CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – The Real Salt Lake U-16 and U-18 Elite teams won a combined four matches in Arizona State League play this past weekend and outscored the competition 15-2. This is the first year the Real Salt Lake Elite teams have participated in the Arizona State League and through five matches both sides remain unbeaten with the U-16 team holding down first in the standings for their age group and the U-18s second in their division.
At the end of the Arizona State League season the top two teams from Division II move up to Division I, while the bottom two teams from Division I move down to Division II.
The U-16s, playing at home for the first time this season, hosted Banat SC 98 on Saturday morning and defeated the opposition 3-0. Josh Allison scored the opening goal in the first half and Gio Alcocer added a brace in the second half for the Claret-and-Cobalt. On Sunday, the U-16 Elite team defeated San Tan 98 Legacy Red 3-0. Patrick Ring scored the opening goal in the match, which was followed by a Ryan Flood blast moments later. Javi Avelar scored the final goal for RSL in the second half.
Photo gallery: U-16 Elite vs. Banat
Photo gallery: U-16 Elite vs San Tan
RSL U-16 Elite Season Stats (16 Matches)
Goals: (4) Robby Orona, (4) Diego Robles, (3) Gallo, (3) Austin Tucker, (3) Alejandro Parra, (3) Javi Avelar, (3) Ryan Flood, (3) Gio Alcocer, (2) Mikey Lanzetta, (2) Chris Fourcand, Ethan Shacknai, Macos Hernandez, Josh Allison, Patrick Ring
Assists: (4) Parra, (4) Gallo, (3) Duncan Storey, (2) Robles, Allison, Alex Valdez, Fourcand, Ring, Alcocer
Clean Sheets: (3) Conor Orton, (2) Marcel Ruzan, Avelar
The U-18 Elite team traveled up to Phoenix on Saturday afternoon and squared off against Flagstaff SC FSC 96. Paul Bin notched a hat-trick for the Claret-and-Cobalt with Albert Molina and Luke Novick adding the final two goals for RSL in a 5-0 win. On Sunday, the U-18 Elite team remained at the Grande Sports Academy and hosted San Tan 96 Legacy Red. Josh Taylor, Radu Marcu, Danny Moreno and Molina scored for RSL in the 4-0 win.
RSL U-18 Elite Season Stats (13 matches)
Goals: (6) Luke Novick, (5) Matthias Binder, (5) Radu Marcu, (5) Albert Molina, (4) Paul Bin, (4) Josh Taylor, (2) Kiuno Cann, (2) Ishan Atit, (2) Victor Alvarez, (2) Danny Moreno, Trent Lowe, Gavino Carranza, Nate Deaton, Nicholas LaMonica
Assists: (7) Binder, (3) Novick, (3) Alvarez, (2) Aaron Herrera,(2) Trent Lowe, (2) Moreno, Carranza, Adam Ferguson, Bin, Atit, Judah Rashirai
Clean Sheets: (5) Miguel Martinez