The US Youth Soccer National League teams will resume league play Dec. 31-Jan. 2 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and ChampionsGate Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. Missouri is represented by three FC Kansas City Juniors teams, in the 16, 17 and U18 age groups (1999-2001 calendar year). The U16 and U18 squads open the final weekend tied for the top spot in their groups. We’ll know late Tuesday if either or both will advance to the National Championship series via the National League.
U16 Girls Black Division
FCKC are tied at the top of the Black Division with Florida Elite and Fullterton Rangers, all with 8 points from the first four matches. Two time National Champions Nationals Union (MI) sit just behind the threesome with 3 points. FCKC face them in their final game on Monday. Lily Farkas was the leading scorer at Region II Championships with four goals and recently competed at the ODP Inter-Regionals. She continues her scoring exploits following State Cup and leads the age group with 9 goals, the next closest with 4. Teammate Madilyn Hamline has 3, the team scoring 16 thus far.
|U16 FCKC Academy Blues Elite|
|Dec 01||8:30 AM||Florida Elite 2001 (FL)||2-2|
|Dec 02||9:00 AM||Beadling 2001 Elite (PA-W)||9-0 W|
|Dec 03||9:00 AM||PacNW 01 Maroon (WA)||4-3 W|
|Dec 04||8:20 AM||Fullerton Rangers 01 White (CA-S)||1-1|
|Dec 31||11:30 am||SLSC Comos 01 Lawless (OK)||6-1 W|
|Jan 01||8:00 am||TFA Elite 01 (OH-S)||5th with 4 points|
|Jan 02||10:00 am||Nationals Union 01 Black (MI)||4th with 5 points|
Saturday – a goal in the 3rd minute by Taylor Reid got FCKC started enroute to a 6-1 win. Lilly Farkas scored a hat trick between the 30th and 51st minute to extend the lead to 4-0 before SLSC got won back in the 56th. Goals by Caroline Chisholm and Hailey Faubion sealed the win. Farkas now has 12 goals in five games.
U17 Girls Blue Division
Midwest United FC 00 Royal (MI) leads the group with a 4-0 record while FCKC sit bottom with 1 point following an 0-3-1 first weekend, the lone point coming in their first game draw. Rylan Childers has two of the three goals scored as the team opens LINK
|U17 FCKC Academy Blues Elite|
|Dec 01||3:00 pm||Washington Rush (WA)||1-1|
|Dec 02||12:00 pm||Tennessee SC 2000 Showcase (TN)||0-1 L|
|Dec 03||3:00 pm||Century V Gold (PA-W)||1-2 L|
|Dec 04||8:20 am||Beach Academy (CA-S)||1-2 L|
|Dec 31||8:00 am||New Jersey Stallions Academy-Stampede (NJ)||1-3 L|
|Jan 01||8:45 am||Sunrise Sting 2000 (FL)||5th 4 points|
|Jan 02||8:00 am||Midwest United FC 00 Royal (MI)||1st 12 points|
Saturday, via USYSA – A 3-1 win over FC Kansas City Academy Blues Elite 2000 (MO) on Saturday helped New Jersey Stallions Academy-Stampede (NJ) move to the top of the 17U Blue Division standings. Jillian O’Toole opened the scoring by receiving a pass at the top of the box and curling a shot over the keeper and inside the left post — giving the Stallions a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute. An FCKC high line and high pressure caused some problems for New Jersey while creating some chances for the Blues, but the Stallions fought off the FCKC chances and managed to double their advantage before halftime. Following a nice diving save from the FCKC keeper in the 42nd minute, Ashleigh Sarafin gathered the rebound and slid home the follow-up to double the New Jersey lead. Maddie Poertner pulled FCKC within one with a 56th-minute goal, and she nearly tied the game with a chip in the 83rd minute that floated off the outside of the left post. Hayley Baer added a late insurance goal for the Stallions to cap their 3-1 victory.
U18 Girls White Division
FCKC Academy Blues Elite 99 (MO) are one of three sides tied atop the Division with 10 points. They open Saturday against current #1 (+6 GD) FC Pennsylvania, followed on Sunday by #1 Kings Hammer (+5 GD). FCKC have a +5 GD as well but only 6 GF to Kings Hammer 9 goals. They finish against the #4 team SC United, one point behind and a +4 GD. That’s how tight this division is. Roster depth will play a key role with three extremely tough games in a row. The top four teams are playing their top three opponents. What a schedule!
Note – Brionna Halverson (Bolivar/SLU) leads the team with two goals, with three others with one apiece (and an own goal) for six total.
FCKC has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments, with its most recent being a semifinals appearance at the 2016 National Championships. The Missouri side saw its group finish with a three-way tie atop the standings last season, so the players know the importance of each game and should be focused from the first whistle. LINK
|U18 FCKC Academy Blues Elite|
|Dec 01||1:30 pm||Albion SC White (CA-S)||0-0|
|Dec 02||3:00 pm||DMCV Sharks Elite (CA-S)||1-0 W|
|Dec 03||12:00 pm||Solar Chelsea 99 (TX-N)||2-0 W|
|Dec 04||6:30 pm||Palo Alto 99 Blue (CA-N)||3-1 W|
|Dec 31||12:00 pm||FC Pennsylvania Strikers (PA-E)||0-3 L|
|Jan 01||1:45 pm||Kings Hammer Academy Red (OH-S)||2nd 10 points +5 GD|
|Jan 01||12:00 pm||South Carolina United FC 99 Elite (SC)||4th 9 points +4 GD|
Saturday, via USYSA – FC Pennsylvania Strikers (PA-E) kept pace at the top of the 18U White Division with a 3-0 win over FCKC Academy Blues Elite 99 (MO). The two sides entered the day in a three-way first-place tie, alongside Kings Hammer Academy Red (OH-S), and the Strikers grabbed some early momentum with an exquisite ninth-minute goal. Kayla Mesaros created some room down the left wing to serve in a cross, and Emily McNesby made a perfectly timed run into the box, where she hit a first-time volley just inside the near post to give Penn Strikers the 1-0 lead. McNesby added a second goal in the 63rd minute to double her side’s advantage. FCKC pushed for a goal to switch the momentum of the game, but Francesca Pellerito netted an 85th-minute tally to cap the Penn Strikers’ 3-0 win. Kings Hammer also won on Saturday, setting up a key matchup with the Pennsylvania side on Monday.