The U17 Girls are pictured above after winning the Presidents Cup. Top row, left to right: Taylor Nyborg, Madeline Johnson, Mya Schwab, Carly Bosch, Jenna Zaeske, Kirsten Bokinskie, and Hannah Riveland. Bottom row: Jessica Dallman, Anna Reinholz, Sydney Kramer, Anna Triller, Jenny Marsh, MacKenzie Carlson, and Rachel Osmundson. Not pictured: Molly Heinrich and Stephanie Leach.
This weekend Tri-City Storm had four teams travel down to Overland Park, Kansas to compete in the regional portion of the annual Presidents Cup. The tournament is designed to bring highly competitive teams together and so it was amazing to see the teams play so well. Of the four teams that made the journey down to Kansas, two of them were playing on Sunday in a championship game. The U16 Boys and the U17 Girls both went undefeated in their groups and earned top seeds for the championship games. The U16 Boys team won their first game 2-1 and followed that up with 1-0 and 2-1 victories. They came up against CE Black from Ohio in the championship game and ended up losing in an intense penalty shootout. The U17 Girls breezed through their group with 7-2, 6-2, and 3-1 victories. They battled Panathinaikos Academy from Missouri in the championship game and came out victorious with a 1-0 win. The girls were the top scoring team in the tournament with 17 goals and were lead by Jenny Marsh who was the tournament’s top scorer with 5 goals. This marks the first time that a team from North Dakota has won at the regional level and as a result the U17 Girls will now travel down to Auburndale, Florida to compete in the National President’s Cup on July 10th through the 14th.
Also putting in a good showing at the tournament was the U14 Girls team who had one win, loss and draw, while scoring four goals and only letting one in. They were unlucky not to move on, but showed that they can play against top-level competition. The U13 Girls also went down to the tournament, but unfortunately didn’t fare as well as the other teams. While they didn’t get a win the experience of competing in a tournament of this level will be priceless as they move forward and work to improve.
While the Presidents Cup was going on Tri-City teams were also playing in the Walmart All-American Cup at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Both the U13 Boys and the U15 Girls had one win and two losses, but they were unlucky not to do better. The U14 Boys had a very successful weekend as they went undefeated throughout the entire tournament. In group play they won 4-1, 2-1, 7-0 before beating Wayzata Soccer Club 3-0 in the semifinal. In the final they came up against Minnesota Thunder Academy in an intense game. It went into extra time tied at two goals a piece where the Storm scored the game winning goal and took the championship with a 3-2 victory.
The U14 Boys are pictured above after winning the Walmart Cup. Top row, left to right: Jared Fowler, Zach Olson, Noah Yak, Hunter Maloy, Ryan Friesen, Tommy Swenson, Cole Jacobs, Brian Rapp, Head Coach Jason Carter. Bottom row: Noah Gjesdahl, Tanner Kirkpatrick, Devon Thompson, Hunter Jarolimek, Matt Russell, Jonny Deitz, Christian Larson, and Gabe Dusek.
Overall it was a great weekend for Tri-City teams as many of them proved they can compete against high-level competition. It was great to see so many teams have successful weekends and it is particularly impressive to see the U17 Girls moving on to Florida for the National Presidents Cup. We will be rooting them on as they prepare to be the first ever team from North Dakota to get the opportunity to play in the tournament.