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Championship Matches Set at US Youth Soccer Region II Championships

 
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Semifinal Games Complete
Three defending Region II Champions set for finals round
Local Iowa team attempting to break history, playing for regional title on home soil

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DES MOINES, Iowa (June 25, 2013)  The final teams are set to compete in the 2013 US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships – presented by the National Guard in Des Moines, Iowa. Winners in the Under-13 through Under-19 Boys and Girls matches will win a Regional title, and earn a berth to the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships July 22-28, at Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan.
 
Three returning champions will move on to finals to try and attain another Regional title – U-15G Ambassadors FC (OH-N), U-18G Team Chicago Academy Botafogo (IL) and U-15B Vardar.
 
Local Iowa team U-17G Iowa City Alliance Heatwave also moves on, attempting to get a regional title and break history, as no Iowa team has ever won a Regional Championship.
 
"We’re so proud to represent Iowa," said Head Coach Paul Dayrell. "The statistics show that over the years, Iowa teams haven’t done particularly well in the finals, so I’m extremely proud. The plan for finals is the same - keep the ball, frustrate the other team and rely on our strengths. It’s what worked. Hopefully we get one step further tomorrow."
 
"We’re making history and we’re not ready to stop now," said Iowa City Alliance Heatwave player Rose Ripslinger. "We’re just on cloud 9 right now going to the finals, and I can’t even fathom going to Nationals right now, it gives me goosebumps. It’s every players dream. Everyone out here wants it, and it would be so exciting."
 
US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the Under-13 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the Under-15 through Under-18 Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 88 teams. 
 
Highlights from Today's Semifinal Matches:
 
Local area team Iowa City Alliance – Heatwave defeated SLSG Premier Navy 4-1 with a strong team effort and striker Rose Ripslinger. Ripslinger consecutively scored three goals in the 9th, 16th and 40th minute, and her teammate Anna Hausler also added a tally in the second half. The win moves them forward to the U-17 Girls final, which they are very excited to take place in since it might give Iowa the first Regional Championship ever.
 
Two years ago Springfield SC missed their shot at the Region II finals by just one goal in overtime. Today, they beat reigning champions Raiders FC Premier 1-0 to move on to the U-18 Boys finals. Nearly the entire match went scoreless, until Jakob Neidig found the back of the net from a free kick late in the second half. They face Grand Rapids Crew Juniors in tomorrow’s deciding match.
 
Although Team Chicago Acad. Botafogo already has a ticket to Nationals through National League, they’re still looking to get the U-18 Girls Regional Crown for the second year in a row. Their matchup today against Michigan Football Club saw a first half goal by Bryce Banuelos, and a second half goal by Ashley Handwork. Their 2-0 win advances them to the finals, undefeated.
 
Returning Champions Vardar dominated OP Eagles Dublin in a 6-0 win to move on to the U-15 Boys finals. Nash Popovic attained a hat trick in the match, beating the keeper to set the first goal of the match and then adding two back-to-back goals in the second half. Thomas Dokho, Nathan Tremonti, and AJ Shaw also added to the win.
 
As two time National League and State Cup champs, the U-16 Girls NSA Jaguars will be a challenging opponent in the finals tomorrow. They move on after beating Eclipse Elite 3-0, with goals by Abbie Boswell, Lexi Pelafas and Erin Fitzgerald. NSA are undefeated, and have only given up two goals in the tournament.
 
