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Final pairings set for 2012 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships


Semifinal games complete 
Two defending national champions remain in the field

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SAGINAW, Mich. (June 26, 2012) – And then there were 28. More than 200 teams started the quest for a championship and Tuesday 28 teams played their way into the final matches at the US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships in Saginaw, Mich. presented by National Guard. The winners of tomorrow’s games will qualify for the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Rock Hill, S.C., July 25-29, at Manchester Meadows. Teams displayed heart, effort and determination to earn a chance to lift the regional trophy.

Two defending US Youth Soccer Region II Champions, Under-15 Boys Chicago Magic and U-18 Boys Grand Rapids Crew Jrs, have the opportunity to win back-to-back titles tomorrow. A regional title will also propel Grand Rapids Crew Jrs to repeat as national championships.

It was a battle of crew affiliates in the first U-15 Boys semi, with Challengers Crew Jrs. Black (OH-N) taking on National League champ CUP Crew Jrs Gold 96/97 (OH-S). Lead by standout Luke Treadway, CUP Crew continued to win seemingly every game it plays and took a 2-0 lead into halftime. That lead would hold through the next 40 and CUP advanced to the regional title game.

Fellow National League champion Chicago Magic (IL) was victorious on semifinals day, as they outlasted Grand Rapids Crew Jrs. (MI) in a penalty shootout to advance to the championship match. Grand Rapids continued to play motivated by the no. 21 patch on its sleeve in honor of fallen teammate Christian Ouding, but weren’t able to convert scoring chances Tuesday against a solid Chicago Magic side. Chicago Magic and CUP Crew will meet in the final to decide a regional champion; however, since both teams have already qualified for the national championships in Rock Hill, S.C. via the National League, Grand Rapids and Challenge Crew Jrs. will also play Wednesday morning to determine the Region II representative at nationals.

In U-18 Girls action, Kolping Kicks SC Schmitt (MO) took early command in its semifinal match against SWISA Rush (IN). Jade Shinn put Kolping on top in just the 5th minute. Emily Bollinger doubled the lead in the 18th in what proved to be an insurance goal for Kolping. Many of the girls on this Kolping roster competed in the national championship final game in 2011 with St. Louis Scott Gallagher and are looking to improve on that performance this year.

Their opponent on finals day will be Cincinnati Soccer Alliance Elite (OH-S) who won its semifinal game over Internationals (OH-N) in convincing fashion. Led by a Sydney Lovelace double, her third and fourth goals of the week, Cincinnati moved on to the title game with a 5-1 victory.

2011 regional finalist Lou Fusz SC Gold (MO) scored an early goal as Robert Adams netted an indirect free kick in the 18 in the 10th minute. Galaxy 93/94 Blue (IL) would battle back and Josh Rosenbaum leveled the score ten minutes into half time, his first goal in the tournament. Rosenbaum wasn’t done scoring on the day, and he played the hero with a goal in the 88th minute to send his team to the regional final.

Defending national champions Grand Rapids Crew Jrs (MI) faced a familiar foe as they met up with Waza FC 94 Black (MI) in the regional semifinal. Grand Rapids took the lead in the 31st minute as Caleb Postlewait buried a PK. Adriel Neely would answer for Waza in the 69th before Joe Sweet calmly slotted a through ball home to put Grand Rapids back on top in the 67th. With less than 10 minutes to play, Alex Serwatka found the back of the net to once again pull Waza level and force overtime. With mere moments to play in the final overtime period, Luke Bestrom entered the game and made his presence felt, deflecting a clearance, running onto the loose ball and chipping the keeper to send Grand Rapids back to the regional title game.

Tuesday Scores:

