US Open Cup soccer coming to Rockdale

— Next Tuesday will be one of the most important days in the Georgia Revolution soccer team's short history. The Revolution, in just their second year of existence, has qualified for the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and will host a first round cup game against the Mississippi Brilla May 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rockdale Youth Soccer Association.

With a win over the Brilla, a team out of the Premier Development League, the Revolution, a member of the National Premier Soccer League, will host another cup game against the Atlanta Silverbacks of the North American Soccer League May 22. A loss would eliminate the Revolution from the tournament.

The U.S. Open Cup began in 1914 when it was known as the National Challenge Cup. In 1999, U.S. Soccer renamed the tournament to honor one of the United States' most important patrons, Lamar Hunt. Only 64 teams qualified for the cup, with just seven coming from the NPSL. The Seattle Sounders, one of the newest teams in Major League Soccer, won the 2011 cup. For more information on the cup and the Georgia Revolution, contact general manager Rafe Mauran at rafe@rysa.net or 770-388-9259.

Young American Lady Eagles soccer team win ICSGA championship

LOGANVILLE -- The Lady Eagles of Young American Christian School in Conyers defeated the Heritage Christian Crusaders of Braselton 4-0 for the ICSGA State Championship Saturday afternoon at Loganville Christian Academy.

The Lady Eagles kept constant pressure on Heritage from the onset allowing Ella Machain to score the first goal at the 29:30 mark of the first half off a throw-in from Skylar Young. Lady Crusaders freshman keeper Katie Reed kept Heritage in the match, making 11 first-half saves, but Young scored on a direct-free kick with 5:11 left until halftime to make it 2-0 at the half.

The second half saw Reed make a save on a hard-hit shot that she blocked with one hand before making the catch to prevent a follow-up shot by a Young American player. With 18:30 left in the game, Reed made two saves within seconds, stopping two quick shots off the foot of Young. The score remained 2-0 until Holly Flake scored off a free kick from Lex Young with 13:01 left to play. After a foul in the box, Skylar Young put in the final goal on a penalty kick with 10:43 left.

While the Lady Eagles had 25 shots on goal, with Reed stopping 21 for the Lady Crusaders, the Lady Eagle's defense held the Lady Crusaders to only 3 shots on goal.

After the match, All-Tournament Awards were presented to four Young American players: Erin Elmore and Grace Dalton, both of Covington, along with sisters Skylar and Lex Young, both of Conyers. Dalton, a defender, was named MVP of the Tournament.