Beachside U-17s Fall In Regional Semis; U-12s Win It All

USYSA Region I logoAlan Reiter and Brendan Lesch’s Beachside U-17 team went 3-0 in US Youth Soccer Region I championship group play in West Virginia — and did not give up a goal.  But their run at the national Final 4 ended with a 2-1 semifinal defeat, to Seacoast United.  Lesch scored on a volley from 20 late in the match, after a penalty kick and keeper error gave the Maine side the lead.  Seacoast lost 2-0, in overtime, in the regional finals.

The U-14s, featuring rising sophomores Aaron Liu, Jake Malowitz and Taylor McNair, lost to reigning champ Dix Hills Thunder (3-2) and drew with Western New York’s Empire United (1-1).  Their final 1st round match was rained out.

Beachside’s U-12 squad — with future Staples hopefuls Griffin Garner, Jordan McNair, Johnny Osorio and Kyle Zajec — brought home the club’s 1st regional title ever.  They were 3-0 in group play — outscoring opponents 12-1 — before dispatching nearby rival FC Westchester 3-1 in the semifinals.  The final, played this morning, was a thrilling 1-0 victory over Manhattan Kickers.

Congratulations to all 8 Westporters, and to Beachside Soccer Club!

Kyle Zajec, Jordan McNair, Griffen Garner and Johnny Osorio pose with their U-12 hardware.

Kyle Zajec, Jordan McNair, Griffen Garner and Johnny Osorio pose with their U-12 hardware. (Photo by Carl McNair)

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