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2015-16 National League Preview | Under-17 Girls

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BLUE DIVISION | RED DIVISION | PLAYERS TO WATCH | SCHEDULE | HISTORY & RECORDS

Blue Division

Beadling SC (PA-W)

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Coach: Rob Fabean
Notable finishes: 2015 Region I Champion, 2012-15 Pennsylvania West State Cup Champion

Beadling is back for its second National League season after a mid-table finish as an Under-15 side in 2013-14. The Pittsburgh area team has dominated the US Youth Soccer Pennsylvania State Cup and is coming off successful year that saw it win the 2015 US Youth Soccer Region I Championship. Beadling’s defense has been its key to success, as it went through Regionals without conceding a goal. During its 2013-14 National League season, each of the PA West side’s four wins came via the shutout. Expect some intense, low-scoring affairs when Beadling takes the field against National League Blue Division opponents.


Kings Hammer Academy Red (KY)

Hometown: Wilder, Ky.
Coach: Chris Black
Notable finishes: 2014-15 National League Red Division Runner-up, 2012 & 2013 Kentucky State Cup Champion

Kings Hammer has a chance to earn a second straight top-two finish in the National League, as it looks to repeat its 2014-15 success that resulted in a Red Division runner-up showing. After dropping its first match of the season, KHA went 4-0-2 in its final six games to edge out Beach FC 98 Academy (CA-S) in a second-place tiebreaker. The Kentucky side displayed an ability to get positive results in several close games — an attribute that will help KHA moving forward in the 2015-16 National League season.


La Roca Premier FC (UT)

Hometown: Layton, Utah
Coach: Felipe Diaz
Notable finishes: 2015 National Championships Semifinalist, 2015 Region IV Champion, 2013 Region IV Championships Finalist, 2013-15 Utah State Cup Champion

After a couple years of knocking on the door, La Roca broke through in 2015 and made a run to the National Championship semifinals. The Utah side won the 2015 US Youth Soccer Region IV Championship after making deep runs at the event the two years prior. La Roca then finished atop Group A at Nationals, but it fell, 2-1, in overtime of its semifinal matchup to ends its run at the National title. Nevertheless, La Roca proved it can hang with the top teams in the country, and it should be a team to watch out for in this year’s National League Blue Division.


Legends FC 98 (CA-S)

Hometown: Chino Hills, Calif.
Coach: Josh Hodges
Notable finishes: 2014 Region IV Championships Finalist, 2014 Cal South State Cup Champion

Entering its third season in the National League, Legends is looking to secure its first top-two league finish. The Cal South side recorded a mid-table finish last season and placed seventh in its group in 2013-14, despite earning a positive goal differential. In addition to its experience in the National League, Legends competed at the National Championships in 2014 as the Region IV Representative. Legends will need to use its past experiences to take the next step in the National League as it competes for the Blue Division crown.


Lou Fusz - Wipke (MO)

Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Coach: Jim Wipke
Notable finishes: 2015 Region II Championships Finalist, 2014 & 2015 Missouri State Cup Champion

After winning the US Youth Soccer Missouri State Cup, Lou Fusz came just one win away from Nationals when it finished second at the 2015 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships. The Missouri side will get its chance to compete against teams from across the country in this year’s National League, and a good showing could lead to a top-two finish and trip to the National Championships. Lou Fusz managed a winning record in the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League despite a shortened roster for a portion of the season. With a full complement of players, it will look to make some noise in its first National League season.


Loudoun 98 Red (VA)    

Hometown: Loudoun, Va.
Coach: Randy May
Notable finishes: 2014 Region I Championships Finalist, 2014 & 2015 Virginia State Cup Champion

Loudoun should have some confidence entering its second National League season after it finished third in the Blue Division a year ago. The Virginia side won all three of its games in Orlando to momentarily take hold of second place, but Region I foe YMS Premier Xplosion (PA-E) jumped Loudoun in the standings during the last weekend of the season. If Loudoun can replicate its defensive effort from a year ago — when it allowed just four goals in its seven league games — it will have a good shot at finishing near the top of the division standings once again. 


