Local Boys Soccer Team Wins National Championship

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The national champion LVU 2000 Black U19 boys soccer team coached by Michael Gorni after winning the championship in Overland Park, Kan., last week.

A local boys soccer team is making headlines. The LVU 2000 Black U19 Boys team recently shut out two-time defending National Champion Baltimore Celtic 1-0 in overtime to claim the title of 2019 National Champion in the U.S. Youth Soccer (USYS) championships.

“Entering the match during the first frame of extra time, Luke McMahon netted the game-winner in the 95th minute to secure the second McGuire Cup for the club and the first since 2013,” Eastern PA Youth Soccer reported.

The LVU team was in Overland Park, Kan., last week to play the best teams in the nation in their age group, including Eastern PA rival Lower Merion, who they bested 3-1. The team also beat Baltimore Celtic 2-0 in earlier group play, with Carter Houlihan and Luke McMahon scoring the game-winning goals.

Coached by Mike Gorni, 15 of the 18 boys on the LVU team have already committed to or are playing in college. Five of them will be on Lehigh University’s roster next year and two will be playing for Lafayette. Several players who haven’t committed are rising seniors and still making their decisions.

This is the second time a team from Lehigh Valley United has won a national title. The last time was in 2013 when the U19 team won.

Jennifer Schriffert of Lower Saucon Township, who shared information for this story, is an administrator for the club, which is sponsored by St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Below is the roster for the champion team:


No. Name Position Graduation Class Year College Status College Committed To / Attending
10 Patrick Adams Midfield 2018 ATTENDING Lehigh University
24 Zachary Barrett Forward 2020 UNCOMMITTED
03 Dawson Berger Defender 2018 ATTENDING Lehigh University
12 Kyle Bethel Midfield 2019 COMMITTED Drew University
06 Ryan Bradby Midfield 2020 UNCOMMITTED
15 Luke Brautigam Forward 2018 ATTENDING Messiah College
22 Bryce Evans Midfield 2018 ATTENDING Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
11 Dominic Flowers Defender 2019 COMMITTED Lehigh University
20 Euan Forrest Defender 2019 COMMITTED Lehigh University
18 Carter Houlihan Midfield 2020 COMMITTED Lafayette College
13 Spencer Koski Midfield 2019 COMMITTED Lehigh University
21 Aidan Link Midfield 2019 COMMITTED Eastern University
09 Hale Lombard Forward 2019 COMMITTED Lafayette College
14 Luke McMahon Forward 2019 COMMITTED University of Mary Washington
05 Bailey Moyer Defender 2020 UNCOMMITTED
16 Matthew Pron Midfield 2018 ATTENDING University of Mary Washington
01 Dylan Smith Keeper 2019 COMMITTED Eastern University
23 Reed Sturza Midfield 2019 COMMITTED University of Vermont

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The championship LVU 2000 Black U19 boys soccer team

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