The state championship matches began Thursday evening at the NEAC complex in Pembroke, NH with the U18 boys and girls. Seacoast United’s U18 Boys Premier defeated Nashua World Cup by the score of 2-1, while the U18 Girls Elite earned a 5-1 victory over Lightning SC.
For all other age groups, the finals took place on Saturday, May 31st with four teams earning their State Championship title. U15 Girls Elite defeated Global Premier Soccer GPS NH Eagles 2-1, U16 Girls Elite cruised to a 9-1 victory over World Cup SC of Greater Nashua Elite, and U17 Girls Elite defeated NWC Aztecs-NPL by the score of 7-2. The U17 Boys Premier battled to a dramatic 4-3 win over GPS Classics Elite.
Three other Seacoast United teams also deserve recognition for their outstanding performances through group play to advance to the finals in their respective age groups. U12 Girls Elite went to overtime before falling in penalties to Stars of MA NH on Saturday morning. U13 Girls Elite conceded an early goal in Saturday's final and struggled to find the elusive equalizer, resulting in a 0-1 loss to GPS Classics Elite. The U14 boys Premier fell short 0-2 to Global Premier Soccer GPS-NH Classics Elite.
The Region I Championship Series hosts over 280 U12-U19 boys and girls teams from the 15 Youth Soccer Associations within Region I including Connecticut, Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania, Eastern New York, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, NY West, Pennsylvania West, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia. Learn more about the US Youth Soccer Region I Championship Series by clicking here.