Eight SLSG Teams Compete for Trophies this Weekend
In just a few short days the club will dive into one of it's most important and exciting weekends of the Fall season! Hundreds of teams across the state began their seasons last July by setting out to find success in certain competitions; State Cup and Presidents Cup hosted by Missouri Youth Soccer. Eight (8) SLSG teams will be competing in the final stages of these highlighted competitions this coming Saturday and Sunday including seven in the State tourney. The club will be represented in each of the four high school-aged groups competing for the State Cup including four from the Premier Program, and one each from SLSG's West and Kansas City Divisions. Here is a quick look at the SLSG teams who have semi-final matches Saturday, November 12, 2017;
U15 - 03 Premier (Carlton Williams)
U16 - 02 Premier (Carlton Williams)
U17 - 01 KCSG (Jeff Davis) / 01 Premier (Shaunna Brandt)
U18 - 00 West (Kevin Groark) / 00 KCSG (Jeff Davis) / 00 Premier (Sterling Wescott)
U15 - 03 Sevilla (Mike Rami)
The eighth SLSG team vying for a trophy this weekend, 03 Sevilla, has already qualified for the championship match. Mike Rami and crew defeated a talented Lou Fusz squad by six goals to advance and will face FCKC Chievo to see who will raise the cup at the U15 age. 03 Sevilla is making their first appearance in this competition,s later stages this Saturday at 3:00 pm at the Lou Fusz complex field #6. Coach Rami has enjoyed the process with these young ladies and feels very confident in how they will perform this weekend. "One of our goals this season was to win this competition. The girls were faced with tough weather conditions in the opening round of the tourney, but they adjusted, played smart, and in the end, they advanced in style." Mike went on to say how much he has enjoyed working with this team, "These girls work hard, they play the game right, and I really believe that if they stick to their way of playing, they will score first and walk off the field smiling at the end of the game."
Making it to this stage of this type of competition takes a special kind of commitment from each player and their family. "The preparation, for these types of matches, not only takes dedication from the players throughout the Fall season but a focused discipline on the team's goals over years and years", commented Premier Program Director Sterling Wescott. Sterling went on to say, "I'm excited to see the girls compete, I believe they are going to make their parents and the club proud of their performance this weekend."
There's a little history being made for the club this weekend. SLSG West, a relatively new division of the club, (starting officially in 2015), will be sending it's first MO-Girls team to the Final Four. The team's coach, Kevin Groark, is incredibly optimistic despite having the youngest roster of those teams still competing at the U18 age group. "If we continue to play the way we have of late, especially defensively, I feel good about our chances to advance to the final. We won't wow anyone with our fancy play, but we do pride ourselves on how hard we work and how much fun we have when together as a team."
The club could not be more proud of these teams; coaches, players, managers, and parents in all. We will all be supporting. If you can't make it to the fields ( click here for complete schedules) follow on Twitter @SlsgG