June 25, 2016
US YOUTH SOCCER REGION II CHAMPIONSHIPS
Libertyville FC comes back for second day win
WESTFIELD, Ind.---After falling in their opening Girls U-15 game on Friday, the Libertyville FC 1974 (IL) fought back for a 2-0 win over Sporting BV Roma (KS) on Saturday in the 2016 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships. In the first half, both teams took their chances, and there wasn’t a clear dominating team. Sara Leese gave Libertyville FC the 1-0 lead just before halftime. In the 56th minute, Libertyville FC’s Jordyn Gerdes earned the team a second goal to seal the win.
Seven teams this year are back to defend their 2015 US Youth Soccer Region II Championship titles. Five girls teams include: Under-14 Girls PSG Gators 02 Orange (MI), Under-15 CUP Gold 00/01 (OH-S), Under-16 Girls Pink Panthers Elite (MO), Under-18 Girls KHA Red (OH-S) and Under-19 Girls KC Metro Dynamos (KS). The boys’ side includes: Under-15 Boys LFSC Geerling (MO) and Under-19 Boys Kansas Rush Academy Blue 96/97 (KS).
The Under-14 Girls team, PSG Gators 02 Orange (MI), is also back to defend their 2015 US Youth Soccer National Championship. They started off the tournament on a positive note with a 1-0 win against Michigan Jaguars 02 Green (MI).
Some highlights from other Friday and Saturday games:
St. Louis Scott Gallagher SC (MO) came out firing against VSA (IA) as Ben Wunsch took a shot from the side of the 18-yard box and hit the side net in the 11th minute of the match. St. Louis continued to pound more shots on goal and two minutes later, George Dietrich received a pass with his back facing the goal. Dietrich spun the VSA defender and placed the ball in the right corner of the goal. St. Louis’s Braeden Musielak topped off the score with a final goal in the 60th minute for a 3-0 win.
PAO FC 02/03 RDA (MO) took on Indiana Fire Juniors 03 Red (IN) on Saturday, and Indiana Fire’s Quincy McMahon helped her team earn an early lead with a goal in the ninth minute. Five minutes later, PAO FC’s Emily Gaebe made the game an even match with a goal. Just before halftime, Gaebe posted another goal to put PAO FC ahead. As PAO FC held onto the lead in the second half, Indiana Fire continually maintained possession of the ball and looked for the equalizer by applying high pressure to PAO FC’s defense. A huge moment came when Indiana Fire received a penalty kick, but PAO FC’s goalkeeper, Riley Nilges, made the diving save to maintain the lead. Indiana Fire piled on their shots at goal, but PAO FC held on and earned the 2-1 win.
Pennine United 01/02 (OH-N) earned the upper hand against Sporting KC Academy (KS) in the first half on Saturday, when Matthew Mclaughlin bent his corner kick into the goal. Sporting KC didn’t allow Pennine United to have the lead for long as Brayden Barney received a pass in the middle of the 18-yard box and calmly placed the ball in the corner of the goal. In the second half, Pennine United regained the lead as Austin Zeleznik dribbled through the Sporting KC defenders into the 18-yard box and took the shot. While Sporting KC continued to fight for at least a draw, Pennine United created more offensive pressure toward the end of the half and eventually claimed the 2-1 win.
In Friday's first half between Springfield SC Netherlands (MO) and local area team Indiana Elite FC 00 Premier (IN), Springfield SC began the action with several opportunities at goal. One of the Missouri team’s first chances included a cross from Jaxon Riddle deep in the corner which was sent straight into the 18-yard box. The ball just skimmed his teammate’s head and only a few feet from the goal. Indiana Elite earned some good looks at goal especially when Rafael Garcia blasted the ball from about 25 yards out, nearly hitting the upper net. After back-and-forth shots from both teams throughout the game, the match ended in a 0-0 tie.
Alliance FC Pro 18 (MI) posted three goals in the first half against DM Menace Red (IA). The first came from Trenton Saylor in the 15th minute of the match, and the next two goals were scored by Grant Perrine, which took place within four minutes of each other. In the second half, DM Menace showed fight to get on the board and got closer to Alliance FC’s goal. Alliance FC constantly defended shots, but near the end of the game, Zack Shane broke through the DM Menace’s defense with a straight run to goal to make it a 4-0 victory on Saturday.
