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U17 Boys State Quarterfinals Recap

U17 BOYS STATE QUARTERFINAL A
5/7Alpine Strikers
2-3
San Juan
For 60 minutes, the Alpine Strikers appeared to have a huge upset in the cards, with Aidan Wall scoring early, then curling a free kick over the wall to make it 2-0. But in the 61st minute, San Juan Ron scored through Rick Not, then grabbed another goal via Lucas Gen in the 78th minute. Late in the match, San Juan found a winner after an Alpine handball in the box, with Julian Boyce sending the Alpine keeper the wrong way before emphatically celebrating on the touchline.
U17 BOYS STATE QUARTERFINAL B
5/7SC Sporting
4-1
Odyssey South
Coming into the match with the pedigree of an NPL Champions League title in an undefeated season, former NPL National Champions Santa Clara Sporting got off to a slow start in their match against Odyssey South. But 31 minutes into the game, Ramon Inda Felix buried a rebounded goal, before Luis Flores-Hernandez scored a brace. Christian Padilla pulled one back for the underdogs in the 76th minute, but David Hernandez sealed the win with a far post header in the 85th minute that was nearly cleared off the line via bicycle kick from an Odyssey player.
U17 BOYS STATE QUARTERFINAL C
5/7Placer United
3-3
(4-5)
Force
In a match between NPL Champions League sides, Force I fought off a stiff test from Placer United to claim this match 5-4 on penalties. While Force scored in just the seventh minute through Kai Galia and doubled their lead in the 36th minute via Anthony Jimenez, all that did was set up late-match drama. Placer United began their comeback in the 83rd minute with an Edward Silverbush goal, before forcing overtime on a Gabriel Royer strike in stoppage time. The two squads then traded goals in overtime, before Force ultimately prevailed on kicks from the mark.
U17 BOYS STATE QUARTERFINAL D
5/7Lobos United
4-6
Marin FC
State Premier 4 side Lobos were this close to continuing their dream run in the State Cup, but ultimately the NPL Champions League pedigree of Marin FC prevailed. Still, it took a herculean effort from Marin to reach the semifinals, as they had to come back from both 3-1 and 4-2 deficits to do so. But once they were down 4-2, they responded in epic fashion, with Brian Diaz scoring in the 56th minute, Miguel Maldonado finishing off his hat trick in the 68th minute, Brooks Hoffman scoring the winner in the 73rd, and Dardon Arbizu providing an insurance goal in the 78th.