Five Cal South teams kicked off play in the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup on Thursday morning at the Richard Siegel Sports Complex in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Click here to view all the scores from Day One. Friday’s game schedule can be found below.
Downtown LA SC (14UB) and AVSC Storm Academy (14UG) kicked off their first game in the tournament early Thursday morning. Despite the time change and the challenges with humidity, both teams started off on the right foot, with Downtown clinching a dominant 5-1 win over Oklahoma’s OKC United FC and Storm taking a 5-0 win over Florida Elite Soccer.
California Rush (18UB) had a rough start in the tournament as they fell 5-2 to a strong West Texas Rush (TX-S). The Texan team was able to knock in the opening goal late in the first half, but just before halftime, California Rush was able to equalize and take a breather before the half despite losing their starting goalkeeper due to a red card. Halfway through the second half, West Texas scored two additional goals, and Rush fought back with a goal, but the Texans sealed their 5-2 win with the last goal of the match late in the second half.
Beach FC (15UG) continued their strong streak earning a 3-0 win over North Carolina’s Burgundy Rapids. The Long Beach-based team opened up the scoreboard early in the first half, but were met with a Rapids team ready to put up a battle. Even though the Rapids continued to fight throughout the match, Beach maintained control of the match and knocked in two additional goals to earn their first three points in the tournament.
Central California Aztecs (18UG) struggled and overcame their battle with the heat, taking three points and a 2-0 win over Rage FC (TX-S) in the last round of games of the day. With the heat at its peak, and after a well-needed halftime break, the girls came back to the match to push through the heat and knock in two goals that now put them at the top of their age group table.
Every match of this tournament counts, as only the top two teams from each age group will advance to play for a national title on Sunday, while the third and fourth placed teams will play a consolation match.
Cal South will continue its coverage in Tennessee through its website CalSouthEvents.com, as well as its social media outlets including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. If you or someone you know is traveling to the tournament, encourage them to use Cal South’s Snapchat Filter and show their Cal South Pride.