GATORS 02 ORANGE WIN U13 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN TULSA
Under-13 Girls: So Cal Blues Baker (CA-S) 1-2 (PKs) PSG MI Gators 02 Orange (MI)
PSG MI Gators 02 Orange (MI) (RII-C) won the Under-13 Girls championship defeating So Cal Blues Baker (CA-S) (RIV-C) in penalty kicks. The match went to halftime scoreless, leading to believe that both teams would have a match similar to their 0-0 preliminary match on Wednesday. In the 51stminute however, PSG broke through the stalemate on a corner kick play. So Cal Blues tried to clear the ball, but PSG serviced it back in and forward Madison Medalle got a beautiful header to put the Gators in the lead. As play continued, So Cal pressured and produced multiple corner kicks in an effort to get back in the match. Sure enough a corner kick play helped the Cal South side, and defender Lillian Shea saved So Cal Blues with a stoppage time goal, taking the match to overtime. After the 1-1 score remained in overtime, penalty kicks were needed to determine a winner. PSG went up first and got goals by Arianna Jalics, Justina Gaynor, Caitlin O'Malley and Emily Mathews. Intermittently, So Cal players Rilee Harmon, Isabella DAquila, and Marisa Bubnis also found the back of the net. As So Cal’s fourth kicker took a shot, PSG keeper Emma Bourtorwick got a block tapping the ball up and out. All that was needed was one last PSG goal to end it, and midfielder Jessica Koje slotted it in for the victory.
“It’s almost a feeling of relief right now,” said PSG Gators Head Coach Jeremy Harkins. “I’m so happy for those girls. All the tears really tell the story. This is by far the best team that they’ve ever played and it’s because they worked so hard that they got it done.”
Michigan Gators win the National
Gators 02 team beats powerhouse Southern California team for title
In a week of fierce heat and fiercely fought games, the Michigan Gators 02 team came out the victor in the final game of the tournament. Playing the So Cal “Blues”, a team that was undefeated and unscored upon during pool play, the Michigan Gators took a quick lead in the 2nd half with a header goal off a crossing ball from the right flank. The early 2nd half goal came from a corner ball that was played out of the box.
The goal settled the Gators a bit and they started adding more offensive bursts up to the field to their stingy defensive style. The So Cal team had a lot of fight in them and a lot of players on their bench. Little by little, they started inching their will forward in the game and before long, the Gator back line was under incredible pressure. With key saves and valiant efforts by the center defenders, the Gators kept the Blues off the scoreboard through regulation play. However, in “injury time”, there was a flurry of activity near the Gator goal. With less than 3 minutes on the clock, the So Cal midfielder chipped a ball to the back post. With the entire rosters of both teams in front of her, the Gator keeper was screened and unable to see the ball in time to make the save.
Understanding that the game wasn’t over, the Gator players composed themselves after the So Cal celebration and thwarted all attempts by the “Blues” in the two ten minute overtime periods. The game was to be settled by penalty kicks and with the national championship on the line, the Gator girls went a perfect 5 for 5 while the So Cal team missed one attempt. It was all that mattered. The game was over and the national championship came home to Michigan.
Congratulations go out to the Gator girls, their parents, and to the Gator staff that included head coach, Jeremy Harkins, along with his experienced staff. What a great victory for Michigan soccer.
Two of our PSG teams showed the Midwest just how talented and well trained our teams are!! The Gators 02 Orange and Nova 01 Black teams took on the best teams in Fox Cities, Wisconsin and came away with some great accomplishments.
The U13 girls punched their ticket to the National Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma by winning their division with five impressive victories over some of the top teams from our region. Coach Jeremy Harkins and all of the players worked together and defeated teams from Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio North, and Ohio South. Here are highlights from the championship game: Their final match versus TFA Elite 01 (OH-S) saw a competitive, scoreless first half. Midfielder Emily Mathews was the key factor in the second half for PSG, getting a pair of goals in the 53rd and 60th minutes for the win. The team will begin play on July 21st in Oklahoma with the goal of bringing home to Michigan the coveted title of National Champions. Good luck Gators!
The U14 boys played outstanding soccer during the week and it lead them into the semi-finals. Coach Thomas Trivelloni continued to have his team clicking with two key victories and a tie in the preliminary round against teams from South Dakota, Nebraska, and Ohio South. In the semi-finals, the Nova boys battled and was edged out by the CUP Gold team from Ohio South 1-0. The future is bright for this team which captured their first Michigan State Cup Championship and will be back playing in the MRL Premier 1 Division. Way to go Nova!
Congratulations to both of these teams for making all of us at the Premier Soccer Group very proud!!
Keeping the Faith
Four members from original team share in Regional Championship celebration
At their U10 tryout, Justina Gaynor was the only returning player from a team of six in the previous year. Jessica Koje, Sissy Novak, and Adella Papiez were on the 2nd team and told they had little chance of making the 1st team.
