SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Avalanche Club won the 13U Boys US Youth Soccer National Championship with a penalty shootout against Mundelein Soccer Club.
The USYS title game took place in Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida on Friday, July 23.
Utah and Mundelein SC battled it out for the trophy before the Avalanche took the title.
The Avalanche won the contest after an impressive performance in extra time and a shootout.
The win made Avalanche the first Utah boys to win a USYS national title.
After regulation Utah and Mundelein SC were tied 1: 1.
The Avalanche took a 2-1 lead in extra time and seemed to be heading for victory before Mundelein SC equalized with a header in the 93rd minute.
Utah and Mundelein SC went to a shootout to decide the title game.
Avalanche keeper Will Mackay buried the opening shot, then stopped Mundelein’s first attempt.
Utah’s Isaac Murphy stepped on and scored on his attempt, giving the Avalanche a 2-0 lead.
Mackay then stopped Mundelein’s second attempt.
Drake Arnold’s free kick was blocked by Mundelein SC keeper Kyle Marshall and kept Utah’s lead to 2-0.
After Mundelein’s parade, Mackay blocked another kick to keep Utah at an advantage.
Utah’s Jace Thomson stepped to the point and scored in his attempt to win the game and trophy for the Avalanche.
Earlier this summer, the Avalanche won the Utah State Cup, Far West Regional and ECNL championships.
The youth soccer rankings currently rank the Avalanche as the No. 1 team in the state, No. 3 in the region, and No. 10 in the country.
As of June 2020, the Avalanche has a record of 68-1-1.
The team is currently running a fundraiser for future travel expenses.