The National League continues Thursday with the 15U-19U Girls teams kicking off their season. They play four games in North Carolina, from December 5-8. The U14 girls competed last weekend where the Sporting STL 2006 Academy girls went 3-1-0 (w-d-l) and sit in second place in their division, just behind Real JFC who won all four of their games. The two teams will face each other on March 21st, the second day of their final weekend of competition. It will likely determine the Division champion and the resulting invitation to the National Championship. A very nice start for the first time (at NL) competitors. Six Teams Open National League Play
Thirteen teams from Missouri qualified for the 2019-2020 National League, all from the St. Louis area. Teams in the 15U-19U Boys age groups will open their season Dec. 11-15 in Panama City Beach, Fla.
There are six girls teams who open their pursuit of a Division title Thursday. Each team will compete in a seven-game season while playing at two events. Opening day Thursday begins at 10:00 am CT as the JB Marine 2001 girls play Dallas TX Red. Full schedules for each team can be found below along with links to their Team page. I’ll be providing daily updates for each team and the group as a whole. I’ve gathered key points from the National League preview in my team summaries but follow the link to see all the details.
|LFA Geerling||2005||2-0-2 (0)|
|Sporting St Louis Academy||2005||1-0-2 (-6)|
|SLSG Elite||2004||1-2-1 (-1)|
|Sporting St. Louis Red Devils||2004||2-1-1 (0)|
|Lou Fusz Blue McKee||2003||4-0-0 (+19)|
|J.B. Marine SC Elite||2001||1-0-2 (-4)|
UPDATE – Chloe Netzel finishes with 9 goals during her four matches, tied with one other U17 player at this writing (eight teams are playing right now). In addition, both Sarah Foley and Julia O’Neill with four apiece are in the Top 10 for the age group. LF McKee averaged over 5 goals per game this weekend (21 goals/4 games) while giving up 2. In U15 girls, Isabel Montileone with 4 goals is in the Top 5 for the age group.
Both Lou Fusz Geerling and Lou Fusz Blue McKee went undefeated in National League last season, advancing them to the National Championship Series. Geerling finished as a National Finalist and Blue McKee earning the first girls National Title for #STLsoccer since 2005 when the U15 St. Louis SC girls won. The Sporting STL Red Devils lost their last group game the SC Wave who advanced out of the group and went on to capture the age group national title.
Teams that want to update me this are welcome to contact me with the game reports which I’ll add to this post. I’m looking for 1-3 sentences noting key items, including goals and assists, key junctures (a comeback, a late win, etc) and a player shout out or two.
I will continually update this report over the next four days with scores, related notes and a running total of results for Missouri. As always, the games are included in my St.Louis Soccer calendar. Note all records are in the format of (w-d-l), the international standard. Come back regularly!
SUNDAY RESULTS (2-1-1) (w-d-l) LF McKee finishes their unbeaten run while averaging over 5 goals per game, Julia O’Neill (Althoff) providing the game-winner today. Meghan Belrose got the game-winner for the Red Devils today on an assist from Maggie Illig who had a brace herself. SLSG finished in a 1-1 draw, earning points in three of their four game with Julie Steiger scoring the goal.
SATURDAY RESULTS (3-1-2) Another shutout for LF McKee, an initial win for the Sporting Red Devils on a Preusser brace and LF Geerling get a hat-trick by Isabel Montileone to get their second win while SLSG Elite finished in a scoreless draw
FRIDAY RESULTS (3-0-3) Wins by LF McKee, JB Marine Schneider and LF Geerling with game-winners by Lily Boushelle (Holt), Logan Racine (St. Dominic) and Anna Pagano (Notre Dame) respectively
THURSDAY RESULTS (3-1-2 ) Wins by LF 03 McKee, SLSG 04 Elite and Sporting STL 05 Academy with SLSG and Sporting STL opening with 1-0 shutouts while Chloe Netzel scored 4 goals for McKee in a big win. The Sporting STL 04 Red Devils battled to a scoreless draw against LVSA. National League daily report (THU)
— National League (@NationalLeague) December 6, 2019
2005 Lou Fusz Geerling
LFA Geerling 05 (MO) looks to be among the top contenders in the 15U Girls Black Division. The Missouri side won the Black Division last season with a perfect 7-0-0 record, while also winning all of its US Youth Soccer Midwest Conference games to finish on top of the Premier I Division. That hot play continued when LFA won the US Youth Soccer Midwest Championship, but it came up just short of a clean sweep when it lost by a goal in the US Youth Soccer National Championship final. The roster has changed from last year and that includes John Geerling taking over as Head Coach. The team lost in the semifinals of the State Cup the last two years after winning the Summer of 2018 (followed by two Fall State Cups). Their performance in the cauldron of both the Midwest Conference and National League has been their hallmark however.
|Dec 5||2:00 pm||Legends FC (CA)||1-3 L|
|Dec 6||2:00 pm||Rio Rapids (NM)||2-0 W|
|Dec 7||5:00 pm||Baltimore Celtic||3-1 W|
|Dec 8||10:00 am||Tonka Fusion (MN MW)||0-2 L|
|Jan 10||7:00 am||PSC Coppa (PA)|
|Jan 11||9:00 am||Century Gold (PA)|
|Jan 12||8:30 am||LSA Sharks (GA)|
SUN: Geerling were shutout for the first time this weekend, losing 0-2 to Tonka (MN)
SAT: Isabel Montileone scored a hat-trick as Geerling got past Baltimore Celtic. Goals in the 4th and 11th minute staked them to a lead that was narrowed by Celtic with a 19th min goal. Montileone restored the two goal margin with her third in the 58th min.
