Congratulations to the National Champions – St. Louis Scott Gallagher U13 Boys – who won the first trophy for their club since 2004 (see Tim Walter’s tweet below from that U17 boys team).
Individual Award Winners include:
Golden ball – Jack Wagoner
Golden Glove – Wil Rieves
Top XI – Jack Wagoner, Wil Rieves, Giuseppe Gereau
Here’s the game report from USYSA:
13U Boys: Heat FC 04 ET (NV) 0-1 St. Louis Scott Gallagher Pre Academy 04 (MO)
In a tightly contested 13U Boys final, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Pre Academy 04 (MO) used an early second-half goal to win, 1-0, over Heat FC 04 ET (NV) and claim the National Championship. The Missouri side generated sustained pressure in the attacking half for much of the first half and threatened the Heat FC goal often. The best chance came in just the sixth minute, when Giuseppe Gereau rose up on a corner kick and hit powerful header that forced Heat keeper Zavian Makhathini to push the ball wide.
Owen Hardy used a great individual effort in the 38th minute to put St. Louis in front. Hardy pressured the Heat defense and won the ball on the edge of the box. He then cut inside another defender and slid his shot just inside the near post to put the Missouri side in front, 1-0.
A couple of Heat breakaways later in the second half forced St. Louis keeper William Rieves, the Golden Glove recipient, to make a couple of important saves to preserve the lead. That proved to be enough, as St. Louis held on for the shutout victory to claim the National title.
“Words can’t express the amount of time and commitment these boys put in for the last 12 months — it’s second to none. This feels really special,” St. Louis coach Kevin Thibodeau said. “They’re going to remember this for the rest of their lives. I was fortunate enough to win a National title at U-18, and they’re still some of my best friends.”
As noted in the report above, William Rieves was named the Golden Glove winner after his clean sheet in the Title match. I suspect Owen Hardy will win the Golden Boot as he scored four goals during the four games of the tournament, including the game winner Saturday night. Ryan Harvatin scored 2 goals while Guiseppe Gereau and Brendan Stolarz had one apiece. UPDATE – Golden Ball winner went to defensive Midfielder Jack Wagoner for overall play as noted above.
It is the first title for the Club since 2004 when the U17 boys (87-88) won. Coincidentally, Busch SC also won a title that year as U18’s. Tim’s younger sister Nina Walters won as a U16 in 2005 with Busch/St. Louis SC
Good luck to all of the Omaha teams at Nationals this week! Here's a little thrown back to 13 years ago down there! pic.twitter.com/qb9zJaHKWh
— Tim Walters (@TPWalters) July 24, 2017
— US Youth Soccer NCS (@usysncs) July 30, 2017
OPENING GAME AT NCS