The 2014-15 U.S. Development Academy Playoffs group stage for the U15/16 age group concluded last weekend at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.
U15/16 SLSG MO Academy was placed into a tough group that included L.A Galaxy U16, FC Dallas and SC Battery. The top team advanced to the Academy Championships in Carson, Calif.
SLSG opened group play on a high note as they were able to get past the Galaxy 2-1. Josh Sargent put SLSG ahead 1-0 in the 30th minute, only to see the Galaxy equalize three minutes later. Defender Chase Niece scored the deciding tally in the 57the minute to give SLSG the opening win.
In the second game, SLSG met the top-seeded team in the group, FC Dallas. FC Dallas was able to emerge victorious from an SLSG own goal midway through the first half. SLSG created a number of quality scoring chances but were unable to find the equalizer, and FC Dallas took over the top spot in the group.
SLSG pulled out a weather-shortened, 4-3 victory over SC Battery in its final group stage match.
SLSG 2004 Pre Academy won the US Club Soccer National Cup XIV Regionals U11 Super Group division in Chicago over the weekend.
The team of Peter Farley, Owen Hardy, Evan Hill, Jack Hulett, Wyatt Lewis, Payton Mathews, Wil Rieves, Anthony Rolando, Anis Smajlovic, Jack Wagoner and Giuseppe Gereau beat the Chicago Sockers 1-0 in the final.
Anthony Rolando scored the only goal of the match to secure the championship.