Dakota Rev team wins at USA Cup Weekend
The Dakota Rev Rampage, a team with some of the metro area’s top girls soccer players, won another championship at the USA Cup Weekend tournament July 11-13.
The team won six games in the girls Under-19 A Flight at the weekend tournament, outscoring opponents 22-2. Dakota Rev defeated the Blaine-based Twin Cities Fire 3-0 in the championship game.
In the spring, the Rampage finished first in the U18 Premier II division in the Midwest Regional League. Last summer, many of the same players traveled to Sweden and won their division at the Gothia Cup tournament.
The Rampage roster includes numerous players who are headed to college soccer, such as Kellie McGahn (an Eastview High School graduate) and Alyssa Blahnik (Burnsville), who have signed with the University of Minnesota. University of Nebraska redshirt freshman Natalie Muench (Burnsville) also played for the Rampage, as did Eastview graduate Paige Wilberding, who is joining the Cornhuskers this season.
Julia Lam, a Rampage player from Apple Valley High School, is headed to South Dakota State. Lauren Sherry, a defender for the Rampage as well as state high school Class AA runner-up Lakeville North, is headed to Central Michigan.
Leah Schmidt of Eagan, Hannah Keirstead of Burnsville, Amanda Hartmann of Burnsville, Katie Eaton of Apple Valley (Eastview), Emily Sutliff of Apple Valley (Eastview) and Brianna Lindstrom of Apple Valley (Eastview) also played for the Rampage.
USA Cup recap
Although no teams from the Sun Thisweek coverage area reached Gold or Silver division finals in the weeklong USA Cup tournament that ended July 19 in Blaine, several did reach championship games in the July 11-13 USA Cup weekend tourney.
In addition to the Dakota Rev Rampage’s girls U19 championship, the Lakeville Lightning finished first in the girls U13 B flight playoff, outscoring three playoff opponents 10-0. The Lightning defeated Futura Feroce of Missouri 3-0 in the championship game.
The Dakota Rev Revenge won the girls U15 B flight, defeating Integrity XC 2-0 in the championship game.
Valley United Fusion reached the boys U19 A flight final in the USA Cup Weekend tourney before losing to St. Croix of Minnesota 1-0. Valley United also finished second in the boys U12 C flight.
Summer state tourney
The Minnesota Youth Soccer Association’s summer state tournament is in progress this week. Pool play in the U11, U12 and U13 age groups took place at Steve Michaud Park in Lakeville. The tournament changed its schedule this year and moved championship games in all divisions to Saturday at Shakopee Soccer Complex.