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Santa Barbara Soccer Club’s 17U Boys Capture Far West Regional Title

The Santa Barbara Soccer Club’s boys 17-under team won the U.S. Youth Soccer Far West Regional championship on Sunday, beating Las Vegas Sports Academy 01 Red, 4-1, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The title sends Santa Barbara to the USYS National Championships in Frisco, Texas, July 23-29, at the Toyota Soccer Center.

Santa Barbara scored four unanswered goals after Las Vegas took a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute.

Branden Dolezal scored the equalizer in the 42nd minute and James Yonally tallied the go-ahead goal five minutes later. Yonally scored five goals in the tournament.

Abubaker “Buba” Fofanah made it 3-1 in the 50th minute and Frank Daroma finished the scoring in the 87th minute.

Santa Barbara defeated West Coast Football Club Armour, 2-0, in Saturday’s semifinals. Fofanah and Yonally scored the goals.

The SBSC's boys 15U team lost in the semifinals against Tuzos Academy of Phoenix, Ariz., in a penalty-kick shootout, 4-2. 

The teams were tied 1-1 after overtime, with both goals coming in extra time. Tuzos took a 1-0 lead in the 92nd minute and Sebastian Hernandez equalized for Santa Barbara in the 110th.

The Santa Barbara Soccer Club has won four USYS National Championships.

Noozhawk sports editor Barry Punzal can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk Sports on Twitter: @NoozhawkSports. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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