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U14 All-League Teams Announced
All South Atlantic Final renews friendly Moleka/Ukrop rivalry
USL News Release

Friday, December 5, 2008

TAMPA – United Soccer Leagues announced today the All-Tournament teams for the U14 Girls and Boys, who took part in the 10th annual Super Y-League North American Finals held Friday, November 21 through Tuesday, November 25.

Selections were based off the nominations of opposing coaches made throughout tournament play. Selections per position were altered slightly to include the players receiving the most nominations.

Tournament MVP Alexis Connors of the 16-0-1 Atlanta Silverbacks was the first selection to the 2008 U14 Girls All Tournament Team. She was named the team’s MVP by Head Coach Ignace Moleka following the team’s 2-0 victory over another South Atlantic side, the Richmond Kickers.

“Rob [Ukrop] and I were laughing before the final,” said Moleka. “We used to play against one another in the USL First Division and now we are facing each other as youth coaches.”

Moleka played four seasons for the Atlanta Silverbacks from 1999-2002. In 90 career appearances he found the back of the net 42 times and assisted on another 14 goals, an average of 0.92 points per match. Ukrop spent six seasons in the USL First Division from 1997, when he scored 12 goals and added three assists, to 2003. Ukrop totaled 35 goals and 19 assists in 164 career appearances and was inducted into the USL Hall of Fame in 2007. The South Atlantic stars have faced each other as Super Y-League coaches on three occasions with the Silverbacks holding a 2-0-1 advantage.

“It says a lot about the strength of the South Atlantic Region, having two teams make it to the final,” said Moleka. “It was a great victory for me personally because I have been running the Super Y-League program for the Silverbacks the last four years. It was nice to see it all come together and have all the work pay off, but I cannot take much of the credit. The girls played very consistently. Even when they were challenged by a very strong [Alliance Academy] team in the semifinals, they found a way to win. It’s also hard for me to pick out a few star players. It was more of a team effort.”

Behind the tournament MVP Connors, Cheyna Williams and Meghan Hussey were voted to the All-Tournament team from the Silverbacks. The Kickers also placed three players on the All-Tournament team as midfielder Ashley Williams, goalkeeper Kirsten Hancock and defender Marie Johnston each received multiple nominations. The top vote-getter was the Silverback’s Williams, who received five. Midfielders Corinne Harris of the Chicago Magic and Isabel Farrell of the Washington Crossfire received four nominations each.

On the boys’ side, midfielder Daniel Flores of the Cal Odyssey was named MVP following his team’s eccentric U14 Boys’ Championship match victory over PDA. Trailing 1-0 late in the championship, a stoppage time equalizer found the back of the net under controversial circumstances. The play, in which neither teams’ players were aware the play was live on a restart, led to a tie score as the final seconds expired. As a result, PDA’s coaches Sam Nellins, Todd Moser and Gerry McKeown displayed a refreshing take on fair play by conceding the match to the Cal Odyssey following the conclusion of regulation. However, the match was officially still ruled a draw, maintaining PDA’s unbeaten status at 17-0-3.

PDA’s dual-edged attack of strikers Brandon Allen and Connor Ventura were named to the Super Y-League All-Tournament Team, receiving a total of seven votes in five games. Cal Odyssey forward Cesar Gutierrez also earned an All-Tournament selection. The top vote-getters on the boys’ side were Flores, Kalamazoo’s Sean Connerty, New Hampshire’s Peguy Ngatcha and Ventura.

U14 Boys All-Tournament Team

GK Simon Cohen Mountain WFC
D Lenny Roa Chicago Magic
D Jared Evans South Jersey Barons
D Connor Preece Black Watch SC
D Brian Kenny FC Westchester
M Daniel Flores Cal Odyssey
M Sean Connerty Kalamazoo Kingdom
M Brian James Weston
M Dalton San Surrey WFC
M Peguy Ngatcha New Hampshire Phantoms
M Ron Locker Match Fit Academy
F Brandon Allen PDA
F Connor Ventura PDA
F Cesar Gutierrez Cal Odyssey
F Gurminder Kang Abbotsford Mariners
F Mo Jadama Alpharetta United

U14 Girls All-Tournament Team

GK Alexis Connors Atlanta Silverbacks
GK Kirsten Hancock Richmond Kickers
D Marie Johnston Richmond Kickers
D Brianna Belsky Match Fit Academy
D Chelsea Jackson Coastal WFC
D Connie Gormley QuickStrike SC
D Heather Williams Kendall SC
M Isabel Farrell Washington Crossfire
M Katie Yensen Washington Freedom
M Lindsay Watkins QuickStrike SC
M Ashley Williams Richmond Kickers
M Sophia MacCagnone Alliance Academy
M Meghan Hussey Atlanta Silverbacks
F Corinne Harris Chicago Magic
F Chelsea Thompson Alliance Academy
F Cheyna Williams Atlanta Silverbacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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