Day two of the PUMA vElite U16 division cemented teams into the playoffs and concluded a stretch of four games in two days for most teams.
The cream of the crop is rising as the Exiles SC Red (CA) secured a berth in the semifinals despite a loss in the their last preliminary game against Cicero Mayas (IL) bracket A.
It took the last match in the stadium Saturday night to find out the other team out of that bracket with both Sporting Santa Clara (CA) and Minnesota Thunder Academy (MN) fighting for that spot. The hometown Minnesota Thunder Academy nipped the California visitors 3-2 and they will play on Sunday morning.
In the other bracket, both the Sacramento United Reds (CA) and La Roca Premier (UT) had already punched their tickets to the semis before they played each other in the last game time of the evening Saturday. The Reds dominated La Roca 3-0, with goals by Ryan McGee, Kaba Alkebulan and Nathan Devine.
Here are the rest of the Saturday's scores in the boys division:
Boys' semifinals, Sunday July 15, 7:50 a.m.
Championship, field U1, 12:50 p.m.
Four different states were represented in the semifinals with teams from California, Ohio, Minnesota and Arizona. The So Cal Blues (CA) met Internationals Red (OH) in one semi and Dakota Rev Rampage (MN) facing Sereno 96 White (AZ) in the other.
Both So Cal Blues and Sereno 96 White were undefeated in their respective brackets and were considered the favorites to reach the finals. In an upset Dakota Rev Rampage advanced to the championship by beating Sereno 96 White 3-2. Dakota Rev fell behind by two goals, but scored the final three goals of the game to post the upset. In the other semifinal So Cal Blues triumphed over the International Reds 1-0 to reach the finals. The Blues reach the championship for the second straight year, after falling in the title game to Lamorinda, Calif. last year.
Here's a look at all the scores from the girls division on Saturday:
Championship, Sunday July 15, 11:10 a.m., field U1.
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Tag(s): July 14, 2012