In one week, we'll crown the first state champions of 2019. Before that can happen, though, the finals match-ups need to be set. Here are six crucial games to keep an eye on this weekend.
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Turkey Hill Challenge Cup
U16 Girls: Boyertown SC United vs. Rose Tree SC Fury
After three close games in Group D, which they topped with a 2-1 record, Boyertown SC hosts Group E champion Rose Tree SC Fury. Fury outscored its opponents, 12-2, in going 3-0. This semifinal is set for Sunday morning at 11:30 AM.
U11 Boys B: Dillsburg Area SC Fury vs. Southern Chester County SA Dragons
A jam-packed division moves deeper into the knockout stages. Southern Chester County, Group I winners, defeated YMS Fury in the round of 16 to reach the quarterfinals. They'll now take on Dillsburg at noon on Saturday. Dillsburg went 2-0-1 in group play to clinch Group G.
U17 Girls: Penn Fusion Predators vs. Rage United SC Xtreme
With Penn Fusion Lehigh Valley already in the final, Penn Fusion Predators will host Rage United SC Xtreme clash on Friday night to determine Penn Fusion Lehigh Valley's opponent. Rage United went 2-0 in Group C, outscoring opponents, 4-0. That stout defense will be tested against a Predators team that found the back of the net nine times in three games.
U16 Boys: FC Ballyhoo White vs. FCUSA Philadelphia
As we move into the semifinals, an FC Ballyhoo derby in the final is still in the cards. For that to happen, FC Ballyhoo White will need to take care of FCUSA Philadelphia on Sunday morning, which is no easy task. FCUSA Philadelphia comes in to the semifinals with a record of 2-0-1, six goals scored with two against. Next week, FC Ballyhoo Black will host Ukrainian Nationals Red in the other semifinal.
NCS State Cup
U14 Girls: PA Classics Elite Blue vs. Penn Fusion Lehigh Valley
PA Classics hosts Penn Fusion Lehigh Valley on Saturday afternoon with a trip to the finals on the line. Classics has been in close games from the start--two one-goal wins have them in the semifinals. On the other side, Penn Fusion Lehigh Valley, the No. 2 seed, defeated Penn FC Youth Black, 1-0, in the quarterfinals. Expect another tight game this weekend.
U16 Boys: Patriot FC Red vs. Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals Black
Two wins earns Patriot FC Red the chance to upset the defending State Cup champions in the semifinals. But the Ukrainian Nationals are rolling. They've outscored opponents, 7-1, in their two victories. Should the Ukrainians advance, we could see a rematch of last year's U15 final: HMMS, 2018 runner-up, takes on Lehigh Valley United.