Each of the Newport Beach-based Slammers FC under-16 boys' and under-17 girls' teams opened play at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships on Wednesday in Overland Park, Kan.
The boys won their first match, getting a 1-0 victory against Waza FC 94 Black from Michigan. Goalkeeper Connor Gaal, a player on the Corona del Mar High boys' soccer team, helped the Slammers record the shutout.
The girls fell to the SoCal Blues, 3-0. This is the team's third appearance in this tournament in the past four seasons.