A local derby in the U15 Girls Midwest Conference Premier I division. For those paying attention at home, it’s also a budding rivalry that I’ll likely be tracking for another four years for this Conference game came less than a week after Lou Fusz Tottleben came back from 0-2 down to tie in the final 10 minutes of the Missouri State Cup Final. Lucie Schwarz, set to star this Spring at Visitation with club teammate Jacie Tottleben, got the tying goal and the game-winner in the first overtime period.
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Friday night Sporting STL better held the ball and earned a deserved 1-0 win as Mattie Ohlsen (Pattonville, pictured above) slotted her shot past the keeper around the 15 min mark. The team set up in a 4-4-1-1 and the combination of Ohlsen and Gabriella Starman in the central midfield with Alexandra Schwartz at attacking mid and forward ? driving much of the attack straight down the middle. #9 on the right and #4 Alyssa Stevens on the left wing opened things up and caused a number of problems for Lou Fusz in the first half. An adjustment at halftime saw them put more focus on Schwartz and ? which slowed but didn’t stop Sporting who had three good opportunities in the second half, the first two handled well by goalkeeper Reese Potts and the third was denied by the upright in the final minute of play.
Tottleben worked their wings for their best opportunities, blessed with pace and verve from eighth grader Maddy Vasiloff and Margit Jerga (Parkway Central). Taylor Babb (Ladue, pictured above) added some much needed defensive support behind Lucie Schwartz, playing a lot like Julie Ertz.
While Tottleben has punched their ticket to the Midwest Regionals with their State Cup win (Stevens were the U14 State Champs by the way, holding the title four months with the move to the High School Girls Fall tournament) Sporting STL will rely on a strong finish in the Midwest Conference to earn their advancement opportunity. They currently sit second three games remaining, including another derby, this against Lou Fusz Geerling on Monday. All three upcoming foes sit below Sporting STL. With SC Wave having won their State Cup last month, there is a strong chance the 2nd place team will get an invite to Midwest Regionals. Stevens and the girls are aware of this and focused, looking for a second straight trip.
Game time Monday is 6:30 pm with the Geerling match scheduled for Lou Fusz Field 5.