North Shore United and SC Waukesha won two titles apiece as the six fall girls divisions of the Wisconsin State Championships wrapped up with finals in late October at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.
NSU Blue teams claimed the Under-16 and Under-19 championships, while SC Waukesha Blue sides prevailed at Under-14 and Under-17. The Elm Grove SC Blue Under-15 team and the Madison 56ers Red Under-18 side won the other titles in the annual competition better known as the State Cup.
In addition to being crowned as state champions, winners in each division of the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association event also earned berths in the U.S. Youth Soccer Region II Championships, which are June 23 to 28 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
The SC Waukesha Blue Under-14 team didn't allow a goal in the competition, winning all three of its group matches and its semifinal by shutout and blanking Madison 56ers Red 2-0 in the Oct. 25 final to finish with a 13-0 goal differential.
That was one of five finals that featured clean sheets – NSU Blue's 2-1 victory over Strike FC Wisconsin in the Under-16 final Oct. 26 was the lone exception.
The Under-18 final between 56ers Red and the Elm Grove Blues on Oct. 27 was a rematch from group play; the division included only 12 teams, meaning the three group winners and the best runner-up qualified for the semifinals.
Elm Grove tied the 56ers 2-2 in a group finale Oct. 22 and claimed the Group C title on goal differential (plus-6 to plus-5), but the Madison side beat Rush Wisconsin 1-0 in the semifinals and topped Elm Grove by the same score to claim the title.
SC Waukesha dominated the Under-17 competition, outscoring its five opponents by a 27-2 margin and posting four shutouts, including a 3-0 win over Central FC Success in the Oct. 26 final. The Elm Grove Blue Under-15s had a similar experience, posting a 24-2 goal differential with four clean sheets, including a 1-0 victory over SC Waukesha Blue in the championship game Oct. 25.
In the Under-19 final on Oct. 27, NSU Blue blanked SC Waukesha Blue 1-0 after beating MKSC Academy by the same result in the semifinals.
The State Cup divisions that feature high school-aged girls traditionally are played in the fall to avoid conflicts with the WIAA prep girls season in the spring; all other age groups will be contested in the spring.
Final: SC Waukesha Blue 2, Madison 56ers Red 0.
Semifinals: SC Waukesha Blue 3, Croatian Eagles Red 0; Madison 56ers Red 2, Strike FC Wisconsin Premier 1.
Final: Elm Grove SC Blue 1, SC Waukesha Blue 0
Semifinals: SC Waukesha Blue 1, Strike FC Wisconsin Premier 0; Elm Grove SC Blue 3, North Shore United Blue 2
Final: North Shore United Blue 2, Strike FC Wisconsin Premier 1.
Semifinals: Strike FC Wisconsin Premier 2, United Hurricanes 1; North Shore United Blue 3, SC Waukesha Blue 0.
Final: SC Waukesha Blue 3, Central FC Success 0.
Semifinals: Central FC Success 3, Oshkosh United 2; SC Waukesha Blue 3, Madison 56ers Red 2.
Final: Madison 56ers Red 1, Elm Grove SC Blues 0.
Semifinals: Madison 56ers Red 1, Rush Wisconsin 0; Elm Grove SC Blues 4, Brookfield Red 1.
Final: North Shore United Blue 1, SC Waukesha Blue 1-0.
Semifinals: SC Waukesha Blue 3, FC Green Bay Orange 1; North Shore United Blue 1, MKSC Academy 0.
Nov. 24 to 28 in Casa Grande, Ariz.
2002: John Harms, Whitefish Bay (Bavarian SC). 2003: Timothy Browning, Middleton (Rush Wisconsin); Matthew Roou, Germantown (Bavarian SC).
Nov. 30 to Dec. 4 in Bradenton, Fla.
1999: Jackson Dryden, Whitefish Bay (Bavarian SC); Andrew Schweinert, Brookfield (Bavarian SC); Austen Schweinert, Brookfield (Bavarian SC); Manuel Valenzuela, New Holstein (North Shore United).
2000: Jack Longville, Eau Claire (St. Croix SC, Minn.); Nolan Wolf, Racine (SC Waukesha).
Dec. 14 to 18 in Sarasota, Fla.
2001: Tamirat Knutson, Rothschild (Portage County YS); William Taylor, Madison (Madison 56ers).
Nov. 19-25 in Boca Raton, Fla.
2000: Haley Johnson, Pleasant Prairie (SC Waukesha); Bonnie Lacey, Sheboygan Falls (Lakeshore United).