Group Rep Away Score Rep Home Score
Under-13 Girls KY Kings Soccer Academy Gold 99 2 WI FC Milwaukee Blue 2
  Goal Scorers:  KSA - Hailey Siler (13:00), Paige Knorr (11:00)   
  FC Mil - Jennifer Wandt (63:00), Camille Davre (6:00) *Advance on PKs        
Under-13 GIrls OH-S CUP Crew Jrs Gold 3 MI Michigan Hawks 4
  Goal Scorers: CUP - Maggie Boughner (12:00), Sydney Leshnak (35:00), Maggie Boughner (61:00)  
  Hawks - Madeleine Lucas (36:00), Alexa Spanstra (46:00), Megan Young (53:00)  
Under-13 Boys KS Sporting KC Juniors 1 OH-S NWC Alliance 98 Black 1
  *Sporting Advances via PKs        
Under-13 Boys MI Vardar 99 1 IL Chicago Magic Preacademy 3
  Goal Scorers: Vardar - Vincent Manzo (45:00)        
  Magic - Daniel Eloyza (18:00), Daniel Eloyza (35:00), Kevin Pennarrieta (67:00)  
Under-14 Girls OH-S Warren County United Blue 97 3 OH-N Ambassadors FC 4
  Goal Scorers: Warren - Allison Miller (19:00), Alisha HImes (35:00), Mallory Homan (46:00)  
  Ambassadors - Sarah Krause (3:00), Alexandra Wright (12:00), Olivia Sency (43:00), Sarah Krause (68:00)
Under-14 Girls KS KCU Rangers 97/98 3 MI Vardar West 98 0
  Goal Scorers: KCU - Hannah Miller (13:00), Kylin Grubb (30:00), Grace Lamar (70:00)  
Under-14 Boys MI Vardar 98 4 IL Chicago Magic Preacademy 1 1
  Goal Scorers: Vardar - Thomas Dokho (7:00), Matthew Cook (18:00), Thomas Dokho (47:00), Matthew Cook (52:00)
  Magic - Jalil Blalock (68:00)        
Under-14 Boys IL Libertyville FC 1974 1 MO Sporting Kansas City Juniors 2
  Goal Scorers: LFC - Nathan Edmunds (13:00)        
  Sporting - Seth Hudson (29:00), Dorian Hernandez (35:00)      
Under-15 Girls WI Lake Country United Red 96/97 3 IN SFSC Lady Bluez 1
  Goal Scorers: LCU - Daniel Sowinski (19:00), Maria Kass (40:00), Kylie Sprecher (78:00)  
  SFSC - Braegan Lyon (56:00)        
Under-15 Girls OH-N Internationals 96 Red 1 MO Futura FC Academy Premier 0
  Goal Scorer: Int - Rachel Baughman (35:00)        
Under-15 Boys OH-N Challenger Crew Jrs. Black 0 OH-S CUP Crew Jrs Gold 96/97 2
  Goal Scorers: CUP - Luke Treadway (34:00), Charlie Byers (40:00)    
Under-15 Boys MI Grand Rapids Crew Jrs. 0 IL Chicago Magic 0
  *Magic Advances via PKs        
Under-16 Girls OH-N Internationals 95 Red 3 KS KC Fusion Academy 95/96 0
  Goal Scorers: Int - Emily Ogle (12:00), Emily Ogle (44:00), Emily Ogle (80:00)  
Under-16 Girls IL FC UNITED 0 OH-N Cleveland United White 2
  Goal Scorers: Cleveland - Seyla Perez (41:00), Jaycie Brown (45:00)    
Under-16 Boys MO Lou Fusz Geerling 0 MI Michigan Jaguars 96 Green 2
  Goal Scorers: Jags - Griffin Parks (13:00), Iain Mason (46:00)      
Under-16 Boys OH-S CUP Crew Jr Gold 95 0 OH-N Ambassadors 1
  Goal Scorer: Amabassador - Andrew Bucur (39:00)        
Under-17 Girls WI North Shore United 2 MI Michigan Hawks 95 Black 1
  Goal Scorers: North Shore - Taylor Skorik (37:00), Hannah Groth (59:00)  
  Hawks - Kara Huber (41:00)        
Under-17 Girls MI Michigan Football Club 95 0 IL Team Chicago Academy Botafogo 2
  Goal Scorers: Chicago - Ashley Handwork (29:00), Zoey Goralski (86:00)  
Under-17 Boys WI SC Waukesha Pumas 0 NE Omaha FC 94/95 E1 0
  *Waukesha Advanced via PKs        
Under-17 Boys OH-N Everest SC Black 2 IL Raiders FC Premier 3
  Goal Scorers: Everest - Riley Grant (19:00), Ronnie Moss (32:00)    
  Raiders - Roberto Torres (48:00), Romo Gonzalo (9:00), Kyle Hamann (87:00)  
Under-18 Girls OH-N Internationals 1 OH-S Cincinnati Soccer Alliance Elite 5
  Goal Scorers: Int - Christen Westphal (53:00)        
  Cinci - Holly Harris (32:00), Sydney Lovelace (35:00), Sydney Lovelace (60:00), Laura Rose (78:00), Morgan Wolcott (80:00)
Under-18 Girls IN SWISA Rush 0 MO Kolping Kicks SC Schmitt 2
  Goal Scorers: Kolping - Jade Shinn (5:00), Emily Bollinger (18:00)    
Under-18 Boys MI Waza FC 94 Black 2 MI Grand Rapids Crew Jrs 3
  Goal Scorers: Waza - Adriel Neely (59:00), Alex Serwatka (81:00)    
  Crew - Caleb Postlewait (31:00), Joe Sweet (67:00), Luke Bestrom (120:00)  
Under-18 Boys MO Lou Fusz SC Gold 1 IL Galaxy 93/94 Blue 2
  Goal Scorers: Fusz - Robert Adams (10:00)        
  Galaxy - Josh Rosenbaum (55:00), Josh Rosenbaum (88:00)      
Under-19 Girls KS KCFC Intensity 92/93 1 WI FC Milwaukee Nationals 0
  Goal Scorer: KCFC - Shea Groom (111:00)        
Under-19 Girls MO St. Louis Scott Gallagher Green - Moser 3 KY Mockingbird 93 Premier 0
  Goal Scorers: SLSG - Abbey Stock (24:00), RACHEL TEJADA (22:00), RACHEL TEJADA (73:00)  
Under-19 Boys WI NSC - FCGB New United 0 OH-S Crew Juniors 3
  Goal Scorers: Crew - William Walker (13:00), Matthew Walker (60:00), Adam  Montague (63:00)  
Under-19 Boys IN Carmel United SC Elite 93 1 OH-N Pacesetter Premier 2
  Goal Scorers: Carmel - John Thesing (87:00)        
  Pacesetter - Karter Sell (28:00) OG (72:00)        

Regional winners of the Under-14 through Under-19 age groups earn a berth to the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships July 25-29, at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C.

The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the Under-15 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 60 teams. 

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