Well, look at them now. Three years later, this group of girls, along with their teammates, are set to play for the National Championship. In an unprecedented run, the 02 Michigan Gators have found their way into 3 State Cup finals, winning two in a row, and now have just won the club's first regional championship.
And best of all, all 4 original Gators have been big time contributors since the day they made the 1st team. Sissy and Jessica have mainly played in the back as part of a rugged back line. However, the two of them have pushed up to striker positions or outside mids. Adella has been a mainstay at the outside mid position, where she likes to get behind the opposition's defense to send in crossing balls to
her trailing mids. Justina has been the attacking midfielder, quarterbacking the team with precise passing and timely shots. All in all, this foursome has proven to be as good as any players their age in the country.
As a club, we're proud of them and all their
teammates. What an accomplishment considering all the great teams in their age group within the state, and the region. We are also thankful to Coach Merhdad, their fearless leader, who has led them to 2 straight State Cup victories.
Coaching history for 02 Gators:
U8 and U9:
Coach: Renee Van Gampalere
U10 and U11:
Coach: Gary Maccagnone
U12 and U13:
Coach: Merhdad Nekoogar
Coach: Jeremy Harkins
Many thanks go to the great parental group who kept the faith and let their daughters be the beneficiaries of being "Gator Trained". It certainly has worked out to benefit the girls, the team, and the club. Good luck ladies. Bring back the hardware.
2015 SPRING STATE CUP AND JUNIOR STATE CUP
CHAMPIONS & FINALISTS
Three teams from the Premier Soccer Group captured State Cup Championships this past weekend with another team named finalists in their division. This brings the club’s number of State Cup Championships to 15 and the future is very bright for these teams. Congratulations to all of the players, coaches, and families involved with these teams and good luck to the U13 and U14 teams who’ll compete in the Region II Championships in Fox Cities, Wisconsin from June 20-25.
PREMIER SOCCER GROUP FC Nova 01 Black - Road to the Boys U14 State Cup Championship
PSG MICHIGAN NOVA 01 BLACK 3-0 GRAND RAPIDS CREW JUNIORS 01 PREMIER BLACK
PSG MICHIGAN NOVA 01 BLACK 1-0 MICHIGAN WOLVES 01
PSG MICHIGAN NOVA 01 BLACK 7-0 MIDLAND FUSION 01 GREEN
Round of 16
PSG MICHIGAN NOVA 01 BLACK 4-1 SOCS FORCE 01 NAVY
PSG MICHIGAN NOVA 01 BLACK 1-0 MICHIGAN JAGUARS 01 GREEN
PSG MICHIGAN NOVA 01 BLACK 1-0 VARDAR MICHIGAN 01
State Cup Finals
PSG MICHIGAN NOVA 01 BLACK 1-0 MICHIGAN FIRE JUNIORS 01 RED/HUGHES
PREMIER SOCCER GROUPGators FC 02 Orange - Road to the Girls U13 State Cup Championship
PSG MICHIGAN GATORS 02 ORANGE 2-0 WAZA FC EAST 02 JUNIORS
PREMIER SOCCER GROUP FC Nova 05 Black - Road to the Boys U10 Jr State Cup Championship
PSG MICHIGAN NOVA 05 BLACK 9-4 AC MILAN DETROIT 05 BLACK
PSG MICHIGAN NOVA 05 BLACK 8-3 OLE SC 05 ACADEMY
PSG MICHIGAN NOVA 05 BLACK 10-0 LYON FC 05 GOLD
PSG MICHIGAN NOVA 05 BLACK 5-2 MICHIGAN RUSH NORTHVILLE 05B
PSG MICHIGAN NOVA 05 BLACK 3-1 MICHIGAN BURN 05 BEGA
State Cup Finals
PSG MICHIGAN NOVA 05 BLACK 7-0 CANTON CELTIC 05 BLACK
PREMIER SOCCER GROUP FC Nova 04 Blue - Road to the Boys U11 Jr State Cup Finals
PSG MICHIGAN NOVA 04 BLUE 0-0 MICHIGAN PDA 03/04 DIABLOS
PSG MICHIGAN NOVA 04 BLUE 2-1 MICHIGAN JAGUARS 04 WHITE
PSG MICHIGAN NOVA 04 BLUE 4-0 MICHIGAN BURN 04 BLACK
PSG MICHIGAN NOVA 04 BLUE 2-1 WAZA FC EAST 04 BLACK
PSG MICHIGAN NOVA 04 BLUE 2-1 DEARBORN DRIVE 04 BLACK
State Cup Finals
PSG MICHIGAN NOVA 04 BLUE 0-1 MICHIGAN JAGUARS 04 WHITE
CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS ON THE "NEW" PREMIER SPORTS COMPLEX
On the eastside of town, the only club that can offer a level of play for every type of player is the Premier Soccer Group. With two major clubs housed within the organization - the Michigan FC Nova Soccer Club for boys, and the Michigan Gators FC Soccer Club for girls - the PSG has a team for you! Our history proves that we develop players at every age group and every level of play.