In what I can only describe as a dream scenario, Sunday afternoon’s NCAA Division I Championship game between the Stanford Cardinals and Indiana Hoosiers will feature the Panchot Brothers – competing against each other. Noon on ESPN2!
St. Louis has had good representation at the College Cup in the past, with Indiana’s 1-0 win over Georgetown in 2012 the last to feature a STLvSTL story line. The winning goalie was Luis Soffner (featured here when he signed with New England in early 2013) against Tomas Gomez, who just signed with Saint Louis FC following a pair of Gold Glove winning seasons at Rochester.
Worth noting in this age of club hopping, both boys spent their entire development career within the SLSG Missouri club program where father Jeff has been (and may still be) a member of the Board of Directors. He was also kind enough to provide the photo above of his two youngest son’s at the NCAA Awards Banquet Thursday prior to the games. Thanks Jeff and Pam!
COMING – I’ll add game previews here on Sunday when they go live. In the meantime, a couple of items worth perusing
— Jonathan Tannenwald (@thegoalkeeper) December 9, 2017
Panchot brothers hope for soccer reunion in NCAA title match on Sunday: https://t.co/hFDCGB4VAU
— Joe Lyons (@joelyonspd) December 8, 2017
I started hearing about the Panchot brothers almost from the moment I arrived back in St. Louis in 2011 (after 7 years covering the game at SGFsoccer.com) and had my first opportunity to see Austin in action that Fall as a freshman with Lafayette, in a game at McCluer North when he scored a 75th minute game-winner.
Of course, the following year he was part of the initial 10 month US Soccer Development Academy where he joined players like Jake Leeker (Summit/Memphis), Austin Ledbetter (CBC/STLFC), Jason Pesek (CCP/Brown), Keegan McHugh (Howell/SIUE) along with Wisconsin seniors Mark Segbers (Vianney) and Tommy Barlow (CCP) in reaching the inaugural US Academy Championship game, losing 0-1 to the New York Red Bulls. (video highlights at the bottom of this report).
He’s worked hard and increased his minutes yearly with the Hoosiers and this year he’s gone from an early substitute off the bench to a starter the last 14 games, playing on the right wing where he excelled for the SLSG Missouri Academy squad.
Austin Panchot converts!
— Indiana Men's Soccer (@IUMensSoccer) December 2, 2017
— Zain Pyarali (@ZainPyarali) November 19, 2017
— IDS Sports (@ids_sports) December 9, 2017
I first talked to Logan in the Summer of 2012, in an interview at the SLSG Creve Coeur facility during one of his brother Logan’s Academy matches. While Mom and Dad were on the sidelines watching the game, he was off on his own touching the ball. A key part of what separates players. He was already remarkably composed and focused on his goals as a U14, in advance of a U14 BNT Camp.
Panchot got some coverage nationally for his time with the US Soccer National team where he and Christian Pulisic were competitors, roommates and now great friends, but that means that a small minority of folks here were aware of his skill set and development. I tried to summarize my experience watching him over five years this Summer when I described him as the best prospect coming out of St. Louis. Breaking into the two-time defending national champion Stanford Cardinals as their right back, one of only two positions available with nine returning starters from the 2016 Championship team, seems to have justified that description.
Panchot (#16) starts with Pulisic (#10) vs Uruguay in U15 Match in Mexico – goal line clearance and assist in the game
Lo_Ponch get’s his First Collegiate Goal – after flying from California following a Friday night game to his brother Jean-Luc’s wedding, it was also the game-winner against Yale
— Stanford Men’s Soccer (@StanfordMSoccer) September 18, 2017
— Stanford Men’s Soccer (@StanfordMSoccer) December 9, 2017
US Academy U15/16 National Title Game