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PSU sent 3 teams to compete at State Championships
Congratulations to the players for their great efforts at the group play stage for the 2017 Fall State Championships. The U15G Rojo 03, coached by Brian Schmidt, won 2 of their 3 games, but it wasn’t enough to advance them to a semi-final. The U17G Red 01, coach by Andy Paroubek, and the U14G Red 04, coached by Baz Greenaway, also faced fierce competitors in their groups. This year was a significant representation of our club and the players’ efforts were tremendous.
The U12 Girls Rec Team, PSU Thunder, participated in the Elmbrook United 18th Annual Great Pumpkin Tournament and won their division. Two victories (including a shut-out) and a tie in the final game gave them the points edge and a first-place finish.
The shut-out came courtesy of some ferocious defense, led by* Jazmin Rodriguez & Macy Bublitz* and the stellar play of keeper Grace Houts. The offense started strong and played fast and smart all day, with some truly outstanding play from Abby Hansen (8 goals, 1 assist).
The Thunder is coached by Andy Roncke, Michael Levas and Chris Trotier
U12B Fire, coached by Kevin Grossklaus & Joel Robertson, welcomed the grade 5&6 team from Brookfield Academy. BA’s coach, John Franco, reached out to the club to invite the PSU team to a “friendly” (non-sanctioned scrimmage). PSU hosted at Armory and the BA team arrived on a bus and provided a seasoned ref who called a fair game. The teams were very well matched with the game ending in a draw at 2-2.
Road to State Cup Championships
The U17G Red 01 team, coached by Andy Paroubek, advanced to the State Cup Championship after a 3-1 victory over Geneva Lake United. Valerie Wallace recorded two goals on the day while Teagan Kennedy added the third. The girls continue into State Cup action in group play on October 14-15 & 21, with all matches starting at 2:00 and located at Uihlein Soccer Park. The team is ranked 10 of 15. Follow the tournament action “here”: http://www.wiyouthsoccer.com/events/state_championships/
PSU teams already qualifying for group play are:
- * U15G Rojo 03 – coached by Brian Schmidt (rank 16 of 16)
- U14G Red 04 – coached by Baz Greenaway (rank 11 of 20)*
The fall Wisconsin State Championships are the first round of the elite US Youth Soccer National Championship Series for U14+ girls teams. Winners at the state level will compete in Regional Championships and Regional Winners move on to compete for the National Title. Group play for the 2017 Fall State Championships will be held October 14, 15 & 21 at Uihlein Soccer Park, 7101 Good Hope Rd. Group winners then advance to semi-finals October 22. Finals will be held 10/24-27. State Championship winners will advance to the Region II Championships.
Observations from Coach Zach Papanikolaou:
First, thank you to the parents for being very supportive and encouraging to the kids to do well. Also, thank you to manager Scott Wagner for the tremendous help.
In recent weeks the team has faced some very challenging competition.
A few weeks ago at Sports Club, we had to face 2 out of 3 premier teams, which gave us a good lesson. Our progress and improvement after that showed big time, as we prepared for tournament play.
Our weekend at the North Shore tournament was absolutely fantastic. I’m so very proud of the team for playing in 90-degree temperatures – plus, 2 out of 4 teams we played were higher level teams, without a doubt.
After the first two games where we struggled, we faced an MK team to a 4-4 tie. Under different circumstances, had our finishing been better, we could’ve easily won by half a dozen goals or more.
Having said that we absolutely saved our best for last in the tournament. Against an outstanding MK WFB team, superbly coached by two coaches, our kids absolutely played the best game of the year so far. Winning the game, 4-3, with tremendous leadership by our captain Tyler, scoring 3 goals, 2 of which were in the final 7-8 minutes of the game.
What really makes me so happy and proud is the teams we faced have been coached by the same coaches for two years, and we have only been together for two months. So our progress and improvement have been absolutely unbelievable.
_Again, congratulations to the U12 boys’ Black team – we are looking forward to even better things! _