One picture tells the story of the conditions some teams faced this past weekend. Wet, chilly weather greeted FC Brandywine and Cantolao USA on Sunday in the U12 Girls Turkey Hill Challenge Cup semifinals. FC Brandywine won 2-1.
We are less than one week from the Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup (U12-U17) and Presidents Cup finals at United Sports Training Center. Saturday and Sunday saw more teams clinch their places in championship games across all three cup competitions. Here's how some of the action played out.
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The final is set after a tightly-contested knockout stage. Of the six matches in the quarterfinals and semifinals, five were one-goal games. On Saturday, North Union United Strikers defeated Keystone FC Premier, 1-0, on the road to clinch a spot in the championship. They’ll meet FC Brandywine Elite, who beat Cantolao USA Storms, 2-1.
Lionville SC City’s strong defense continued. In six cup games, Lionville has conceded just one goal. On Saturday, they defeated Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals Gray, 2-0, at United Sports to move in to the final. They’ll take on the winner of Hunter SC Union and Hulmeville SC Dortmund.
It took extra time to determine the final in the U13 Girls division. North Union United Wave welcomed Bucking United Blue to north central Pennsylvania. The teams were scoreless after regulation before the Wave found a winner. They’ll meet Penn Fusion Lehigh Valley at United Sports on Saturday with a spot in regionals on the line.
A high-scoring affair set the tone for Saturday’s final. On Saturday, 1776 United FC outlasted PA Rush Nero, 4-2, in the semifinals. 1776 will now meet Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals Red, 5-0 winners last week, for the title.
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Philadelphia Soccer Club Coppa kept its strong cup season going with a victory over Lower Merion SC Furia on the road on Saturday. Philly Soccer Club moves into the final, where they’ll take on Penn Fusion SA Pre-Academy.
Unseeded 1776 United FC Centurion’s run continue Saturday with an impressive 2-1 win over YMS Blackout. That close call followed three- and four-goal victories for the Delaware County-based club. 1776 will play Penn Fusion SA Elite in the final on Saturday morning.