The 2018 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships open June 22nd at Grand Park Sports Complex in Westfield, Ind. The Midwest Regional Championships feature top teams in the 13U through 19U age groups, who qualify by either winning their State Cup Championship, or via National League and Midwest Regional League. Missouri has the seven State Champions competing as well as two teams that qualified via the alternate routes, one at U14 and one at the U17 age level, Nine Missouri Girls Soccer Teams at Midwest Regional Championships
Games kick off with round robin games Friday, June 22, through Sunday, June 24. Following a day of rest, semifinal matches are Tuesday, June 26, and finals are Wednesday, June 27. Regional winners of the 13U through 19U age groups earn a berth to the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championships, July 23-29, at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas.
Below you will find information on each of the teams – some comments of mine or that I share, the team schedule and results as well as a link to their team page at USYSA. All of the games are also now part of my St. Louis soccer calendar where you can find key club, college and professional area games.
ADVANCING to the Knockout rounds beginning Tuesday – 2001 FCKC, 2001 JB Marine Schneider, 2002 Lou Fusz United, 2003 Lou Fusz Blue (formerly MO Rush) and 2005 LF Geerling
SUNDAY Day 3 results (5-2-2 ) – W LF 2000, JB Marine 2001, FCKC 2001, LF 2002, LF 2003, – D LF 2005, Sporting STL 2004 – L AFA Fillies 1999, SLSG 2004
SATURDAY Day 2 results (6-1-2) – W AFA Fillies 1999, FCKC 2001, JB Marine 2001, Lou Fusz 2002, Lou Fusz 2003, and Lou Fusz 2005 all won today while SLSG 2004 earned a draw. Lou Fusz 2000 and Sporting STL 2004 lost their matches.
Lou Fusz 2005 Geerling can advance with a draw, a loss would eliminate them via head-to-head results. ADVANCE!
Lou Fusz 2003 Lagow face the only winless team in their group, they hold a one goal advantage currently if SOFC can beat Nationals
Lou Fusz 2002 United Preusser face KS Rush Sunday tied for the lead with 6 pts each. Need a win to advance, Rush holds GD advantage if it’s a draw! UPDATE a win advances the team!
ADVANCE! JB Marine 2001 face winless OPSC while the 2nd & 3rd place teams duel in the final group match Sunday. Advantage JBM
ADVANCE! FCKC 2001 face winless DASC (SD) in Sunday’s final group match and advance with a loss even due to the head-to-head advantage over the other two competitors.
AFA Fillies face Minneapolis Inferno who also are 1-1. Several scenarios with Iowa Rush two points behind facing winless Ohio while MSP holds the advantage in goal differential. A win is necessary to advance. UPDATE – a loss ends their tournament run
FRIDAY Day 1 results (W-D-L) – Ladies went 4-2-3 Friday including wins by AFA Fillies 1999, FCKC 2001, LF United 2002 and LF Geerling 2005 – draws by JB Marine 2001 and LF 2003 Blue – and losses for LF Elam 2000, Sporting STL 2004 and SLSG 2004.
State Cup Champions, on a late goal after advancing as a wildcard. They were the team to beat according to a couple of coaches I talked to during the Spring season.
|Lou Fusz Geerling 2005|
|6/22/2018||7:00:00 AM||RII U13G: LF Geerling v MN Thunder||1-0 win|
|6/23/2018||1:00:00 PM||RII U13G: LF Geerling v CSA impact (OH-N)||3-1 win|
|6/24/2018||11:00:00 AM||RII U13G: LF Geerling v Tudela FC (IN)||0-0 draw|
|6/26/2018||7:00:00 AM||RII U13G Semifinal||LF Geerling v CUP North|
|6/27/2018||9:00:00 AM||RII U13G Final|
SUNDAY the girls advance to the knockout round following their scoreless draw
SATURDAY continued success as they move to the top of the group table with one game remaining. Brooke Cattoor scored in the 19th to give Geerling a lead they would not relinquish.
Isabel Montileone added a pair, in the 35th and 43rd to extend the lead.
FRIDAY a great start, with Isabel Montileone’s goal in the 7th minute, propelled the team to their first Regional win.
Sporting STL Red Devils, after falling in the Final as U13’s, returned this Summer to capture the State Cup title with a convincing win over WC STL Elite. For SLSG Premier, they advanced to the tournament via their Midwest Regional League results,
|6/22/2018||9:00:00 AM||RII U14G: Sporting STL v CDA Premier (KY)||1-2 loss|
|6/22/2018||11:00:00 AM||RII U14G: SLSG Premier v Indy Premier Nike||0-1 loss|
|6/23/2018||7:00:00 AM||RII U14G: Sporting STL v MI Jaguars||0-4 loss|
|6/23/2018||9:00:00 AM||RII U14G: SLSG Premier v CRSA (IA)||1-1 draw|
|6/24/2018||7:00:00 AM||RII U14G: SLSG Premier v Sporting OFC (NE)||0-2 loss|
|6/24/2018||1:00:00 PM||RII U14G: Sporting STL v Pacesetter (OH-N)||0-0|
SUNDAY an 0-2 loss to wrap their first Regional experience 0-2-1, earning a point on Saturday in their draw
SATURDAY a draw gives them their first point on a goal by Rachel Jackson in the 7th minute. CRSA tied it three minutes later. While the team faces current leader Sporting OFC Sunday, with a win tying them with 4 points, a win or draw for the other two teams would put one of them at 5 or 6 points so the girls will wrap their season Sunday.
