Schedules, Scores and Standings
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WEST CHESTER, Ohio (June 15, 2018) – The second day of preliminary games concluded at the 2018 US Youth Soccer Midwest Presidents Cup in West Chester, Ohio. The five-day event, which takes place June 14-18, kicked off Thursday with 13U through 19U Boys and Girls teams starting the action at the Voice of America Athletic Complex.
The event features more than 140 US Youth Soccer boys and girls teams competing for a regional title and a chance to advance to the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, July 11-15 in Westfield, Ind.
Preliminary games will continue through Saturday, June 16. Semifinal matches will take place on Sunday, June 17, and regional champions will be crowned following final matches on Sunday, June 17 as well as Monday, June 18.
As Ohio South Youth Soccer Association hosts the event, 13 other State Associations represented include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio North, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Following a tough day two of group play, 19U Girls FC United 1999 Select (IL) can appreciate the opportunity it has to play in the 2018 Midwest Presidents Cup.
“With this team, I was fortunate to be in a system to go to Kansas City last year, and to be afforded another opportunity to come to Ohio. Competing again is an honor for us and to also represent US Youth Soccer,” FC United head coach Seong Ha said. “Every time you come here you just want to get better as a player, but also as a person.”
The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup offers teams the challenge of experiencing different types of play by competing from state to regional to national levels. The Presidents Cup provides teams with a progressive, competitive experience that highlights competition, camaraderie and community.
Preliminary Round Recaps:
In a 13U Girls game that saw few scoring chances, Indiana Fire Juniors 05 Red (IN) earned its first win of the 2018 Midwest Presidents Cup against MTA Schoeberl (MN). The first half lacked scoring opportunities for both teams with play primarily taking place in the middle of the field. Late in the first half, Indiana earned a free kick and put the shot on goal, but it hit off the post, which the goalie saved. The game went to halftime scoreless. Both teams saw more scoring chances in the second half with each team getting shots on net. It was not until the 46th minute that Maya McDonald scored off of a corner kick to give Indiana the one-goal lead. Indiana held on to the lead to win the game 1-0.
On the 14U Boys side, DASC Fusion (SD) bounced back from a loss on Thursday to defeat Saint Paul Blackhawks (MN), 2-0 on Friday. Mir Gossom put DASC on the board in the 30th minute as he placed the ball in the back of the net. Coming out of halftime, DASC kept the ball rolling as Tark Griebel doubled the score with his 38th-minute goal. After maintaining the lead for the remainder of the game, DASC took the victory.
SLSG-Sevilla (MO) earned its first win of the event in the 15U Girls group today against SC Waukesha 03 Gold (WI). Keegan Bluette scored in the second minute to begin the scoring for SLSG. Just 15 minutes later, Caroline Conaty scored the second goal of the game for SLSG, giving the team a 2-0 lead going into halftime. Allison Smith of SLSG increased the lead to three in the 48th minute, and in the 80th minute, Allison Smith scored her second goal of the game to lead SLSG to their first win at the 2018 Midwest Presidents Cup.
REV Academy Green (MN) picked up its second win against NFC Red 02 (NE) in the 16U Boys age group. After a fairly even first half without any clear dominating team, the game remained scoreless. In the second half, NFC picked up the pace and inched forward with several crosses in front of the goal, putting the ball in dangerous areas. However, REV disrupted NFC’s momentum when the ball was lofted over the defense for Josiah Enderson, who barely allowed the ball to bounce before he volleyed it just over the goalkeeper. NFC pushed hard to attain the equalizer and nearly had it in one particular instance as Kevin Becerril-Sanchez volleyed the ball behind him to find Gerardo Diaz, but his shot was blocked with the help of a sturdy REV defense and goalkeeper. REV claimed the 1-0 win in the end.
In the 17U Girls group, Tempest FC Revolution (IN) earned its first win of the tournament against Puma FC Pre Academy Flamengo (KS). Tempest got off to a fast start with Mackenzie Kent scoring the first goal. In the 19th minute, Allie Davis scored the second goal for Tempest to give the team the 2-0 lead. Payton Smith of Puma FC scored in the 33rd minute to cut the deficit to one. The second half started quick with Ellie Cassidy and Kent each scoring in the first two minutes of the second half, increasing Tempest FC’s lead to four. Kent scored her third goal of the game in the 78th minute for the hat trick, and Tempest FC held on to the lead to earn the 5-1 victory.
DASC Arsenal (SD) and Midstate Soccer Club (IL) fought to a 1-1 battle in the 18U Boys age group. The ball traveled from end to end various times, and in the second half, the game ramped up even more. DASC dictated the play but weren’t able to get past the Midstate defense. Meanwhile, Midstate capitalized on one of its chances as Brady Fletcher put the team on the board. The ball was played down the right flank for a Midstate player to run onto and although his shot was blocked, the ball was played back across the goal to find Fletcher at the back post for the finish. Despite the goal, DASC did not give up and played the ball around. Eventually, the South Dakota side gained the equalizer thanks to a goal from Ethan Glissendorf in the 77th minute. Both teams played to win, rather than settling for the tie, but it was a 1-1 game after the final whistle.
The 19U Girls group started off quick, with Nell Martin of FC United 1999 Select (IL) netting the first goal of the game in just the second minute. FC United saw its next opportunity when Edina Taerbaum put a shot on goal in the 30th minute that hit off the post and was saved by the goalie. The teams headed to half with a one-goal game. Alliance FC had multiple shots on goal throughout the second half but were not able to capitalize. FC United was able to hold on to the one-goal lead and win, securing their spot in the 19U Girls finals.
For complete event results for the Midwest Presidents Cup, click here. For more information on all US Youth Soccer Regional and National Presidents Cup events, visit the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup Homepage at www.usyouthsoccer.org/presidents-cup.
Note: The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup is a separate series of events from the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.