LSC EGA Maroon 99/00 (NE) put on the pressure early in the game against Midwest United 00 Royal (MI) as they had multiple shots on goal along with two corners and a free kick. The momentum switched as Midwest United earned a penalty kick and Madeline Becker stepped up to take it and gave her team a 1-0 lead. Midwest United gained more of a rhythm and in the 32nd minute, the ball was crossed in and Lauryn Deshane slotted the ball into the goal. LSC EGA attempted to get back into the game and take their opportunities, but Midwest United earned the 2-0 victory.
Ohio Galaxies FC 98 Elite (OH-S) and Lexington FC White (KY) faced off in an evenly matched game which resulted in a 3-2 win for Ohio Galaxies on Friday. Colin Foley put Ohio Galaxies on the board first after a diagonal cross was sent into the 18-yard box, giving Colin a chance to score. Lexington FC responded when Kamron Stout stole the ball from an Ohio Galaxies defender, passed it off to his teammate and received it behind the defenders for a clear shot at goal. Ohio Galaxies’ Alexander Narog put the team ahead once again after scoring on a header. However, Lexington FC did not allow their opponents any breathing room as Will Newton tied up the game just two minutes later. As the match remained tied going into the second half, Foley headed in his second goal of the day for the game winner, and Ohio Galaxies held off Lexington FC until the final minute.
In a matchup between Ambassadors FC 98 Blue (OH-N) and Classics Eagles Red 98/99 (OH-S), Ambassadors FC took an early lead with a goal from Anna Rico at the top of the 18-yard box. Ambassadors FC continued to press high with several through balls beyond Classics Eagles’ defenders. However, after Classics Eagles received a penalty kick and Cassie Koenig evened the game with the goal, the majority of the play between the teams stayed in the middle of the field. With a 1-1 tie at halftime, both teams still had a chance to take the victory. The game began to pick up pace as Ambassadors FC’s Hope Lewandoski scored for a 2-1 lead. Classics Eagles then responded with a goal of their own as Grace Deluca took advantage of a breakaway and tied the match once again. With back-to-back corner kicks and more opportunities, Classics Eagles built the momentum to obtain another goal. After being fouled on a breakaway, they were awarded a penalty kick. Sarina Dirrig stepped up to score the goal, giving Classics Eagles a 3-2 win.
Friday's matchup between Cincinnati Soccer Alliance (OH-S) and DASC Black (SD) consisted of back-and-forth scoring and a final 3-2 win in Cincinnati Soccer Alliance’s favor. DASC first took a 1-0 lead as a long ball bounced off of the Cincinnati Soccer Alliance goalkeeper and consequently the goal post, allowing Grace Behm to finish. Just before the end of the first half, Holly Barlage from Cincinnati Soccer Alliance kept the team in the game with a goal. In the second half, DASC played a ball through the defenders for Behm to pick up and score, placing them ahead for the second time. Cincinnati Soccer Alliance came right back when Alexandra Evanchyk took a corner kick and Courtney Spicer headed the ball in for a goal. It was Cincinnati Soccer Alliance’s Maggie Ohmer that would earn them the winning goal. The final goal started when a DASC defender passed the ball back to the goalkeeper, but Ohmer pressured the goalkeeper, blocked her kick and in turn, the ball rolled into the goal for the win.
Strike FC Premier 1 (WI) completed its first preliminary game on Friday with a 5-1 win against MN TwinStars Academy Revenge (MN). MN TwinStars got on the board first with a goal from Margaret Sipe in the seventh minute, but Strike FC’s Danielle Sowinski answered with a goal three minutes later. In the second half, Strike FC’s Julia Zach received a pass deep by the goal, turned and netted the ball to take a 2-1 lead. Soon after, Zach and Sowinski each earned their second goal of the game, and McKenna Vento added a last-minute goal to Strike FC’s victory.
Elm Grove Blues (WI) shut out NFC/NDA 97/98 (NE), 5-0, during the second day of preliminary games. Alexander Eastman started Elm Grove off in the 14th minute of the match with a goal, and the score remained at 1-0 through halftime. Going into the second half, Elm Grove looked to create some breathing room for themselves, and Peter Raymonds did that as he ran onto a ball that was played over the NFC/NDA defenders and scored the second goal. One minute later, Armend Kamberi used the momentum from the last goal to score his own as he found an opening through the defenders. Griffin Hoerchner added a goal as well and Daniel Lenz stepped up to take a penalty kick in the final minute of the match for the last two goals.