The US Youth Soccer National League girls teams have resumed league play this weekend in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Four teams – JB Marine 2001 Schneider, KC Athletics 2001, Lou Fusz 2003 United and Sporting STL 2004 Red Devils – will play three games this weekend.
The Lou Fusz United McKee girls are best positioned to advance as a Division winner, starting 4-0 in their first weekend. Another sweep this weekend will accomplish the task!
The National League schedule for Lakewood Ranch features four of the eight teams per division in the 15U through 19U age groups, meaning 72 girls teams will take the fields to play the next three games of their National League season. Each matchup holds great importance in determining which teams will punch their ticket to the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships, held July 23-28 in Overland Park, Kan.
SATURDAY (3-0-1) (w-d-l)
SUNDAY (1-2-1 ) Congratulations to Lou Fusz 2003 Blue who have sealed the Division title today. Forward Chloe Netzel leads the age group with 8 goals in six games. Details below!
2001 JB Marine Schneider
JB Marine 2001 Elite Schneider reached the State Cup final, losing 0-2 to KCSG Academy but advanced to National League based upon their application that included their semifinal finish at the Midwest Regional in June. It’s their first National League season after competing in the Premier I division of the Midwest Conference (formerly MRL) that past two seasons.
They finished 1-1-2 (w-d-l) the first weekend, falling 1-3 in their final match, earning four points overall. Mia Corrigan (Timberland/Lindenwood) scored an 88th minute goal to earn the draw in the opener, Hannah Warnecke (Zumwalt South/Quincy) scored in the 60th for the game-winner in the second match. Mariah Johnson scored in the 1-3 loss. RED DIVISION STANDINGS
Saturday: Faith Montandon (IWA), returning following ACL surgery, scored early in the second half for JBM
Sunday: Hannah Warnecke (FZS) scored in the 73rd, moving the team within one but a 90th min goal by CSA sealed it
Of note, Chloe Netzel with Lou Fusz, is the top scorer thus far with 8 goals. You can see her score one in the video below.
|Sat||11:00||v FC Boulder Elite CO||1-2 L|
|Sun||09:00||v CSA South Elite NC||1-3 L|
|Mon||06:45||v MI Jaguars Green|
|Thu||11:00||v CSAIU (OH-N)||1-1 Draw|
|Fri||09:00||v Mandeville SC (LA)||1-0 W|
|Sat||09:00||v Rebels (CA-S)||0-1 L|
|Sun||10:00||v Century Gold (PA-W)||1-3 L|
2001 KC Athletics
KC Athletics 2001 Academy Elite (formerly KCFC Academy Elite Blues) return to the National League, guaranteeing their spot with their first place finish last year. That led to USYSA National Championship series where the girls finished in second place. As part of their efforts there, Lily Farkas and Kloee Grubb were named to the Best XI and Farkas was also the Golden Ball Winner, replicating her effort at the Midwest Regional.
It’s a different team competing this year however as the group moved to the ECNL. Thus the winless record thus far, losing 0-5 in their final match. Most distressing would be the -12 goal differential, driven to those heights by the four goal and then five goal shutouts to end the weekend. BLUE DIVISION STANDINGS
Saturday: A nice win to start the weekend! Goals by four players with Karoline Nelson, Mackenzie DiMarco (2), Gabrielle Grimaldi and Brooke Fallis scoring.
Sunday: Points two days in a row! Goals by Mackenzie Dimarco and Mollie Plas negated a CSA goal in the 10th minute. As you may have noted, three goals in two games now for DiMarco who with Ky Roe were not with the team for the November matches.
|Sat||11:00||v Blue Cleveland FC Royal OH-N||5-0 W|
|Sun||09:00||v CSA North/Hville Elite NC||2-2 D|
|Mon||06:45||v Nationals Union Red MI|
|Thu||13:00||v SGV Surf (CA-S)||2-3 L|
|Fri||11:00||v Celtic FC (UT)||2-4 L|
|Sat||15:00||v 1776 United FC (PA-E)||0-4 L|
|Sun||10:00||v Beadling South (PA-W)||0-5 L|
On behalf of KC Athletics/FCKC, the city and soccer community of Kansas City, and the state of Missouri, we could not be more proud of these girls. They return home as Nationals Runners-up.
