Springfield Soccer Club (Springfield, MO) is the premier youth soccer club in Southwest Missouri. We have over 300 players across 25-35 teams. The club competes in leagues locally, across the state in KC and St Louis, the Midwest Regional League (MRL), and tournaments on a state and regional level and at National level where appropriate. Continue reading “Help Wanted: Director of Coaching and Youth Development”
Here is ticket information for the upcoming
CHELSEA FC VS. MANCHESTER CITY SOCCER
match at Busch Stadium on May 23rd.
Reserved seats starting at $30 ** Premium Reserved seats starting at $100 ** All-inclusive seats starting at $140
* All Field Club, Midfield, Sideline and All-inclusive ticket buyers for the match on Thursday will receive a FREE ticket to the Chelsea FC training session on Wed, May 22 at 5:30 pm.
From an article in the Post-Dispatch earlier today
Seats will be added on the field while some in the upper deck in right field won’t be sold, bringing capacity for the game to about 42,000. Bryant said they’re hoping for a sellout, with fans coming from outside the area to see the game.
Fitting a soccer field into Busch Stadium will be a tight squeeze. The field will run from in front of the visiting dugout on the third-base line, along the first-base line, to the right field stands. It will be just short of 100 meters long, the minimum allowable length for an international match, which would probably preclude playing World Cup qualifying matches here. But because this match is an exhibition game, being a few feet short is permissible.
For those who may have missed it, St Louis Scott Gallagher SC (SLSG) recently announced that they would have a High School girls team playing year round beginning with this Spring season. Covered in-depth by SoccerSTL.net, the roster of 13 players includes one prominent Springfield player.
Nicole Ortega, named to the All-Ozark squad last year as a sophomore, joined the SLSG ECNL squad last Fall. She has chosen not to return the the Springfield Catholic squad this year in order to play year round Club soccer. She follows Dallas Moses of the Catholic boys team in making that decision. Dallas moved to Collinsville, IL last August and attended Collinsville HS while playing for the SLSG Metro Academy program. Both programs are the highest level of play available for the girls and boys, respectively.
I reached out to Nicole to discuss her decision. Here are her answers:
Are you dual-rostering with Springfield SC or will you concentrate on SLSG only?
As much as I would like to play SSC, next season, I will concentrate only on SLSG. It was too much on my body to try and play both, and at this point I need to be pushed by the competitiveness of ECNL.
What were the key reasons leading to your decision to drive to STL to compete with SLSG?
Playing in the SEC has been my dream for as long as I can remember. I knew that playing on an ECNL team would give me the exposure I would need in order to reach my goal. I have improved so much this year playing with SLSG and I know I will continue to be pushed to get ready for college.
When did you begin thinking about Club Soccer as a full time effort?
After last years high school season ended, Steve Pecher (Director of Girls Soccer at SLSG) told me that SLSG would probably have a team in the Spring. It was then that I decided to take the opportunity to play club full time. High school soccer is great, but I need to continue to play at the highest level I can to prepare myself for college.
What advice did Dallas offer in the decision-making process, having made the step first?
Dallas and I had talked about it a lot. He told me that if I wanted to reach my goal of playing in the SEC, I would need to get the exposure a club like SLSG gets.
What were the most difficult parts of the decision to give up high school?
Honestly, the decision was not overly complicated. There are things that I will miss about high school. I will miss playing in the home games and playing for Ben Timson. However, it was pretty clear to me that I need to continue to play ECNL. After playing with SLSG and seeing the level of play at a D1 program, I know I need to be playing at the highest level possible so that I can develop into the player I want to be for college.
What were the most important reasons?
I am really excited to play this Spring because I will have the opportunity to play against some colleges. I know I will really be pushed this Spring and it will help me prepare for college.
note – The full schedule, available at the link above, includes games against five D2 programs based in St Louis and Quincy.
What are your personal goals?
I would love to continue playing after college. Right now though, my goal is to continue to improve and develop into the best player I can be for SLSG and eventually Arkansas.
note – Nicole has made a verbal commitment to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks when she graduates in 2014. The full roster, with college commitments of her teammates, is available on SoccerSTL.net
What has been the biggest change moving to SLSG ECNL?
The speed of play is so much faster and everyone plays at a higher level. It took me a few games to reach that level, but SLSG has really pushed me and made me work harder.
The Catholic squad, which is coming off of a 3rd place finish at State last year, should return yet again as the regional representative but will face some extremely strong opponents from the St Louis area in their pursuit of a Class 1 title. I’ll have more on the Fighting Irish later.
Via MSSULions.com – The Missouri Southern Lions soccer team exploded for six goals on offense to pick up its third win of the year at Lindenwood this afternoon beating the Lady Lions 6-3.
The Lions (3-6-1, 3-3 MIAA) were led offensively by senior forward Megan Stueve who had two goals on the day, her sixth and seventh of the year. With Lindenwood getting on the board first with a goal in the sixth minute of action, the Lions quickly responded when junior midfielder Tiffany Laughlin notched her first goal of the season in the 13th minute tying the game at one.
Photo Gallery – Missouri Southern Lions at Lindenwood Lions, MIAA Conference match
Southern took a 2-1 lead into halftime when senior midfielder Candis Clark notched her second goal of the year in the 28th minute. With the Lady Lions tying the game at two in the 55th minute, Southern responded with four goals in a nine minute stretch in the second half to make the game 6-2 and put the game out of reach for Lindenwood.
With an assist from Clark, senior forward Cortney Sanders notched her first goal of the year to make the game 3-2 in the 63rd minute. Stueve then recorded her two goals on the day within 1:32 of each other to make the game 5-2 in the 67th minute. With sophomore forward Katelyn Roberson substituting in for Stueve in the 71st minute , Roberson quickly got in on the action scoring her first goal of the year off a corner kick from Sanders in the 72nd minute to give Southern their sixth goal of the day. Lindenwood would tack on a goal in the 80th minute to make the final 6-3.
The Lions return home next weekend when they continue MIAA play hosting Central Missouri Friday evening at 7 p.m. and Southwest Baptist on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Your final opportunity to register for the Midwest College Showcase is today. Registration will end at midnight tonight.
The Showcase, in it’s 2nd year, is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors, both boys and girls, to play a pair of indoor games in front of a large number of regional college coaches.
The event is Monday January 19th (President’s Day) and runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Details and registration information is available on the Springfield SC website.