FRI: Anna Pagano scored in the 65th min and Megan Rogan provided an insurance goal in the 72nd minute as Geerling bounces back to earn their first points. Shutout Aubrey Andrews who stepped between the pipes due to a red card on the regular keeper.
THU: Isabel Montileone equalized for the team in the 37th minute but Legends scored a pair in the second half to earn the opening win
2005 Sporting STL Academy
There aren’t any easy games in National League but the Sporting STL lasses will hope to get off to a good start Thursday against Idaho Rush as Friday’s game will be against D’Feeters (also known as DKSC) who won their National League division last year and went on to become the National Champions, defeating LF Geerling 1-0 in the Final. Nonetheless, the girls are coming off a strong Midwest Conference season, finishing third in their Premier I group, ahead of both Geerling and LF Tottleben, who won the State Cup final against Sporting.
|Dec 5||12:00 pm||ID Rush||1-0 W|
|Dec 6||12:00 pm||D'Feeters Black (TX NL)||0-4 L|
|Dec 7||3:00 pm||Empire United (NY)||1-4 L|
|Dec 8||12:00 pm||KHA Red (OH MW)|
|Jan 10||1:00 pm||Lobo Rush (TN)|
|Jan 11||11:00 am||STA (NJ)|
|Jan 12||6:45 am||SC Wave (WI)|
SAT: Sporting got a consolation goal in the 63rd minute by Mattie Ohlsen (Pattonville) after Empire scored four in the first 12 minutes
FRI: A shutout against the National champions who win 4-0 with three in the second half
THU: Gabriella Starman scored in the 3rd minute and the girls held the lead for an opening shutout win
2004 Sporting STL Red Devils
Defending Midwest Regional Champions Sporting St. Louis Red Devils (MO) will be a team to watch in the Blue Division. St. Louis had a mid-table finish in the National League last season, but was in peak form in the summer — picking up four shutouts in Saginaw, Mich., to claim the Midwest Regional Championship. The team picked up there third straight Missouri State Cup title in October and finished second in their Midwest Conference Premier I division, their only loss coming in the final game against SC Wave who are the defending National Champions. They open against LVSA who went undefeated in National League play last year and were semifinalists at Nationals.
|Dec 5||3:00 pm||LVSA (NV NL)||0-0 D|
|Dec 6||1:00 pm||Legends FC Riverside (CA FW)||0-3 L|
|Dec 7||12:00 pm||CUP Gold (OH)||2-1 W|
|Dec 8||10:00 am||TN Showcase||3-1 W|
|Jan 10||7:00 am||Pipeline SC (MD)|
|Jan 11||9:00 am||Lake Grove United (NY)|
|Jan 12||10:30 am||CFC Redstar (GA)|
SUN: Maggie Illig scored a brace today and Meghan Belrose got the game-winner on an assist by Illig today as the Red Devils closed out the weekend with two straight wins
SAT: A brace by Nina Preusser (Nerinx) in the 1st half earned the Red Devils their first win
FRI: a tough start for the Red Devils as they now have one point from two games with Friday’s 0-3 loss
THU: a scoreless draw to open the weekend for the Red Devils
Back to back #MOStateCup wins for our @SportingSTL 2004 Red Devils. Looking forward to Seeing this group compete at Regionals this summer, but first we have National League in NC & FL. Thx for the support @MOyouthSoccer @STLsoccernet #roadtoKC pic.twitter.com/tnedDfakAd
— Sporting Stl Red Devils (@SportingRD2004) October 28, 2018
2004 SLSG Elite
SLSG 2004 Elite (MO) will be a team to watch after advancing to the semifinals of the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships last Summer per the USYSA preview. SLSG finished in the bottom half of the table in their Midwest Conference Premier I Division but despite a losing record the narrow (-2) goal differential points to how close the games were. They were Finalists at State Cup this year, losing to the Red Devils. The opening game against Celtics will be difficult as the team were unbeaten in National League last year.
|Dec 5||3:00 pm||Utah Celtics (NL)||1-0 W|
|Dec 6||12:00 pm||Legends FC (CA)||1-3 L|
|Dec 7||2:00 pm||Sunrise Prime (FL)||0-0 D|
|Dec 8||12:00 pm||TN United Red||1-1 D|
|Jan 10||1:00 pm||Beadling (PA)|
|Jan 11||11:00 am||FC Revolution (PA)|
|Jan 12||6:45 am||Pacesetter Red (OH)|
SUN: Julie Steiger scored one minute after Tennessee to ensure Elite earned a point in their final match this weekend
SAT: a scoreless draw against Sunrise (FL)
FRI: O’Donnell scores her second of the tournament but Legends had three by that point, earning the 3 points
THU: Megan O’Donnell (Waterloo) scored in the 54th minute for SLSG and the team got the opening game shutout
2003 Lou Fusz McKee
Defending National Champion Lou Fusz 03 Blue (MO) looks like the team to beat in the 17U Girls White Division as it comes off a highly successful 2018-19 season. The Missouri side went 7-0-0 while winning last year’s White Division, averaging more than five goals scored per game en route to a first-place finish in a tight US Youth Soccer Midwest Conference Premier I Division. On top of that league success, Lou Fusz won the Midwest Regional Championship before claiming the National title during the summer.
