U13 State Champs go to Kansas
U13 Boys Red advanced to Presidents Cup Regional Tournament
Coach’s Report: submitted by Brian Schmidt
note: The team qualified for the Presidents Cup Regional with a 3-2 victory over Lakeshore United U13 Navy in the final of the Wisconsin State Presidents Cup in May.
The U13 Boys Red team competed in the Presidents Cup Regionals June 15th to June 19th in Overland Park, Kansas. The elite competition was made up of the 13 state champions from the midwest region. It was very hot with temperatures between 94 and 97 degrees each day with high humidity. Difficult conditions to acclimate to and play soccer in. The turf fields added about 10 degrees on the playing field. The team was placed in a challenging pool and lost three games by scores of 7-3 to Shadow Premier FC from Illinois, 2-0 to Columbus East FC from southern Ohio, and 5-0 to Elkhart Flames SC from Indiana. Both Columbus East and Elkhart Flames made the semi-finals, and would be premier level teams in the state of Wisconsin, a few steps above where the U13s are now. Columbus East made it to the final before falling 3-1 to VSA Premier from Iowa. Elkhart Flames had the top goalscorer of any age group through group play. The team performed well and fought hard. It was a great end to a fantastic season.
Presidents Cup Regionals is an outstanding tournament. Well run, great referees, great competition. The parents and players all had a blast and were able to experience a special event. I would encourage any team that has the opportunity to attend. It was a good experience to see the caliber of opponent at a regional event. Wisconsin did not have a team advance to the semi-finals at any age group, and the seven teams representing our state had an overall record of 4 wins, 13 losses, and 4 draws.
Presidents Cup Overview
The Wisconsin Presidents Cup was the first round en route to a National Title. Winners at the state level compete in the Regional Presidents Cup and Regional Winners move on to the National Presidents Cup. The Presidents Cup is a soccer tournament designed to provide teams that do not participate in the US Youth Soccer National Championships Series, the US Youth Soccer National League or the Midwest Regional League the opportunity to participate in a series of events that lead to the National Presidents Cup Championship. Teams losing WYSA State Championship play-in games will be eligible to enter the competition.
PHOTO CAPTION: U13 Red proudly wear the PS United badge in their “2017 State Champs” tournament jersey. Pictured are: (Standing L-R) Weston Sprinkel, Harsha Gaddipati, Coach Schmidt, Charlie Bathke, Jake Krause, Kyle Dempsey, Ryan Wojciechowski, Ryan Pfeifer, Andrew Moysis, Coach Rades, Eli Rades, Braeden Rebarchik, (Kneeling L-R) Zach Mattes, Logan Schrimpf, Dylan Lichty, Ben Berlinski, Connor Dethloff. Not pictured Keaton Peters.