UPDATED – The sixth season of US Youth Soccer National League play gets underway Thursday, November 29 when 64 girls teams in the Under-15 through Under-18 age groups meet in Wilson, NC to begin their season. St Louis is represented by the U18 Lou Fusz Wipke squad. The ladies are coming off sweet revenge, taking back the Missouri State Cup title with a 3-0 win over Harambe Viati, who won the U17 title over Wipke in Springfield in June. You can see the October Cup win below.
The team will play 7 games as part of the Blue Division (one of two) between now and early January. The first four games come this week at the CASL Tournament in Wilson, NC. Ranked #20 nationally per GotSoccer.com, the team has gotten a favorable draw in that they will open with games against teams that are ranked well below them, offering the opportunity to open with a pair of wins prior to facing two teams like themselves who hope to challenge for the title. Wipke is identified along with Michigan FC and Herndon Firecats, both January opponents, as challengers for the division title. Melanie Donaldson is noted as a player to watch in the article.
CASL Tourney Schedule
Thu Nov 29 – LF Wipke win 3-2 over #106 KHA Red (OH-S)
A pair of early goals by Hannah Leinert (Eureka) in the 16th and 32nd sent the team to halftime with a 2-0 lead. Madeline Orf’s goal in the 56th, one minute after KHA scored, was the decider.
Fri Nov 30 – LF Wipke win 3-2 over #194 CUP Crew Jrs Gold 94/95 (OH-S)
Following an own goal in the 20th minute, the girls fought back with three goals by Lexi Boschert (34th), Hali Long (43rd) and Hannah Leinert (45th) for the win. CUP scored their second in the 46th, creating a challenge to maintain their lead. Saturday’s game is critical to stay in the race.
Sat Dec – LF Wipke tie 1-1 against #16 Legends FC 94 (CA-S)
Via National League update – Legends FC 94 (CA-S) and Lou Fusz Wipke (MO) had a chance to take a firm stance in the Blue Division as both teams entered with 2-0 records, but neither could take control in a 1-1 draw. Long Beach State commit Meilessah Rangel gave Legends the lead in the 19th minute, but Caroline Militello scored a 71st minute equalizer for Lou Fusz to share the points. Both teams are trying to get back to the National Championships for a second time; Legends earning their way last season as National League champs and Lou Fusz as Region II Champions in 2009
Sun Dec 2 08:30 – LF Wipke vs #17 Central Valley Chilipeppers (CA-N)
Other Missouri representatives that will play in the National League are the Sporting BV Supersport U17 girls and the Futura FC Academy Premier U16 girls. SBV lost in the State Cup semifinals to eventual champion SLSG Premier Navy. Futura were champions in their group.
National League girls teams claimed three of four possible National Championships in 11-12 and 14 national qualifiers are among the field in this year’s National League. The league gained two addition spots per age group to the National Championships, meaning four National League representatives will join the four Regional Champions in Overland Park, Kan. July 22-28 at the National Championships. Winning 20 of a possible 30 National Championships through the first five seasons, National League teams enter the season knowing it could be the beginning of a run to the National title.
Mon Dec 31 [TBD] #23 Herndon Firecats (VA) vs Lou Fusz Wipke (MO)
Tue Jan 01 [TBD] Lou Fusz Wipke (MO) vs #3 SDFC Lynx (NJ)
Wed Jan 02 [TBD] Lou Fusz Wipke (MO) vs #19 Michigan Football Club 95 (MI)
Current Team Roster
|0||Tristin Stuteville||Goalkeeper||Platte County||2014|
|4||Casey Maloney||Defender||St Dominic||Truman State|
|6||Kayla Welch||Midfielder||Howell North||Indiana State|
|7||Kristin Wolff||Midfielder||St Dominic||Rockhurst|
|8||Kori Quinn||Forward||Excelsior Springs|
|9||Madeline Orf||Midfielder||Incarnate Word||Indiana State|
|10||Melanie Donaldson||Midfielder||Incarnate Word||Mizzou|
|11||Hannah Leinert||Forward||Eureka||Illinois State|
|14||Alexis Boschert||Midfielder||St Joseph||Rockhurst|
|15||Courtney Silberberg||Defender||Eureka||South Florida|
|16||Brianne Ebenroth||Midfielder||St Dominic||Drury|
|17||Hali Long||Defender||Howell North|
|19||Hailey Porter||Defender||Ft Zumwalt West||McKendree|
Twitter List of LF Wipke players
Missouri State Cup U18 Girls Final – Lou Fusz Wipke (red) vs Harambe Viati (white)