Championship Matches:
Age Group
Home Team
State
Away Team
State
Field
U13 Girls
Carmel United SC 00G Elite
IN
Michigan Hawks '00
MI
Cownie 2
U13 Boys
OP Eagles G1
OH-S
Raiders FC
IL
Cownie 1
U14 Girls
NSA Rockets
IL
Kings Hammer Academy Red
KY
Cownie 2
U14 Boys
Michigan Wolves 99
MI
Phoenix Juventus
NE
Cownie 1
U15 Girls
Ambassadors FC
OH-N
KCU Rangers 97/98
KS
Cownie 3
U15 Boys
Vardar 98
MI
Chicago Magic Preacademy 1
IL
Cownie 4
U16 Girls
Futura FC 96/97 Academy Premier
MO
NSA Jaguars
IL
Cownie 7
U16 Boys
PFC
OH-N
Alliance 97 Boys Black
MI
Cownie 6
U17 Girls
Iowa City Alliance - Heatwave
IA
Academy United 95/96
IL
Cownie 9
U17 Boys
SC Waukesha 95/96 Blue
WI
CUP Crew Jr Gold 95
OH-S
Cownie 8
U18 Girls
FC United Select
IL
Team Chicago Acad. Botafogo
IL
Cownie 10
U18 Boys
Grand Rapids Crew Juniors
MI
Springfield SC
MO
Cownie 11
U19 Girls
LSC EGA Bravo
NE
Kolping Kicks SC Schmitt
MO
Cownie 12
U19 Boys
NFC 93/94 Blue
NE
Chicago Fire Academy U19
IL
Cownie 5
 
 
Complete scores from Day 4 - Semifinals:
Under-13 Girls
         
Classics Eagles Red
OH-S
2
Carmel United SC 00G Elite
IN
4
Michigan Hawks '00
MI
5
LSC EGA Maroon 9900
NE
0
           
Under-13 Boys
         
OP Eagles G1
OH-S
3
Minnesota Thunder Academy
MN
2
Raiders FC
IL
3
Vardar 00
MI
0
           
Under-14 Girls
         
Futura Academy Forte
MO
1
NSA Rockets
IL
1
Libertyville FC 1974
IL
0
Kings Hammer Academy Red
KY
1
           
Under-14 Boys
         
Phoenix Juventus
NE
3
Carmel United 99 Elite
IN
1
Chicago Magic PSG Pre Academy
IL
0
Michigan Wolves 99
MI
1
           
Under-15 Girls
         
KCU Rangers 97/98
KS
3
KFJ 98 Premier Red
KY
0
Ambassadors FC
OH-N
3
Michigan Jaguars 98 Girls Green
MI
0
           
Under-15 Boys
         
Alliance 98 Black
MI
2
Chicago Magic Preacademy 1
IL
2
Vardar 98
MI
6
OP Eagles Dublin G1
OH-S
0
           
Under-16 Girls
         
Cleveland FC
OH-N
0
Futura FC 96/97 Academy Premier
MO
1
Eclipse Elite USYSA 96-97
IL
0
NSA Jaguars
IL
3
           
Under-16 Boys
         
Chicago Fire Youth Soccer Club
IL
1
Alliance 97 Boys Black
MI
3
Grand Rapids Crew Jrs.
MI
0
PFC
OH-N
0
           
Under-17 Girls
         
Cleveland United White
OH-N
0
Academy United 95/96
IL
1
SLSG Premier Navy
MO
1
Iowa City Alliance - Heatwave
IA
4
           
Under-17 Boys
         
Alliance 96 Boys Black
MI
0
SC Waukesha 95/96 Blue
WI
1
Pacesetters U17BPR
OH-N
0
CUP Crew Jr Gold 95
OH-S
2
           
Under-18 Girls
         
FC United Select
IL
2
Lou Fusz Wipke
MO
2
Team Chicago Acad. Botafogo
IL
2
Michigan Football Club 95
MI
0
           
Under-18 Boys
         
Raiders FC Premier
IL
0
Springfield SC
MO
1
Galaxy 94/95 Blue
IL
1
Grand Rapids Crew Juniors
MI
5
           
Under-19 Girls
         
LSC EGA Bravo
NE
1
NSA Inferno
IL
0
Kolping Kicks SC Schmitt
MO
3
Pacesetter Premier
OH-N
1
           
Under-19 Boys
         
EIU Blue
IA
1
NFC 93/94 Blue
NE
2
Javanon 94
KY
1
Chicago Fire Academy U19
IL
2
 
 
 

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