Show these girls some love! 💙 pic.twitter.com/GnKxs9T97J
— KC Athletics Soccer Club (@AthleticsKC) July 29, 2018
2003 Lou Fusz Blue
Lou Fusz 2003 Blue had a wonderful 2018, capturing their second straight State Cup title in November (4-0 win) as well as finishing first in their Midwest Conference Premier I division, both results ensuring they return to the Midwest Regional next June while also opening a second spot for a Missouri team. Their first trip to the Midwest Regional in June included a semifinal berth for the team.
The girls completed a four game winning streak in their first weekend of play with a 5-0 win over Beach FC (CA-S), defending National Champions. They sit atop the group with 12 points. They gave up one goal and with one other team in the age group have the largest GD at +13. Their closest rival PSA National sits two points back (3-1-0) and will be their opponent Sunday. WHITE DIVISION STANDINGS
Saturday: Chloe Netzel scored the first 2 goals, Sara Foley with one of the assists. Madelyn Smith scored the 3rd and 4th goals. See one of Chloe’s goals in the video below as well as a conversation with Coach Pat McVey, Emi Pope and some other game action including Mercedes Schroer with the 1v1 own
Sunday: Chloe opens for LF again, this time a 21st minute goal. Kasey Neidhardt’s 29th min goal allowed Blue to maintain a lead when PSA scored in the 36th. A strong second half started with Madelyn Smith’s goal in th 40th! Netzel sealed it with another goal in the 58th. Lou Fusz is the clear leader in the group, especially with the win Saturday over their closest rival currently. They have sealed the group title since the four teams who will play in March all have two or more losses already. They could not reach the 18 points Lou Fusz has already. Standings link just above.
|Sat||09:00||v Lady Lobos Rush Premier TN||4-1 W|
|Sun||07:00||v PSA National NJ||4-1 W|
|Mon||10:25||v Nationals Union Black MI|
|Sun||08:20||v Beach FC (CA-S)||5-0 W|
|Sat||12:00||v Liverpool (TX-N)||2-0 W|
|Fri||13:30||v Indie Chicas (ID)||2-1 W|
|Thu||08:00||v Beadling (PA-W)||5-0 W|
2004 Sporting STL Red Devils
The two-time Missouri State Champions (Summer 2018 and Fall 2018) went on to an 0-1-2 record in the Midwest Regionals this Fall. They finished sixth in the NL Midwest Conference (MRL) Premier I division with a 3-2-4 record. They qualified for NL based upon their Spring MRL Premier I Blue Division 2nd Place finish.
The team opened National League play in early December, earning four points from the two games played, a draw and a win. The final two days of competition were canceled due to the snowstorms that hit central North Carolina that weekend. There has been no news on whether the two lost games will be rescheduled although it seems unlikely with High School soccer opening in late February.
This weekends schedule looks favorable as the first two teams they will face are winless at this point. Monday’s game against GA Rush is a team like them with four points and in second place (one of four teams) but GA holds a goal differential advantage. BLUE DIVISION STANDINGS
Saturday: Nina Preusser got the game-winner in the 8th min as the Red Devils moved into 1st place for now (previous leader plays in March). Ava Blum, Madison Hendershott, Julie Steiger and Brooke Kittner also scored.
Sunday: The Red Devils got a 5th minute goal by Brooke Kittner to take the lead but CDA (OH) tied the match in the 39th minute. Kittner also scored in Saturday’s win. Now in second place in the group, a win will be essential to stay close with half the teams yet to play their final 3.
|Sat||09:00||v Blue BC United Premier NY-W||5-0 W|
|Sun||07:00||v CDA Premier OH-S||1-1 D|
|Mon||08:35||v GA Rush|
|Dec 7||12:45||Pac NW (WA)||7-1 W|
|Dec 6||11:45||LVSA (NV)||1-1 D|
National League girls showcase Tampa, FL game one in the books. 5-0 win over BC United (NY) and now we go for warm down in the ocean. @SportingSTL Red Devils. #earnyourplace @MOyouthSoccer @SoccerSTL pic.twitter.com/L9tZB68FPo
— Sporting Stl Red Devils (@SportingRD2004) January 19, 2019