U18B Premier qualified for Region 1 Championship
June 3, 2009—The U18B Premier recently competed in the Region 1 Premier League and the Potomac Memorial Day Showcase.
Finishing 2nd in the South division of 8 teams in the league, Premier qualified and defeated Massapequa (Eastern NY) in the playoff semifinals, 4-1 for the right to play in the finals the next day in Kirkwood. In the championship game, Spirit and Allegheny FC (Western PA) remained tied 0-0 after regulation and the mandatory 30 minutes of overtime. Allegheny won in the penalty kick shootout 5-3.Spirit United automatically qualified for the Region 1 Championships due to Allegheny winning their State Cups.
Next up for Spirit United was the Potomac Tournament (playing @ U19) which was held over Memorial Day weekend. Despite the high temperatures and limited amount of substitutes, Premier advanced to the finals by way of wins of 4-2, 4-0 and 3-1 in round-robin play and by virtue of a 2-1 semifinal win over BC United Fusion (Western NY). The final pitted them against the U19 Parsippany team, currently ranked #19 in the country @ U19. Spirit went up early 3-0, then saw their lead diminish quickly and were tied 3-3 with about 5 minutes left in the match. Two quick goals in the last 5 minutes led the boys to the medal stand as champions!
State Cups will begin and end quickly for Premier, playing in the semifinals on June 13 v. Lower Dauphin with the finals being held the following day.
High school graduations, training and Regionals will take up most of the boys summer as they get ready for their respective college and university soccer teams.
Good luck to the Premier boys over the next month and in their future endeavors.
Premier players that will be attending colloege:
Eric Carr-Elizabethtown College
Brendan Birmingham-Penn State
Malcolm LeBourne-Drexel University
Ben Miller-Drexel University
David Fiorello-Virginia Tech
Joe Joe Jappah-Mercer County CC
Zachary Winthrop-Lafayette College
Dominic Skrajewski-University of Massachusetts
Jason Kass-Kenyon College
Devin Reilley-Stockton College
Joe Sales-Drexel University
Frank Tweneboa-Mercer County CC
Andrew Solimeo-West Chester University