The field is down to the final 28 teams as the title games are set at the 2018 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships in Westfield, IN. SLSG Elite and KC Athletics Reach Region II Title Games
Missouri will be represented in both the boys and the girls U17 title matches. SLSG Elite 2001 faces Galaxy Blue (IL) and FCKC 2001 Academy Blues Elite (KC Athletics going forward) face Pacesetter Villa Red (OH-N) in their games that kick off at 9am CT today. Background and updated schedules can be found below.
Note – both teams have already booked a spot at the USYSA National Championship via the National League earlier this year, along with SLSG MO 2002 Elite Amlong.
Regional winners of the 13U through 19U age groups earn a berth to the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championships, held July 23-29 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas. The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 14U through 18U Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 96 teams.
Read about Sam and Lily, pictured below, and their outstanding offensive performances this week
Congratulations to the boys for their decisive win against Galaxy Blue, an MRL champion this past Spring. In particular, Sam Rowan’s performance stands out as he scored seven goals in the five games, tops for the U17 age group this week. Four of those goals were game-winners, including stoppage time efforts in their first game and the semifinal match.
In the Final, SLSG Elite faces Galaxy Blue, a team that also competed in National League and Premier I in the Midwest Regional League. The two teams had divergent results as SLSG won their National League bracket while Galaxy finished third and therefor are still chasing a spot at the USYSA National Championship. Galaxy is coming off of an undefeated Midwest Regional League season (5-0-2). One common opponent – CUP Gold – also finished with a similar record but finished second by goal differential. Both Galaxy and CUP advanced to Regionals via their MRL results.
The one primary difference then is that SLSG has a ticket to Nationals and Galaxy does not. Which changes the importance of the game.
The semifinal will feature a pair of teams who know each other well. While SLSG are ranked #2 in Region 2, face Club Ohio Green at #15. Their last meeting on April 29th was a 2-2 draw in Rockford. This will be the rubber match for the season. I remember my first good look at Elite was in April 2017 when they came back to beat Ohio Green in a match played at SLUH. It solidified my impressions of Sam Rowan while also getting to see what an offensive force Trent Dolson is.
On a related note, as a result of winning the Blue Bracket at National League this Winter, the boys have already booked a trip to the National Championships in July.
|SLSG ELITE 2001|
|6/27/2018||9:00:00 AM||RII U17B Final: SLSG Elite v Galaxy Blue (IL)||6-0 win|
|6/26/2018||7:00:00 AM||RII U17B Semifinal; SLSG Elite v Club Ohio Green||2-1 win|
|6/24/2018||11:00:00 AM||RII U17B: SLSG Elite v Madison 56ers (WI)||3-0 win|
|6/23/2018||1:00:00 PM||RII U17B: SLSG Elite v Sporting IA||4-1 win|
|6/22/2018||7:00:00 AM||RII U17B: SLSG Elite v CUP Gold||5-4 win|
Link SLSG MO 2001 Elite
WEDNESDAY Sam Rowan got his fourth game-winning goal, in five games, as he opened the scoring in the 18th minute. Damian Clucas (42nd), Samuel Benoist (47th), Jack Douglas (49th), Sawyer Hardy (54th) and Christian Kraus (83rd) rounded out the scoring.
TUESDAY SLSG opened the scoring via Sam Benoist in the 31st minute but Club Ohio tied the score in the 51st setting up another game-winner by Sam Rowan, again in stoppage time, just like in the opening game of the tournament!
SUNDAY A brace from Sam Rowan and a goal by Kraus send the boys to the knockout round. Rowan got the first, in the 11th minute before Christian Kraus extended the lead two minutes into the second half. Rowan completed the scoring in the 54th.
SATURDAY the boys settled down and earned a good 4-1 win over Sporting Iowa, with Trent Dolson scoring in the 12th and Camden Dunne in the 16th to stake them to a 2-0 halftime lead. Sporting narrowed it in the 54th with a goal of their own but Dunne got his second in the 60th and Samuel Benoist finished things in stoppage time.
FRIDAY: opened with a wild win (9 goals?!!) as Trent Dolson, Nick Grewe and Sam Rowan, with a hat-trick, outscore CUP for the win. CUP opened the scoring in the 10th minute, matched by Rowan in the 42nd. A trio of goals by Dolson, Grewe and then Rowan again gave them what seemed an insurmountable lead in the 72nd, but… CUP scored in the 78th and 90 minute to tie the match but Rowan finished his account for the day in stoppage time as well, giving the boys the win. WOW.
FT – SLSG 01 Elite 2-1 Club Ohio Green (Benoist, RowAn) Advance to the @USYS_RII final tomorrow at 10am EST. pic.twitter.com/ZP4sgWHSKC
— SLSG01Elite (@SLSG01Elite) June 26, 2018
Congratulations to FCKC Academy Blues Elite for capturing their first Regional title in their second trip to the competition. It will be their first trip to Nationals, which they also qualified for with their National League bracket win in January. Lily Farkas led the U17 girls age group this week, scoring 8 goals. At least two were game-winners (I’m told three now). In addition, she set the National League record with 14 goals as striker in 2016-2017. This year (2017-2018) she had 11 goals as a midfielder.
The win in the Final today was their easiest of the tournament, with four goal scorers for their 5-0 win.
For the Final, it appears that Pacesetter qualified as State Cup winners (OH-N) but did not compete in MRL that I can determine. They’ll face a team in KC Athletics that has battled at the highest levels for several years now.
FCKC Academy Blues Elite advancing as the State Cup champions. They have also already qualified for Nationals via National League so there will be less performance pressure on them the next two days (looking forward again!). Those results have FCKC ranked #3 regionally, will face #12 ranked Total FA Elite. The semifinal features a pair of teams already qualified for the National tournament, each winning their respective National League bracket but I can’t find any face-to-face meetings. Total FA qualified for the Regional Tournament
|6/27/2018||9:00:00 AM||RII U17G Final: FCKC v Pacesetter Villa Red (OH-N)||5-0 win|
|6/26/2018||7:00:00 AM||RII U17G Semifinal: FCKC v TFA Elite (OH-S)||3-2 win|
|6/24/2018||11:00:00 AM||RII U17G: FCKC ABE v DASC (SD)||4-0 win|
|6/23/2018||1:00:00 PM||RII U17G: FCKC ABE v Campton United (IL)||4-0 win|
|6/22/2018||7:00:00 AM||RII U17G: FCKC ABE v MI Jaguars||2-1 win|
WEDNESDAY the easiest win of the tournament, with goals by four players on the day. Caroline Chisholm with the game-winner in the 23rd, Karoline Nelson in the 67th followed by Brianne Severns, also in the 67th. Then Farkas wraps up a remarkable tournament with goals in the 75th and 83rd minute.
TUESDAY Lily Farkas scores a hat-trick as FCKC outscores TFA 3-2. Her goals in the 15th, 60th and 74th minute seemed to have settled things but the girls had to fight off Total FA’s squad as they scored in the 75th and 79th minutes.
SUNDAY a second shutout sharpens the knife as they prepare for the knockout stage, goals by Madilyn Hamline, Haley Faubion, a second for Hamline and then Karoline Nelson finished things.
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.
Big Win today (3-2) over TFA Elite. Lily Farkas dug deep and scored a hatrick. 👒👒👒
We head to the Regional championship game tomorrow at 10am. #WeRepKC #KCAthletics #RoadToTX pic.twitter.com/5FzkEW6D2s
— FCKC Blues Elite 01 (@AcademyBlues01) June 26, 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