The Time Has Finally Arrived-96 Blackhawks Compete for a National Championship Title July 25-29
How They Got to Nationals
The Blackhwawks won the Blue Division of the 2011-2012 National League with a 5-1-1 record. Blackhawks finished second in Group B of the Spring Far West Regional League tying for the most points but having a smaller goal differential. They then won the Arizona State Cup while scoring 28 goals and allowing only five to get into the Region IV Championships. The Blackhawks run in Phoenix reached the Region IV quarterfinals, but they had already secured a berth to the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships with their National League divisional win.
National Championship Series History
State Champs: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Knocked out in group stage of the 2009 Region IV Championships
Knocked out in group stage of the 2010 Region IV Championships
Lost in the Quarter-Finals of the 2011 Region IV Championships
Lost in the Quarter-Finals of the 2012 Region IV Championships
2008 Arizona State Runnerups
2008 President’s Day Champions
2009 Cerritos Memorial Day Champions
2010 Cerritos Memorial Day Runnersups
2010 President’s Day Champions
2011 3rd Place National League
2011 Quarter-Finalist Region IV Championships
2011 Blackhawks Max Shacknai Invitational Champions
2012 FWRL-Spring Runnerups
2012 Quarter-Finalist Region IV Championships
2012 Blackhawks Max Shacknai Invitational Champions
2012 National League Champions
The 96 Blackhawks Boys clinched a berth to the US Youth Soccer National Championships in South Carolina this July, in the Boys U16 National League Blue Division, after defeating WAZA FC East, the State Semi Finalists out of Michigan (2-1), and Concorde Fire Elite, Georgia State Semi Finalists (3-0). Their run to the Championship has not been as easy as it appears, however, with 16 goals for and only 5 goals against throughout their 7 game stretch they managed to capture the National League title. This team has had to withstand incredible adversity from injury to depleted rosters to defeat the "best in the country" from Maryland, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey, South Carolina and Ohio. Their dedication, commitment, and perseverance are the foundation of this group that allowed them a spot on top of the leaderboard, which has not been without a passionate drive from each and everyone of these young men.
Coach Adam Burke, Director of Coaching - Academy Division, said after the game, "the boys attention to detail, unwillingness to ever give up and their relentless work ethic was the foundation for their success in this league". The consistent pursuit for excellence has finally received its reward...making Scottsdale Soccer HISTORY! The 96 Boys are the first Boys team in the Scottsdale Soccer Clubs history to ever reach the USYS National Championship.
Congratulations to the 96 Boys and Coach Adam Burke! You have made the Scottsdale Blackhawks family proud!
Good Luck this summer at the USYS National Championships in Rock Hills, South Carolina July 24th - 29th.
NATIONAL LEAGUE VIDEO CLIP (3:30 min mark)