Sunrise Sting 98/99 (FL)               

Hometown: Sunrise, Fla.
Coach: Scot Shewey
Notable finishes: 2012 Florida State Cup Champion

Sunrise is entering its first National League season in 2015-16 and is aiming to book a ticket to the National Championships for the first time. The Florida side has enjoyed some recent success in league formats, as it finished first in the East Division standings of the US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Premier League. Sunrise went 10-1-0 to finish above a field that included past US Youth Soccer Region III and National Champions. If Sunrise can recapture that level of play for the National League season, it should be in for contention for the division title.


Team Chicago Academy - Brasilia (IL)    

Hometown: Aurora, Ill.
Coach: Dave Lovercheck

Brasilia will be making its first appearance in the National League this season and will aim to repeat the success of Team Chicago’s National Championship-winning Under-18 Girls side from 2013. That squad won its National League division en route to the National title. This squad enters the 2015-16 season coming off of a second-place finish in the Midwest Regional League Premier I Division, where it went 6-2-1. Brasilia dropped its first two MRL contests before finishing with six wins and a tie in its final seven games. A hot streak like that could lead to a top-two finish in the National League. 

Red Division

ABGC Annandale United FC 98 (VA)

Hometown: Annandale, Va.
Coach: Ann Germain
Notable finishes: 2015 Region I Championships Finalist

Annandale recorded some strong showings in 2015 to give it momentum entering its first National League season. The Virginia side finished second in the Division I Blue standings of the US Youth Soccer Region I Champions League and was a finalist in the league playoff. Annandale continued its solid play at the Region I Championships, where it advanced to the final before falling, 1-0, to Beadling SC (PA-W). The Beadling goal in the final was the lone one conceded by Annandale, as the Virginia side made life tough for its opponents’ forwards. That type of defensive work will make Annandale a tough matchup in the National League Red Division.


Arsenal FC - Bowers (CA-S)

Hometown: Temecula, Calif.
Coach: Sean Bowers
Notable finishes: 2015 Region IV Championships Finalist, 2014 Cal South State Cup Champion

Arsenal recorded a mid-table finish in last year’s National League, but its success in later competitions has it poised for a second go in the league. Arsenal won the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional League California Regional League playoff, which acted as a springboard for a deep run at the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships. The Cal South side finished second in its group in Boise, Idaho, and played its way to the final, where it fell, 2-1, to La Roca FC (UT). After coming within one game of advancing to Nationals, Arsenal will aim to take advantage of its opportunity in the National League and claim a top-two finish in the Red Division.


Beach FC Academy 98 (CA-S)

Hometown: Redondo Beach, Calif.
Coach: Mauricio Ingrassia
Notable finishes: 2015 Cal South State Cup Champion

The 2014-15 National League season came down to one game — one goal to be exact — for Beach FC. A 1-0 loss to Kings Hammer Academy Red (OH-S) proved to be the deciding factor in a tiebreaker between the two, as KHA took second in the division and ticket to Nationals that came with it. As Beach FC looks ahead to the upcoming season, the team should feel good about its results in league formats, as it added a Far West Regional League California Regional League title to its strong National League showing. With first-hand knowledge of the importance of each game, Beach FC should be focused as it looks to record a top-two finish in this year’s National League Red Division.


Cleveland FC (OH-N)

Hometown: Medina, Ohio
Coach: Benny Dargle
Notable finishes: 2011, 2012 & 2014 Ohio North State Cup Champion

Cleveland is entering its first National League season in 2015-16 and will aim to build on its success in the Midwest Regional League. The Ohio North side was the lone undefeated team in the MRL Premier I Division this past spring, as it went 5-0-4 to capture the league title. Cleveland rode its stout defense during its MRL title run, as it conceded just two goals in its nine games — or 0.22 per game. The opponents it faces in the National League will certainly test the back line, but if Cleveland can continue to play at that level, it should find success.


