Coming off a state championship, the Newburyport FC U-13 soccer team went to Pittsburgh over the weekend to compete in the Presidents Cup Region 1 tournament, which brings some of the top youth teams in the country together to help determine a national champion. Newburyport wound up going 1-3 in its four games, losing the first three before winning the last. In the first game, Newburyport lost 2-0 to Kirkwood KSC Power from Delaware in a game that coach Sean Harrington described as evenly matched from start to finish. In the second game, Newburyport got blown out 8-0 by Capa Casa 2K United from Harrisburg, Pa., who went on to win the whole tournament and that Harrington described as phenomenal. Though Day 1 didn’t go very well, Newburyport bounced back for Day 2, first losing a tight 3-2 game to Kearney United from New Jersey in which Newburyport led 2-1 before Kearney tied it and then eventually scored the game winner late, and then after that Newburyport finished the tournament with a dominating 3-0 win over Foothills from Pittsburgh.
Pentucket (12-8) has earned the No. 13 seed and will face No. 20 Stoneham (9-11) in the preliminary round of the Division III North tournament tomorrow at home. The winner will go on to face No. 4 Charlestown (13-5) in the first round on Saturday. In the Division 4 North tournament, Georgetown (13-7) has been selected as the No. 3 seed and will face the winner of Thursday’s game between Tech. Boston and Matignon at home on Saturday at noon. and No. 7 Fenway (9-9).
Pentucket (11-9) has earned the No. 10 seed and will face No. 7 Reading (14-6) in the first round of the Division II North Tournament Friday at Reading. The winner will go on to face No. 2 Danvers (17-3) in the quarterfinal Sunday. Newburyport is the No. 11 seed in the Division II North bracket and will face No. 6 Tewksbury (14-6) on Friday at Tewksbury. The winner of that game would play the winner of Friday’s matchup between No. 3 Arlington (16-4) and No. 14 Bedford (6-12). In the Division III North tournament, Amesbury (14-6) will be the No. 6 seed and will face the winner of No. 11 New Mission (9-7) and No. 22 Weston (8-11) at a time to be determined.