HAMPTON, Ga. (Oct. 20, 2021) —The 2021-22 US Youth Soccer Piedmont Conference season continued over the weekend, as 70 teams from Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina competed at North Mount Carmel Soccer Complex and Badger Creek Park in Hampton, Ga. The event included boys and girls teams in the 14U-19U age groups.
In total, this season will see 140 Piedmont Conference teams compete for qualification into the 2022 USYS Southern Regional Championships, as well as qualification into the 2022-23 season of National League P.R.O.
The conference has seen many great performances up to this point of this season, with a number of teams already clinching division titles and many more teams pushing hard for the top spots in the standings as the league approaches the last stretch of the fall side of the season.
Some notes on this season up to this point:
- Savannah United 08 Premier (GA) holds the top spot in the standings within the 14U Boys Division, but Carolina Elite SA Pachuca 08 (SC) has the opportunity to win its last two games of the season and take the division title.
- In the 16U Girls Division, Wilson YSA 06 Explosion (NC) clinched the division title by winning all seven of its matches while allowing only three goals on the season.
- Georgia Storm SA 06 Premier (GA) and Augusta Arsenal 06 Gold (GA) are currently tied at the top of the 16U Boys Division standings with 28 points each. Georgia Storm has the opportunity to clinch first place in its last game of the season against MOBA SA 06 (GA).
- In the 17U Girls Division, there is a close race for the division title as All-In FC 05 NL Elite (GA) currently holds the top spot with 26 points after 10 matches, but Catawba Valley YSA 05 Blast Blue (NC) can clinch the title itself if it picks up a win in its last match against 05 Wake FC Gold North (NC) in December.
- In the 18U Boys Division, 04 Triangle United SA Wake Blue (NC) won each of its first seven matches to clinch the top spot in the standings and earn a spot at the 2022 Southern Regional Championships. The second spot in next season’s National League P.R.O. is still up for grabs as South Carolina United FC 04 (SC) needs to put in three strong performances in its last games to overtake MOBA SA 04 (GA).
- In the 19U Girls Division, 03 NCFC United G (NC) clinched the division title with its two wins over this past weekend — giving it a berth into the Southern Regional Championships. After dropping its first match of the season, NCFC put in a strong effort and won six straight matches to take the top spot.
What they’re saying:
Pete Sadin, Classic Elite/Premier Girls Director for North Carolina FC Youth and head coach of 03 NCFC United G (NC), talked about his team’s performance within the conference and what he attributes to its success.
“It’s been such a great season after dropping the opening game of league play and then reeling off six straight wins to clinch the Piedmont Conference,” Sadin said. “The competition every weekend truly challenged our girls to bring out the best in their preparation and on-field play. This group of players were cohesive from the first training session and believed in one another on and off the field. I’ve never seen a team meld so quickly — sharing similar training habits, accountability and goals. They never questioned changing positions, team shape, playing time, etc., which shows how selfless each player is in the team. We also have tremendous parent support from the sidelines and from our other NCFC coaches who provide feedback and training opportunities for the girls for their individual development.”
Sadin also talked about what his team’s experience has been within the Piedmont Conference and what they are looking forward to in the future.
“The overall experience has been great in the Piedmont Conference. The facilities we played at are some of the best in the southeast, and the ultimate goal of qualifying for USYS Southern Regionals through the Piedmont Conference is what makes every game challenging and meaningful,” Sadin said. “…We’re so honored to know we’ll be representing the Piedmont Conference, North Carolina Youth Soccer Association and, most proudly, our club and families of North Carolina FC Youth at Regionals in June.”
On the boys’ side of the conference, Mark Jonas, head coach of 04 Triangle United SA Wake Blue, talked about what it means to his team to clinch the 18U Boys Division and what he attributes to the team’s success.
“This is a massive deal to us considering this team’s disappointment last season just falling short,” said Jonas. “The team is, top to bottom, quality. No matter who was available to go, the boys played an attractive brand of soccer and also played with grit when necessary, which makes you feel proud as a coach.”
Jonas also talked about what the experience has been with the Piedmont Conference this season.
“For me, the best part of the league is the diversity,” said Jonas. “Every team is potentially culturally different, which also usually means they play different styles as well. Diversity is always good in my book.”
The remainder of the 14U-19U Piedmont Conferences games for the 2021-22 season are in-state matchups and self-schedule local matchups with the 13U events being played in the spring side of the season.
For more information on the Piedmont Conference, including schedules, scores, and standings, click here.
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