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Champions crowned at 2011 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships

7 Mar, 2011

The 2011 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Champions were crowned at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Ariz., on March 6, 2011.

These state-level US Youth Soccer ODP 1994 and 1995 Boys and Girls teams earned their way to the US Youth Soccer ODP Championships by way of winning their respective regional championships.

Brief recaps from the championship final and consolation matches are below.

1994 Girls

In a rematch of last year’s final between Cal-South and New Jersey, this year’s result was the exact opposite. Last year, Cal-South gave up a one goal lead late in the game as New Jersey came out on top 2-1. This year, New Jersey grabbed the lead in the 87th minute on a goal from Gabby Galanti, but Cal-South’s Makenzy Doniak leveled in stoppage time and Taylor Alderete scored the winner nine minutes into overtime as Cal-South claimed the title 2-1.

In the third place game, Georgia stormed out the gates against Michigan, grabbing a three goal lead in the first 25 minutes before holding on 4-3. Anastasia Whitehouse put Georgia ahead in the 9th minute and Bria Washington and Alexa Allen extended the lead in the 16th and 25th. Michigan got on the board in the 33rd thanks to Mallory Weber, but Caroline Wootten regained the three goal edge for Georgia in the 54th. Weber netted her second of the game in the 60th and Merlinn Beckwith put Michigan within one in the 69th, but the score remained as Georgia claimed third place.

1994 Boys
Iowa’s 94 Boys became the first team from the state to win an ODP National Championship as they took down defending champions Cal-South 4-1. Cal-South defeated Iowa in the semifinals 3-0 last year, but Joshua Dicken grabbed the lead for the Midwesterners in the 26th minute and Gabe Christianson doubled it on a penalty kick in the 70th. Cal-South knocked in a PK of their own seven minutes later from Alberto Diaz, but Iowa responded with a Danton Irelan goal in the 85th and Christianson sealed the game with his second in the 90th.

Eastern Pennsylvania took home third place with a 2-0 victory over Florida. Joseph Farrell notched the game winner for Eastern Penn. in the 64th minute and Darius Madison topped it off with his second of the weekend just before the final whistle.

1995 Girls

New Jersey 95 Girls defeated Cal-South 1-0 to give coach Glenn Crooks his second straight ODP Championship after he led the 94s to the title last year. Katelyn Walters put New Jersey in the lead in just the 4th minute and the goal would stand as Danielle Sedillo and the New Jersey defense recorded their second shutout of the weekend.

Illinois came from behind to beat North Carolina 2-1 for third place. North Carolina went ahead six minutes into the second half on a Sydney Browder goal. Illinois leveled just two minutes later from Corey Burns, setting up Holly Gregory’s game winner in the 59th.

1995 Boys
Peter Pearson led Virginia to the title with his second and third goals of the weekend as they defeated Washington 3-1. Pearson’s first came just before the halftime whistle and Francesco Amorosino added the winner fifteen minutes after the break. Washington did everything they could to get back in the game, but Jacob Hauser-Ramsey’s 67th minute goal was all they could get as the woodwork thwarted the Northwesterners on a few occasions. Pearson added the insurance goal in the 75th.

Illinois defeated Georgia 1-0 for third place. Michael McKune stepped up for Illinois in the 76th as they held on for the shutout win.

US Youth Soccer ODP Championships

Championship and Consolation Results
March 6, 2011

1994 Girls
California South 2, New Jersey 1 (OT)

Goal scorers: CAS – Makenzy Doniak (90:00) Taylor Alderete (99:00)
NJ – Gabby Galanti (87:00)

Georgia 4, Michigan 3

Goal scorers: GA – Anastasia Whitehouse (9:00) Bria Washington (16:00) Alexa Allen (25:00) Caroline Wootten (54:00)
MI – Mallory Weber (33:00) (60:00) Merlinn Beckwith (69:00)

1994 Boys
Iowa 4, California South 1

Goal scorers: IA – Joshua Dicken (26:00) Gabe Christianson (70:00) (90:00) Danton Irelan (85:00)
CAS – Alberto Diaz (77:00)

Eastern Pennsylvania 2, Florida 0

Goal Scorers: EPA – Joseph Farrell (64:00) Darius Madison (89:00)

1995 Girls
New Jersey 1, California South 0

Goal scorer: CAS – Katelyn Walters (4:00)

Illinois 2, North Carolina 1

Goal scorers: Corey Burns (47:00) Holly Gregory (59:00)
NC – Sydney Browder (45:00)

1995 Boys

Virginia 3, Washington 1

Goal scorers: VA – Peter Pearson (40:00) (75:00) Francesco Amorosino (54:00)
WA – Jacob Hauser-Ramsey (67:00)

Illinois 1, Georgia 0

Goal scorer: IL – Michael McKune (76:00)

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