As seventeen teams compete at the Region II President’s Cup tournament in Kansas City this weekend, I’m reminded of the not too distant past when I was able capture the remarkable achievements of the Missouri Rush Menendez 1998-1999 girls when they captured the National President’s Cup title in 2015 at Overland Park.
The win was the culmination of a three year effort as the team progressed steadily from their initial outing in the President’s Cup. Trips to Regionals in each of those years led to a loss in the semifinals, then a loss in last year’s final (in PK’s) and to Sunday when the girls faced down an early hole to win the PK shootout and earn the trip to Nationals. I wrote about that effort as well and captured the celebration picture above.
The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup is designed for those teams seeking additional challenges to play against teams of similar abilities for a national title. The cup provides a progressive, competitive experience to teams that might not otherwise get the opportunity to participate in a series of unique experiences highlighting competition, camaraderie and community from the state to regional to national levels of US Youth Soccer.
For the Missouri Rush Menendez girls, it was the perfect outlet for competition and growth, now sending a large group to the next level again as they will compete in College. It’s my favorite kind of story, with a focus on development and growth that leads to success. Congratulations ladies, I look forward to continuing to follow your athletic exploits.
|Missouri Rush Menendez|
|Kallie Fruehwirth||D||Liberty||Lindewood – Belleville|
|Madison Gentry||D||Ft. Zumwalt East||St. Charles CC|
|Brittany Glazebrook||M||Warrenton||St. Charles CC|
|Abby Hermann||M||St. Dominic||Maryville||Basketball|
|Olivia Jordan||GK||Winfield||St. Charles CC|
|Kierstyn Weaver||F||Trinity Catholic||Fontbonne|
|Morgan Weller||F||Ft. Zumwalt East||Lindenwood|
There are several players on the team who return for another season of High School soccer next Spring – Kirsten Lepping and and Maddie Ballard (St. Dominic) along with Anna Beezley (Zumwalt North) – which could extend this list further.
Rush’s goalkeeper Olivia Jordan was recognized by a vote of the Coaches as the U16 Girls Goalkeeper of the tournament. Of course, she’d made a favorable impression on me already and so we chatted following her efforts in leading the team to their PK win in the Region II Final.