The NM Rio Rapids U-15 Boys team has advanced the finals of the Far West Regional Tournament beating FC Classic Premier from Arizona. Steven Lee scored both goals on penalty kicks. After falling behind 1-0 5 minutes into the second half, the Albuquerque boys fought on. A foul in the box at 12 minutes into the second half gave the Rio boys their chance. Steven Lee calmly buried the penalty kick past the Arizona keeper. The match stayed ties through regulation. Then in stoppage time of the second half, Skylor Rose delivered a well timed ball to the streaking Johnny Baros. Baros held his position and was fouled in the box. The Arizona player received a red card and rio was awarded a penalty kick. Again Steven Lee buried the penalty kick with less than a minute to play. Coach Sibby Brown praised the all around effort of the entire team over the course of the grueling tournament being played in Boise, Idaho.
The boys play the California North State Cup winner Sporting Green for the chance to advance to the US Youth Soccer Association Nationals in Plano, Texas the end of July. The game will be streaming live on the Region IV Youth soccer website at 9am.
Watch the game live tomorrow Sunday June 26th at 9am.