The 2016 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships begin play Friday June 24 and St. Louis sends eight boys teams to the tournament being held in Westfield, IN (North of Indianapolis). There are State Champions at U13-U19 along with a pair of Midwest Regional League (MRL) qualifiers in the U15 age group, making for a strong representation there. They join the five girls teams in representing the metropolitan area this week.
The teams are identified below with links to the Age Group standings and then a link to the individual team. I’m adding game schedules/results to this page as well so bookmark this page!
An additional resource this year is a Digital Program. It is available for Apple iOS, Android and Kindle. It includes Rosters for each team as well as Age Group schedules, so very useful. It can be printed but it’s 78 pages.
U13 Boys – SLSG Elite
Friday – opened with a 3-0 win over VSA (IA)
Saturday – a 3-0 loss to CFJ North (IL) who are top of group now with six points
Sunday – finish with a 1-0 win over Vardar (MI), always a satisfying result, but return home despite a 2-1 finish in their first Regional tournament as CFJ (IL) advance. 4 goals for, 3 allowed.
U14 Boys – Sporting JB Marine Mann
Friday – a 1-1 draw that saw the boys come back in the first half with a headed goal from an awesome cross by Aaron Boulch. Will Nicholson stopped a PK in the second half to help earn the point.
Saturday – a 4-1 win against NFC puts the team atop Group A based upon Goal Differential (+3 vs +2) over Sporting Omaha, who they drew with on Friday.
Sunday – An 8-0 win over ECU (IN) propels Sporting to top of the group with a +7 GD over Sporting Omaha (Coached by Tim Walters – the son) after their opening 1-1 draw meant identical 2-0-1 records. Aaron Boulch hat-trick (5 overall) along with goals from Samuel Benoist, Riley Dubbs (3 overall), Jake Unterreiner and Arthur DeCampos.
This is the second trip to Regionals for Sporting JB Marine, who went on to win the Regional title in 2015 as U13’s and advance to the National tournament. In addition, the U14 Boys age group includes Kansas State Cup winners Sporting KC pre-Academy.
U15 Boys – Lou Fusz Geerling
Friday – open with 2-1 win over VSA (IA) on goals by Curt Miller and Mitchell Murphey, after VAS opened the scoring in the 39th.
Saturday – a second win, 3-2 over Libertyville FC (IL), the boys sit atop the group with six points
Sunday – defeat Milwaukee Bavarians 1-0, advance to the Semifinals.
Lou Fusz Geerling also returns for the second year as defending Regional Champions, a game won in the final minute on a goal by Tristan Stotler. They’ll look to return to the National tournament again. They are joined in this age group by the Sporting KC pre-Academy team that includes four players who were part of the U15 National Championship team last year.
U15 Boys – SLSG Elite
Friday – a 2-2 draw vs Toledo Celtics Black
Saturday – a 2-0 win vs CUP Gold
Sunday – fall to Sporting KC (1-1-1) and finish third in Group B. A tie with group winner Toledo Celtic and win over CUP Gold (0-3) but fall to third in the Group.
Both LF Geerling and SLSG Elite qualified via the Midwest Regional League. In addition, the U15 Boys age group includes State Cup winners Springfield SC who have advanced with a 3-0 win Sunday.
U16 Boys – Sporting STL McMahon Ford
Friday – opened with 2-1 win vs Alliance FC (MI), coming back from an 0-1 deficit at halftime. Drew Domalewski scored 29 seconds in to the half to equalize and Johnny Klein got the game-winner 22 minutes later, from Steven Bibas.
Saturday – another win, 2-0 against MSP United. A brace for Johnny Klein, one in each half on assists by Jeremiah Collins and Drew Domalewski.
Sunday – a 2-2 draw to bottom team Des Moines Menace Red was sufficient to capture the Group with 7 points over Minneapolis United with 6. On to the Semifinals! Goals scored by Steven Bibas and Caden Castello, who got his from the spot.
Sporting STL return to Regionals for the second straight year as State Champions. The team has one new significant addition in John Klein, son of Columbia College Head Coach John Klein AND former member of the Sporting KC pre-Academy team that won the National title last year as U15’s. They enter the tournament as MRL Champions as well and will compete in National League next year.
U17 Boys – SLSG Elite
Friday – scoreless draw with Blast FC (OH-S)
Saturday – a 1-5 loss to Challenger Crew (OH-N)
Sunday – face top of group FC United (IL) (after 2) and earn a 1-0 win. That pushes SLSG into second as FC United fall to third and Crew Challenger advance to the semifinals.
U18 Boys – SLSG Elite
Friday – open with 2-1 win over Pacesetter (OH-N)
Saturday – a 1-2 loss to OP Green (OH-S)
Sunday – the MRL and State Cup Champions lost 0-4 to Javanon (KY) to end their High School careers. Congratulations on a fine season!
|09:00||U17||SLSG Elite vs Blast FC Red (OH-S)||0-0 DRAW|
|09:00||U15||SLSG Elite vs Toledo Celtics Black (OH-N)||2-2 DRAW|
|09:00||U19||STLFC vs Shaker PFC (OH-N)||3-2 WIN|
|10:00||U13||SLSG Elite vs VSA (IA)||3-0 WIN|
|11:00||U16||Sporting STL Howe vs Alliance FC (MI)||2-1 WIN|
|13:00||U15||Lou Fusz Geerling vs VSA (IA)||2-1 WIN|
|15:00||U14||Sporting JBM Mann vs Sporting Omaha||1-1 DRAW|
|13:00||U18||SLSG Elite vs Pacesetter (OH-N)||2-1 WIN|
|07:00||U18||SLSG Elite vs OP Green (OH-S)||1-2 LOSS|
|07:00||U14||Sporting JBM Mann vs NFC Blue (NE)||4-1 WIN|
|08:30||U13||SLSG Elite vs CFJ North (IL)||0-3 LOSS|
|11:00||U17||SLSG Elite vs Challenger Crew Jrs Gold (OH-N)||1-5 LOSS|
|11:00||U15||SLSG Elite vs CUP Gold (OH-S)||2-0 WIN|
|13:00||U16||Sporting STL Howe vs Minneapolis United (MN)||2-0 WIN|
|13:00||U19||STLFC vs Sporting St. Croix (MN)||4-3 WIN|
|15:00||U15||Lou Fusz Geerling vs Libertyville FC (IL)||3-2 WIN|
|07:00||U15||Sporting STL Howe vs DM Menace Red (IA)||2-2 DRAW|
|09:00||U15||Lou Fusz Geerling vs Milwaukee Bavarians (WI)||1-0 WIN|
|09:00||U19||STLFC vs Ohio Galaxies (OH-S)||1-2 LOSS|
|12:00||U13||SLSG Elite vs Vardar (MI) (MRL4)||1-0 WIN|
|13:00||U15||SLSG Elite vs Sporting KC pre-Academy||2-4 LOSS|
|13:00||U17||SLSG Elite vs FC United (IL)||1-0 WIN|
|15:00||U14||Sporting JBM Mann vs ECU Maroon (IN)||8-0 WIN|
|15:00||U18||SLSG Elite vs Javanon SC (KY)||0-4 LOSS|