Two local soccer teams stay in contention

After winning their matches Thursday, two Triangle area soccer teams can clinch spots in Saturday's national title matches with a win or draw today.

Two of the three Raleigh-based teams came away victorious on the second day of the U.S. Youth Soccer Association National Championship Series in Lancaster, Mass., and both currently are tied for first place in their age-group standings. Today's final group matches will determine who will compete for the national titles Saturday.

Boys U-17 squad Triangle United Gold pummeled the Dallas Texans Red 4-1 despite falling behind 1-0 in the first five minutes.

United surged back with a goal by McAmos Paye just six minutes later, and German Mendoza made it 2-1 in the 17th minute. Robert Lovejoy and Sebastian Garner lso scored for United.

United plays Javanon 92 (Ky.) at 7:30 a.m. today. With a win, Triangle United should clinch a spot in the final.

For the CASL 94 Spartans Elite Black, Bria Dixon provided the game's only goal against the Maryland-based Scorpions, enough to earn the Spartans a tie for first place in the U-14 girls standings. CASL takes on Eclipse Select (Ill.) today at 7:30 a.m. and advances to the final with a draw or a win.

The CASL Elite U-14 boys went up 1-0 at the start of the second half against West Coast FC (Calif.), but an extra-time goal by West Coast dropped CASL 2-1. After tying the score at 1-1 in the 62nd minute, Alejandro Perez sealed CASL's loss.

CASL needs a win today against Dix Hill Thunder (N.Y.) at 11:30 a.m. and some help to make Saturday's final.

Charlotte-based SCSA 93 Gold couldn't get its offense going until too late in a 2-1 loss to Sereno 94 White.

The Arizona-based squad got two goals in the first 17 minutes, before SCSA's Marco Sunol answered for the Gold in the 77th. SCSA, which has been eliminated from the championship picture, will play Baltimore Casa Mia Bays at 11:30 a.m. today.