128 teams from around the country will participate in the ECNL Play-Offs June 22-27, 2017 in Rockford, Illinois in the top division, the ECNL Champions League National Tourney. These Qualifiers will be fighting to be crowned ECNL National Champions. The U14 and U18 ECNL National Champions will be crowned in Rockford, while the U15, U16, and U17 Champions League participants will be going head-to-head for a berth in the ECNL National Final Four, being held July 7-8 at . Playoff Details
St. Louis Scott Gallagher sends four teams to the Champions League Tournament. It’s the first time the Club has had a team qualify for the Champions League and they did it big, qualifying every age group except for the U14’s. I’ve got the schedule below (and in my St. Louis Soccer calendar) so that we can track the team’s progress this weekend.
|Start Date||Start Time||Age Group||Match||Result|
|6/22/2017||11:00 AM||U18||#14 SLSG MO v #2 Real Colorado||2-0 W|
|6/23/2017||10:00 AM||U15||#19 SLSG MO v #9 Slammers FC||0-3 L|
|6/23/2017||12:00 PM||U17||#4 SLSG MO v #29FC Dallas||1-0 W|
|6/23/2017||2:00 PM||U16||#31 SLSG MO v #2 FC Stars||0-3 L|
|6/23/2017||6:00 PM||U18||#14SLSG MO v #8 Solar Chelsea||2-1 W|
|6/24/2017||10:00 AM||U15||#19 SLSG MO v #17 PA||3-0 W|
|6/24/2017||12:00 PM||U17||#4 SLSG MO v #23 Penn Fusion||1-1 D|
|6/24/2017||2:00 PM||U16||#31 SLSG MO v #9 Dallas Sting||0-2 L|
|6/24/2017||6:00 PM||U18||#14 SLSG MO v #9 San Diego Surf||1-1 D|
|6/26/2017||10:00 AM||U15||#19 SLSG MO v #32 CO Rush|
|6/26/2017||12:00 PM||U17||#4 SLSG MO v #10 OH Premier|
|6/26/2017||2:00 PM||U16||#31 SLSG MO v #23 Real So Cal|
There were Live Streams provided in 2016. No news on that front yet but I’ll update this posting if more details become available. As for details on the teams, the ECNL website doesn’t provide permalinks to individual teams (stupid) so you’ll need to visit the Midwest Standings page, then across the top choose the Age Group, then choose the team link in the standings page below that. You’ll then finally be able to see the season results and roster information. An annoyance this ‘World Class League’ should fix.
I’ve included a ranking number for the teams that reflects where they finished for the season. You can see these numbers by choosing the “Champions League” tab next to the Conference Standings tab you’ll see when you visit the Midwest Standings page linked above.
#14 U18 (1999) GIRLS – Finished 10-4-2 in the Conference, one of two teams (with the Michigan Hawks) to qualify directly. The roster is led by newly named Gatorade Player of the Year Kirsten Davis (Westminster) who joined the club last year, moving over from Lou Fusz Wipke following her sophomore season. She’s joined by a trio of Mizzou signees, with Cassidy Nurnberger (Washington) and Byrnne Polivka (Viz) headed to Columbia this Fall, where they will be joined in 2018 by Blythe Beldner (Eureka). Class 3 Champion Webster Groves is represented by GK Megan McClure and M Jaqueline Baetz. A trio of St Joe Angel’s – Margaret Sullivan, Gabby Lawlor and Emily Burton – are joined by Sydney Walker (Westminster/SLU) and Kayleigh Stahlschmidt (Viz/Northwestern). Nurnburger was injured during Washington’s run to the Final 4 this year (first ever!) and will thus be the only representative at the MAC All-Star game on Friday from this group, with Davis and Burton (on the current public roster) headed for Rockford with the Club.
UPDATE – Nurnberger has seen enough improvement in her injury that she is joining her teammates in Rockford for their last competitive outing before college. Soccer four spots to fill at the MAC All-Star game now.
Sixteen teams qualified and the toughest game will be the first one. One team advances to the semifinals Monday from this group and a draw/win will be critical in the opener when they face their top challenge.
THURSDAY v #2 Real Colorado – Won 2-0, as did San Diego Surf who have a +3 GD in the bracket
FRIDAY v #8 Solar Chelsea – 2-1 W,
SATURDAY v #9 San Diego Surf – 1-1 D,
Heartbreak as the team earns 7 points but fails to advance after the 1-1 draw with San Diego Surf. Surf also finished with 7 points and plays in the semifinals Sunday as a result of their +4 GD compared to SLSG +3
FRIDAY v #29 FC Dallas – 1-0 W
SATURDAY v #23 Penn Fusion – 1-1 D
MONDAY v #10 OH Premier –
SLSG are tied atop of the group with 4 points. They play OH Premier while Penn Fusion face FCD. Advantage Penn as FCD are winless and have failed to score in their first two games.
#31 U16 (2001) GIRLS – a 9-4-3 record earned them the third spot in the Midwest Conference and a berth in the Champions League. They are led by a trio of SLU commits in Anna Walsh, Hannah Higgins and Lily Schneiders who are also teammates at Rockwood Summit. Add Class 3 Champion Gretchen Skoglund from Webster Groves, headed to Butler in 2019, and there is a solid core in the middle. Lindsay Origliasso was a standout defender for St. Joe this year, Megan Moll handled some tough assignments for Class 4 champions Eureka (man-marking Jacqueline Baetz at the Herndon Tourney was one) while Olivia Layton (IWA) scored 19 and Naomi Ferguson (MICDS) scored 20 in the High School season.
The Playoff round is made up of 32 teams. SLSG comes in at #31 so they have an uphill battle from the very beginning, including opening against the #2 team (So Cal Blues are #1).
FRIDAY v #2 FC Stars – 0-3 L
SATURDAY v #9 Dallas Sting – 0-2 L
MONDAY v #23 Real So Cal –
16’s will wrap up their year against Real SoCal who come in winless in the tournament as well with a – 4 GD. SLSG are – 5 GD.
#19 U15 (2002) GIRLS – Finished 10-3-3 and in the fourth position in the Conference, earning a Wild Card spot to the Champions League tournament. This is also the group that had a number of players who chose not to play High School soccer as freshman (the rest just finished eighth grade) so I know a few I’ll point out. The roster includes Goal Keeper Sara Sanabria was featured on my site last year following her National ODP Camp callup. She and midfielder Sydney Stephens also have participated in a National id2 camp.
FRIDAY v #9 Slammers FC – 0-3 L
SATURDAY v #17 PDA – 3-0 W
MONDAY v #32 CO Rush –
The girls wrap up their year against Rush as Slammer’s, who beat them in the opener, will advance. SLSG could win and Slammer’s lose, but tied with 6 points apiece Slammer’s advance with the head-to-head result.