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US Youth Soccer Region II Championships Kickoff in Des Moines, IA

 
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DES MOINES, Iowa (June 22, 2013) – The 2013 US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships, presented by the National Guard, kicked off Saturday at both James W. Cownie Park and Hidden Valley Soccer Complex in Des Moines, Iowa. Teams comprised of State champions, US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League champions, and select wildcards, commenced day one with hopes of advancing to knockout rounds, and ultimately, to the US Youth Soccer National Championships.
 
The nearly 215 US Youth Soccer Boys and Girls teams participating will represent 14 State Associations, including host Iowa Soccer Association, and Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio North, Ohio South, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
 
This year, seven teams from the 2012 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships are back to defend their title, and they’re all coming back strong, as all of them started off the tournament with wins. Four Girls teams include U-15 Girls Ambassadors FC (OH-N), U-17 Girls Cleveland United White (OH-N), U-18 Girls Team Chicago Academy Botafogo (IL) and U-19 Girls Cincinnati Soccer Alliance Elite (OH-S). The Boys’ side includes U-16 Boys Cup Crew Jrs Gold (OH-S), U-15 Boys Vardar (MI) and U-18 Boys Raiders FC Premier (IL).
 
Three-time State Cup Champs Cincinnati Soccer Alliance Elite (OH-S) defeated JUSC/WDM Premier Force (IA) 4-3 in a U-19 Girls back-and-forth battle. Although they won the match, Cincinnati Head Coach Alex Rawlings believes that the first three days are vital, and they’re doing all they can to get back to Nationals again.
 
"First game… I think they learned the lesson pretty quick that they have the target on their back," said Rawlings. How you defend your regional championship and go to Nationals again is step by step, but you have to get out of pool play first. All these teams are all looking to compete. I think they feel that they didn’t leave everything on the field at the last National Championship. For them, I think it would be one of the most exciting things in recent years. It would mean closure, getting there and having that opportunity again."
 
Ohio-South’s U-16 Boys Cup Crew Jrs Gold team is also eager to get back to Nationals, putting in all their efforts to advance to the next level.
 
"We are very excited to be back at the Region II Championships," said CUP Director of Coaching Bobby Puppione. "The boys and coach Terry have worked very hard the entire year to get back here and defend their Region II crown. The road to the final will not be easy. We will need to produce top performances the rest of the tournament to earn a chance to return to the National Championships next month in Overland Park."
 
Cup Crew entered halftime against OFC 96/97 Elite 1 (NE) with a 1-1 score, but in the 56th minute, CUP took over of the match, when David Jeffries chested the ball down to himself and blasted it in the back of the net. Mohammed Elmardi slotted it in the 78 minute mark to secure the 3-1 win.
 
The U-18 Boys Raiders FC Premier (IL) and Madison 56ers (WI) match resulted in a 4-0 score, with first half goals by Gonzalo Romo and Qudus Lawal and a pair of goals by Qudus Lawal.
 
Ambassadors FC (OH-N) posed a 4-0 win in their U-15 Girls matchup against SLSG 97/98 Premier (MO), Vardar (MI) got a 2-0 win against Grand Rapids Crew Jrs (MI), and U-18 Girls Team Chicago Academy Botafogo (IL) got their first three points, defeating CUP Crew Jrs Gold 94/95 (OH-S) 1-0 with a first-half goal by Bryce Banuelos.
 
Girls team Cleveland United White (OH-N) also accomplished a win, 6-1 against Sporting BV Supersport (MO) in a U-17 Girls matchup. Cleveland United already has a ticket to Overland Park this summer through a National League championship, but they will still fight hard to defend their Regional crown.
 
Regional winners will earn a berth to the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships July 22-28, at Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan. The 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.
 
Daily reports and complete results from the tournament are available on http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/. Follow the moments from the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series on Twitter and share the moments with us on Instagram and Facebook.
 
