Five (of a possible six) NYW ODP teams advanced to the Region 1 ODP Final Four after competing in the group stage of the Region 1 ODP Tournament in NJ on June 3-5. The 01G’s, 00G’s, 99G’s, 00B’s and 99B’s all advanced to the Region 1 Final Four in Kirkwood, DE on June 25/26th. A record four of those teams won their semifinal games and advanced to play for the Region 1 ODP Championship. Two teams (01G’s and 99G’s) walked away as Region 1 Champions after winning convincingly, while two others (00G’s and 00B’s), battled to identical 3-3 ties in the final and played two overtime periods before losing heart-breakers in penalty kicks. NYW is the first state to send five teams in the same year to the Region 1 Final Four and also the first state to have four competing in the championship game. Congrats to all the players, parents, coaches and all the NYSWYSA member clubs whose players contributed to ODP!
Below are the specific results for each age group:
99B's (U17) Coached by Dave Kreger /Jim Harrigan:
Lost in semi-final to ENY 2-1
99G's (U17) Coached by Kent Brown/Dan Shoniker/Dani Brit:
Defeated DE in semi-final 6-0
Defeated ENY in championship final 6-1
- The 99G's are the first NYW two time Region 1 Champions - USYSA do not have a national tournament in this oldest age group, so this marks the end of the road for this trailblazing NYW group. The 99G’s were also the first age group to attend the National Final Four in Phoenix in 2015, placing third - NYSWYSA Hall of Famer, Dan Shoniker (who coached Abby Wambach as a NYW youth player) paid the players/parents the ultimate compliment at the end of the tournament by telling them that this is the best group of players he has seen in his 35 year tenure coaching in NYW.
00G's (U16) Coached by Pat Farmer/Megan Ramey:
Defeated CT in semi-final 2-1
Tied VA 3-3 in championship final and after two OT's - lost in PK's.
00B's (U16) Coached by Danny Gilbertson/Rob Cope:
Defeated PAW in semi-final 3-1
Tied EPA 3-3 in championship final and after two OT's - lost in PK's
01G's (U15) Coached by Carrie Bonus/Steve Christenson:
Defeated ENY in semi-final 4-2
Defeated EPA in championship final 3-0
- The 01G's will advance to National ODP Final Four in Feb, 2017. This will be Coach Bonus’ second trip to the National ODP Final Four – she led the 99G’s to the 2015 Final Four held in Phoenix, AZ.