Month: March 2012

US Women Face Japan Sunday in Kirin Cup

becky-sauerbrunn-us-via-espnThe U.S. Women’s National Team kicks off an exhibition tournament when it faces 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Japan to open the inaugural Women’s Kirin Challenge Cup at 5:30 a.m. CT Sunday, April 1, at Yurtec Stadium in Sendai, Japan. The U.S. then faces Brazil in this three-team event at 7 a.m. ET on Tuesday, April 3, at Fukuda Denshi Arena in Chiba, Japan. Both matches will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.

The Kirin Challenge Cup features three of the current top-four teams in FIFA’s Women’s World Rankings. The U.S. is No. 1 just ahead of second-place Germany. Host Japan is ranked No. 3, and Brazil is ranked fourth ahead of Sweden. In the other Kirin matchup, Japan and Brazil square off at 7 a.m. ET on April 5 at Homes Stadium in Kobe, Japan.

The roster includes St Louis native Becky Sauerbrunn (#4) on defense. The US is 0-2 against the Japanese in the last two games, including the Women’s World Cup Final and more recently, a 0-1 loss at the Algarve Cup in Portugal on March 5th. They followed that loss with a 4-0 win over the #4 FIFA-ranked Swedes (darn it says Ole Olson). homosexuality in dubai

Glendale Wins At Kickapoo

The Glendale Falcon’s, 3rd place finishers in 2011, visited their second city rival in as many days and came away with their second shutout of this young season. Following Tuesday’s 4-0 win over the Parkview Vikings, Glendale stoned the ‘Poo with a 3-0 win.

It was a somewhat uninspiring game given the history of games these two squads have played. Still early in the season, post-Spring Break, there are many reasons that could explain the result but the one constant that will be on display this year is the difference that the Falcon’s two Missouri State recruits offer Head Coach Jeff Rogers.

Playing a 3-5-2 with sophomore Kendra Lierz in goal for her second season, the Falcon’s two playmakers are given free reign to move forward from their central positions as the game demands. Club teammates as well, the communication they have established makes that possible although Alix Opfer (#9) can be found filling the defensive responsibilities more often while Molly Brewer (#6) is the more attacking minded.

Opfer set up the first goal this evening, sending a ball into the box. The initial play was broken up but a goalkeeper bobble was all Sarah Powell (#14) needed, pouncing on the loose ball to score the first goal in the 18th minute. The second goal was scored by Opfer, from Brewer’s corner kick. It’s described as a header on the Glendale site although from my vantage point, it appeared to come after the ball was allowed to bounce just outside the six yard box with Opfer redirecting it over the keeper. Alix returned the favor in the second half when she sent Brewer towards the goal. A cut to the right and a shot as she ran across the top before unleashing her shot for the final margin.

The Chief’s are a young team that will rely on a core of sophomores this year, led by Miriam Melugin in midfield. With seniors McKenzie Danzer in goal, Brittany Baker at sweeper and Casey Weitzel at forward, the squad will call on them to make a difference in the tight games going forward. Sophomore Brianna Hilton brought some important moxie to the battle against Glendale from her stopper role. One freshmen, Natalie Closser, is on the roster and she showed patience and vision when she came into the midfield next to Melugin. Expect to see more of her.

As to the Falcon’s, from what I can see from my new vantage point in St Louis, the competition to get back to the Final 4 will come from the Nixa Eagles and Columbia Rock Bridge. The toughest team I’ve seen this year (after 8 games) is the Pattonville Pirates who have pace, scoring and skill. Their team is better than the squad that reached the Final 4 in 2009 and 2011 and the seniors on that team, including future Lady Bear Mikala McGhee are hungry.

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Drury Panthers Men’s Soccer Announce Spring Schedule

The Panther’s will play a large slate of games this Spring. Here’s the local schedule:

March 31st
* MSU vs. MidAmerica – 1:00 pm (Plaster)
* Drury vs. Benedictine – 2:00 pm (Harrison)
* Drury vs. MidAmerica – 4:00 pm (Harrison)
* MSU vs. Benedictine – 6:00 pm (Harrison)

April 14th at Missouri State Plaster Stadium – 80 mins games
* Drury vs. NEO – 1:15 pm
* MSU vs. McKendree – 3:00 pm
* MSU vs. NEO – 4:45 pm
* Drury vs. McKendree – 6:30 pm

April 22nd @ Columbia College
* Drury vs. Columbia College
* Columbia vs. Iowa Central (Ben Taylor’s team)
* Drury vs. Iowa Central

April 28th – Alumni game 1:00pmelite escorts dubai

Fair Grove Soccer Academy Registration Now Open

Fair Grove Soccer AcademyFAIR GROVE, MO – The Fair Grove Soccer Academy is pleased to announce that registration for their 2012 Spring Recreational Soccer Academy is now open.

Registration for the spring league, which is open to all girls and boys age 3-18, will run through Monday, March 19, with practices and games starting the week of March 19 and running through May 5. All practices and games will take place in Fair Grove District Park.

Registration forms can be picked up at Fair Grove City Hall, or registration can be completed online at www.fairgrovesoccer.com. The league costs $35 to register.females escorts