The 2019 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships will be played June 21-26 at Saginaw Township Soccer Complex in Saginaw, Mich. Missouri will be represented by nine teams, eight of which are from the St. Louis area. That includes four teams from Lou Fusz SC and three from Sporting STL as well as teams from St. Louis Scott Gallagher (SLSG) SC and Kansas City Scott Gallagher (KCSG) SC. Below you can find information on each of the teams along with links to their individual page at US Youth Soccer.
In 2018, the KC Athletics 2001 Academy Elite girls advanced to the National Championship by winning the Midwest Regional as well as their respective National League division. They do not return this year having moved over to the ECNL. There are two younger teams – Lou Fusz 2005 Geerling and Lou Fusz 2003 Blue McKee – who have already qualified by winning their National League division this Spring. Who will join them in Kansas City?
The US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships, which will feature top teams in the 13U through 19U age groups, kick off with round robin games Friday, June 21, through Sunday, June 23. Following a day of rest, semifinal matches are Tuesday, June 25, and finals are Wednesday, June 26.
I’ll offer comments of mine or that I share, along with the team schedule and results and 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. NOTE – this is a live document so visit regularly!
ADVANCING to the knockout round beginning Tuesday are Lou Fusz 2005 Geerling and Lou Fusz 2002 United and on Sunday, Lou Fusz 2003 McKee advance with a win and +1 goal differential over CDA Premier; Sporting STL 2004 Red Devils with three wins; SLSG 2004 advance on head-to-head with Libertyville; Sporting STL 2006 with three wins; Lou Fusz 2000 Elam – Missouri has seven teams in six of the seven age groups.
Lou Fusz 2000 Elam with 4 pts need to win – WON 2-0
Lou Fusz 2003 McKee must win and maintain their current goal differential advantage – WON 2-0
Sporting STL 2004 Red Devils need a draw or better – WON 2-0
SLSG 2004 Elite are in a group with all four teams sitting on one win and three points. They need a win and to be aware of goal differential – WON 2-1
Sporting STL 2006 Academy need a draw or better against closest competitor in group – WON 2-0
Cumulative total (W-D-L)
SUNDAY Day 3 Summary (): Sporting 2005 win, Olivia Baca GW; Lou Fusz 03 win, Sarah Foley GW; SLSG 04 win, Grace Moresi GW; Sporting Red Devils win, Julie Steiger GW:
SATURDAY Day 2 Summary (7-1-1): LF 05 Geerling win, Mia Martin brace; Sporting STL 05 draw; Lou Fusz 02 win, Hanna Jones stoppage winner (video below); Lou Fusz 03 win, Julia O’Neill brace; Sporting STL 04 win, Brooke Kittner winner; KCSG 01 loss; SLSG 04 win, Grace Moresi brace; Sporting STL 06 win, Jailyn Brownlee winner; Lou Fusz 00 win, Jaimie Tottleben late winner
FRIDAY Day 1 Summary (4-3-2): KCSG 2001 draw; SLSG 2004 loss; Lou Fusz 2005 Geerling win; Sporting STL 2005 loss; Lou Fusz 2002 United win; Lou Fusz 2003 draw; Sporting STL 2004 win; Lou Fusz Elam draw; Sporting STL 2006 win, Emily Derucki brace;
The girls come in strong, ranked #2 in the region and feeling confident after having beaten both FC United (2-0) and Gretna (3-1) in Midwest Conference play this Spring and Lexington (7-0) last Fall in the LF Fall Invitational.
|6/21/2019||3:00 PM||#2 Sporting STL v #80 Lexington FC||4-0 W|
|6/22/2019||1:30 PM||#2 Sporting STL v #22 FC United (IL)||3-1 W|
|6/23/2019||12:00 PM||#2 Sporting STL v #19 GSC Prima Green (NE)||2-0 W|
SUNDAY Audrey Smith in the first half and Ella Rosenberg in the second half for the win
SATURDAY goals by Alexandra Kinner, Jailyn Brownlee and Kiley Kukan propel team to top of the group. Brownlee with the winner in the second half.
FRIDAY Emily Derucki got the game-winner in the 14th minute and later scored a second goal in the 47th minute. Marissa Franklin also scored in the first half and Taylor Taykowski got the final goal late.
Link to the Team Page Sporting STL 2006 Academy
St. Louis sends two highly ranked teams to the tournament in this age group. For Geerling, one loss in early October to KC Athletics was followed by 24 straight wins. A draw vs SLSG Elite followed by 1-3 loss to Sporting STL Academy in the Cup Final has offered a valuable lesson in advance to Regional play, which they advanced to by winning their Midwest Conference Premier I division. The team has already qualified for Nationals by winning their National League division as well so the games this week are truly preparation and winning is often the best preparation.