FRIDAY a goal in the 12th minute by Indy is all that separated the teams.
Link SLSG MO 2004 Premier Pecher via MRL
SUNDAY a scoreless draw earned the girls their first point of the tournament in their first visit to Regionals
SATURDAY a second loss has eliminated the girls from contention and they’ll finish their season Sunday
FRIDAY the girls gave up goals in the 23rd and 35th minute before getting one of their own in the 70th by Brooke Kittner but were unable to get a second
|MO Rush/Lou Fusz Blue 2003|
|6/22/2018||7:00:00 AM||RII U15G: Lou Fusz Blue v SOFC Elite (NE)||2-2 draw|
|6/23/2018||1:00:00 PM||RII U15G: Lou Fusz Blue v Nationals Union (MI)||2-0 win|
|6/24/2018||11:00:00 AM||RII U15G: Lou Fusz Blue v Lexington FC (KY)||1-0 win|
|6/26/2018||7:00:00 AM||RII U15G Semifinal: LF Blue v MI Jaguars|
|6/27/2018||9:00:00 AM||RII U15G Final:|
SUNDAY a goal by Kayley Judy, assisted by Emi Pope, sends the girls to the semifinals The goal came in stoppage time, inside the box, as the team knew they needed a goal to advance following National Unions win minutes earlier!
SATURDAY a pair of goals, first by Madelyn Smith (Alton Marquette) in the 56th and by Megan Wiseman (Duchesne) in the 67th ensured the win. Tied with SOFC, their opening draw, they are in the drivers seat in the group with a game against winless Lexington in their hopes to advance.
FRIDAY – A Goal by Kasey Neidhardt (Granite City HS) in the 31st to open the scoring was matched in the 52nd by SOFC. Sarah Foley (Belleville West) restored the lead in the 66th but a stoppage time goal by SOFC earned them the point to open play. Facing Nationals Union Saturday, who won their opener, becomes a critical game if they hope to advance.
|Lou Fusz United 2002|
|6/22/2018||7:00:00 AM||RII U16G: Lou Fusz United v Indy Premier||2-1 win|
|6/23/2018||1:00:00 PM||RII U16G: Lou Fusz United v CSA Impact (OH-N)||2-1 win|
|6/24/2018||11:00:00 AM||RII U16G: Lou Fusz United v KS Rush||2-1 win|
|6/26/2018||9:00:00 AM||RII U16G Semifinal: LF United v North Shore United (WI)|
|6/27/2018||7:00:00 AM||RII U16G Final:|
SUNDAY a third win propels the girls to the next round!
SATURDAY another win, this time coming back from a 4th minute goal scored by CSA. Again it’s Stiffler, in the 40th (end of half!) and Merryfield in the 69th for the winner. They face KS Rush Sunday who also have 6 points, United need a win as Rush hold the goal differential advantage!
FRIDAY Anna Stiffler in the 5th and Riley Merrifield in the 20th provided a 2-0 halftime lead that was only spoiled by a stoppage time goal on Indy’s part. KS Rush were the other winner in the group, Sunday’s foe for a potential group title.
|6/22/2018||7:00:00 AM||RII U17G: FCKC ABE v MI Jaguars||2-1 win|
|6/22/2018||1:00:00 PM||RII U17G: JB Marine Schneider v Lexington FC (KY)||1-1 draw|
|6/23/2018||11:00:00 AM||RII U17G: JB Marine Schneider v National Union (MI)||4-1 win|
|6/23/2018||1:00:00 PM||RII U17G: FCKC ABE v Campton United (IL)||4-0 win|
|6/24/2018||9:00:00 AM||RII U17G: JB Marine Schneider v OPSC Academy (KS)||6-1 win|
|6/24/2018||11:00:00 AM||RII U17G: FCKC ABE v Campton United (IL)||4-0 win|
|6/26/2018||7:00:00 AM||RII U17G Semifinal: JB Marine v Pacesetter (OH)|
|6/26/2018||7:00:00 AM||RII U17G Semifinal: FCKC v TFA Elite (OH-S)|
|6/27/2018||9:00:00 AM||RII U17G Final:|
SUNDAY a big 6-1 win ensured the girls advanced with a +7 goal differntial whil Lexington, who they drew with in the opener, finished +5 following a 5-2 win over National Union.
SATURDAY JB Marine opened the scoring in the 4th minute by Olivia Bunton and Katie Spotanski added to the margin in the 16th minute for the first half lead. Nationals scored in the 76th but Mia Corrigan in the 88th and 90th minute for the final margin.
FRIDAY a 17th minute goal my Mia Corrigan was matched by Lexington in the 88th minute. Ouch. Saturday’s match against Nationals Union becomes critical to stay close or move past them with a win.
