21 Jun National Cup XVII West Regional shows competitive balance among champions
DAVIS, Calif. | A total of 180 teams representing 82 clubs from California, Nevada, Colorado and Oregon competed at the National Cup XVII West Regional, June 16-19 at Davis Legacy Soccer Complex.
In the end, 22 Regional champions were awarded for coming out on top of their respective brackets, which included 12-U through 19-U boys divisions and 13-U through 19-U girls groups. Some competed among Super Groups (most competitive), while others battled in Premier Groups.
Of those 22 winning teams, 20 have earned advancement to the National Cup XVII Finals, to be held July 20-24 at Aurora Sports Park in Aurora, Colo., where they’ll join other 13-U through 19-U boys and girls National Cup XVII Regionals champions and qualifying state cup winners.
Apple Valley SC Storm and Sacramento Republic FC were the only clubs to win multiple divisions, as they each claimed two. Otherwise, the remaining 18 brackets were won by 18 different clubs – a testament to the competitive balance of the Regional.
“This was one of the best experiences my girls have had at an event: the travel, the rooming together and the camaraderie these girls came away from this event was well worth it,” said Adrian Ocampo, Girls Assistant Director of Coaching for San Diego Force. “I would highly recommend this event to future teams. First, to get there was a huge accomplishment in itself. We played last season’s champion and Blues second game. The final was a strange one with butterflies, excitement and the fear of the unknown versus a very good Star Academy team that had only conceded one goal through bracket play. We had a game plan headed into the game, and the girls did it to perfection. No one expected the final outcome the way it turned out. I was extremely excited for this special group of girls. When people have doubted them, they have persevered and we are excited for the chance to compete in the National Cup Finals.”
This year’s West Regional marked the sixth consecutive year Davis Legacy Soccer Complex hosted the event, which has featured nearly 1,000 total teams in that span.
The National Cup XVII continues this weekend:
- Southeast Regional, June 24-26 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
- Northwest Regional, June 29-July 2 in Boise, Idaho
- Mid-Atlantic Regional, June 30-July3 in Somerset, N.J.
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