FORT WORTH, Texas (March 30, 2021) — The 2020-21 US Youth Soccer Mid South Conference season continued over the weekend, as 40 Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee teams competed at events in Hoover, Ala., and Gulfport, Miss.
All of the matchups saw teams put in strong performances as they attempted to move up in the Mid South Conference standings.
In the 14U Boys Premier I Division, Mississippi Rush 07 Premier (MS) picked up two victories over the weekend in Gulfport. The team’s head coach, Craig McCabe, talked about what he attributes to his team’s success and what it means to his team to compete in the conference.
“I think we had the right attitude and intensity about our play in both games,” McCabe said. “We defended as a team and capitalized on our opportunities throughout the games.
“We really enjoy playing in the Mid South Conference. It allows you to compete at a higher level and the players need that for their development.”
There have only been two Mid South Conference Premier I Division Champions up to this point in the season. Nashville United SA 02 Maroon (TN) clinched the 19U Boys Premier I Division earlier this month with its 12 points in five games. The only other Premier I Division Champion so far this season came out of this weekend’s event play in Hoover.
In the 16U Girls Premier I Division, Louisiana Fire Juniors 05 Red (LA) clinched the division with its two victories over the weekend. The team’s head coach, Doug Freese, talked about what he attributes to his team’s two victories over the weekend.
“We were able to overcome two well-organized, fast and skilled teams by relying upon our composure and experience, honed through playing in National League, Mid South Conference and other highly competitive USYS platforms over the last four years.”
Freese also talked about his team’s overall success this season within the conference and what it means to the team.
“It is a point of pride for this team to win both the Mid South Conference and the National League Playoffs in the same year,” Freese said. “Those were our first two goals for the year, and now we can focus on playing competitively in the USYS Regional and National Championships. It also provides us the opportunity to play in next year’s National League P.R.O., which was another major goal for this team.
“The Mid South Conference gives us a platform to consistently play against excellent teams within our region, and the reward for success in the Mid South Conference is a place in USYS Regionals and the following year’s National League P.R.O. This provides meaningful recruitment opportunities that players of this quality need and deserve.”
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