JBM Schneider 01 Girls are excited to end a very successful season with a trip to the USYSA Region II Championships at Grand Park in Indianapolis pic.twitter.com/zOjvD7FHLg
— JB Marine Schneider (@JBMarineSchneid) May 31, 2018
SUNDAY a second shutout sharpens the knife as they prepare for the knockout stage
SATURDAY A shutout with Lily Farkas scoring a brace, the game winner coming in 57th minute and her second in the 80th. Karoline Nelson scored in the 70th and Madilyn Hamline finished it in the 90th.
FRIDAY Michigan opend the scoring in the 49th but Lily Farkas tied the game for FCKC in the 56th minute. The winner was an own goal, on an FCKC corner kick. Saturday’s game against Campton United (IL) will likely determine the group winner as they come into the game with 3 points as well.
Team opens @USYS_RII Championship group play tomorrow at 8am. Get it girls! https://t.co/0tuzE6RftE
— soccerSTL (@SoccerSTL) June 22, 2018
🔥🔥🔥Defense pulls off another shut out!
🌪🌪🌪Offense continues to dominate with 4-0 W over DASC Black (SD)
⚽️⚽️⚽️Goals: @MHamline 2, Faubion, Nelson
🛁🍽🛏 Day off tomorrow, back at it Tuesday morning at 8am!!! #WeRepKC #KCAthletics #ROADtoTX 🏆 pic.twitter.com/Gb4g03IHpg
— FCKC Blues Elite 01 (@AcademyBlues01) June 24, 2018
Elam is going into the tournament with only 14 players from their primary roster with four players out with injuries. They’ve picked up several players to help them out but it will be difficult to integrate them in this highly competitive environment.
|Lou Fusz Elam 2000|
|6/22/2018||7:00:00 AM||RII U18G: Lou Fusz Elam v CDA Premier (OH)||1-2 loss|
|6/23/2018||1:00:00 PM||RII U18G: Lou Fusz Elam v Oshkosh United (WI)||0-2 loss|
|6/24/2018||11:00:00 AM||RII U18G: Lou Fusz Elam v Gretna Prima Green (NE)||4-0 win|
Not the weekend we hoped for, but finished strong with a 4-0 win over Gretna Prima Green (NE Champs). Goals from @mharog, @2Maddiegoodwin, @JaimieTottleben and Kendall Battle. Thanks @USYS_RII and @MOyouthSoccer for a great experience! pic.twitter.com/8KjrrqF21W
— Lou Fusz Elam (@LFSC_Elam) June 24, 2018
SUNDAY the right finish, a shutout win, as four players score for Elam. Maria Haro opened in the 54th, Madeline Goodwin in the 61st while Jaimie Tottleben (87th) and Kendall Battle (90th) closed things out
SATURDAY a second loss, this one 0-2, means Sunday match will wrap the season for Elam.
FRIDAY Elam gave up goals in the 42nd and 69th minute Friday before getting one back in the 78th by Kendall Battle. They face Oshkosh, who lost 1-3, on Saturday as both teams look to earn their first points and stay in the race.
Link Lou Fusz 2000 Elam
AFA Fillies return to Regionals for the second straight year. 2017 was not kind to the team as they finished with a 2-1 record but failed to advance out of their group last year, a very unusual situation with a record that normally ensures continued play.
2018 will likely be more difficult as the team brings half a dozen ‘underclassmen’ as part of the squad, players who graduate in 2020 or 2021. A great opportunity for the next generation of Fillies who will play with five D1 signees including Hannah Friedrich and Kayla Klipsch. Then again, they’re first State Title in November 2016 came as an underaged group against KCFC. Which trend will hold?
|AFA Fillies 1999|
|6/22/2018||7:00:00 AM||RII U19G: AFA Fillies v OH Galaxies||2-1 win|
|6/23/2018||1:00:00 PM||RII U19G: AFA Fillies v Iowa Rush||1-1 draw|
|6/24/2018||11:00:00 AM||RII U19G: AFA Fillies v MSP United (MN)||0-5 loss|
SUNDAY didn’t turn out as hoped for as the ladies fall to the Minneapolis Inferno who advance from the group.
SATURDAY Kathryn VanBooven scored in the 6th minute for an early lead but Rush drew even in the 69th. VanBooven will be a junior at Timberland in the Fall, one of the underclassmen Wyland picked up for the tournament. She’s got a lot of pace and is a good finisher and she delivered today.
FRIDAY Hannah Friedrich gave the team a great start with a goal in the third minute while Katherine Vollmer added the important second goal in the 54th minute. The shutout was spoiled by a stoppage time goal from Ohio. An important lesson learned at a good time as they face Iowa Rush Saturday who have one point and will be highly motivate.
Teams competing in the Regional Championships advanced through the first step of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, where more than 10,000 teams began their journey at the US Youth Soccer State Championships. State champions advance to the one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, where over 900 teams compete.
Regional winners of the 13U through 19U age groups earn a berth to the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championships, July 23-29, at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas. One of the 14 national crowns awarded is the James P. McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth sports, dating back to 1935 with the inaugural youth championships.