Region II Teams Advance to 2017 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup
The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup offers teams the challenge of experiencing different types of play by competing from state to regional to national levels. The five-day event featured over 110 US Youth Soccer teams that had won their respective State Presidents Cup events from Region IV US Youth Soccer State Associations.
Youth Soccer News: The remaining champions were crowned Monday at the 2017 US Youth Soccer Region II Presidents Cup at the Overland Park Soccer Complex, Kansas.
2017 US Youth Soccer Region II Presidents Cup Champions:
|U13 Boys||VSA 04 Premier (IA)|
|U14 Boys||Sporting Wichita Rojos (KS)|
|U15 Boys||OHA Stars FC (NE)|
|U16 Boys||Lou Fusz Soccer Club-Carotenuto (MO)|
|U17/18 Boys||Rockford Raptors 2000 (IL)|
|U18 Boys||Sporting BV Bayern Munich (KS)|
|U13 Girls||Impact GFC (OH-S)|
|U14 Girls||FC United 2003 Predator (IL)|
|U15 Girls||Puma FC Academy Chelsea (KS)|
|U16 Girls||CWSC Academy Elite 01 (OH-S)|
|U17/18 Girls||Illinois Fusion (IL)|
|U18 Girls||KC Fusion Matthews 99 (KS)|
Boys and girls teams in the U16, U17/18 and U18 age groups along with the U15 girls competed in the championship matches on Sunday, while the U13 through U14 and U15 boys age group champions were decided on Monday.
The winning teams in the U13 through U17/18 Boys and Girls age groups advance to the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, which will be held July 12-16 in Auburndale, Florida.
VSA 04 Premier (IA) recorded a 3-1 victory over Columbus East FC (OH-S) to take the U13 boys Region II Presidents Cup title. VSA attained a 2-0 lead within the first seven minutes of the game as Emanuel Soto and Mitchell Dickson each scored a goal. Columbus East FC cut into VSA’s lead when Khadar Ali netted a goal in the 55th minute, but VSA’s Kais Sabic sealed the win with a late goal.
Impact GFC (OH-S) edged 04 Kansas Rush Wichita (KS), 3-0, in Monday’s championship match. After a scoreless first half, Paige Broermann put Impact GFC on the board in the 40th minute. Broermann scored her second goal 12 minutes later, and Ana Garcia added a third goal late in the game for the 3-0 win.
In a high-scoring matchup for the U14 boys title, Sporting Wichita Rojos (KS) came out on top, defeating Chicago Fire Juniors South 03 Pre-Academy (IL), 6-3. While Chicago Fire’s Alexander Gonzalez scored in the 2nd minute of the game, Sporting Wichita’s Calixtro Guttierrez responded with three goals in the first half for a 3-1 lead. In the second half, a back-and-forth scoring spree took place. While Gonzalez cut into Sporting Wichita’s lead, Guttierrez scored once again. Andre Doyle put the ball in the back of the net for Chicago Fire’s third goal, but Guttierrez scored his fifth goal in the 70th minute, and Zaid Sibaai topped off the win with a goal of his own.
FC United 2003 Predator (IL) took home the U14 girls crown after a 2-0 win over Ohio Celtic Alliance 03 Black (OH-S). With a scoreless first half, FC United opened up the scoring in the 39th minute as Roxana Zieba finished a goal. Cecilia Troglia recorded a second goal six minutes later to secure the victory.
OHA Stars FC (NE) posted a 3-1 win against Goshen Stars 02 Red (IN). Although it was 0-0 at the half, Noor Hassan put the ball in the back of the net in the 42nd minute. Goshen Stars responded when Eusebio Espinoza Flores scored 10 minutes later. However, Hassan stole the lead back for OHA with another goal, and Abdillah Aden earned a goal for the OHA’s third one.