The final games are over for the U.S. Youth Soccer Mid West Regional Championships, as Region II U13-U19 girls and boys teams played their hearts out in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday for a coveted spot in the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships July 22-28 in Overland Park, KS.
Illinois Youth Soccer Association teams took home the most titles with five and Missouri wasn’t far behind with four titles.
The U17G Iowa City Alliance Heatwave became the first Iowa team to ever win a Regional title, and after a five-year hiatus, the U19G LSC EGA Bravo team stepped up and won the Championship for their state. Defending champs, U15G Ambassadors FC, U18G Team Chicago Academy Botafogo all reclaimed their titles.
The U13G Michigan Hawks Shut Out Carmel United SC Elite 3-0
The Hawks will be preparing for competition in Overland Park next month, but for now, they are the reigning U13G Region II champs. It was a 3-0 clean sweep for the girls, with Madison Wolfbauer and Alexa Spaanstra scoring in the first half followed by a final goal by Samantha Sklarski in the second half.
U14G NSA Rockets Defeat Kings Hammer Academy Red 4-0 with Impressive Goals
Following a scoreless first half, it didn’t take long for the NSA girls from Illinois to really start working the field. They ended the first half with a 45th minute goal from Lauren Long, but Simone Gardner really took the scoreboard by storm after halftime, nailing a hat trick, with all three consecutive goals scored within a 10 minute span!
U15G Ambassadors FC Defend Their Title Against the KCU Rangers and finish with a 7-0 Win
These girls swept the board, showing that they are more than ready for Nationals. Three goals were scored before the half by Samantha Slagle, Alexandra Wright and Sarah Krause. They continued on into the second half, adding four more goals. Caitlin Glascott added one in the 46th minute and Alexandra Wright scored a brace midway through. Sarah Krause finished off the game with a hat trick to take the Regional title.
Golden Goal Earns U16G NSA Jaguars a Regional crown against Futura FC
The Jaguars dominated U16G Regional finals with an impeccable defense and a single 12th minute goal scored by Abbie Boswell. They accepted their hard earned title and will be heading off to Nationals.
U17G Iowa City Alliance Heatwave Make History in Their Home State
The Alliance girls came and conquered, presenting Iowa with its first-ever Regional title. They defeated Academy United 3-1 in a thrilling match that pushed into overtime. Alliance got the lead 1-0 when Kaela Dickerman scored in the 19th minute and they held that lead to the end of the game. Just when it looked like the title was their’s, Academy surged forward, with Jenna Kentgen equalizing just two minutes before the whistle. The heat was on as overtime commenced. Rose Ripslinger took the reigns and scored a brace for an epic Iowa win.
Chicago Academy Botafogo Reclaim U18G Regional Title with 2-1 Win Against FC United Select
The 2012 Regional champs defended their title beautifully, but it wasn’t won without a fight. FC United’s Lauren Smith opened scoring, with an early 13th minute goal, but Chicago stepped up and followed with two goals before halftime. Dana Miller scored in the 20th minute and Katie Ciesiulka in the 41st. They held their one point lead through the second half with a strong backline working to keep United at bay and were rewarded with the title and a ticket to Nationals.
Close match Ends with U19G LSC EGA Bravo Victorious Against Kolping Kicks SC Schmitt
Kolping Kicks came out charging with an early goal by Ashley Burton in the 18th minute, but Bravo wasn’t far behind, and Alyssa Flannery was able to equalize before halftime. It was tug o’ war in the second half, as both teams scored one after another. Bravo’s Jaylyn Odermann and Jackie Tondl cushioned the lead 3-1 but then Kolping’s Nicole Breece was able to add a second goal for her team 3-2. Bravo came back when Ava Ambrose scored in the 68th minute. Kolping’s Jennifer Miller scored two mins later for a 4-3 score, but Bravo was able to hold them off for the remainder, and nabbed the U19G Regional title.