The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series Eastern Regional Championships will take place from June 27-July 2 in Barboursville, WV. Leading up to the event, EDP will be profiling several of the qualified teams and looking at their journey to this point. The next team featured in the “Road to Regionals” series is the 13U Boys team from Pipeline SC Pre-Academy (MD), which earned its Regionals berth through its performance in the US Youth Soccer National League EDP South Atlantic Club v Club Conference.
Whenever you create a new team, you never quite know what to expect. Sometimes things don’t quite work out and the team struggles. And sometimes they do, resulting in a magical season.
For Pipeline SC Pre-Academy, it’s safe to say that things worked out very nicely. The team went unbeaten in National League play, outscoring its opponents 92-2, and clinched a spot in the USYS Eastern Regionals in its first year together.
“We used to train together in the summer and winter for fun,” Head Coach Phil Greatwich explained. “This season we just decided to join forces, and we never really looked back.”
Pipeline wasn’t just successful in league play, either. The team finished first in a number of tournaments and won the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) State Cup, capping a 7-0 run through the competition with a resounding 6-0 victory in the final. In addition, Pipeline made the semifinals of the EDP Conference Cup.
“One of our goals was to win the State Cup,” Greatwich remarked. “We’ve met that goal, and now we have high hopes to win Regionals and a National Championship.”
Leading the way for Pipeline offensively is the lightning-fast pair of Kobe Keomany and Cam Tolson. Charles Greene anchors the back line, while the technically-gifted Toshz Topolski can play anywhere on the field. Nick Antonakas and Eddie Smith, meanwhile, are irreplaceable members of the squad willing to do the dirty work.
That unit has pushed each other all season long, both in practices and games, which has been a major key to the team’s success. And they’re motivated to see how much farther they can go.
“It has been a fantastic year so far,” Greatwich said. “The boys are hungry to finish strong this summer at Regionals and maybe Nationals.”
Founded in 1999, Elite Development Program Soccer (EDP) is one of the largest organizers of youth soccer leagues and tournaments in the U.S. EDP operates youth leagues for boys and girls ages 9-19, conducts a Futures program for players ages 7-11, and operates U20/23 men’s and women’s leagues. EDP also runs over 20 tournaments each year. One of the major priorities of EDP’s leagues and tournaments is to enable soccer players to reach their full potential, with an emphasis on attending college. More than 3,500 teams participate in EDP’s leagues and more than 170,000 players compete in EDP tournaments annually. For more information on EDP, visit www.edpsoccer.com.