July 30, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rising sophomore Henry Chancy on the Ohio State men’s soccer team captained Concorde Fire Elite (Ga.) U19 team to the USYSA national championship last weekend in Baltimore, Md. The OSU midfielder and his squad defeated PDA Harkes (N.J.), 1-0, to win the 79th James P McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth sports. The win marks the second national title Concorde has won after winning its first in 2011.
“It was a great overall experience and a wonderful way to end my club career,” Chancy said. “The quality of the teams there was high and no game was easy by any means. It was great to get together with old teammates and friends and make history. I hope the success I had this summer will carry over into the fall season back at Ohio State.”
Chancy, a native of Atlanta, Ga., played in 14 games for the Buckeyes during his freshman campaign, while making three starts. He collected his first collegiate goal in home match against Dayton Sept. 20 in Columbus.
The two teams squared off just two days earlier on the final day of group play with the match ending with same 1-0 score. Both teams also narrowly missed out on the national finals last year by placing second in their respective groups at the 2013 US Youth Soccer Championships, but did not advance. Concorde scored the eventual gamewinning goal during the 57th minute and were able to hold on to the 1-0 lead despite a strong effort by PDA to secure the national title. Chancy was a member of the U16 national championship team in 2011 after winning a league title in 2009 and a regional championship in 2010.
Chancy and the 2014 Buckeyes report for preseason camp next month to prepare for the 62nd season of Ohio State men’s soccer. The team’s first exhibition match is set for Aug. 17 against West Virginia at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, while the squad begins the regular season as host to the Bert & Iris Wolstein Classic Aug. 29-31 in Columbus.