The Springfield Soccer Club traveled to Columbia, MO over the Labor Day weekend to participate in the Carrera 4 Girls Midwest Invitational. The Springfield S.C. 95/95 I Girls captured the Under 13 Division Championship and the Springfield S.C. 91/92 Girls (pictured) playing up in the Under 18 Division also brought home a Championship.
“We chose to attend this event because we received great reviews from participants in 2007 and we were not disappointed with the event. The competition was good the fields were great and the host club Carrera SC did a fantastic job with the tournament.” said Jeremy Alumbaugh Director of Soccer Operations for the Springfield S.C. “This is definitely an event that we will send more teams to next year as each team was guaranteed four games over two days and early in the season it is great to get an extra game under our belts.”
Both teams also compete in the Heartland Soccer Association (Kansas City) League. “Getting good games this early in the season and having success will hopefully allow us to do well in league play. Both teams are in the second division and these games should help us to challenge for league titles.” said Alumbaugh. The Under 17 team has already completed 8 games in the last two weeks including a game vs. Neosho Community College and a team in the Midwest Regional League. Both teams will also compete in the Metro United Girls College Showcase in November, which is rated as the # 1 Girls Tournament in Region II.
Finding the best competition early allows the older teams to be prepared for the heavy schedule of college showcase events in November and December. Giving players the opportunity to compete in front of college coaches is one of the biggest goals for the Springfield S.C. Players from the two teams come from Springfield, Bolivar, Lebanon and Willard.
Front row- Veronica Renner, Emily Boyer, Jessica Maerz, Megan Melugin, Claire Parrino, Erin Fitzgerald, Mindy Moffe, Brittaney Dunn
Back row-Rachel Herron, Coach Jeremy Alumbaugh, Katie Brewer, Shelby Stewart, Emilee Williams, Lindsey Sprouse, Kiley Huslig, Megan Etter
Not pictured-Coach Bryan Murray, Jody McFarlen. Photo provided by Finch Sprouse.