Redfield's Replays: July 17
TWO SOCCER CLUBS HEADING TO NATIONALS
Two Johnson County club soccer teams will be looking for a national title when the USYSA (United States Youth Soccer Association) National Tournament takes places July 22-27 in Germantown, Md.
The two teams earned the spots in the national tournament with their play at the USYSA Region II Tournament in Dayton, Ohio in late June.
The KC Dynamos Under 17 girls team is one of eight to compete for the national title in its age group.
The Dynamos lost a 4-2 decision to the NSA Jaguars from Illinois in the Region II title match.
“This year at regionals, we played very well, avoided injuries and had a little bit of luck along the way, which everybody needs during five games in five days,” Coach Derek Shoare says.
Shoare adds, “The vast majority of this team has been together since they were 12 and have grown into a very tight family and a very good soccer team.”
The coach said that his team has won four of five state championships and have been close to getting out of their pool at the Region II tournament.
Now it is on to the Nationals.
“The team is excited about advancing to the Elite Eight in the country,” he says. “We join three teams from Southern California and teams from Florida, Ohio, Illinois and Virginia.”
The Dynamos are playing a pool of one team from Illinois and two California teams. The top two in each pool advance to the semifinals.
“All of our team are committed to play at the collegiate level so we are looking forward to competing against the best opposition in the country,” Shoare says.
The members of the team are Isabel Kurzban, Blue Valley West; Taylor Hughes, Olathe South; Paige Prondzinski, Olathe South; Taylor Reynolds, Aquinas; Jamie Kutey, Aquinas; Mary Disidore, Aquinas; Katei Sullivan, Blue Valley Northwest; Linda Fiorito, Blue Valley Northwest; Kelcy Fiser, Blue Valley West; Parker Roberts, Blue Valley North; Emily Griffin, Blue Springs South; Macy Dodd, Blue Valley North; Nicole Hagel, Blue Valley; Kim Gleason, Olathe South; Brooke Prondzinski, Olathe South and Noelle Jewell, Lee’s Summit West.
The Metro Dynamos meet the team that beat them in the Region 2 finals, NSA Jaguars (Illinois) at 8 a.m. on July 22 in their first national match.
The Under 14 Boys Sporting BV KC Academy defeated Alliance ASC (Michigan) 6-3 in the Region II title match.
Abdu Kikhia scored four goals in the match and Max Rugova and Mike Keon had one goal each.
“We are very excited to have won Regionals and advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championship in Maryland,” Coach Matt Trumpp says. “The team has been playing very well and have worked hard to achieve their goals.
“We are excited about continuing to monitor their development as they progress through the Sporting KC Academy and hopefully into the first team one day.”
The members of the team are: Cameron Duke, (BV) Lakewood Middle School; Esteban Escobedo (Salina South); Dontell Gilyard, Lee’s Summit Campbell Middle School; Colin Innes, St. Thomas Aquinas; Mike Keon, Shawnee Mission West; Abdul Kikhia, Columbia Jefferson Junior High School; John Klein, Columbia Rock Bridge; Roman Knox, Rockhurst; Massimo McGuire, Olathe Frontier Trail Middle School; Roba Negeri, (BV) Overland Trail Middle School; Luke Rafanan, (BV) Aubrey Bend Middle School; Kyle Reese, Olathe South; Max Rugova, (BV) Lakewood Middle School; Braeden Vermillion, (BV) Aubrey Bend Middle School; Jackson Wood, Lee’s Summit Pleasant Lea Middle School.
The team is in a pool in nationals with the CSA Lobos Rush Premier (Tennessee); Arlington SA Eagles Red (Virginia) and United FA 00 Elite (Georgia).
The plays United FA 00 Elite in their first match July 22 at 8 a.m.