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Semifinal matches set at the 2017 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships


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Semifinal matches set at the 2017 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships

Preliminary Games - Day 3 of 3

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (June 25, 2017) – After three days of preliminary games, the semifinalists are set for the 2017 US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls, S.D. Of the 224 Boys and Girls teams participating, 56 teams in the 13U through 19/20U age groups will continue on their pursuit to become a US Youth Soccer National Champion.

The semifinals will take place on Tuesday, June 27 after a rest day on Monday.

Six of the seven returning Region II champions are still in the running. The list includes 15U Girls CUP 02 Gold (OH-S), 16U Girls Nationals Union 01 Black (MI), 17U Girls Midwest United FC 00 Royal (MI), 19/20U Girls EGA Maroon 98 (NE), 18U Boys OP Green (OH-S) and 19/20U Boys OP 97-98 Green (OH-S).

Among the teams moving on to the semifinals is 2016 Region II Champion and National Championship semifinalist, 18U Boys OP Green (OH-S). The Ohio South side advances after a dramatic comeback victory against Milwaukee Bavarians (WI) in a rematch of the 2016 Region II Championships final match. After allowing two goals, OP came back to score three goals with the game winner taking place in the final minute of the match.

OP assistant coach Brian Fritts expressed his excitement and how the win came to fruition.

“We have a ton of experience in situations like this,” Fritts said. “Everyone believed in what we were doing today and believed in our system. In the end, we got it done. We were very fortunate, but we’ve been in a lot of big games where we’re used to this situation, and we know how to respond when we have adversity. We definitely responded.”

As OP is familiar with the Region II Championships and the significance of the event, the team has already qualified for the 2017 National Championships in Frisco, Texas through the US Youth Soccer National League. Despite already earning a spot in the National Championships, OP is still working hard to defend its regional title.

“We’ve been in some amazing national events and regional events,” Fritts said. “We’ve already qualified for the National Championships, but we came this weekend and stressed how important it was to have a good performance and make sure that when we head to Nationals that we go in on a positive note and on a role, which we think helped us when we were at Nationals last year.”

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Some highlights from Sunday’s games:

13U Girls
FC Pride 04 Elite Red (IN) picked up a big win over CRSA 2004 (IA) to go undefeated in group play and advance to the semifinals. FC Pride displayed an early offensive drive and opened up the scoring in the 11th minute when Abigail Iler sent a cross into the box from the right flank, which passed through the keeper’s hands and into the goal. Madison Swingle increased the lead to two when she sent a low free kick through the defense and into the left corner of the net. CRSA attempted to get on the board with back-to-back shots from Olivia Thoma and Lauren Spaete, but both shots just missed the frame of the goal. FC Pride then made it a 3-0 game as Katie Chadwick found some open space and hit the ball to the bottom left corner of the net. In the second half, FC Pride added three more goals within the span of 10 minutes from Chloe Flinn, Tatum Coleman and Chadwick.

14U Boys
CUP 03 Gold (OH-S) advances to the semifinals after earning a 3-0 victory over OESA-KY 03 Academy (KY). Jesus Salinas put CUP in the lead in the third minute of the match when he netted a goal, and several dangerous opportunities continued to take place at CUP’s offensive end. The Ohio South team was rewarded early in the second half when Noah Hall dropped the ball back for William Bruce to play a through ball to Nathan Page, who poked the ball into the net. OESA’s defense stood strong despite the constant pressure from CUP. However, CUP made it a 2-0 match after a foul in the 18-yard box called for a penalty kick. Page stepped up to the mark and placed the ball in the bottom right corner. OESA tried to get into the game with a long shot from Eyob McFarland, which landed wide right of the post. OESA’s Elijah Wynder nearly scored as well when he ran onto a through ball and shot the ball, but the CUP goalkeeper made the save for the clean sheet.

15U Girls
After a 1-0 victory over EGSC Blue (WI), Nationals Union 02 Red (MI) moves on to the semifinals with an undefeated record. EGSC had an early chance as a free kick at the top of the 18-yard box was deflected off of a Nationals defender, but the goalkeeper adjusted in time for the save. The only goal of the game came from Sophia Romine, who took a penalty kick and placed the ball in the bottom left corner of the goal. Nationals continued to create combination plays, and even though the Michigan side did not produce any other goals, Nationals walked away with the win.

16U Boys
Michigan Wolves 01 (MI) posted a 1-0 win against Team Challenger FC 01 Black (OH-N). The game winner occurred in the 19th minute when Charles Sharp put the ball in the back of the net. In the second half, Team Challenger pushed forward and constantly sent crosses into dangerous areas. One Team Challenger corner kick nearly resulted in a goal but bounced off the crossbar instead. On the other end, Michigan Wolves tried to gain some breathing room as two shots on target were saved off the line by Team Challenger defenders. In the end, Michigan Wolves held onto the win and is headed to the semifinals.

17U Girls
Going into Sunday’s match, Midwest United FC 00 Royal (MI) and MapleBrook (MN) each held 2-0-0 records as the top two teams of the 17U Girls’ Group D. After a scoreless tie on Sunday, Midwest United will move on to the semifinals due to the goal differential tie breaker. Midwest United began the game, holding onto the majority of the possession, and although MapleBrook generated a few shots on target, Midwest’s defense was able to shut MapleBrook down. As the first half went on, MapleBrook started to gain a rhythm, but neither team put the ball in the back of the net before halftime. While Midwest United came out of halftime with more fire, MapleBrook responded well by picking up the pace and earning a few free kicks in dangerous areas around the goal. Midwest United earned a promising chance when Raegan Cox shot the ball from a difficult angle on the right flank, sending the ball just inches left of the goal. Midwest United’s Jennifer Blitchok also had a last-minute shot at the top of the 18-yard box, which went over the goal. The Michigan side kept MapleBrook’s defense and goalkeeper Ana Aguado extremely busy, but MapleBrook prevented any goals from landing in the net.

