The rain and the fog didn’t stop 25 Eastern Pennsylvania youth teams from being crowned champions at the state cup and Presidents Cup finals at United Sports Training Center in Downingtown last Saturday.
The state cup winners and runners-up advance to the eastern regional championships for U.S. Youth Soccer June 29-July 3 in Spotsylvania, Virginia while the Presidents Cup winners and runners-up advance to the regional cup in Barboursville, West Virginia June 15-18.
Champions from both regional competitions will advance to the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in Frisco, Texas from July 24-29 and to the Presidents Cup July 11-15.
Saturday’s winners included the 2004 boys from Harleysville FC, which avenged a loss to Lower Merion Invictus last year with a win in the U14 final.
“We’ve been playing these guys for years,” head coach Tom Quintois told Eastern Pa. Youth Soccer. “They beat us; we beat them. We respect the heck out of them. We really do. We know those guys. They know how we play. It’s awesome. It’s the way it’s supposed to be.”
Harleysville won the rematch on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
Eastern Pennsylvania ODP teammates squared off in the U15 Girls State Cup final won by Keystone FC Premier 3-2 over FCUSA. They included Elena Hinkson, Morgan Wood, Lauren Costello, Grace Sibert and Gianna Weigel for Keystone and Misa Kasparcova, Janae Stewart and Riley Wallace for FCUSA.
There are additional story lines from the day on the EPYSA website here. Results are below (Note: the one game that was rained out was the U12 Girls Presidents Cup final.
2018 Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup Finals Results
FC Europa 3, HMMS Eagle FC 0
PA Classics Academy 4, PA Classics Nova 0
Ukrainian Nationals 2, North Union United Adrenaline 0
PA Classics Academy 3, Philadelphia Soccer Club Coppa Rage 2 (PA Classics won via penalties)
Harleysville FC Ready Rangers 2, Lower Merion Soccer Club Invictus 1 (Harleysville won via penalties)
Philadelphia Soccer Club Coppa Swarm 3, LDC United Lightning 0
Ukrainian Nationals Black 3, HMMS Eagle FC 0
Keystone FC Premier 3, FCUSA Philadelphia 2
Lehigh Valley United 2, Ukrainian Nationals Black 1
Lehigh Valley United 1, HMMS Eagle FC 0
Future Player Academy Premier 4, YMS Premier 2
1776 United 2, Penn United Force 1
2018 Eastern Pennsylvania Presidents Cup Finals Results
Philadelphia Soccer Club Coppa Falcons 3, Buckingham United Blue 1
Southern Chester County Soccer Association Dragons 1, FCUSA Philadelphia Black 0
Upper Dublin Sky 3, PA Classics Elite 2
Parkland Area United 1, LDC United Spartans 0
Keystone FC Premier 1, PA Rush 0 (Keystone won via Penalties)
FC Ballyhoo 2, North Union United Cannons 1
Harleysville FC Ready 3, Warrington SC Fusion 2
Vereinigung Erzgebirge SC 4, HMMS Eagle FC 0
Montgomery United 4, Vereinigung Erzgebirge SC 0 (Via forfeit)
Penn Fusion Soccer Academy 3, Ukrainian Nationals Red 1
Montgomery United Bombers 3, Rage United Comets 2 (Montgomery United won via penalties)
LDC United Volt 3, Lehigh Valley United 0
Vereinigung Erzgebirge SC 5, Waynesboro Dynamite 0