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ST. LOUIS (Nov. 10, 2018) -- The 2018 US Youth Soccer National League Midwest Conference Girls Fall Showcase continued Saturday at the Creve Coeur Soccer Complex and Lou Fusz Soccer Complex in St. Louis.
More than 130 Midwest Conference teams, including all Premier I and Premier II Division girls teams in the 15U through 19U age groups, are competing in some of the final games of their fall season at the event.
The environment at the showcase provides a good opportunity for player evaluation, and more than 75 college coaches have been on hand for the first two days of action in St. Louis.
“Everyone out here is playing for something, and there is a lot of value to the games,” said Kirk Nelson, Associate Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Missouri State University. “It’s not just a showcase where they’re coming to play games just to play games. The teams are trying to gain league standing. The games are intense and the quality is very high. I’ve seen quite a few players who have caught my eye.”
The 15U Premier I Division featured one of the marquee matches of the day, as two teams with perfect records — SC Waukesha 04 Girls Blue (WI) and SLSG 2004 Elite (MO) — met to determine who would remain on top of the standings.
SC Waukesha earned a 2-0 win in the game to move to 8-0-0 on the season. The Wisconsin side’s coach, Giuliano Oliviero, said he was happy with his players’ performance and the valuable experience they gained in such an impactful game.
“There’s nothing more we wanted than two first-place teams battling it out. SLSG has a great team, and our girls really showed they wanted this today,” Oliviero said. “You know it’s going to be a high-level game for the college coaches to come and watch. For us, the girls are in a crucial time in developing as players and knowing how to play in important games.”
Note: Several 4 p.m. matches were terminated due to unplayable field conditions. Some 6 p.m. match times were pushed back and may not have concluded at the time of publishing this recap.
Some notes from Saturday’s Matches:
- Two 7-0-0 teams met in a crucial 15U Premier I Division showdown on Saturday, as SC Waukesha 04 Girls Blue (WI) picked up a 2-0 victory against SLSG 2004 Elite (MO). Kayla Budish netted both goals, including a perfectly weighted shot from distance that sailed over the keeper to clinch the win. The victory allowed SC Waukesha to clinch the division title.
- With a 5-0 win, Legends MAFC 04 Black (MI) extended its lead at the top of the 15U Premier II Division standings. The Michigan side has earned eight wins and a draw through nine games.
- With a decisive win on Saturday, Lou Fusz 03 Blue (MO) secured a first-place finish in the 16U Premier I Division with 24 points through nine games.
- Thanks to a 3-1 win on Saturday, North Shore United 2002 Blue (WI) remained unbeaten and untied in the 17U Premier I Division. With 24 points, the Wisconsin side clinched first place.
- North Shore United 01 Blue (WI) earned a dominant win to continue its unbeaten season and extend its lead at the top of the 18U Premier I Division.
- The top two teams in the 18U Premier II Division met on Saturday, as FCX Black (IL) earned a 5-1 win over Campton United Red (IL) to clinch a first-place finish in the group.
- FC United Pre Academy 00 (IL) posted a 4-0 win on Saturday to remain on top of the 19U Premier I Division. Meanwhile, Campton United Red (IL) also secured a shutout victory and is just two points back with one match left to play.
The Midwest Conference is one in a network of 13 conferences that comprise the multi-state tier of the US Youth Soccer Leagues program. Each conference provides high-level competition with opportunities for advancement to the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships and the US Youth Soccer National League.
The National League provides an avenue for teams to play in meaningful matches against top competition from across the country for continued development. In addition to recruiting opportunities, National League teams compete for the National League title and one of four slots from each gender age group to the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships.
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