Padron’s 4 goals rally SBSC U18s to Far West Regional title

Santa Barbara Soccer Club's U18 and U16 teams celebrate together after winning U.S. Youth Soccer Far West Regional championships.

Santa Barbara Soccer Club’s U18 and U16 teams celebrate together after winning U.S. Youth Soccer Far West Regional championships.

It was a thrill-ride of a final for the Santa Barbara Soccer Club’s boys Under-18 team at the United States Youth Soccer Far West Regionals on Sunday morning in Albuquerque, N.M.

Miguel Padron scored four goals, and Santa Barbara bounced back from a 2-0 deficit inside the first 10 minutes and beat Southern California rival FRAM Premier of Palos Verdes 5-3 for the regional title and a berth in the USYS National Championships in Maryland next month.

Padron, the offensive MVP of the Pac 7 League from Pioneer Valley High, scored in the 30th minute and in first-half stoppage time to square the match at 2-2 at halftime.

He gave Santa Barbara the lead three minutes into the second half and scored again in the 85th minute for a 4-2 advantage.

FRAM responded quickly with a goal from Grant Sampson.

Geoffrey Acheampong sealed the win for Santa Barbara in the 91st minute.

Padron and Acheampong finished 1-2 in goal scoring in the division, with eight and seven respectively.

This was the second time SBSC and FRAM played each other in a final this year. SBSC beat the Palos Verdes-based team in the championship of the Cal South National Cup in May.

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