The Cleveland United Soccer Club’s U13 team seized the U.S. Club Soccer National Cup this July in Colorado — thanks in part to two Amherst players.
Defender Hannah Aschemeier and forward Sydney Schaeffer were among the 13-year-olds who traveled as part of the North Ridgeville-based team to Denver to compete under the direction of head coach Marko Raduka, goalkeeper coach Vlado Hrelja, and assistant coach Bill Moiser.
The team has been training and competing this past year in the Central Alliance Soccer Association league in Lodi as well as the Midwest Regional League throughout Ohio and the neighboring states.
Other team members include forward Jillian Bell (Canton), midfielder Victoria Copfer (Avon Lake), defender Emma Gedeon (Avon Lake), defender Mia Kelly (Rocky River), midfielder Ela Kisin (Avon), midfielder Hallie Krzys (Berea), forward Megan Mosier (Strongsville), defender Izzy Mraz (Elyria), midfielder Maya Patti (Rocky River), goalkeeper Sabrina Rick (Rocky River), midfielder Avery Rosso (Avon), forward Lexie Sikula (Berea), forward Nyah Snezek (Avon), defender Keira Vesy (Rocky River), and goalkeeper Jennifer Wisniewski (Westlake).
The girls went undefeated this June in the Premier Group of the Midwest Regional competition.
That path included defeating the Dakota Alliance Soccer Club from South Dakota 4-1, the Minnesota Thunder Academy NIKE team 3-0, the Black Hills Rapids Soccer Club from South Dakota 5-0, and the Everest Soccer Club from Ohio 3-0 in the championship final.
They kicked off the end-of-July tournament in Colorado with a 6-1 victory over the Legends Football Club from California, their only tie with Global Premier Soccer from New Hampshire at 1-1, a 2-0 shutout over Virginia Rush Soccer Club, and a 2-1 rematch victory over Global Premier Soccer in the championship game.
Temperatures were near 100 degrees in the Mile High City during the tournament.
While there, the team also engaged in off-the-field action with a team dinner, afterward making their parents and club proud by feeding some of Denver’s homeless and U.S. veterans hot meals.
The girls also enjoyed an evening out at Denver’s 16th Street Mall, took in a Colorado Rapids MLS game, and shared time painting and dining with a local artist.
Courtesy photo A 2-1 rematch victory over Global Premier Soccer won the National Cup for the Cleveland United Soccer Club’s U13 team, which includes players from Amherst.