Sept. 4, 2003
The Under-18 National Youth Soccer Championship on July 27 had a distinctive Yale flavor. The head coaches of the two teams in the championship game were both Yale soccer alumni, and two incoming freshmen participated in the game.
Lars Richters '91 coached his Michigan Wolves club team to the national title with a penalty-kick victory over Marin United, coached by Richters' former teammate, Rick Fullerton '93. The game was tied 2-2 through regulation and overtime and came down to a shootout which the Wolves won 4-3. Two days earlier, the teams had played to a 1-1 tie in the round-robin phase of the championships.
Striker Gage Hills and defender Jake Miller, who both will be freshmen at Yale this fall, played for Marin United. Hills had two goals and two assists in the tournament, while Miller came up from the back to head in a corner kick in a game against a team from Tulsa.
"On behalf of the Yale soccer community, I'd like to congratulate Lars on his national championship and Rick for an excellent season which saw his team beat last year's champion on their way to Nationals," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins.