Tag: Missouri State Bears


James Routledge Reaches U20 Super Y League Semifinals

Paul Scheipeter, James Routledge, Ryan Merrifield, Nick Rizzo, Billy Donovan, Sam Fink

The 2013 Super-20 League Championship, presented by Nike, wrapped up at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida last weekend. Sixteen teams from across the country qualified, including St Louis Scott Gallagher who advanced by winning the Midwest Division. A blind draw was conducted and the 16 qualifying teams were drawn into four groups of four for the group stage.

Follow James on Twitter

An alternative to the USL Professional Development League (PDL), which includes the Springfield Demize here in Springfield, James Routledge (2nd from left above) was a member of the squad. James is a red-shirt freshman who will don the Maroon of the Missouri State Bears this Fall, transferring from Marquette University. He’s a native of New Zealand, part of the pipeline Assistant Coach Mike Seabolt has with Upper Hutt FC, where junior Parker Maher is spending his Summer.

Thursday July 18 – WIN 3-2 – St. Louis Scott Gallagher vs Junior Lone Star FC (TX)
Friday July 19 – WIN 2-1 – St. Louis Scott Gallagher vs IMG Academy (FL)
Saturday July 20 – LOSS 0-7 – St. Louis Scott Gallagher vs Beachside SC (CT)
Saturday July 20 – LOSS 0-2 – SLSG vs Pacesetter SC SEMIFINALS
Sunday July 21 – Final won by Force FC (MI) over Pacesetter

The defending champion Chicago Fire lead Group D after finishing second to St. Louis Scott Gallagher in the Midwest’s Western Division, and they will be joined by Alamo SC from the Mid South Division. Force Football Club makes its first appearance from the Midwest’s Eastern Division, with fellow newcomer the Western United Pioneers completing the group.

Scott Gallagher, meanwhile, is in Group A, which also includes the host, IMG Academy, which won the Southeast Division to earn its berth at the championships. A pair of newcomers complete the group, with Mid Atlantic Division winners Junior Lone Star FC and North Atlantic East champions Beachside SC both making their first appearance at IMG Academy.

The 2013 Super-20 League Championship also serves as an important player identification event for the PDL, as well as for U.S. National Teams. PDL coaches will be in attendance to scout talent, along with USL National Technical Director Peter Mellor, a longtime USSF Staff Coach.

Katie Brewer, Glendale Falcons (2010)

What Is A Concussion?

Katie Brewer, Glendale Falcons (2010)
Katie Brewer, Glendale Falcons (2010)
I’m happy to introduce a new series. Andy Wilkinson, a Certified Athletic Trainer in Southwest Missouri, will be sharing information with us on topics related to health and recovery. He opens with Concussions.

What is a concussion? To simplify a concussion is a brain injury, a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The 4th International conference of Concussion in Sport, which met at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich this past November, defined it further.

“A complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain, induced by biomechanical forces…”

They went on further to explain them with four points

  • It can be caused by a direct blow to the head, face, neck, or elsewhere on the body with an impulsive force transmitted to the head.
  • Concussion typically results in rapid onset of short lived impairment of neurological functions that resolves spontaneously. However, in some cases, symptoms and signs may evolve over a number of minutes to hours.
  • Concussion may result in neuropathological changes, but the acute clinical symptoms largely reflect a functional disturbance rather than a structural injury and, as such, no abnormality is seen on standard structural neuroimaging studies.
  • Concussion results in graded set of clinical symptoms that may or may not involve loss of consciousness. Resolution of the clinical and cognitive symptoms typically follows a sequential course. However, it is important to note that in some cases symptoms may be prolonged.
  • So what does all that mean? Let me try to help you make sense of it all.

    Concussion is a brain injury that affects brain function. Concussion can be caused by anything that forces the brain to rebound inside the skull. It does not have to be a direct blow to the head by another player, the ground, a goal post, a hard shot, or even getting hit in the body can also cause concussion. Signs and symptoms can occur rapidly and have a sudden onset, however, it is not atypical to find signs and symptoms occurring well after the event. Concussions typically do not affect the physical structure of the brain, but the function of the brain. This is why when an athlete suffers a concussion the CT scan and or MRI may come back negative. Those tests are looking for structural deficiencies. In order to suffer from a concussion the athlete does not have to have lost consciousness. In fact, a majority of athletes who suffer from concussions never lose consciousness.

    So your athlete sustains a concussion. What happens next?

    First and foremost athletes need to be honest with themselves and the coaches when things are not right. Athlete will hide their symptoms in order to stay in the game. This is not a good idea because it increases the likelihood of the symptoms becoming more severe and increasing the chances of death due Second Impact Syndrome. Once the athlete has sustained a concussion he/she needs to be evaluated by the medical professional that knows how to deal with concussions. Athletic trainers are the first resource on the sidelines in this area. They are present at a vast majority of the high school sporting events in the area.

    During the evaluation the athletic trainer will go over a list of 22 symptoms and the athletes’ rating of their severity. This is called the Graded Symptom Checklist. This is important because it allows the athletic trainer to get an objective view of the concussion and determine a course of action. The checklist also will allow the athletic trainer to monitor the recover of the athlete by noting a resolution of symptoms and severity. Remember there is no such thing as a mild concussion anymore.

    Once it is determined that athlete has a concussion that athlete will be removed from the practice and/ or the game. This is the policy MSHSAA has implemented as well as the agreed upon decisions of the Zurich conference. The athlete will be monitored throughout the continuation of the game. The athlete should be referred to a physician that is up-to-date on concussion protocols and training. This is not the ER unless symptoms dictate. The athletic trainer should give a copy of the symptom checklist to the family to take with them to the physician.

    Return to play

    One of the first questions from any athlete following an injury is when can they go back to competition. The answer is always well that depends. Each concussion is different just as each athlete is different. How the athlete treats his/her recovery will play a big part. The first thing an athlete needs to be is symptom free for 24 hours. In order to achieve this the athlete needs to have complete cognitive rest. This includes watching TV, texting driving, homework, or anything that involves cognitive function. Just as you would rest an ankle sprain or a knee injury the brain needs to recover appropriately and that means complete cognitive rest without medication or drugs.

    Once a concussed athlete has been symptom free for 24 hours they will be allowed to begin the graduated return to play protocol, RTP. This starts with easy aerobic work. Each step is 24 hours long. If there is no return of symptoms with each step the athlete will be allowed to proceed to the neck step. This is usually a 7-10 day process but it can be longer. MSHSAA standards as well as local polices will require the athlete to be symptom free for 7 days prior to returning to competition. The RTP protocol will increase from easy aerobic activity to sprints, changing directions, lifting weights, to non-contact drills, to full contact practices. The athletic trainer will modify each step for the athlete’s specific sport.

    An athletic trainer is a medical professional that has obtained his or her degree in athletic training and has is certified by the Board of Certification, a national governing body. In the state of Missouri all athletic trainers must be licensed to practice. They are trained in the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.

    Andy Wilkinson, Athletic TrainerAndy has been a certified athletic trainer since 2007 when he graduated from Missouri State University. He went on to get his Master’s degree from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. Andy has been working in the secondary school setting since 2008. During that time he has been a part of implementing policies and procedures. Through research and continuing education, he has been able to help put together policies that athletic trainers can use to treat concussions.

    Andy’s began playing soccer when he was 5. He played for Firestorm SC in Southwest Missouri. During high school he played goalkeeper for Neosho High School from 1999-2003. Andy began refereeing in 1997. He has progressed to a State 5 referee, participating in the Midwest Regional tournament for 5 years, attending the ODP national Championships in 2010. When the Women’s Professional Soccer league was in St. Louis he was on the list of referees. Along with being a USSF referee Andy is also a MSHSAA referee and a college official.


    James Fawke Featured in Glouchester Echo

    James-Fawke-Missouri-State-soccerSophomore defender James Fawke, who was named to the all-MVC second team this season, was featured in his hometown paper Saturday.

    Fawke targeting top-level action as US adventure revives career

    Currently out of season, Fawke attends classes in the morning, before doing weights, fitness work, and football training in the afternoon.
    During the season, training becomes much more football-orientated and academic work takes a back seat.
    The 20-year-old has two years left on his contract and is clear in his ambitions for the future.
    “The dream has always been to play football at the top level, whether that means I’m playing in America or England,” he said.

    Read more at the Gloucester Echo.

    You can follow Jeff on Twitter at @jfawke. And yes, that’s my photo he’s using in his profile 🙂

    Nia Williams Drafted by FC Kansas City

    Chosen in the fourth round today, she will be playing close to her home in a suburb of Kansas City KS.

    Former Missouri State women’s soccer player Nia Williams was drafted in the fourth round (27th overall) in the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) draft on Friday. Williams was taken by FC Kansas City (FCKC), one of eight teams in the newly formed league, and will join her father, Huw, an assistant coach with FCKC. She is the first Missouri State women’s soccer player to ever be drafted by a professional league.

    “I am extremely excited and blessed to be moving on to the next level,” declared Williams shortly after the selection. “I had a great experience here at Missouri State. It is great to be picked by FC Kansas City, my hometown team, and get to spend more time with my Dad.”

    At Missouri State, Williams capped her stellar four-year career by being named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. She also earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Great Lakes Region third team honors this season, making it four consecutive seasons that an MSU player had landed on the All-Great Lakes squad.

    As a senior, Williams picked up her second-consecutive All-MVC first team accolade and fourth career league honor. In 2010, she was named to the MVC All-Tournament team and, in 2009, she was selected to the MVC All-Freshman team.

    During her career at Missouri State, Williams started all 69 matches that she appeared in. She was a three-time MVC Defensive Player of the Week honoree (Sept. 7, 2010; Aug. 21, 2012; Oct. 2, 2012). A defensive leader throughout her career, Williams helped a Bears’ defense that allowed just two home goals in nine matches this season.

    Williams scored her first career goal this season, the game-winner against Western Illinois on September 14. She finished her career with 14 assists, tied for second in program history.

    Off the field, Williams racked up a number of academic honors as well. She earned her third-straight Academic All-MVC award this season after being named an MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week in October. In 2011, she earned CoSIDA Academic All-District accolades.

    For more on Williams and her new teammates, visit FC Kansas City .


    Molly Brewer Named MVC Freshman of the Year by CSM

    Congrats to freshman Molly Brewer, chosen as the Freshman of the Year for the Missouri Valley Conference by College Sports Madness.

    She’s joined on the MVC All-Conference squad by seniors Nia Williams, Michelle Sommer and Chelsea Voet as well as junior Rachel Weimer.

    First Team,,,Second Team
    F,Rachel Tejada,Illinois State,F,Brittany Neumann,Creighton
    F,Ashlie Stokes,Drake,F,Generve Charles,Drake
    F,Kyla Cross,Illinois State,F,Abby Springer,Evansville
    F,Rachel Weimer, Missouri State, F, Molly Brewer, Missouri State
    M,Brittany Schuling, Drake, M, Rhian Pritchard, Drake
    M,Michelle Sommer, Missouri State, M, Sam Copley, UNI
    M,Aimee Wronski, Illinois State, M, Rachel Bostick, Illinois State
    M,Tatian Pagan, Evansville, M, Shelby Troyer, Indiana State
    D,Kristin Cooley, Illinois State, D, Taylor Brand, Evansville
    D,Megan Fisher, Drake, D, Madelyn Buckner, Creighton
    D,Nia Williams, Missouri State, D, Marisa Windisch, Indiana State
    D,Allie Brees, UNI, D, Sarah Carlson, Illinois State
    GK,Kalena Litch, Drake, GK, Chelsea Voet, Missouri State
    Rob and Molly Brewer, Missouri State BearsThe photo above is of Molly as a 7th Grader, playing for Pershing Middle School. Just a bit of fun on my part since I could easily look back that far.

    This photo, by Steph Anderson of The Standard, is part of a nice story on Molly and her father, and coach, Rob Brewer. Check it out!

    Freshman Molly Brewer has always excelled in the classroom and on the soccer field. She racked up Regional Offensive MVP and District Offensive Player of the Year honors and was selected to the academic all-conference team while playing at Glendale High School. Molly could have gone to almost any school of her choosing but decided to come to Missouri State and play for a familiar coach, her father, Rob Brewer.

    Read more