USASA 2001 Veteran's Cup Finals Decided in West Virginia
BECKLEY, West Virginia (Tuesday, June 26, 2001) - The United States Amateur Soccer Association Veteran?s Cup competition took place last weekend in Beckley, West Virginia. The annual event was established by the USASA in 1998 to bring a higher level of national competition to seasoned male and female soccer players in the U.S. The Veteran?s Cup is divided into four groups: women?s over-40, women?s over-50, men?s over-40 and men's over-50.
WOMEN?S OVER-40 (Copa Di Vida 1, Camp Springs SC 0)
In the women?s over-40 bracket the final came down to Seattle?s Copa di Vida and Camp Springs SC out Maryland. The game was decided four minutes into the second half when Copa di Vida?s Janet Charnley netted a teammate?s corner kick. The goal from Charnley, drawn in from her defensive position for the corner, proved to be the decisive element for Copa di Vida?s bid for the championship. The 1-0 victory dethroned Camp Springs from the title they won last year in the Veteran?s Cup in Nashua, N.J.
WOMEN?S OVER-50 (Evergreen Steelers 2, Virginia Vintage 0)
In the women?s over?50 division, the Evergreen Steelers defeated Virginia Vintage in 2-0 battle for the title. The Steelers? Joyce Trader quickly gave her team the advantage, incredibly scoring a goal just three seconds into the match. The rest of the contest relied on the defense of Evergreen, as the Steelers held off a Virginia team which had captured the women?s over-50 title last year. Maj Surowieck scored the insurance goal in the match-up.
MEN?S OVER-40 (Scotland Yard 2, Palm Beach 1)
Florida?s Scotland Yard managed a come-from-behind win to reclaim the men?s over-40 championship. Scotland Yard?s second title in three years came after a 1-0 halftime deficit against Palm Beach. Rick Christensen?s goal for Palm Beach had them headed in the right direction going into the half, but Scotland Yard?s George Clamp answered quickly in the second half with a goal in the 47th minute. Kevin McCarron notched the other goal thirteen minutes later to give Scotland Yard a 2-1 victory. The goal ended Palm Beach?s quest for their first title.
MEN?S OVER-50 (Texas Wanderers 5, Chaldean Arsenal 0)
For the men?s over-50 crown the Chaldean Arsenal had quite a task in front of them: facing the two-time champion Wanderers. The task proved to be too much, as the men?s over-50 title went to the Texas Wanderers with a convincing 5-0 scoreline. The title was the Wanderers third in as many years. The Wanderers dominated the match both offensively and defensively, and were led with a hat trick by Zequinha, a past teammate of Brazilian soccer great Pele.
Since the Veteran?s Cup inception in 1998, participation has grown substantially, with this year?s competition topping out with 64 total teams. Each winner of the four brackets won a cash prize of $750 and an automatic berth to next year?s competition.