18U Boys
OP Green (OH-S) goes on to the semifinals after a 3-2 comeback victory against Milwaukeee Bavarians (WI). As both teams went into the game with 2-0-0 records, Milwaukee Bavarians went up 2-0 in the first during the first half. The first goal came from Matthew Comiskey, who blasted a straight shot to the top right corner of the goal. Milwaukee Bavarians’ second goal occurred as David Reyes passed the ball on the ground across the goal for a first time finish from Trey Goodnetter. Right before the half, OP cut into Milwaukee Bavarians’ lead as Samuel Mason sent a corner kick into the box for Carter Patchett to get on the end of it and convert a goal. Coming out of halftime, OP showed determination to keep going, and the Ohio South side earned the equalizer off of another free kick from Mason, and Chris Dowling headed the ball into the back of the net. Seconds before the final whistle, OP’s Luke Kiley dribbled forward at pace and launched the ball to the right corner of the goal for the dramatic finish.

19/20U Boys
In a battle between the top two teams in the 19/20U Boys Group A, FC United (IL) defeated Midwest United FC 98 Royal (MI), 3-0, to advance to the semifinals. Midwest United went into the game with a 2-0-0 record, while FC United stood close behind with a 1-0-1 record. Determined to advance, FC United got on the board in the 15th minute with a goal from Noah Melick. Just before the half, FC United’s Julian Hilpuesch stepped up to take a free kick at the top left corner of the 18-yard box. Hilpuesch found the space around the defensive wall and placed the ball in the bottom right corner of the goal. During the second half, Midwest United put up a solid fight, but FC United sealed the win as a corner kick was sent across the goal and then driven back into the box for Melick to head the ball in.

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Semifinal Matches:

Time Age Group Home Team State Away Team State Field
8:00 AM 15U Boys Club Ohio Green 1 OH-S NFC 02 Blue NE Field 14
8:00 AM 15U Boys Ohio Premier Green OH-S Midwest United FC 02 Royal MI Field 16
8:00 AM 15U Girls Nationals Union 02 Black MI Sporting OFC 2002 Elite NE Field 13
8:00 AM 15U Girls Nationals Union 02 Red MI CUP 02 Gold OH-S Field 15
8:00 AM 16U Boys Javanon 2001 Black KY Galaxy 2001 Blue IL Field 11
8:00 AM 16U Boys Michigan Wolves 01 MI SLSG Elite MO Field 12
8:00 AM 16U Girls Nationals Union 01 Black MI TFA Elite 01 OH-S Field 7
8:00 AM 16U Girls Kings Hammer Academy Red KY Sporting Iowa Academy 1 IA Field 9
8:00 AM 17U Girls Sporting Omaha FC ELITE 2000 NE Nationals Union Black MI Field 8
8:00 AM 17U Girls CUP 00 Gold OH-S Midwest United FC 00 Royal MI Field 10
10:00 AM 13U Boys SOFC Elite 04 NE Nationals Union 04 Black MI Field 7
10:00 AM 13U Boys St. Louis Scott Gallagher Pre Academy 04 MO Sporting BV SKC Academy 04 KS Field 9
10:00 AM 13U Girls CUP 04 Gold OH-S FC Pride 04 Elite Red IN Field 13
10:00 AM 13U Girls Michigan Jaguars 04 Green MI Sporting BV KS Field 15
10:00 AM 14U Boys FC Wisconsin WDA WI CFJ CITY 2003 PRE-AC IL Field 11
10:00 AM 14U Boys CUP 03 Gold OH-S Canton United  OH-N Field 12
10:00 AM 14U Girls Cleveland United OH-N Nationals Union 03 Black MI Field 14
10:00 AM 14U Girls Chicago Fire Juniors South Premier IL KHA Red KY Field 16
12:00 PM 17U Boys Ohio Premier Green OH-S Raiders FC  IL Field 7
12:00 PM 17U Boys Michigan Jaguars 00 Green MI Nationals Union 00 Black MI Field 9
12:00 PM 18U Boys LTSC Union Showcase 99/00 IL Nationals Union 99 Black MI Field 11
12:00 PM 18U Boys FC United Select IL OP Green OH-S Field 12
12:00 PM 18U Girls Cleveland FC OH-N Nationals Union 99 Black MI Field 13
12:00 PM 18U Girls Minneapolis United Inferno MN Kings Hammer Academy Red OH-S Field 15
12:00 PM 19/20U Boys FC United IL Sporting OFC 98 Elite  NE Field 8
12:00 PM 19/20U Boys OP 97-98 Green OH-S Milwaukee Bavarians WI Field 10
12:00 PM 19/20U Girls FC Kansas City Forte Elite 98 MO Shattuck-St. Mary's Sabres MN Field 14
12:00 PM 19/20U Girls EGA Maroon 98 NE Michigan Hawks 98 Black MI Field 16

Regional winners of the 13U through 19/20U age groups earn a berth to the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships, held July 24-30 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas. The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19/20U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 15U through 19/20U Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 96 teams. 

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