Indiana Soccer Brings Two Championships From the 2018 US Youth Soccer Midwest Presidents Cup
Indiana Soccer is pleased with the participation and accomplishments of all teams participating in the 2018 US Youth Soccer Midwest Presidents Cup, which came to a finish on Monday in West Chester, Ohio. The five-day event, which kicked off June 14, crowned 10 champions who also secured berths in the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, which will be played from July 11-15 at the Grand Park Sports Complex in Westfield, Ind.
Illinois led the way with seven champions. They are followed by Indiana, Iowa, and Kansas each with two champions and South Dakota with one champion.
The event featured more than 140 US Youth Soccer boys and girls teams competing for a regional title and a chance to advance to the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, July 11-15 in Westfield, Ind.
Winning the age division means not only being crowned regional champions, but the teams have also earned a berth in the National Presidents Cup. For the 14U Boys Shadow Premier they are one of those 12 teams moving on to represent their region.
“It’s been a very wonderful week to get the chance to achieve a goal that we set after state,” head coach Eno Obot said. I know it is going to be very exciting for our town going home with the trophy and having gotten the chance to represent the state of Illinois in regionals and now doing the same thing at nationals.”
Ohio South Youth Soccer Association hosted the event, and 13 other State Associations represented include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio North, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
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 Presidents Cup provides teams with a progressive, competitive experience that highlights competition, camaraderie and community.
Indiana teams - Championship Round Recaps:
Indy Premier (IN) pulled out a close win against Maplebrook (MN) in the 16U Girls final. Indy controlled the early part of the game, but Maplebrook kept fighting to keep it close. Neither team was able to score in the first half, leaving the game tied at zero. Early in the second half, Indy was able to take advantage of a scoring chance and net the first goal of the game. Megan Mills gave Indy the lead in the 63rd minute as she scored her sixth goal of the game. Maplebrook was unable to mount a comeback and Indy won the final 1-0.
In the 19U Boys group, St. Francis Soccer 99 Elite (IN) won the finals against Chicago Rush 1999 Select (IL). St. Francis came out quick in the first half, applying pressure spending most of the first half in their offensive side. In the middle of the first half, St. Francis had a chance to take the lead off of a cross, but the shot sailed just above the net. Robert Lehnin got fouled in the box in the 35th minute, which he converted to give St. Francis the 1-0 lead that it took to halftime. The scoring for both teams got going in the second half. In the 52nd minute, Hunter Cocherell found the back of the net to extend the lead for St. Francis. Run Ro Thang kept the scoring going for St. Francis in the 66th minute giving them a 3-0 lead. Chicago did not go down without a fight though, netting its first goal by Julian Ibarra in the 70th minute. Peyton Frankenreider-Slack reduced Chicago’s deficit to one in the 85th minute and Omar Carreno netted the equalizer just five minutes later. Lehnrin netted his second goal of the game and the game winning goal in the 90th minute.
Another team making it to the championship match was 17U Boys Millennium Soccer Academy 01 Black, which ended up losing 0-1 against Chicago Rush 2001 Select in a tough and close game.
Indiana teams making it to semi-finals were: 13U Girls Indiana Fires 05 Red, 14U Boys Hobart Piratas 04, 16U Boys Millennium Soccer Academy 02 Black and 18U Boys Indiana Fire Juniors South 00 Red.
For complete event results for the Midwest Presidents Cup, click here. For more information on all US Youth Soccer Regional and National Presidents Cup events, visit the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup Homepage at www.usyouthsoccer.org/presidents-cup.
Note: The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup is a separate series of events from the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.