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Final Matchups Set at 2018 US Youth Soccer Midwest Presidents Cup

2018 Midwest presidents cup

Schedules, Scores and Standings
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WEST CHESTER, Ohio (June 17, 2018) – The 2018 US Youth Soccer Midwest Presidents Cup wrapped up semifinal matches on Sunday, leaving the remaining teams one win away from being crowned tournament champions.

The event featured 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.

Regional champions for 13U through 16U Boys and Girls, along with 17U to 18U Boys will be crowned following final matches on Monday, June 18. 

The 17U through 19U Girls and 19U Boys crowned its regional champions today.

Divsion Champion State
17U Girls Chicago Rush Select Illinois
18U Girls Green White SC  Illinois
19U Girls FC United 1999 Select  Illinois
19U Boys St. Francis Soccer 99 Elite Indiana

19U Boys St. Francis Soccer 99 Elite (IN) ended its season on a high-note with a win in the finals.

“This is a massive win for our club,” said head coach John Higgins. “We are a smaller club in the city, so for us to come in and do what we have done this season, I am really pleased with it.”

Ohio South Youth Soccer Association hosted the event, and 13 other State Associations represented include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio North, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

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.

Semifinal Round Recaps:

13U Girls
DASC 2005 (SD) and Columbus United 05 A (OH-S) will face off in the finals of the 13U Girls group. DASC advanced to the finals by winning against SASA Spirits (IL). After SASA scored early, Elsie Odney netted the equalizer with just three minutes left in regulation to send the game to overtime. SASA took the lead early in overtime, but with a minute left in the second overtime, Hailee Christensen found the back of the net from 25 yards out off a free kick to send the game to kicks from the mark. Katie Spicer made a save on SASA's last shot attempt to secure the win for DASC. Columbus won 3-0 against Indiana Fire Juniors 05 Red (IN) with the help of Olivia Heskett who scored two of the goals to help them advance to the finals.

13U Boys
The 13U Boys final match will be Sporting Wichita (KS) facing off against Cincinnati United North 05 Elite I (OH-S). Sporting Wichita netted two goals in its game against SLSG Chelsea 05 (MO), both in the first half. The first goal came from Vitor Geromel at the 11th minute mark, while the second goal came in the 23rd minute from Ivan Davila. Cincinnati got off to a quick start in its semifinal match against SASA Spirits Blue (IL), scoring the first goal of the game in just the second minute when Jacob Tan found the back of the net. The second goal came from Noah Shollenbarger in the 57th  minute to break the tie and ultimately win the game.

14U Girls
Iowa Rush (IA) won 1-0 against CUP Black 04 (OH-S) in a 14U Girls semifinal. The game’s only goal came just 15 minutes in from Ellie DeCosta. Iowa was able to preserve the lead to advance to the final against CCK FC (MO). CCK advanced to the final by winning against Chicago Soccer Academy 04 Roma (IL). Georgia Pardalos scored the first goal for CCK in the 22nd minute. The next two goals for the team did not come until the second half when Ayanna Clarke found the net in the 49th minute then again two minutes later. Chicago fought back with two goals late, but CCK was able to hang on to advance.

14U Boys
In the 14U Boys group, CUSA Crew SC NPL (OH-S) won a close 1-0 game in the semifinals against CRSA (IA). The lone goal did not come until the second half from Dominic Smith in the 63rd minute to give CUSA the lead and win. CUSA will play Shadow Premier FC (IL) in the finals. In the semifinals, Alex Ruiz scored the first goal for Shadow against Hobart Piratas 04 (IN) in the 32nd minute. Just three minutes later, Anthony Genchi increased the lead to two with a goal. They held on to the lead to win and advance to the finals against CUSA.

15U Girls
In the 15U Girls final, it will be MN Thunder Academy 03 Hartwell (MN) against IP Aces Blue (IL). MN Thunder its semifinals game against BEES Soccer Academy (OH-N) with goals from Emma Lyon in the 11th minute and a goal from Catheryn Hudak in the 78th minute. IP squared off against Ames Navy (IA) in the semifinals. This was a scoreless game until Madison Culli changed that with a goal in the 72nd minute. IP was able to hold on to the one goal lead and advance to the finals.

15U Boys
03 Sporting Wichita Elite (KS) and Columbus United SC (OH-S) each won in a 15U Boys semifinal match by just one goal. Sporting Wichita went down early just before halftime but tied the game at one in the 70th minute with a goal from Jackson Heckart. The game went to kicks from the mark where Sporting Wichita pulled out the win. Columbus went scoreless with Chicago Rush 2003 Select (IL) through regulation. Colin Mccomb scored in the 101st minute to win and advance Chicago to the 15U Boys final.

16U Girls
The 16U Girls final will feature Maplebrook (MN) against Indy Premier SC 02 Elite Victory (IN). Maplebrook went down early against MSC Academy (IL), but Jane C. Luedke quickly found the equalizer for Maplebrook. Maeve Snapko gave Maplebrook the lead in the 54th minute, they held on to win 2-1. Indy premier scored its first two goals quick against FC United 02 Red (OH-s), with Alicia Sorg scoring in the fourth minute and Lea Alexander scoring just four minutes later. After taking the 2-1 lead to halftime, Megan Mills scored in the 71st minute and just four minutes later there was an own goal to give Indy the 4-1 win.

