The Springfield SC U16 boys are getting ready to take on regional power MI Wolves. I’ll post info as the game progresses.
23rd Ryan Moses run onto a long ball creates an open net, Tim Griffin’s shot is cleared off the line by a defender
25th Ian Kennedy scores from a set piece, the ball coming to the far post. He settles and shoots for the 1-0 lead
Second half opens with strong Wolves penetration, a ball goes across the face of the SSC goal untouched
54th min Bock Ruggeri’s shot from Newport’s set piece into the box is pushed wide and then cleared off the line
59th min Ryan Moses collects a ball near the top of the box and his quick shot goes just wide
65th Wolves see another ball go through the box and push hard for equalizer
66th Wolves get game tying goal from set piece, a foul on the left side inside the 18
72nd Wolves get game winner on an own goal, a ball that came up off a defenders foot, landed and spun into the net
74th Wolves get third goal on a quick run into the box
Final – Michigan Wolves 3, Springfield SC 1
So it comes to an end, after four great days of futbol, with the boys representing extremely well. As a Wolves coach noted, they were aware of the reputation of the team for winning their MRL Premier Division and State Cup bracket but were especially impressed with the quality of the defense and organization of the team.
After having lost in the knockout round each of the past two years, the Wolves are aware of how our boys feel after today’s game. They will need to knock off the Chicago Magic now, 3-0 winners in their semi, to win Regionals finally. The Wolves are a Club that is 33 years old, well-established and with multiple teams in the knockout round. The game could have gone either way, with several good chances that were barely denied.
From Missouri, it looks like the only team to advance to the Finals is the U17 Girls team from St Louis SC who won 3-0 today. The boys U15 team were beaten 2-1 with Skyler Russell getting the lone goal. More info, and another of my photos, can be found on the US Youth Soccer website. And I’ll be back with more photos over the next two days. Be sure and check back for photos of your teams games.
For newcomers, click on any photo and you’ll be taken to a seperate photo site where you can download low resolution photos of your team. If you would like to purchase the originals, contact me.
In the meantime, check out usyouthsoccer.org for a picture of Chris Tombridge on the Region 2 Championship page. Yes, it’s mine 🙂