For Sporting STL,
|6/21/2019||8:30 AM||#3 Lou Fusz Geerling v #11 CUP Gold (OH-S)||2-0 W|
|6/21/2019||12:00 PM||#4 Sporting STL v #39 Madison 56'ers (WI)||0-1 L|
|6/22/2019||7:00 AM||#3 Lou Fusz Geerling v #32 KS Rush||2-1 W|
|6/22/2019||10:00 AM||#4 Sporting STL v #14 Nationals TriCounty (MI)||1-1 D|
|6/23/2019||8:30 AM||#4 Sporting STL v IA Rush North||3-0 W|
|6/23/2019||12:00 PM||#3 Lou Fusz Geerling v #47 Indy Premier|
Game Notes – Lou Fusz Geerling
SATURDAY Mia Martin with the brace in the win, both coming in the second half after the team fell behind on a goal by Rush just before the break.
FRIDAY open with a shutout as Cambell Watters (60th) winner with Morgan Struttmann adding a goal in the 65th. USYSA game report below, check out the daily report here
Lou Fusz Geerling 05 (MO) struck for a pair of goals in the second half to earn a 2-0 win against CUP 05 Gold (OH-S) in Group B action. The Missouri side nearly broke through just minutes after the break, but an Amelia Martin header from a corner kick hit the crossbar. Lou Fusz kept pushing and grabbed a lead in the 60th minute, as Cambell Watters ran on to a bouncing partial clearance following a corner kick and hit a half volley that deflected just over the goal line. Five minutes later, Morgan Struttmann doubled the Lou Fusz advantage when she perfectly placed a shot over the keeper and inside the far post. The Missouri side held on for the shutout to open its week with three points.
Game Notes – Sporting STL
SUNDAY a decisive win to close their first trip to Regionals, goals by Olivia Baca, Kaleigh McPherson and Gabriella Starman
SATURDAY Isabel Montileone’s 62nd minute goal drew the team even but they were unable to get a winner
FRIDAY a narrow opening loss, as the girls gave one up in the first half but were unable to equalize
|6/21/2019||7:00 AM||SLSG Elite v Tonka Fusion (MN)||2-3 L|
|6/21/2019||1:00 PM||Sporting STL Red Devils v Gretna Prima Green (NE)||2-0 W|
|6/22/2019||11:00 AM||Sporting STL Red Devils v Pacesetters (OH-N)||3-2 W|
|6/22/2019||1:00 PM||SLSG Elite v Libertyville FC (IL)||6-3 W|
|6/23/2019||9:00 AM||Sporting STL Red Devils v Eclipse Select (MN)||2-0 W|
|6/23/2019||11:00 AM||SLSG Elite v KCSG Academy (KS)||2-1 W|
Game Notes – SLSG ELite
SUNDAY Elite struck back a minute after giving up an early lead on Annabelle Liebrock’s 16th minute goal. Grace Moresi got the winner in the 45th to send the team to the semifinals.
SATURDAY Libertyville struck first but SLSG fought back twice in the first half for a 2-2 draw at halftime, goals by Zara Nourie and Grace Moresi. Moresi gave the team their first lead in the 49th minute, expanded by Rachel Jackson and Sydney Frelich. Olivia Beam scored after Libertyville pulled one back.
FRIDAY a brace by Rachel Jackson that knotted the score at 2-2 was insufficient as Tonka’s Madeline Shannon had a hat-trick. It appears Jackson got her’s in stoppage time of the first half and Shannon got her third to open the second half. Both credited at the 40 minute mark.
Game Notes – Sporting STL Red Devils
SUNDAY Goals by Julie Steiger in the first half and Maggie Illig in the second provided the shutout win and advancement
SATURDAY Ava Blum knotted the score in the 12th min and Maggie Illig gave Sporting their first lead in the 19th but it fell to Brooke Kittner to score the game-winner in the 78th after Pacesetter fought back with an equalizer in the 40th
FRIDAY an opening game shutout with a Meghan Belrose brace providing the margin, scoring in the 28th and 73rd minutes.
