Midwest Presidents Cup Champions
6 Team Headed To National Presidents Cup

All Illinois teams that traveled to Overland Park, KS for the US Youth Soccer Midwest Presidents Cup June 12-15 put on an impressive showing. In total 11 Illinois teams competed in the event; 6 won Regional championships, 2 finished as Regional Finalist and the three teams that did not advance to the finals all were in contention on the final day of group play.


Congratulations to the following teams that won the Region II Presidents Cup and will now represent Illinois and the Midwest in the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup July 10-13 in South Carolina.


Under-13 Girls: Team Elmhurst
Amy Chiero, Riley Haug, Olivia Hurt, Mary Katherine Kapsch, Kathleen Levins, Taylor Marti, Sarah May, Allison Milkowski, Samantha Molis, Anissa Nourse, Lindsey Novak ,
Siena Pinkerton, Lindsey Schiller, Rene Sieracki, Madison Stark, Michaela Ward,
Alexis Warnke, Madeline Welz, Coach: Karston Roy

Team Elmhurst Select was crowned the U-13 Girls Midwest Presidents Cup champions after defeating KC Legends Inferno (KS) 3-2. Team Elmhurst came back in the second half after going down 1-0 from a KC Legends goal in the 5th minute. Mary Katherine Kapsch put Team Elmhurst back in it with a pair of goals in the 37th and 43rd minutes, and Lindsey Novak added a third in the 53rd minute. KC Legends scored another in the last minute of play, but ran out of time giving Team Elmhurst the 3-2 victory and championship

Under-14 Boys: Team Evanston

Zayn Akbik, Rudy Bieglmeier, Mateo Blair, Jonathan Chavez, Isaac Diop, Noah Dolan,
Theodore Dove, Deniz Gundogdu, Simon Jiillson, Niko Kapetan, Jonathan Meneses,

Luis Molina, Nathan Pollack, Zack Rogers, Reed Schaefer, Colin Thompson,

Aidan Tobin, Coach: Issac Moushi

Team Evanston Premier beat FC42 Lime Barry (OH-S) 2-0 to become the Region II Presidents Cup Under-14 Boys champions. Two first half goals won the match. The first occurred in the 19th minute by Rudy Bieglmeier and Jonathan Meneses added the second in the 28th minute.

Under-14 Girls: Panthers SC Orange

Maya Bonie, Morgan Brown, Riley Cassian, Lauryn Donovan, Isabella Ginnett, Holly Gotchie, Lauren Gotchie, Angeline Lewis, Alexandria Lim, Kayla Monis, Jennifer Nunez, Grace Pagone, Riley Parker, Allison Pfister, Delaney Quick, Rachael Savaglio, Molly Schiltz, Katlyn Selvig, Sarah Stokes, Abigail Taylor, Kaylee Zimbleman, Coach: Brain Udy

A pair of goals by Kaylee Zimbelmann helped PSC Orange (IL) become the U-14 Girls champions, defeating KHSC Central Girls Red (KY) 2-0. Zimbelmann scored in the 14th & 37th minutes.  

Under-15 Boys: SASA Spirits

Steven Albers, Nathan Cheung,  Danny Collins, Conner Cunningham,  Aaron Deopere,
John Gibbson, Jacob Gordy, Ethan Karr, Brandon McCombs, Reed Myerscough, Evan Paoni, Kelby Phillips, Levi Slater, Darian Turner, Logan Willard, Evan Wright; Coach: Steven Ablers

In an all Illinois Under-15 Boys Final and rematch of the Illinois Presidents Cup Championship match, SASA Spirits shutout FC Barrington 3-0 to advance to the National Presidents Cup

Under-15 Girls: Warren United Blazers

Julianne Brewer, Alyssa Cepon, Kaitlyn Chomko, Lauren Davis, Jessica Dietzen, Lindsay Ditmars, Corrine Larson, Bailey Mabbett, Kayla Malaker,   Isabella Pighini, Rebecca Pineau, Skylar Reilly, Alexa Selimos, Natalee Slater, Coach: Jamie Martin

With regulation and OT ending in a 2-2 draw, kicks from the mark were required to determine the Under-15 Girls Region II Presidents Cup Champions. In PK's Warren United outshot Missouri Rush 4-2 to take the Regional crown

Under-17 Boys: SASA Spirits

Caleb Cheung, Devin Compton, Mitch Curry, Black Dannehold, Nicolas Farris, Eric Heumann, Elias Hopkins, Grant Meckes, Derek Miller, Zachary Mizera, Alec Paoni, Vincent Raby,
Luke Reiser, Ty Rogers, Colin Sprague, Collin Tierney, AJ Underwood, Tyler Vogel, Mark Wilson;

Coach James Paoni

After scoring 13 goals while allowing none during group play, SASA Spirits had their toughest match of the tournament in the Under-17 Presidents Cup Final. Ultimately the Springfield team prevailed 4-3 over United/SKY '97 of Kentucky

In addition to the Regional Champions, it was a tremendous showing by all teams from Illinois that played in the event:

  • SASA Spirits: Under-13 Boys Regional Finalists
  • FC Barrington: Under-15 Boys Regional Finalists
  • Ela Elite: Finished undefeated at the event winning one and drawing 2 but fell just short of earning a spot in the Under-16 Girls Finals
  • Illinois FC: Finished 2nd in Under-16 Boys Group B with 6 points
  • Hawthorn Woods Elite: Finished with 6 points in the Under-17 competition, falling 1 point shy of  earning a spot in the championship match