The Finals for the 2017 US Youth Soccer Region II Soccer Championships at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls, S.D. get underway Wednesday morning. Of the 224 Boys and Girls teams who began, 28 teams in the 13U through 19/20U age groups remain to continue their pursuit to become a US Youth Soccer National Champion across seven age groups for boys and girls. Three of those teams will be representing Missouri!
Of the teams competing in the US Soccer Regional finals, there are six from Michigan, five from Ohio South, four from Nebraska, three each from Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois, as well as one each from Kansas, Minnesota, Ohio North and Wisconsin.
|REGION II FINALS|
|8:00 AM||16U Boys||SLSG Elite v Javanon (KY)||1-2 L|
|8:00 AM||19/20U Girls||FC Kansas City Forte Elite vs EGA Maroons||0-2 L|
|10:00 AM||13U Boys||SLSG Pre Academy vs Sporting Omaha Elite|
St. Louis Scott Gallagher posted five goals against Sporting BV SKC Academy 04 (KS) to earn a spot in the finals. Four goals took place in the first half, coming from Giuseppe Gereau, Ryan Harvatin, Anis Smajlovic and Harvatin for his second. Owen Hardy added the fifth in the second half. SOFC and St. Louis Scott Gallagher will both go into Wednesday’s championship match as undefeated teams.
SLSG took a 1-0 victory against Michigan Wolves 01 (MI). The only goal of the match came from Samuel Benoist (CBC) in the 27th minute. Javanon went 3-0-0 in group play. Javanon went up 3-0 in the first 15 minutes of the game, and Blake McManus, who got the second, leads the age group’s top scorers with six goals.
For the 16U Boys, it’s an interesting match up. While SLSG Elite won both their Premier 1 Midwest Regional League (MRL) Division this Spring, as well as the State Cup while advancing to the Regional Tournament, their foe Javanon only played in the First Division of MRL. They won their Division going 5-1-1 but had to win State Cup to advance. Here’s where it get’s interesting – in their Group at Region II they went 3-0 and beat two teams that were in the same Premier 1 Division with SLSG Elite. Win’s over Raiders FC (3-2) and Club OH Green (2-0) this past week mean they performed better then SLSG Elite did (1-3 loss to Raiders, 2-1 late win over OH Green) this Spring. That’s the best part of Region II action, it’s a high stress, high reward environment and you take every opponent seriously or risk heartbreak. SLSG Elite lost 1-2 in their final group game to previously winless Red Star (WI), advancing only due to a tiebreaker to reach the Semifinal. Here’s hoping they learned their lesson well.
Learned a valuable lesson today losing 1-0 to Red Star (WI) Still through to Semi Finals on Tuesday! #comereadytoplayeverygame
— SLSG01Elite (@SLSG01Elite) June 25, 2017
@SoccerSTL 2001 Boys final tomorrow at Regionals is SLSG Elite vs Javanon who is coached by St. Louis native Tim Chastonay.
— Dennis Chastonay (@stlbadger2435) June 27, 2017
FC Kansas City Forte Elite 98 (MO) goes to the finals after a 4-0 victory against Shattuck-St. Mary’s Sabres (MN). Brionna Halverson posted two goals, while Kayla Deaver and Alexis Mitchell each added one for the Missouri side. FC Kansas City will take on EGA Maroon 98 (NE), who defeated Michigan Hawks 98 Black (MI), 2-0, in the semifinals. A goal from Jade King and one from Hannah Davis gave the Nebraska team the win. During the group stage, FC Kansas City went 3-0-0, totaling 19 goals. Kassandra Ginther has contributed eight goals and tops the 19/20U Girls leading scorers, and Halverson stands in second with five.
FCKC Juniors Forte Elite face a familiar foe and current champion
— Marcus Kelcher (@EGASOCCER1) June 27, 2017
While the 15U Boys SLSG Elite team did not win their group to advance to the semifinals, they are still headed to Frisco in July. They qualified earlier this year by finishing in the Top 4 of their age group in the National League. The three teams above will hope to join them by winning a regional title this week.
Regional winners of the 13U through 19/20U age groups earn a berth to the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships, held July 24-30 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas. The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19/20U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 15U through 19/20U Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 96 teams.