An opening game draw with CDA Premier led to some tense times on Sunday as the two teams went into the final day with identical records (1-1-0). The McKee girls had a +2 goal differential going into the game and by winning 2-0, to CDA’s 3-0 win over Sporting BV, allowed them to advance to the semifinals on a +1 goal differential.
|6/21/2019||1:00 PM||#3 Lou Fusz Blue v #15 CDA Premier (OH-S)||0-0 D|
|6/22/2019||11:00 AM||#3 Lou Fusz Blue v #28 Sporting BV (KS)||4-0 W|
|6/23/2019||9:00 AM||#3 Lou Fusz Blue v #30 Chicago Inter||2-0 W|
SUNDAY the win today, on goals by Sarah Foley and Brynne Rutherford, was enough to advance to the semifinals on goal differential against CDA Premier
SATURDAY goals by Julia O’Neil (2), Sarah Foley and Lexi Mecker, all in the second half. Shutout again Maddie Davis
FRIDAY the team’s strong momentum after going undefeated in National League is stopped with the draw against the toughest opponent in the group based upon the rankings.
Lou Fusz advances to the semifinals after winning their second match of the tournament. The loss to Rockford on Sunday had no impact on their advancement.
|6/21/2019||1:00 PM||Lou Fusz United Blue v VSA/FC United (IA)||1-0 W|
|6/22/2019||11:00 AM||Lou Fusz United Blue v Indy Premier||3-2 W|
|6/23/2019||9:00 AM||Lou Fusz United Blue v Rockford Raptors||1-2 L|
SUNDAY After MacKenzie Arnold opened the scoring in the 13th, a pair of second half goals gave Rockford the win.
SATURDAY a stoppage time goal pushes the team to the top of their table with a game to go, video below of Hanna Jones GW. Anna Stiffler opened the scoring in the 25th and added a second in the 65th but Indy Premier tied the game with goals in the 67th and 86th minute, requiring Jones’ heroics.
FRIDAY An opening win, and shutout, as Jessica Preusser’s 58th minute goal provided the margin of victory
Saturday game report by USYSA newsletter
A stoppage-time winner helped LFA United Blue 02 (MO) earn a 3-2 win against Indy Premier 02G Elite I (IN) in a key Group D matchup. Maria Alexopoulos and MacKenzie Arnold netted goals on either side of halftime to give LFA a 2-0 lead midway through the second half. However, Lea Alexander quickly responded to Arnold’s strike to pull Indy back within a goal. The Indiana side equalized with a Sarah Foulk tally in the 86th minute, as the game looked destined to conclude in a tie. However, LFA earned a corner kick in stoppage time, and Hanna Jones powered a header into the back of the net to give the Missouri side the 3-2 win.
— Lou Fusz Soccer Club (@LouFuszSoccer) June 22, 2019
|6/21/2019||7:00 AM||KCSG Academy v Campton United (IL)||1-1|
|6/22/2019||1:00 PM||KCSG Academy v KY Fire Juniors||0-1 L|
|6/23/2019||11:00 AM||KCSG Academy v TFA Elite (OH-S)|
SATURDAY fall to Kentucky on a 63rd minute decider
FRIDAY Brecken Moreland gave KCSG the lead in the 24th minute but Campton United tied it in the 50th
Link to the Team Page KCSG 2001 Academy
|6/21/2019||3:00 PM||Lou Fusz Elam v SC Waukesha Wave (WI)||1-1 D|
|6/22/2019||3:00 PM||Lou Fusz Elam v Kingdom SC (MI)||1-0 W|
|6/23/2019||3:00 PM||Lou Fusz Elam v Sporting Omaha||2-0 W|
SUNDAY Mary Evans in the 22nd (video of the game-winner below) and Jaimie Tottleben in the 70th send Elam through to the semifinals
SATURDAY Jaimie Tottleben the hero today with a 79th minute goal the decider
FRIDAY Waukesha (newly acquired by the Wave) got a goal late in the first half but Elam came back to equalize in the 76th minute via Morgan Orf.
Sunday’s result described by USYSA newsletter
A shutout victory on Sunday helped Lou Fusz Elam (MO) finish on top of Group C and earn a berth to the semifinals. The Missouri side entered the day with a one-point advantage over two foes, including its final group play opponent, Sporting Omaha FC Elite 2000 (NE). Lou Fusz broke through in the 22nd minute for an important opening goal, as Mary Evans slid her shot past an on-charging keeper to give her side the 1-0 lead over Sporting. That score line held for nearly an hour of play until Jaimie Tottleben found the back of the net to give Lou Fusz a two-goal lead in the 70th minute. The Missouri side held on over the final 20 minutes for the 2-0 victory to secure a top finish in the group and advance to Tuesday’s semifinals.
— Lou Fusz Elam (@LFSC_Elam) June 23, 2019