Two members of the 2015 Hobart College soccer team are already out on the pitch competing, not in their Statesmen uniforms yet, but for the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship in Tulsa, Okla. Rising sophomore Joseph Escamilla and incoming first-year Sam Farman are competing in games that began on July 21.
Escamilla is playing for the Massapequa Arsenal in the U19 age group. Farman is playing for Manhattan SC PSG 96. His team will be defending its 2014 national title. Group play continues through July 23 and then when the field narrows to 28 the finalists will compete for the National Championship on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26.
Each summer, the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Series crowns the boys and girls national champion in seven age groups (Under-13 through Under-19). The finals are a culmination of a year-long series of competitions at the state and regional levels which provides approximately 185,000 players on over 10,000 teams from 55 U.S. Youth Soccer State Associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation.
Last season, Escamilla played in 18 games for Hobart, starting 14. He stepped up to play a key role on defense, helping the Statesmen to 10 shutouts last fall. Escamilla registered two assists in a 6-1 victory over Nazareth.
Hobart finished the 2014 season with a 12-5-3 overall record, notching their ninth consecutive winning season. The Statesmen will open 2015 on Sept. 1, when they travel to take on Utica at 7 p.m.