The final day of group play included a 2005 girls match between Lou Fusz Tottleben v Sporting STL Academy Stevens that would determine which team would advance to the final. It was a remarkable game between two teams that along with Lou Fusz Geerling have been competing at a high level in the Midwest Conference leading up to the State Cup. The one team I hadn’t seen was Sporting STL but their reputation preceded them. I got to see a game that has been excited for the next five years of development in this age group.
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Sporting STL came out strong and for the first 15 minutes appeared ready to dominate but Tottleben slowly began to assert themselves, with both teams working the ball well. The first goal was scored from a corner kick as Alyssa Stevens was unimpeded by a defender, only having to challenge a pair of teammates at the front post to head in her goal in the 28th minute.
Sporting got a second in the 47th minute (35 minute halves) when their winger got down the right side and after avoiding a challenge, unleashed a 25 yard shot from the right side of the box that was one of the best I saw this weekend.
It could have stopped Tottleben in their tracks but when three minutes later their keeper broke up a cross while ending up underneath the attacker, the team responded. Check out the smile on the GK’s face (Ally Moore, Zumwalt South) while laying underneath the attacker with her defender heading upfield with the ball. Lou Fusz came close in the 58th with a breakaway broken up by the Sporting keeper. In the 61st, they took their first step on the comeback when #10 Lucie Schwarz (Viz) stepped up and cooly finished a penalty kick. The goal that brought them back for a 2-2 tie was scored as their dynamic center back Aubree Wallace (Civic Memorial) moved up to the left side, hitting a hard shot that went off the crossbar and the rebound was finished by #14 Maddie Vasiloff (Granite City), perchance motivated by the previous save that had denied her in the 58th minute.
The Tottleben girls ran out of time before they could get a third while Sporting worked to maintain the draw that in the end, sent them through to the Final for the second straight year.
In Monday’s other game, #1 Lou Fusz Geerling drew 1-1 with #5 SLSG Elite today. They last played in October with Geerling winning 4-0. A draw guarantees Geerling advances.
The defending champion (at U13) is Lou Fusz Geerling who defeated Sporting STL Stevens 2-1 in the Final last year, only after getting into the knockout round as a wildcard. They’ve enjoyed an undefeated run in the Midwest Conference this Spring , including wins over Sporting STL and Lou Fusz Tottleben. They have already qualified for the USYSA National Championship series in Kansas City in July after going undefeated and winning their National League group this Winter as well.
SLIDESHOW – Monday’s match between Sporting STL Academy and Lou Fusz Tottleben