Raleigh, NC- Both the NC USYS State Cup and the NC Kepner President’s Cup concluded this weekend. Two CASL teams advanced to the championship games of the President’s cup. Of those two teams, the U16 CASL Elite White were named President’s Cup champions, and the U18 CASL Premier were finalists. The NC USYS State Cup finals featured five CASL teams, and two of those teams took home the championship.
NC Kepner President’s Cup
U18 CASL Premier- President’s Cup Finalist
Lead by coach Martin Smith, the team advanced to the finals after beating CVYSA Blast Blue, FSC Force Premier, PTFC Black, and OCSA Coastal Crew. They fell in the finals in a rematch against the FSC Force Premier.
U16 CASL Elite White- President’s Cup Champions
Alix Charles coached his side to the championship of the NC Kepner President’s Cup in a dominating fashion. The team only allowed 2 goals all tournament, and outscored their opponents 20-2. They beat GUSA Red, FVAA Flash Red, CSA Matthews Elite, CRSC Carolina Select, PTFC Black, and CUFC One 7 to win it all.
NC USYS State Cup
U13 CASL Academy Juniors- NC USYS State Cup Finalist
Coached by Paul Forster, the Academy Juniors went undefeated to reach the finals and outscored their opponents 19-4. Before falling in the championship to TUSA Gold, they reached the finals by beating CUFC Charlotte United Gold, CSFC Union Juniors, GUSA Navy, and the CSA Charlotte SA Predators.
U13 Elite Junior Ladies - NC USYS State Cup Finalist
Coached by Steve Castro, the Elite Juniors ladies went undefeated to reach the finals. They defeated CR Burgundy G, CASL Elite Ladies, and CUFC Charlote United Green in group play. In the semi-finals, they shut out the LNSC Eclipse 7-0. They were not able to battle back from a 1-0 deficit in the finals, but the Juniors ladies should be extremely proud of their road to the finals.
U14 CASL Elite Black- NC USYS State Cup Champions
Richard Huxford’s side would not allow a goal all tournament as they went on to win the state championship. They beat the EWSA Hammers Black, CASL Elite White, TUSA Gold, LNSC Force, and PTFC Black to sweep the tournament.
U15 CASL Elite Black- NC USYS State Cup Champions
Lead by coach Jeff Negalha, the Elite Black came back from a loss in their first game of the tournament to make it out of group play and advance to the championship. The team beat CSA Charlotte SA Predators 2-0 in the final to take home the NC USYS State Cup Championship.
U16 CASL Elite Black- NC USYS State Cup Finalist
Stuart Brown’s team excelled in group play and was undefeated against the EWSA Hammers, NCSF Premier, and the NCSF Elite. After defeating TUSA Gold in the semifinals, the Elite Black unfortunately fell to CUFC Charlotte United Gold in the championship match.
U17 CASL Elite Black- NC USYS State Cup Finalist
Paul Forster lead his side into the semifinals after two wins and a tie in the group play of the tournament. They went on to beat CRSC Carolina Select in the semifinals and fall to the NCA Alliance.
Other CASL teams also made it to the semifinals of the state tournaments. Read more about it here.