|Dec 5||1:00 pm||LASC OUFC (OR)||7-1 W|
|Dec 6||9:00 am||IFC Red (MS)||5-0 W|
|Dec 7||8:00 am||Arsenal CO (FW)||4-0 W|
|Dec 8||6:30 am||Hawks Academy (CA)||5-1 W|
|Jan 10||1:00 pm||Delaware FC|
|Jan 11||11:00 am||FC Copa (NJ)|
|Jan 12||6:45 am||Cleveland Royal (OH)|
SUN: Another dominating performance Final day as the girls win 5 to 1! Goals by Julia O’Neill, Netzel and Foley each with a brace. Emily Gaebe with a pair of assists.
SAT: A second straight shutout and a +15 GD already. Goals by Sarah Foley (Belleville West), a Chloe Netzel (Liberty) brace (now up to seven total) and Emily Gaebe (Union). Sarah and Emily now each have two this weekend.
FRI: A shutout win powered by five different goal scorers – Lily Boushelle (45th min), Sarah Foley (66th), Chloe Netzel (72nd, her fifth already), Kayley Judy (79th) and Julia O’Neill( 84th, her third)
THU: Chloe Netzel (Liberty) had a hat trick within 38 min and finished with 4 goals on the day. Julia O’Neill (Althoff) added a pair and I see Emily Gaebe (Union) scored as well. She’s been playing with the 02’s after moving over from PAO but they found a way to add her firepower into the mix
Congratulations to @kelseykehoe6 , @ChloeNetzel , @madelynsmith153 , & @maddav343 on being selected to the 2019 USYS National Championships U16G Best XI. Well deserved! @LouFuszSoccer #nattychamps pic.twitter.com/2CiVUBZhWS
— LFA McKee/McVey Blue & Red (@LFAMcKee_McVey) July 30, 2019
2001 JB Marine United
|Dec 5||10:00 am||Dallas TX Red||1-3 L|
|Dec 6||1:00 pm||Santa Monica United||2-0 W|
|Dec 7||12:00 pm||La Roca (UT FW)||1-5 L|
|Dec 8||12:00 pm||TFA Elite (OH NL)|
|Jan 10||11:00 am||Cleveland Force|
|Jan 11||9:00 am||Coppermine Premier (MD NL)|
|Jan 12||6:45 am||CSA North (NC)|
SAT: Another goal for Racine that tied the game 1-1 in the 57th but La Roca scored 4 more to capture the points
FRI: A bounce back win, a shutout, against Santa Monica. Logan Racine with the game-winner in the 59th minute and Emma Gober sealed it with her 86th min goal
THU: Gabby Hennessy scored in the 12th min to give JBM the lead but TX answered with 2 in the first half and a final tally in the 73rd
With their third win of the weekend in MRL Premier 1, these girls secured their spot at regionals. We are J.B. Marine Elite 01/02. 💪🏻⚽️#17Strong pic.twitter.com/UaTodgRTRQ
— JB Marine Schneider (@JBMarineSchneid) November 11, 2019
Nov. 24-27, 2019 – Boca Raton, Fla. (All 14U)
Dec. 5-8, 2019 – Wilson, N.C. and Goldsboro, N.C. (All 15U-19U)
Jan. 10-12, 2020 – Lakewood Ranch, Fla. (Half 15U-19U)
National League competition will be held for the 14U (2006), 15U (2005), 16U (2004), 17U (2003), 18U (2002) and 19U (2001) Boys and Girls age groups. The 2019-20 season features up to 32 teams per gender in the 14U through 18U age groups and up to 16 teams per gender in the 19U age group. The expansion during the 2018-19 season led to the addition of a 19-and-Under age group, as well as more teams in the 14U and 15U age groups — pushing the league from 256 to 352 total teams.
The winner of each of the four divisions in the 14U through 18U age groups, as well as the top two finishers in each of the two divisions in the 19U age group, will earn an automatic berth to the 2020 US Youth Soccer National Championships, the oldest and most prestigious youth soccer national championship competition — to be held July 20-26, 2020 in Overland Park, Kan. The four National League representatives will join the four Regional Champions for a total of eight qualifiers per age group at the National Championships in the 14U through 19U divisions. Most recently in 2019 in Overland Park, Kan., National League teams won all 12 possible National Championships in those age groups.
The 2019-20 National League field features 78 of 88 teams that qualified for the 2019 National Championships in the 13U through 18U age groups, including 21 of the 24 finalists and 11 of 12 champions.