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USASA Region II: Bavarians miss Amateur Cup final on tiebreaker

06/14/2015, 12:30pm CDT
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Bavarian SC posted a pair of victories and tied for the lead atop their four-team group at the U.S. Adult Soccer Association Region II Amateur Cup in Overland Park, Kan., but the Milwaukee-area team missed out on the regional final due to a tiebreaker.

The Bavarians posted a 1-0 victory over AFC Ann Arbor, their future rival in the Great Lakes Premier League, on Friday. B.J. Gottschlich (Germantown/UW-Platteville) scored the lone goal in the 60th minute and Marquette's Kyle Gress posted the clean sheet in the regional opener.

Justin Laird (Hartford) scored twice and Dan Holowaty, UW-Parkside's Elliott Schultz (Sussex Hamilton) and Milwaukee School of Engineering's Logan Andryk (Milwaukee Marquette) added goals in the Bavarians' 5-3 victory over Kansas team Chilitos Auto on Saturday morning.

Coach Pat Hodgins' side went into their Group B finale against RWB Adria on Saturday afternoon knowing that a win or draw would send them through to Sunday morning's regional final. The match was tied at halftime, but the Illinois club scored twice after the break to post a 2-0 victory.

That left Ann Arbor, Adria and the Bavarians all tied atop the group with 2-1-0 records. AFC Ann Arbor was declared the group winner based on fewest goals allowed after they and Adria had the same goal differential. Ann Arbor lost to Missouri's Quinto Elemento 1-0 in the final.

Meanwhile, the Croatian Eagles took the lead in their opener of the Werner Fricker Open Cup regional competition Friday against Adria, but it was downhill from there.

Andy Huftalin (Marquette) scored the opener in the 27th minute for the Eagles, who saw their fellow Croatian club equalize from the penalty spot 3 minutes later and take the lead in the second half en route to a 2-1 victory.

Then on Saturday, Missouri's KC Athetics scored in the 10th and 60th minutes in a 2-0 victory that eliminated the Croatians from the three-team tournament. KC Athletics and RWB Adria were scheduled to play later Saturday, but the match was canceled after the Missouri side beat the Eagles; Adria cruised to the regional title with a 7-1 rout on Sunday.

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