 
Complete scores from Day 1:

U-13 Girls

         

Home Team

State

Score

Away Team

State

Score

LFC White 00

KY

0

Cleveland FC

OH-N

4

DASC U13G Black

SD

0

Iowa Rush Nike

IA

3

SC Waukesha U13 Blue

WI

2

LSC EGA Maroon 9900

NE

2

FFC Pink Panthers

MO

1

Carmel United SC 00G Elite

IN

1

Eclipse Select

IL

3

Minneapolis United Inferno

MN

1

OP U13 Green

OH-S

0

Michigan Hawks '00

MI

1

Sporting BV Jr ECNL 99/00

KS

0

Classics Eagles Red

OH-S

4

           

U-13 Boys

         

SPORTING BV SKC Academy

KS

2

Fort Wayne Fever

IN

5

OP Eagles G1

OH-S

2

Ace Milwaukee U13

WI

4

Dakota Alliance Black

SD

1

Minnesota Thunder Academy

MN

4

Des Moines Menace

IA

2

Toledo Celtics U13

OH-N

2

Vardar 00

MI

8

Rushmore Gold

SD

0

SLSG Arsenal

MO

2

CSA Academy

NE

0

Raiders FC

IL

3

KHA U13 Boys Red

KY

0

           

U-14 Girls

         

SC Waukesha blue-1

WI

1

Libertyville FC 1974

IL

0

Futura Academy Forte

MO

3

Sporting BV Rowdies

KS

0

JUSC Premier

IA

0

J.B. Marine SC - Schneider

MO

3

CUP Crew Jrs Gold

OH-S

0

Toro Galacticos

NE

1

NSA Rockets

IL

2

KS Rush Wolves Academy

KS

0

Kings Hammer Academy Red

KY

2

Minnesota Thunder Academy 99

MN

2

Alliance 99 Black

MI

3

Rapid City SWAT

SD

0

FC Pride 99 Elite

IN

0

Internationals 98 Red

OH-N

0

           

U-14 Boys

         

SDU Copa

SD

1

Phoenix Juventus

NE

3

NWC Alliance B98 Black

OH-S

1

United FC Red

WI

0

Wichita Cyclones

KS

0

FC-1 Academy Elite

IL

2

Chicago Magic PSG Pre Academy

IL

4

WDM United

IA

0

Carmel United 99 Elite

IN

1

Milwaukee Bavarians

WI

1

Blast FC Red

OH-S

0

Internationals

OH-N

0

SC Academy Inter 99

MN

1

McMahon Ford - Stauder

MO

1

Michigan Wolves 99

MI

4

Lexington FC 99 White

KY

1

           

U-15 Girls

         

KFJ 98 Premier Red

KY

1

Minneapolis United Black Premier

MN

0

Ambassadors FC

OH-N

4

SLSG 97/98 Premier

MO

0

KHA Red

OH-S

2

Rush Wisconsin U15 Nike

WI

2

FC Pride 98 Elite

IN

1

DASCU15GBlack

SD

0

Michigan Jaguars 98 Girls Green

MI

0

Eclipse Elite USYSA Blk 97-98

IL

0

West Kentucky United

KY

1

Waza FC East 98 Black

MI

6

KCU Rangers 97/98

KS

4

IPSC98G

IN

0

OFC  97/98 Elite 1

NE

6

Alliance Speed

IA

1

           

U-15 Boys

         

Vardar 98

MI

2

Grand Rapids Crew Juniors

MI

0

St. Louis Scott Gallagher Premier

MO

0

MN Thunder Academy 98 Blue

MN

6

CRSA 97/98 Premier

IA

2

Pacesetter 98 Red

OH-N

2

Alliance 98 Black

MI

5

DASC U15B Black

SD

0

OP Eagles Dublin G1

OH-S

2

SPORTING Blue Valley 97/98 NPL

KS

0

Javanon 98 Black

KY

1

NFC 97/98 Blue

NE

5

Chicago Magic Preacademy 1

IL

5

Fort Wayne Fever West Heat Elite

IN

1

North Shore United

WI

6

MN Thunder Academy 98 White

MN

1

           

U-16 Girls

         

LSC EGA Maroon

NE

9

Rushmore Soccer Club Revolution

SD

0

Futura FC  96/97 Academy Premier

MO

0

Cleveland United

OH-N

0

Cleveland FC

OH-N

2

NSSA BLAST

MN

1

Ohio Premier 967 Red

OH-N

6

KC Metro Dynamos

KS

7

United FC 96/97 Red

WI

0

Javanon 97 Black

KY

6

Fort Wayne Fever U16 girls

IN

4

Kings Hammer Academy

OH-S

5

Iowa Rush Nike

IA

1

Eclipse Elite USYSA 96-97

IL

2

Mich Rush Northville Nike

MI

1

NSA Jaguars

IL

2

           

U-16 Boys

         

CRSA 96/97 Premier

IA

2

DASC Black

SD

0

Sporting Blue Valley NPL 96/97

KS

1

SLSG Premier Green

MO

0

Grand Rapids Crew Jrs.

