HONOLULU -- For the first time in La Roca's nine--year history, the Layton soccer club had all five qualifying teams make it through to the quarterfinals of the UYSA Far West Regionals, the most prestigious tournament of Region IV.
All five girls and boys teams that are representing La Roca in the Far West Regionals in Hawaii will play in matches today for a chance to advance to the semifinal round. The teams -- La Roca Premier U13G (coached by Pancho Ovalle), La Roca Premier U14G (Felipe Diaz), La Roca Premier U15G (Will Rader), La Roca Premier U16G (Pancho Ovalle), and La Roca Premier U18B (Souli Phongsavath) -- successfully advanced through preliminary group play at the 2013 U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV Championships. In all, 112 teams advanced to the quarterfinals at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex in Honolulu.
The La Roca boys team will meet Inter FC 95 out of Utah in its quarterfinal today.
* WAMBACH BREAKS HAMM'S MARK FOR CAREER GOALS: At Harrison, N.J., Abby Wambach broke Mia Hamm's record for international career goals by a soccer player, scoring four times in the first half against South Korea to push her total to 160.
Wambach tallied three times in the first 29 minutes to break Hamm's mark of 158 international goals, and she added another in injury time to give her a nice round number.
The historic 159th came on a line-drive header that ripped into the twine in the back of the net.
The 33-year-old Wambach turned and ran a couple of steps in the direction of the U.S. bench, then stopped as Rapinoe jumped into her arms. The Rochester, N.Y., native was then mobbed by teammates on the field and those who streamed off the bench as the crowd at Red Bull Arena cheered wildly.
After the hugs, Wambach turned to the stands and blew a kiss toward her parents, Judy and Peter.
Chants of "Ab-bee, Ab-bee, Ab-bee," cascaded through the stadium as officials got the ball and gave it to the U.S. bench.
"I'm just so proud of her," Hamm said. "Just watching those four goals, that's what she is all about. She fights for the ball, she's courageous and she never gives up. Her strength and perseverance is what makes her so great and it's what defenders and opposing teams fear.
"From being her teammate early in her career, I know all she ever wanted to do was win, and she continues to do that. I'm just glad I got to share 158 with her. It was short, but it was fun."
Wambach was given a standing ovation by many in the crowd when she was replaced in the 58th minute by Christen Press.