FCKC Futura Forte Elite (MO)    

Hometown: Lee's Summit, Mo.
Coach: Brad Childers
Notable finishes: 2015 National Championships Semifinalist, 2013-14 National League Blue Division Runner-up, 2015 Region II Champion, 2012 Missouri State Cup Champion

Coming off of a strong finish to the 2015 season, FCKC is ready to make a run at the National League Red Division title. The Missouri side advanced to the semifinals in Tulsa, Okla., where it fell, 2-1, to the eventual National Champion. That wasn’t the first time Futura showed its ability to play with the top teams in the country, as FCKC recorded a second-place finish in the 2013-14 National League. With consistently strong showings in all competitions during the course of the last two years, it would not be a surprise to see FCKC in the hunt for this year’s National League Red Division title.


99 Lady Lobos Rush Premier (TN)

Hometown: Collierville, Tenn.
Coach: Kieron Heblich
Notable finishes: 2015 Region III Championships Finalist

The Lady Lobos may not have advanced out of their group at Nationals, but they should be happy with their effort in Tulsa. The Tennessee side played both of the National finalists closely in their matchups and finished group play with a 3-1 win. The Lady Lobos will also be able to draw from their experience in the Midwest Regional League First White division, in which the Tennessee side finished in first. Lobos was dominant in MRL play, as they outscored their opponents 16-to-1 en route to the division title. With these results in hand, the Tennessee side should be confident entering National League play.


Solar Chelsea 99 Elite (TX-N)     

Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Coach: Luis Zuazua

Solar is making its first appearance in the National League this season thanks to a strong showing in the Southern Regional Premier League West Division. The North Texas side went 8-3-0 in SRPL play to capture the West title, and it led the division with 24 goals. Many of its SRPL opponents were familiar foes from within the state, which meant Solar needed to win several close games. It will be a different story in the National League, where many of the teams Solar will face will be new faces, and how it reacts to the new styles of play will determine how far it goes in the Red Division.


YMS Premier Xplosion 98 (PA-E)

Hometown: Yardley, Pa.
Coach: John Greaves
Notable finishes: 2013-15 National Championships Finalist, 2014-15 National League Blue Division Runner-up, 2013-14 National League Red Division Runner-up, 2012-14 Region I Champion, 2012-14 Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup Champion

YMS has been one of the top teams in its age group for the last three seasons, but it is still seeking the title of THE best. The Eastern Pennsylvania side is back for another run at that title after coming up short in the past three National Championship finals. YMS has qualified for Nationals with second-place finishes in the National League each of the last two seasons, and it recorded an undefeated 4-0-3 mark in 2014-15. Given its past success in all competitions, YMS is a clear favorite to finish near the top of this year’s National League Red Division. And if the team uses the close calls at Nationals as motivation, opponents better beware. 

PTW

Danielle Clark (Arsenal) – Led Region IV Championships with nine goals
Makena Silber (Beadling) – Led Region I Championships with seven goals; Best XI at Nationals
Rylan Childers (FCKC Futura) – Led Region II Championships with five goals
Kayla Deaver (FCKC Futura) – Best XI at Nationals
Sophie Gorman (KHA) – Best XI at Nationals
Ashley Cardozo (La Roca) – Tied for lead at Nationals with four goals
Mikayla Colohan (La Roca) – Best XI at Nationals
Molly Martin (Lobos) – Best XI at Nationals
Paola Ellis (Lobos) – Best XI at Nationals
Laurel Ivory (Sunrise Sting) – U.S. Under-17 WNT
Murphy Agnew (YMS) – Golden Ball and Best XI at Nationals
Maddie Elwell (YMS) – Best XI at Nationals

2015 US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional — 1999 Rosters
Region I — Jessica Berlin (Annandale)
Region II — Sofia Rossi (Cleveland FC); Kayla Deaver, Brionna Halverson (KCFC Futura)
Region III — Laurel Ivory, Jaida Scott (Sunrise Sting)
Region IV — Mikayla Colohan, Amber Marshall (La Roca)

2015 US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional — 2000 Rosters
Region II — Rylan Childers (FCKC Futura)

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