MI

1

St. Croix Academy U16

MN

0

PFC

OH-N

6

United FC

WI

0

Chicago Fire Youth Soccer Club U16

IL

1

Challenger Crew Jrs Black

OH-N

1

Lexington FC 97 Boys White

KY

3

Fever 97B Black

IN

6

Alliance 97 Boys Black

MI

5

SLSG Premier White

MO

0

CUP Crew Jrs Gold 96/97

OH-S

3

OFC 96/97 Elite 1

NE

1

           

U-17 Girls

         

SLSG Premier Navy

MO

4

DASC Black

SD

0

Kansas Rush Wolves Academy 95/96

KS

2

SWISA Crush

IN

0

Iowa City Alliance - Heatwave

IA

3

Gretna Prima 95/96 Green

NE

2

St Croix Academy girls U17

MN

3

Zionsville 96 Select I

IN

0

Cleveland United White

OH-N

6

Sporting BV Supersport

MO

1

KHA Red

OH-S

3

OFC 95/96 Elite 1

NE

2

Academy United 95/96

IL

2

Lexington FC 96 Premier

KY

1

MI Gators FC 96 Orange

MI

6

Rush Wisconsin U17 Nike

WI

1

           

U-17 Boys

         

WAZA FC East 96 Black

MI

5

SPORTING Blue Valley 95-96 NPL

KS

2

SC Waukesha 95/96 Blue

WI

5

Futura FC  Academy I

MO

1

Alliance 96 Boys Black

MI

2

CRSA/ISC U17 Boys

IA

2

U17 Rovers Academy

KY

1

OFC Elite 1 95/96

NE

0

CUP Crew Jr Gold 95

OH-S

10

Dakota Alliance U17 Boys

SD

1

Everest Black

OH-N

2

Pacesetters U17BPR

OH-N

4

St. Croix Red Devils

MN

2

Lexington FC White

KY

0

Westside United 96 Green Boys

IN

2

Campton United SC

IL

0

           

U-18 Girls

         

FC United Select

IL

1

Iowa Rush u18G Nike

IA

0

Blast FC

OH-S

4

Sporting BV Sun City

KS

2

Minnesota Thunder Academy 95

MN

5

Cleveland FC U18 Girls

OH-N

1

LSC EGA Maroon U18

NE

0

Lou Fusz Wipke

MO

6

Rushmore 18GG

SD

1

North Shore United Blue

WI

7

CUP Crew Jrs Gold 94/95

OH-S

0

Team Chicago Acad. Botafogo

IL

1

Michigan Football Club 95

MI

3

Javanon 95 Black

KY

3

Appleton Goal Getters

WI

2

Fever 95 Girls Black

IN

3

           

U-18 Boys

         

DASC U18 Boys

SD

0

Galaxy 94/95 Blue

IL

6

LFC 95 White

KY

1

Waza FC West 95 Black

MI

3

Madison 56ers

WI

0

Raiders FC Premier

IL

4

Menace

IA

0

St. Croix Juventus

MN

2

Sporting BV Sao Paulo

KS

0

SC Waukesha Pumas (WI)

WI

3

Omaha FC 94/94 E1 Boys

NE

0

Springfield SC

MO

2

Carmel United 95 Elite

IN

0

Blast FC

OH-S

1

Everest SC Black

OH-N

1

Grand Rapids Crew Juniors

MI

1

           

U-19 Girls

         

Cincinnati Soccer Alliance Elite

OH-S

4

JUSC/WDM Premier Force

IA

3

St. Croix Scorpions

MN

0

LSC EGA Bravo

NE

5

Kolping Kicks SC Schmitt

MO

1

Grand Rapids Crew Juniors U-19 Girls

MI

0

DASC Black

SD

0

NSA Inferno

IL

4

Pacesetter Premier

OH-N

6

Carmel United U19 Girls Elite

IN

0

Eclipse Select

IL

4

KPSL Heat 93/94

KS

1

           

U-19 Boys

         

St. Croix Rossoneri

MN

2

Javanon 94

KY

3

Waza FC East 94 Black

MI

0

EIU Blue

IA

2

Westside United 94 Finbloom

IN

1

Crew Juniors

OH-S

4

SLSG U19 Gold

MO

4

DASC Black

SD

1

Milwaukee Bavarians

WI

0

NFC 93/94 Blue

NE

0

Chicago Fire Academy U19

IL

4

Kansas City United Magia

KS

0

 

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