Springfield Soccer Club U23 and NWA Lightning U23 to Compete for Ozarks Challenge Cup
The Springfield Soccer Club and NWA Lightning will compete in a home and away competition to determine the Ozarks Challenge Cup winner between the two respective clubs Under 23 teams. The first leg will be at Bentonville, AR with the NWA Lightning serving as the host on Sunday July 13, 2008 with a 3:00pm kick-off. The second leg will be in Springfield, MO at the Cooper Soccer Complex on Wednesday July 23rd, 2008 with a 7:05pm kick-off.
The Ozarks Challenge Cup will consist of two-legged matches, home and away, in which the team with the higher aggregate score wins the Cup. In the event that the two teams’ aggregate scores are tied, the team that scored more goals in their away leg would progress to the next round.
“The strength of the Springfield Soccer Club and the NWA Lightning is that both organizations are true clubs with a player development pyramid that goes from the beginner player all the way through the U23 level. It is the belief of both organizations that these games will bring a level of socialization and passion around the games that is found at soccer clubs throughout the world. The games will have a true event feel to them.” said Jeremy Alumbaugh Director of Soccer Operations for the Springfield Soccer Club.
“The Ozarks Challenge Cup is a perfect setting for Lightning’s young adult players to showcase their skills, athleticism and become role models for our younger players who are craving to watch quality soccer.” Lightning Coach Jakob Nilsson said. “Many of our 2,200 registered active club players will come to watch the local heroes play against a well coached and experienced Springfield Soccer Club team.” Coming to Springfield to play, with its great college and Springfield Soccer Club traditions will be exciting for our players.”
The winning club will take possession of the Ozarks Challenge Cup trophy for the next year until the 2009 home and away competition.
For more information please contact the Springfield Soccer Club Office at 417-832-1552.