The Kutis Academy Gold boys, coached by Mark Tracy, won their Missouri title 1-0 over Missouri Rush Select in dramatic fashion. Trey Paloucek scored in overtime on a great ball by Caleb Kuhn over the top of the defense that Trey finished very well. You can see the post-game interview below. Pictures from the game, including the game winner and celebration are also below.
The boys come into the tournament ranked #23 in the Region, in a tournament that has already seen the defending champions Vardar Michigan (as 15’s) eliminated. However they are included in a group that has #1 OP Eagles Green included, the Ohio South champions. #2 Ohio Galaxies FC Elite and #4 Alliance FC (MI) are other top ranked teams in Group D and Group A respectively.
|10:00 Sat||#81 Sporting BV Schalke (KS) (SWC)||WIN 1-0||1st ever Regional game and a win. Story below!|
|12:00 Sun||#1 OP Eagles Green U16 Boys (OH-S) (SC)||LOSS 1-2||A goal by Ryan Oberle 3 min into 2nd half tied the game but loss to top-ranked regional team.|
|14:00 Mon||#83 NFC 97/98 Blue (NE) (SC)|
Game 2 Report
A win Monday while also erasing a 5 goal differential will be needed to advance
Game 1 Report by Keith Paulson – Kutis started off slow, allowing Sporting to keep possession in Kutis’ half for the first 10 minutes, but Sporting never really had a good chance. Kutis picked up the work around twenty minutes in, resulting with a full field run by Center back Sam Bell and he put his shot off the crossbar. The halftime score was 0-0 and Kutis had the momentum. Kutis came out firing on all cylinders to start the second half, but couldn’t seem to find the back of the net. With 20 minutes left in the game, Center Back Mitch Lammert stepped up and won the ball in the midfield, played it out wide to Trey Paloucek, who then played a through ball on the ground to Mark Pelizarro’s feet, who put his shot into the far corner. From there on Kutis dominated the game but didn’t come away with any more goals. The game ended 1-0.
The tournament begins with round robin games from Saturday, June 21, through Monday, June 23. One winner per group will advance. Semifinal matches take place on Tuesday, June 24, and the US Youth Soccer Region II Champions will be crowned following final games on Wednesday, June 25. Full schedules for area teams can be found on my St Louis Soccer calendar.
State Cup Title Game – Post-game interview with Caleb and Trey (YouTube)
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