Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer ODP teams had a pretty successful weekend at the ODP East Region Championships Saturday and Sunday at Kirkwood Soccer Club in Delaware. With seven teams in the mix on Saturday and four advancing to finals on Sunday, Eastern Pennsylvania claimed three titles, including two back-to-back championships on the girls side.
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ODP East Region Semifinal Results | Preview
2002 Boys vs. Massachusetts: W, 5-2
2003 Boys vs. Connecticut: L, 3-3 (6-5 PKs)
2004 Boys vs. PA West: W, 6-2
2002 Girls vs. Massachusetts: W, 5-0
2003 Girls White vs. New Hampshire: W, 5-0
2003 Girls Blue vs. New York West: L, 0-1
2004 Girls vs. Virginia: L, 1-1 (6-5 PKs)
ODP East Region Championship Results
U17 2002 (L, 1-2 vs. Connecticut)
Head Coach: Tom Dodds
Assistant Coach: Isaac Pitkow
“Our attacking philosophy for this match is pretty much what we’ve been doing for the last year; we press in the final third. If we don’t possess and win the ball back, we drop into a low block that we play in the back. We’re down to two subs today, but the guys are up for it.” - Head Coach Tom Dodds prior to Sunday’s contest.
A rematch from two weeks ago, the 2002’s looked to advance following a draw to Connecticut in group play. Connecticut connected and took an early lead before Eastern Pennsylvania came back to tie the match at 1-1, but couldn’t find the back of the net as Connecticut pulled ahead for the 2-1 victory.
U15 2004 (W, 5-1 vs. Virginia)
Head Coach: Rick Tompkins
Assistant Coach: Karl Reddick
Zachary Morales, Kyle Rothwell, Diego Guzman (x2), and Reid Joseph all registered scores as the 2004’s posted a decisive 5-1 win over Virginia on Sunday to claim their first East Region title. Eastern Pennsylvania held a solid 3-0 lead by intermission and increased the scoreline by another two in the final stanza to claim the U15 championship.
U17 2002 (W, 7-1 vs. Connecticut) - Second-straight East Region Championship
Coaches: Devon Swain, Jim Realbuto
“ODP has brought a lot of good experiences for to me personally because I’ve made so many friends, that’s one of the main reasons I come back every year,” said Lauren Ewell. “These past two years have been really great because we’re repeat champs. I’ve made so many good relationships with players and coaches.”
Abby Czarnecki, Kierstyn Fogle (x2), and Ava Schaller put the 2002 girls up 4-0 at the half and the U17s pulled away with a strong closing frame as they posted a dominant 7-1 win over Connecticut. The title was the second in as many years for the team as they finished their ODP careers on a strong note.
U16 2003 (W, 2-0 vs. New York West) - Second-straight East Region Championship
Head Coach: Sue Barr
Assistant Coach: Don Overmier
“Some key pieces for us today are maintaining the ball; we tend to attack up through the middle and we’re very successful at that,” mentioned head coach Sue Barr prior to Sunday’s contest. “The girls have fantastic movement off the ball. [We’re] a really technical team and a lot of fun to watch.”
Tied 0-0 at the half, the 2003’s capitalized on scores from Haley Gschrey and Janae Stewart in the second stanza for their second-straight East Region Championship.