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State Cup Finals Recap

By Kelly Bowen, 06/15/21, 11:30AM CDT

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This past weekend 30 teams fought for the Missouri State Cup, but only nine teams were crowned Missouri State Champions. However, seven wildcards and an additional seven girls teams that competed in the fall will go on to compete in the 2021 Midwest Regionals in St. Louis two weeks from now. A total of 21 teams will be competing for regionals.

Despite the heat, the U13 boys Lou Fusz (LFA) Blue Star had a shutout and won their final 2-0 against Saint Louis Scott Gallagher (SLSG) Elite.

The U13 girls LFA Blue Star won their final against Sporting STL Academy. Sporting scored early in the game, but LFA came back and scored four goals to clinch the Missouri State Cup Champion title.

After an intense 90 minutes of play, the U14 girls Missouri Rush beat Alliance Academy 5-4 in PKs. One Missouri Rush player’s PK was saved by the Alliance goalie, but the PK was redone after the Alliance goalie stepped off her goalie line before the kick was taken.

In the U14 boys’ bracket, both Sporting STL Academy Navy and SLSG Elite won their semi-final. After a hard-fought battle and good effort from both teams, SLSG converted very late in the championship game to win Missouri State Cup. Sporting STL will still move onto regionals after receiving a wild card.

After 110 minutes of play and one round of PKs, LFA Mueller won their semi-final Friday against J.B. Marine McKeon. J.B. Marine McKeon will still move on to Regionals after receiving a wildcard. In the other semi-final, Sporting STL Academy Goddard beat SLSG Elite 3-1 to move on. Sporting STL led the game 1-0 after a goal by Max Megargel in stoppage time in the first half. LFA rallied back and scored two goals within 10 minutes of each other to win the championship game. Both goals were scored by number 7 on LFA. Five minutes after given the State Cup trophy, LFA Mueller goalkeeper, Jack Patton accidentally shattered the trophy during his exuberant celebration.

The U16 boys LFA Critchley slid past their semi-final winning 4-0. Sporting STL Wipke beat Sporting STL Collico 1-0 to move on. In the championship game, all goals were scored in the first half. Wipke scored two goals first. After Wipke’s second goal, Critchley scored shortly after to make the game 2-1. However, no goals were scored in the second half and Sporting STL Wipke clinched the Missouri State Cup title and will move on to regionals.

The U17 boys final game consisted of two Scott Gallagher teams. One was from Kansas City and the other was from St. Louis. SLSG was up 2-0 after 18 minutes of play. KCSG Wolf scored in the middle of the second half, but SLSG came back to make it 3-1. SLSG goals were scored by Paul Valenti, Nick Taylor, Ryan Haravtin. Blake Craig scored for KCSG. KCSG will still move on to regionals after receiving a wild card along with J.B. Marine Academy Gober.

U18 SLSG Elite and LFA Limpert coasted through their semi-final matches. In the championship game, SLSG maintained the majority of possession. After many saves from LFA Limpert’s goalie, they still fell 3-0 in the final.

In the U19/U20 final, many college kids came back to play with old club teams after not having a State Cup tournament their senior year due to COVID-19. This championship final was the first time any Missouri State Cup final had two SLSG teams playing against one another. SLSG Elite was up 2-0. After a footrace to the ball down by the corner flag, SLSG 01/02 beat the defender to the ball and quickly slotted the ball to another player who scored and made it 2-1. In the end, SLSG Elite ended up winning 3-1. However, SLSG 01/02 automatically qualifies for the 2021 Nationals after winning National League.

During the fall season, these following teams clinched the Missouri State Cup title and will move on to the 2021 Midwest Regionals: U15 girls Sporting STL Academy Stevens, U16 girls LFA Tottleben, U17 girls Sporting STL Red Devils, U18 girls KC Athletics Academy Select Red Star and U19 girls LFA O’Rourke.

The following teams will also move on to Regionals after receiving Wild Card spots based on their performance in the USYS Midwest Conference and State Cup: U13 boys Sporting STL Academy Navy Beck, U19 girls SLSG 02 Richard, U17 girls Sporting STL Rangers Preusser, U15 boys J.B. Marine McKeon, U14 boys Sporting STL Academy Navy Beck, U17 KCSG Academy Wolf, and U17 boys J.B. Marine Academy Gober.

These 21 teams will go on to play in the 2021 Midwest Regionals, competing against the best teams from North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio North, Ohio South, and Wisconsin. Games will start in only 12 short days.



BOYS STATE CUP CHAMPIONS

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LFA Blue Star 08

13U Boys State Cup Champions

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SLSG Elite 2007

14U Boys State Cup Champions

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LFA Mueller 06

15U Boys State Cup Champions

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Sporting STL 05 Wipke

16U Boys State Cup Champions

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SLSG Elite 2004

17U Boys State Cup Champions

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SLSG Elite 2003

18U Boys State Cup Champions

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SLSG Elite 2002

19/20U Boys State Cup Champions

GIRLS STATE CUP CHAMPIONS

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LFA Blue Star Aacademy 08

13U Girls State Cup Champions

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Missouri Rush SC

14U Girls State Cup Champions

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Sporting STL 06 Academy

15U Girls State Cup Champions (Fall 2020)

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LFA Tottleben 05

16U Girls State Cup Champions (Fall 2020)

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Sporting STL 04 Red Devils

17U Girls State Cup Champions (Fall 2020)

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KC Athletics Select Red Star 03

18U Girls State Cup Champions (Fall 2020)

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LFA O'Rourke 02

19/20U Girls State Cup Champions (Fall 2020)

WildCard Berth

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13U Boys Wildcard

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14U Boys Wildcard

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JB Marine McKeon

15U Boys Wildcard

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17U Boys Wildcard

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17U Boys Wildcard

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17U Girls Wildcard

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SLSG 2002

19U Girls Wildcard