U18 Elite Boys Finish Second in ERL

SOCA’s U18 Elite Boys continued their Eastern Regional League (ERL) success on Saturday, May 12 with a scintillating 1-0 semi-final win over defending national champion Baltimore Celtic.  For the SOCA squad it was repayment for getting knocked out of the 2017 Region 1 championship in the final match by the Maryland side.

The win advanced SOCA to the ERL championship match on Sunday, May 13, where they met Lower Merion SC, the only team to beat SOCA in ERL competition.  SOCA was down 0-2 before storming back to tie matters at 2-2, only to concede a last minute goal and go down 2-3.

The ERL winner is given a spot in the Region 1 championships.  Finishing in second place will allow SOCA to advance to the Region 1 championships only if Lower Merion also wins their Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup title.  The Region 1 championships will be held in Fredericksburg, VA June 28-July 3.  SOCA’s fate likely won’t be known until after the June 3rd EPYSA State Cup event.

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