First champions crowned

2014 REGIONAL LOGOS 7-27BATON ROUGE, La. (June 25, 2014) — Celebrations and emotions were on display Wednesday at the BREC Burbank-Soccer Complex in Baton Rouge, La., as four teams claimed 2014 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships. By winning the title, the four teams — U-19 Girls SSA Chelsea 95 Elite (GA), U-13 Girls Dallas Kicks SC (N-TX), U-19 Boys Concorde Fire Elite (GA) and U-13 Boys GSA 01 Premier (GA) — have secured a spot in the prestigious US Youth Soccer National Championships, presented by the National Guard, which will be played July 22-27 in Germantown, Md.

“Winning the Region III Championships is just remarkable,” said Dave Robinson, head coach of GSA 01 Premier (GA). “I’m really looking forward to heading to Maryland because this has always been a dream for the boys. This has always been a dream to me as a coach and my development. We are really looking forward to representing the state of Georgia in our endeavors.”

In a very competitive Under-19 Girls final, SSA Chelsea 95 Elite (GA) came away with a 1-0 overtime win against IMG Academy (FL) to claim the Region III title. Both teams put in stout defensive efforts during the 90 minutes of regulation to send the game to overtime in a scoreless tie. In the first overtime period, Carsen Taylor’s 102nd-minute blast from 20 yards out went off the fingertips of the lunging IMG keeper and found the side netting. That SSA goal proved to be the game-winner, as the Georgia side punched its ticket to the National Championships with the one-goal victory.

Dallas Kicks SC (N-TX) used a quick start to propel itself to a 3-1 victory over OFC 01 Phillips (OK) in the Under-13 Girls championship game. Jaida Thomas opened the scoring for Dallas in the seventh minute and Alliyah Marquez doubled the lead when she made a nice move around a defender before finding the back of the net. OFC pulled within a goal when Megan Nielsen gathered the ball in the box and beat the keeper. However, the Oklahoma side couldn’t produce an equalizer, and Thomas added an insurance goal in stoppage time to cap the 3-1 win for Dallas.

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