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June 28, 2012
Michigan leads way in Region II, Region 1 opens Friday

Preliminary matches in the US Youth Soccer Region 1 Championships begin on Friday, June 29th and continue through Sunday, July 1st.

The Region I tournament is taking place at two locations in Lancaster County, Pa, the Hempfield High School Complex (340 Mumma Drive, Landisville, PA 17538), at Elizabethtown College (1 Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022) and at Classics Soccer Park (the headquarters venue, 1461 Lancaster Road, Manheim, PA 17545).

Semi-final matches begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 2nd at Hempfield High School Complex and at Classics Soccer Park. The championship finals matches will be played on Tuesday, July 3rd

Michigan leads the way with four Region II titles
Michigan teams led the way with four 2012 US Soccer Region II titles. Illinois, Ohio-North and Ohio-South followed close behind with three apiece. Missouri also won a title.

2012 US Youth Soccer Region II Champions
Under-13 Girls (MI) Michigan Hawks
Under-14 Girls (OH-N) Ambassadors FC
Under-15 Girls (OH-N) Internationals 96 Red
Under-16 Girls (OH-N) Cleveland United White
Under-17 Girls (IL) Team Chicago Academy Botafogo
Under-18 Girls (OH-S) Cincinnati Soccer Alliance Elite
Under-19 Girls (MO) St. Louis Scott Gallagher Green
Under-13 Boys (IL) Chicago Magic
Under-14 Boys (MI) Vardar 98
Under-15 Boys (OH-S) CUP Crew Jrs Gold
Under-16 Boys (MI) Michigan Jaguars
Under-17 Boys (IL) Raiders FC Premier
Under-18 Boys (MI) Grand Rapids Crew Jrs
Under-19 Boys (OH-S) Crew Juniors
*U-14 through U-19 champions advance to US Youth Soccer National Championships in Rock Hill, S.C.

Majestics find stride in Super Y-League
New to the United Soccer Leagues’ Super Y-League, the Northern Virginia Majestics U12 girls team had no idea what to expect heading into competition in the South Atlantic Division this summer. It did not take long for them to find their stride, however, as the upstart Majestics roared through their first four games to earn three wins and a draw during the first week of the 2012 season.

Truly a team effort from top to bottom, the U12 Majestics showed a tenacious attack and a controlling defense through the latter part of June, with three separate 3-1 wins and a 1-1 draw. Although forwards Amari Hopkins and Taylor Nairn have found the back of the net most often, the offense has received goals from eight different players. Kristina Toms and Hanna Randolph anchor a strong midfield that possesses impressive field vision and great distribution.

Not to be outshone by the Northern Virginia offense, the young Majestics field a stout and sturdy defense, as well. Amy Pearson and Amber Diorio lead the feisty backline that has been instrumental in limiting opposing teams’ scoring opportunities. One of the strongest goalkeepers in the area, Charlotte Davis combines agility, dexterity, and intelligence to thwart any attempt at the Majestics’ net.

The U12 Majestics are a product of players from four local travel teams in northern Virginia assembled by Head Coach Jimmy Toms. Unity and focus are apparent in Toms’ approach with his diverse team, a style that has proven successful in the first half of the season.

“Each girl on this team exudes confidence, belief in each other, and comes ready to compete,” he said. “They continue to learn from each other and bring their individual skills to become the strongest team possible.

“We have two weeks off to prepare before we head to Georgia for a three-game weekend to face some strong competition in our division.”

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