16U Boys
FC United 2002 Select Black (IL) won in overtime against Millennium Soccer Academy 02 Black (IN) in a 16U Boys semifinal. Frank Berkley put FC United ahead by one in the 36th minute. Millennium tied the game in the 56th minute from a Cole Carpenter goal. The game went overtime tied at one, but Luis Garduno broke the tie in the 100th minute to give FC United the lead and the win. St. Louis Scott Gallagher White (MO) won in the semifinals against REV Academy Green (MN). St. Louis won 2-0 with both goals coming late in the game. The first goal came from Beau LeBlanc in the 82nd minute and Isaac Boboc secured the win in the 94th minute with a goal. FC United and St. Louis will face off in the finals.

17U Boys
Millennium Soccer Academy 01 Black (IN) won 2-0 against Marshalltown Galaxy (IA) in a 17U Boys semifinal match. Sam Fiera scored just before halftime in the 45th minute to give Millennium the lead. Its second goal came in the 67th minute by way of Jack Bailey. Millennium will face Chicago Rush 2001 Select (IL) in the final. Chicago advanced to the final after winning against KC Barcelona (MO) in the semifinal. Brandon Palid scored the first goal in just the second minute to give Chicago the early lead, its next goal came in the 67th minute when Riley Ferguson found the back of the net.

18U Boys
Lou Fusz SC-Cawsey 00 White (MO) will face Iowa Rush (IA) in the 18U Boys final. Each team advances after close wins in the semifinals. Michael Brandt scored in the 13th minute to give Iowa the early lead against KHA 00 Blue (OH-S). Iowa was able to hold on to the small lead to advance to the finals. Lou Fusz faced Indiana Fire Juniors South 00 Red (IN) in its 2-0 win. Kristian Dimitrov scored both goals with one in the 41st minute and one in the 79th minute.

Final Round Recaps:

17U Girls
Chicago Rush Select (IL) was crowned champions of the 18U Girls group after a low-scoring affair against CUSE Elite (OH-S). The game went back and forth in the early going, but in the 38th minute Katrina Barthelt scored her seventh goal of the tournament to give Chicago the lead. In the 78th minute, Payton Siragusa found the goal to extend Chicago’s lead. Both teams battled till the end, but Chicago was able to hold on to earn its fourth win and finish the tournament undefeated.

18U Girls
In a close low scoring game, Green White (IL) earned a win and the title of 2018 Midwest Presidents Cup 18U Girls champions against SBW Alliance 2000 (IL). The battle of Illinois teams was close throughout the game with each team finding opportunities in the first half. Neither team was able to capitalize in the first half and the game went to halftime with a 0-0 draw. In the second half, the close play continued, and each team kept battling. It was not until the 76th minute when Ashley Adams was able to get a shot passed the goalie to give Green White the late 1-0 lead. SBW kept fighting till the end, but Green White was able to maintain the lead and win the game.

19U Girls
The 19U Girls wrapped up play at the 2018 Midwest Presidents Cup in a finals rematch from 2017 with FC United 1999 Select (IL) against KC Fusion Matthews 99 (KS). FC United came out early putting the pressure on KC Fusion by putting an early shot off the post. KC Fusion got its first opportunity to take the lead midway through the first half, after FC United had control early. In the 31st minute, Julia Hamill of FC United was awarded a free kick which she put on goal, but the shot hit the goalie and the rebound was put in by Edina Taerbaum to give FC United the lead. Just three minutes later KC Fusion found the equalizer off of a free kick from Kelly Kleekamp. There was early pressure put on KC Fusion in the second half that led to a goal in the 49thminute by Chloe Cappas to give FC United the one goal lead. The game was hard fought back and forth till the end, but a late cross from Grace Hardy in the 78thminute led to a Julia Hamill goal to secure the win for FC United.

19U Boys
In the 19U Boys group, St. Francis Soccer 99 Elite (IN) won the finals against Chicago Rush 1999 Select (IL). St. Francis came out quick in the first half, applying pressure spending most of the first half in their offensive side. In the middle of the first half, St. Fancis had a chance to take the lead off of a cross, but the shot sailed just above the net. Robert Lehnin got fouled in the box in the 35th minute, which he converted to give St. Francis the 1-0 lead that it took to halftime. The scoring for both teams got going in the second half. In the 52nd minute, Hunter Cocherell found the back of the net to extend the lead for St. Francis. Run Ro Thang kept the scoring going for St. Francis in the 66th minute giving them a 3-0 lead. Chicago did not go down without a fight though, netting its first goal by Julian Ibarra in the 70th minute. Peyton Frankenreider-Slack reduced Chicago’s deficit to one in the 85th minute and Omar Carreno netted the equalizer just five minutes later. Lehnrin netted his second goal of the game and the game winning goal in the 90th minute.

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.

 
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