MTA Celebrates Memorial Day At NSC Cup

U13 Girls Dominate the NSC Cup
The U13 girls pool group split into two teams for the NSC Cup and they dominated the proceedings.

In group play the teams combined to score 17 goals and give up 0.

The semis saw more offense and stifling defense as Nike won 4-0 vs Wayzata. Swoosh beat FC Northwest (Canada) 3-0 to set up the all MTA Final.

The final was a tale of two halves. The first half saw Swoosh consistently play the ball  through their central players and control the game. Swoosh was rewarded with multiple corner kicks and Kat scored to give Swoosh the 1-0 half time lead.

Coach Fischer made a great adjustment in the second half to take away the middle of the field from Swoosh and Nike really took it to Swoosh and created numerous second half chances but Swoosh goalie Cecile, stood tall in net and preserved her 5th shutout of the weekend.

This event continues to show the quality of the U13 Pool group.  Both groups moved the ball very well, scored goals, and played great defense.  We have been able to implement a style of play throughout the age group where we can put any combination of players on the field and they will represent the entire group in positive way.  Having depth is crucial as we prepare to compete in the MRL and ECNL next year and this group will continue to develop their style of play and continue to be successful. -U13 Coach Andy Kaasa

Through this event the U13 Pool group has not conceded a goal to a U13 opponent this summer outscoring all opposition 49-0.

League: 7-0
State Cup: 17-0
NSC Cup: 25-0

U13 Boys Sweep NSC Cup

In group play the u13 MTA went undefeated in group play.  Outscoring opponents 22-1.

Followed by good performances in the Semi-finals and finals.  Outscoring opponents 11-0.

Game Summary
MTA 4 vs St Paul United 0
MTA 8 vs DASC Black 0
MTA 8 vs Bonivital Premier 1

Semi Finals: MTA 4 vs FC Nortwest 0
Finals: MTA 7 vs St Paul United 0

The boys play in the State Cup final on Saturday, June 2nd.

U12 ETP play well in NSC Cup

The U12 Emerging Talent Group is a pool of the most dedicated and talented u12 players within MN Thunder Academy.  This event the group played in the u13 top flight.  They group was missing a few selection, since the East u12 group played in the u12 flight.  They did very well against the competition.  The team maintained better possession vs all there opponents.  They continue to show improvement. In the group, they went 0-1-2.  

U12 Boys Reach NSC Cup Finals

The U12 east boys had another successful tournament coming in runner up in the NSC Cup over Memorial Day Weekend. During the round robin portion of the tournament, they came in first in their bracket. The bracket was very competitive with teams from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. They had a hard fought semi final victory which ended 2-2 after two overtimes. Remarkably all 5 of the east boys put in their penalty kicks and were able to win a narrow 5-4 shoot out victory.(Yuepheng Xiong, Tom Puglisi, Jose Martinez, Alex Tsobanakis, Kevin Lee). The final game versus a Canadian team from Thunder Bay found the east boys down early 0-2. The boys showed great character and made it level at 2-2. Thunder Bay in the final minutes edged the MTA east boys out with a 3-2 victory.

Game Summary
MTE 6 vs CBSC Blizzard (WI) 1
MTE 3 vs DASC (SD) 3
MTE 3 vs Wayzata Fury 2
MTE 3 vs Tri City Storm 3
Semi Finals MTE 3 vs Pegasus 2 (SO 5-4)
Finals MTE 2 vs Thunder Bay Chill 3

U10 Girls Cruise To Victory

The U10 Girls also swept their division scoring 24 goals and only giving up 1.  

The U10 age group is going to be one of our most talented age groups.  It was great to see them put everything together this weekend and have a fun time.- East Director Andy Kaasa