The RSL-AZ Southern AZ 06 and 08 teams, playing for coach Paul DesRosier, began their respective group play in the Development Player League National Championships in Dallas on Tuesday.
The 08 team (14U) had a 3-1 win over Boston’s NEFC NS Girls 2008 team in a Group D game. The 06 team (16U) lost 1-0 to Inter Atlanta FC Blues 06 in Group C of that tournament.
The event is at Dallas’ Moneygram Soccer Park.
The RSL-AZ Southern AZ 06 team next plays Wednesday at 10 a.m. against Florida’s Sunrise Soccer Club Sunrise Sting. The Sting earned three points Tuesday by defeating the NEFC NS Girls 2006 team by a score of 2-1.
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|Inter Atlanta FC Blues IAFC 06 Girls||1||0||0||1||0||1||3|
|Boston NEFC NS Girls 2006||0||1||0||1||2||-1||0|
|RSL-AZ Southern AZ 06 Girls||0||1||0||0||1||-1||0|
“We need to regroup and get results in our final two games to have a chance,” DesRosier mentioned.
The RSL-AZ Southern AZ 08 team will play Wednesday at 6 a.m. against Roswell (Ga.) Santos Soccer Club 2008G. Roswell had a 2-2 draw Tuesday with Cape Coral (Fla.) Soccer Girls Cyclones Black U14 (2008).
That means the RSL-AZ Southern AZ 08 team is alone atop the Group D standings after one game with the only team with three points.
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|Cape Coral (Fla.) Soccer GIRLS CYCLONES BLACK U14 (2008)||0||0||1||2||2||0||1|
|Roswell (Ga.) Santos Soccer Club 2008G||0||0||1||2||2||0||1|
|Boston NEFC NS Girls 2008||0||1||0||1||3||-2||0|
The RSL-AZ Southern AZ 08 team rallied from a 1-0 deficit at halftime against Boston NEFC NS Girls 2008 by scoring three goals in the second half.
Madyn Allen, Jhianae DesRosier and Luz Mendoza scored the three goals for Paul DesRosier’s team. Jhianae is his youngest daughter who will be a freshman at Salpointe this fall.
“(Boston) was a high-quality team and they had us a little on our heels in the first half,” Paul DesRosier stated. “At halftime, we made adjustments to our formation and attacking movements and were simply too much for them.”
The RSL-AZ Southern AZ 06 team was in a tight match throughout with Inter Atlanta, which scored its lone goal on their only shot from open play.
“The heat was a major factor,” Paul DesRosier mentioned of the Dallas weather, which was 100 degrees with 31 percent humidity on Tuesday. “We actually had a few really great opportunities with Vivien Villarreal hitting the post twice in the second half. It was a very competitive and physical game.”