tuesday’s games, the final matchups are set for the Under-13 age group, as well as Under-19 Boys and Under-18 Girls. Another set of teams have inched closer to competing for a US Youth Soccer Region III Championship, as Tuesday’s quarterfinal games saw teams in the Under-17 and Under-18 age groups take the next step in their quest for the title by advancing to their respective semifinals.
After regulation and overtime periods weren’t enough to separate NASA and TBU Premier Girls 93 (Fla.) in the Under-19 girls final, the teams took to the penalty spot for a shootout to decide the champion. NASA goalkeeper Alyse Scott made three diving saves to give her team the win and Region III Championship.
NASA coach Dave Smith said he’s very happy to have his squad win the title in its last trip to Regionals after all the great experiences the players have had at past events.
“This event is just great. It brings together the best teams from around the region,” Smith said. “It’s a great atmosphere. National staff is here watching players. College coaches are here watching. It’s just a good event to come to and get to know people from the other states.”