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Michigan Jaguars Boys U16:  Michigan Jaguars Fighting to Repeat

Submitted by Jim Parks

July 24, 2012

The Michigan Jaguars Boys U16 team made their first trip to the championship finals last year, taking a 1-0 lead five minutes into the game.  They held that lead for more than 60 minutes, eventually succumbing to the pressure brought by the more experienced Chicago Fire, giving up late goals to lose 3-1.  Letting that game get away is fueling the team’s return trip this year.

The road back to the Championship has not been easy.  In 2011 the Jaguars earned their spot in the finals by winning the Blue Division of the National League. In 2012 they finished third in the National League and had to earn their spot by winning the Midwest Regional League, Michigan State Cup, and Regionals. It took double overtime and eventually a PK shootout for the Jags to get past fellow National League participant WAZA Black in the semifinal.  In the finals, they beat four-time defending Michigan State Cup Champions the Michigan Wolves 1-0.

Beating the highly successful Wolves, who train at the same complex in Wixom, Michigan, has given the Jaguars a boost of confidence. The team did not concede a single goal in Regionals and 11 different players notched at least one goal.

The Jaguars hope to carry this momentum into round robin play and get back to the Championship final to finish what they started last year.

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Carolina Elite ’95 Premier: Keep the Championship Title in South Carolina

Submitted by Trischia Khouri, Parent

July 24, 2012

Carolina Elite Soccer Academy’s ’95 Premier boys team advances from within 12 State Associations that make up US Youth Soccer Region III, winning the Region III Championship title June 21, 2012 at MESA Soccer Complex in Greenville, South Carolina.

This team is one of three CESA teams participating in the National Championship Series and the National Qualifiers. With a talented squad comprising of U.S. Men’s National Team talent and USY Olympic Development Regional players, we cheer on the local talent to keep the Championship title in South Carolina.

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