Youth soccer matches set to begin
HUNTINGTON -- US Youth Soccer Region I Championships matches begin Friday in Kingston, R.I., for five teams representing the Huntington-based West Virginia Soccer Club.
West Virginia Soccer Club state championship teams are Boys U-12 8 vs. 8, Boys U-15, Boys U-16, Boys U-18 and Girls U-12 11 vs. 22. They all qualified by winning West Virginia Soccer Association State Cup Championships in May at the YMCA Soccer Complex in Beckley.
US Youth Soccer Region I teams playing at the University of Rhode Island are from Connecticut, Delaware, Eastern New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York West, Pennsylvania West, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.
Age groups for boys and girls teams are Under-12 through Under-19.
Following state championship tournaments, the regional championships are the second step of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. Regional winners of the Under-13 through Under-19 brackets earn berths to the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships, July 22-28, in Overland Park, Kan.
US Youth Soccer Region I tournaments in 2015 and 2016 will be played in the Tri-State, which previously hosted the event in 2009 and 2010.
POOL PLAY SCHEDULES
Boys U-12 8 vs. 8
NHPSA Classics Elite (N.H.) vs. WVSC Lightning '00 (W.Va.).
Bruno United FC U12 Red (R.I.) vs. WVSC Lightning '00 (W.Va.).
WVSC Lightning '00 (W.Va.) vs. Henlopen SC Sharks (Del.).
WVSC Rowdies Premier (W.Va.) vs. East Brunswick SC EB United (N.J.).
Dix Hills Elite (N.Y. East) vs. WVSC Rowdies Premier (W.Va.).
WVSC Rowdies Premier (W.Va.) vs. Synergy Football U15 Academy (Vt.)
WVSC 96 Rowdies (W.Va.) vs. Seacoast United Maine SC Mariners Showcase (Maine).
BYSA Soccer Central U16 Boys (N.Y. West) vs. WVSC 96 Rowdies (W.Va.).
WVSC 96 Rowdies (W.Va.) vs. Smithtown Kickers SC Arsenal (N.Y. East).
WVSC Wizards (W.Va.) vs. Beadling SC (R.I.).
WVSC Wizards (W.Va.) vs. Rhode Island Rays United SC MPS (R.I.).
Rev Empire ROC BU18 Blue (N.Y. West) vs. WVSC Wizards (W.Va.).
Girls U-12 11 vs. 11
WVSC Rowdies (W.Va.) vs. Tidal Wave SC Blue Crush (R.I.).
FSA FC U12 Girls Navy (Conn.) vs. WVSC Rowdies (W.Va.).
WVSC Rowdies (W.Va.) vs. New Hyde Park Wildcats SC NHP Firecats (N.Y. East).