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The So Cal Blues U14 team made it to the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional quarterfinals. Courtesy photo
The So Cal Blues U14 team made it to the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional quarterfinals. Courtesy photo

By Steve Breazeale

The So Cal Blues girls U19 soccer team may not have a lot of time to practice, given a majority of players are off competing for their respective collegiate teams during the year, but that apparently is not enough to slow them down.

On June 23, following a 2-0 win over the Hawaiian champion Express team in the finals of the U.S Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships, the Blues proved that they could still come together and excel on the biggest of stages.

The U19 team went 4-0-1 overall in the regional tournament, ensuring a place in the U.S Youth Soccer National Championships, which kicks off on July 22 at Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kansas.

The club’s U13 team went undefeated in pool play and made it to the semifinals, where they lost to the state champions from Colorado in penalties. The highlight of the U13 team’s tournament came in the quarterfinals on June 21 where, playing with only 10 players, they erased an early 0-1 deficit to go on to win 2-1 on a game-winning goal by Penelope Hocking.

The club’s U14 team started off hot, winning their first three games by a combined score of 11-0. But they were shut down by Oregon in the quarterfinals and lost, 1-0.

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