Under-17 Girls: Legends FC 96 (CA-S) (RIV-C) 2-4 KC Metro Dynamos (KS) (RII-R)
KC Metro Dynamos (KS) pushed up to first place in standings and advanced to the Under-17 Girls semifinal after defeating Legends FC 96 (CA-S) 4-2 at the 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships, presented by the National Guard. Forward Jamie Kutey outshined and scored all four KC Metro goals in the highly competitive final preliminary match.
“She’s a great kid, going to Marquette University obviously,” said KC Metro Dynamos Head Coach Derek Shoare of the game’s leading scorer and US Youth Soccer ODP player. “She scored great goals, but really when we get the ball in forward areas all the players are very strong up front. Today the girls showed up and played incredibly.”
KC Metros knew they had to prove they wanted it more since going into the game they were in third place in their group and needed to bump Legends FC off of first place in standings. They also knew they were going to face a challenging opponent and it wouldn’t be an easy task.
“They were the National Champions in 2012 and it’s the first time we’ve been here so we just knew if we came out and gave it our best chance we’d have a chance to advance so that was tremendous,” said Shoare.
Legends FC actually kicked off the match by scoring just seconds after the starting whistle. Dayna Garcia scored the swift goal after receiving the ball in the box and connecting with a header that rolled along the bottom right corner of the net.
“We’re a team that sometimes gives away early goals,” said Shoare. “The great thing about these kids is that they play with an enormous spirit, whatever the score. If they go down early they just know, ‘hey we’ve got 89 minutes to get back in the game.’ Yesterday we got beat 4-1 but even in the 90th minute they just keep playing.”
KC Metro stayed composed despite the early disadvantage and Jamie Kutey brought her team back in the 18th minute by curving a ball from the left side of the box to the upper 90 for the tie. Five minutes later Kutey got the lead for KC Metro after receiving a pass from Brooke Prondzinski and taking a successful shot.
Legends FC kept aiming to level the match and in the 29th minute Michelle C Alozie made a long run up the left wing and crossed it to Desarae Felix who scored for the 2-2 tie. The goal caused both teams to restart after the half and once again demonstrate who wanted it more.
In the second half the play went back forth. Both teams had several corner kick opportunites but it was Jamie Kutey who once again found the much desired goal in the 78th minute. She broke the stalemate and gave KC Metro the lead after receiving a through ball in the middle of the box. The goal lifted KC Metro's spirits even more.
Moments later Legends had the chance to tie but Madison Stark’s free kick hit the crossbar, and got blocked by KC Metro's goalie Noelle Jewell. With the ball still in the box Legends got a second attempt, but Jewell finished the play by securing the ball in her grasp.
The dagger came in the 90th minute when Jamie Kutey beat a Legends defender and blasted the ball to the upper left corner of the net. Her unstoppable shot secured the 4-2 win and gave KC Metro the much deserved victory.
KC Metro Dynamos will compete against VSA Heat 96 Blue (VA) in Saturday’s semifinal for the chance to get one step closer to the national title. Currently, the KC Metro Dynamos are the only Kansas and Kansas City area girls club to win a US Youth Soccer Girls National Championship. In 2001, the KC Metro Dynamos won the U-14 Girls National Championship.
“A day off and we’ll get prepared to play the other teams that advance,” said Shoare. “With all the teams here it’s been an incredible experience. Just to have the chance to go on and play one more game is great for everybody.”
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