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July 4, 2012
Scorpions Elite capture U-19 Girls title

LANCASTER, Pa. --- Scorpions Elite captured the U-19 girls title at the US Youth Soccer Region I Championships on Tuesday.

Scorpions Elite (MA) will have one more chance to claim a national crown after defeating Bethesda SC Dragons (MD) 2-1. Scorpions failed to make the title game in 2008, their only other trip to the national stage. Melissa Gavin led Scorpions with a first half double and the breathing room paid off as Bethesda grabbed 2nd half goal from Campbell Millar, but the Scorps defense held on for the championship.

Winners in the Under-14 through Under-19 age divisions advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships July 23-29 at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hills, S.C.

Maryland club Bethesda SC was the only club to claim more than one championship, winning the Under-13 and Under-14 Boys, while the Under-19 Girls were finalists. Of the eight returning champions, only three, Under-18 Girls FC Pennsylvania Strikers (E-PA), Under-14 Boys Bethesda Lions (MD) and Under-17 Boys Beadling SC 94/95 (PA-W), accomplished back-to-back regional championships.

2012 US Youth Soccer Region I Girls Champions
Under-12 8v8 Girls: ASC Premier 99 (VA)
Under-12 Girls: OMM/World Class 99 Patino (E-NY)
Under-13 Girls: YMS Xplosion 98 (E-PA)
Under-14 Girls: MSC Coyotes Green (MD)
Under-15 Girls: CRUSA/FC Bucks Fury (E-PA)
Under-16 Girls: BRYC 95 Elite (VA)
Under-17 Girls: VSA Heat Blue (VA)
Under-18 Girls: FC Pennsylvania Strikers (PA-E)
Under-19 Girls: Scorpions Elite (MA)

Highlights from Tuesday’s other girls games…
U-12 Girls

OMM/World Class 99 Patino (E-NY) won their fifth straight game in their fourth shutout to claim the Region I title 2-0 over Buckingham United Wave (E-PA). Sarah Jordan led OMM/World class to the championship, scoring both goals to finish the tournament tied for the scoring lead with teammate Rebecca Jarrett.
U-12 Girls 8v8
The championship was an all Virginia affair as ASC Premier 99 claimed the title 4-2 after falling behind by two goals early to VYS Patriots Black. Sofia Devin scored for Patriots just a minute into the game and Natalie Farrell made it a two goal lead less than five minutes in. But ASC responded with four unanswered goals, started by Karen Lohrmann’s strike in the 14th to make it a one goal game at the break. Navleen Sohi leveled the game in the second half and Jessica Arens and Savannah Conner each struck to lead ASC to victory.

U-13 Girls
The YMS Xplosion 98 (E-PA) Girls completed an impressive regional showing by taking home the trophy with five wins and no goals allowed after they defeated PDA O’Reilly (NJ) 1-0 in overtime. After the two defenses held firm through regulation, Andrea Amaro scored the winning goal in the second overtime period to give her the scoring title and YMS the championship.

U-14 Girls
A solid defense was the theme of champions today and it propelled MSC Coyotes Green (MD) to the crown as they defeated NJ Crush FC Dynamite in penalties after a 0-0 draw. NJ Crush conceded just two goals in their five games, but MSC allowed none en route to the title and a ticket to the National Championships.

U-15 Girls
CRUSA/FC Bucks Fury (E-PA) defeated PSC Baltimore (MD) 3-1. Fury took the lead just two minutes into the match, but Youth National Team member Bridgette Andrzejewski leveled for PSC in the 20th as the teams entered halftime at 1-1. Fury took over the game to start the second half on goals from Dakota Mills and Taylor Troutman and the defense held on for the regional title and a trip to South Carolina.

U-16 Girls
The U-16 Girls title was decided between two National League teams who played to a 0-0 draw back in December. Today, BRYC 95 Elite (VA) got the better of Match Fit Chelsea Beat (NJ) by a 2-0 score. Match Fit had let in just one goal on the week, but second half goals from Kahla Seymour and Katherine Bukovsky propelled BRYC to the championship and a spot in next month’s National Championships and deny Match Fit a return trip.

U-17 Girls
VSA Heat Blue (VA) didn’t lose a game through National League or Region I Premier League play, and they extended that streak by defeating Seacoast United (NH) 2-1 in overtime. Seacoast took the lead in the second half from a Carly Gould penalty kick, but West Virginia commit Daniela Neves leveled to send the game to overtime and then struck the game winner to not only send VSA to South Carolina, but also grab a share of the scoring lead for the tournament.

U-18 Girls
FC Pennsylvania Strikers (E-PA) will play for the treble in South Carolina as they hold the 2011-2012 National League title and now the 2012 Region I crown as they pursue their first National title, taking down Oakwood SC (CT) 4-1. South Carolina commit Stevi Parker set the tone for Strikers with a 4th minute goal and Gabriella Carbone (LaSalle) and Daija Griffin (South Carolina) scored back-to-back goals midway through the first half for a commanding 3-0 lead at the break. Cassandra Pecht (Duke) finished the scoring for Strikers in the second half before Kristen McAdams pulled a goal back for Oakwood.

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