Congratulations to the FCKC 2001 Academy Blues Elite from KC Athletic soccer club who have qualified for the USYSA National Soccer Championship Series, the country’s most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. The 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championships are being held July 23-29 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas. It is FCKC’s first trip to Nationals. FCKC 2001 Blues Elite Qualify for USYSA National Championship
With the teams assistance, I’ve compiled a record of their past two years of play. It’s worth noting that the team maintained their membership in USYSA as the club, now known as KC Athletics, moved to the US Soccer Girls Academy Program last Fall. These ladies chose to play High School soccer and continue their pursuit of a National title within USYSA for which I’m grateful. I don’t know what their plans are for this Fall as majority of the girls are juniors and sophomores and the Club has joined the ECNL, rather than the US Academy. If the team moves to ECNL, they will still be able to play High School but no guarantee they will be in the same division as SLSG, limiting our opportunities to see them. That would be disappointing. Follow KC Athletics SC on Twitter
FCKC Academy Blues Elite (MO) took home the 2017-18 National League Blue Division title, earning their spot in the National Championships in January. The Missouri side went 6-1-0 for the season with Lily Farkas and Madilyn Hamline contributing 19 of FCKC’s 25 goals. Coming off of its National League win, FCKC went on to also win the 2018 Midwest Regional Championships. After finishing in fourth place in the previous National League season, FCKC has worked hard to achieve their National title dreams. The performance at Regionals was inspiring and offers as positive a note as you could hope for. Follow FCKC Blues Elite on Twitter
The National League provides a pathway for four teams per gender age group to qualify for the US Youth Soccer National Championships, sending the top finishers in each division of the 14U through 18U Boys and Girls age groups to compete for the National title. In 2017, nine of a possible 10 National Championship titles were won by National League teams.
The team will play three group games, beginning Tuesday and finishing Thursday. Their game Wednesday will be live streamed. A link along with schedule and their results can be found below.
The team were State Cup Champions in Fall 2017, defeating SLSG Premier 3-1 in the title game. They went on to win the Midwest Regional title as well, going undefeated with three shutouts, including 5-0 in the Final, while scoring 18 goals and allowing only 3. Their opponent in the Final, Pacesetter Villa Red (OH-N) is representing the Midwest at Nationals since FCKC advances via the National League.
Goran Karadzov- MO Girl’s Competitive Coach of the Year 2017
Missouri State Cup Champions in 2016 & 17
2017 MRL Premiere Division 1 – 1st place with an 8-0-1 record
Midwest Regional Champion, 2018 (their second trip to this tournament).
National League the last 2 years, winning 1st place in our division with 6-1 record in 2017-2018.
Last year (2016-17)Lily Farkas set the National League record with 14 goals as striker. This year (17-18) she had 11 goals as a midfielder.
Our overall record with all League & tournament games was 27-1-1.
17 shut outs. 113 goals for. 15 goals against all season (through late March) with the team going 5-0 in Regionals as noted above.
Thanks @KCTV5 for coming out to see our girls prepare for the National Championships! We want to bring that trophy home to KC!https://t.co/spEOWi6AKl@KCTVDani @YumiStroder @AthleticsKC @USYouthSoccer @MOyouthSoccer #WeRepKC #KCAthletics #ROADtoTX pic.twitter.com/b8toxSjU7k
— FCKC Blues Elite 01 (@AcademyBlues01) July 20, 2018
|Tue Jul 24||11:00 am||Rebels 2001 Elite (CA-S)||3-2 W|
|Wed Jul 25||7:00 am||BC United 01 (NY-W)||2-2 D|
|Thu Jul 26||11:00 am||Mandeville SC Lakers LPDL (LA)|
|Sat Jul 28||9:00 am||Semifinal|
|Sun Jul 29||7:40 am||Final|
Two teams advance from the Group and FCKC is in second, behind BC United. Each are 1-0-1 but BC United have a +3 to +1 Goal Differential advantage. FCKC face Mandeville SC (LA) today, who lost 0-3 to open group play.
FCKC opened the scoring early as Lily Farkas ran onto a ball from the center circle, splitting the defenders before shooting back across her body to bury it in the left side. BC United hunkered down and their defensive pressure began to interrupt what had been some nice ball movement by FCKC. They have their own two-girl scoring leaders in sisters Victoria and Olivia McKnight and Victoria scored a pair to give BC, getting her second in the final minute of the half. Farkas got a second goal to tie the game with a shot from the top of the 22 yd circle after Raena Childers intercepted a pass and found Farkas immediately, who created her own space before taking the shot following a 10 yard run. See it here
FCKC Academy Blue Elite (MO) dug themselves out of a 2-0 hole to defeat Rebels 20001 Elite (CA-S), 3-2 in 17U Girls group play. After a scoreless first half, Olivia Sekimoto started the scoring putting Rebels up after a 54th minute goal. Erin Healy added a goal just one minute later to give the Rebels a commanding 2-0 lead early in the half. FCKC showed its perseverance as it began to fight back starting with a Lily Farkas goal in the 67th minute. Farkas tied the game in the 82nd minute adding to her already impressive goal tallies from Regionals and National League. FCKC kept knocking on the doorstep and finally earned the game winner to complete the comeback victory as Madilyn Hamline found the back of the net. Via USYSA
GOAL #3!!!!! Madilyn Hamline to the rescue giving FCKC the lead! FCKC Blues Elite: 3, Rebels SC: 2
— KC Athletics Soccer Club (@AthleticsKC) July 24, 2018
Wednesday’s match against BC United
The roster has a few changes for the tournament. Karli Schnakenberg, a Central Missouri recruit (current National Champions) is out with an ACL injury. Three new names from the National League roster are all underclassmen. Dragana Andonovski, who’s father Vlatko is the Head Coach of the Seattle Reign in NWSL, will be a junior at Park hill. Her Trojan teammate Jordan Austin will be a sophomore. Raena Childers was 2nd team All-State at Grain Valley, playing with her older sister Rylan who shared the Class 3 Offensive Player of the Year award with Emily Groark. A very talented family.
The FCKC Forte Elite 98 girls reached the NCS last year and Lily Farkas, Kloee Grubb, Madilyn Hamline, Brianne Severns and Sophia Stram were all part of the team , providing depth and an opportunity to experience the environment around the tournament, much like the three newcomers listed above. So the team goes in with some experience.
|Jersey||Player||Pos||HS Grad||High School||College|
|03||Evelyn Alejandre||M||2019||Bishop Miege (KS)|
|16||Jordan Austin||M||2021||Park Hill|
|05||Raena Childers||F||2021||Grain Valley|
|26||Caroline Chisholm||M||2020||Shawnee Mission East (KS)|
|07||Lily Farkas||F||2019||St. Teresa||Michigan|
|15||Rachel Legg||D||2019||Pembroke Hill|
|08||Karoline Nelson||M||2020||Shawnee Mission East (KS)|
|99||Mollie Plas||M||2020||St. Teresa|
|11||Taylor Reid||F||2020||Lee's Summit West|
|06/25||Brianne Severns||F||2020||Blue Springs South||Kansas|
|04||Sophia Stram||F||2020||Bishop Miege (KS)||SLU Billikens|
|GK||Alaina Werremeyer||GK||2020||Blue Springs South||Kansas State|
|17||Emma Willard||D||2019||Lee's Summit North||–|
|09||Emma Yackley||M||2019||Free State (KS)||Creighton|
PHOTO GALLERY – FCKC v FC United at Lou Fusz