ECNL REGIONAL LEAGUE ST. LOUIS RECAP

Last weekend, teams from around the ECNL Girls Regional League converged on St. Louis for three days of exciting competition at Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex and World Wide Technology Soccer Park.

One of the clubs who had an extremely successful weekend on the field was GTFC Impact. Across all age groups, GTFC Impact went undefeated on the weekend, winning 10 games and drawing two others.

With it being their first year in the ECNL Regional League, Girls Executive Director Mike Aubry, discussed how important the experience was for his players, both on and off the field.

“Our teams have had a great experience. We love the professionalism of the ECNL,” Aubry said. “One of my kids told me last night, please don’t ever leave the ECNL, because they love it here.”

While the results on the field have been an extreme success, Aubry noted how well his teams had to play to earn those results, and how difficult the competition was for them all weekend.

“We’ve run across some great teams and some great organizations,” Aubry said. “We’ve had to play really well and that’s the thing that I think has been important for our kids is that we’ve had to play really well to get those results.”

Aubry also acknowledged how his team was blown away with all the college coaches they saw at their games this weekend. “Love seeing all the college coaches,” Aubry said. “We’ve never seen this before.”

Another team who had a very successful weekend in St. Louis was Missouri Rush.

At the 04/05 level, Missouri Rush went unbeaten on the weekend, including picking up wins on both Saturday and Sunday.

“They came out and competed in all three games really well,” Girls Director Jason Wyland said.

“Defensively we’re always strong,” Wyland said. “They only allowed one goal in three games, playing against tough competition. Our keeper and our back line have been very solid all weekend.”

While the team had an impressive weekend, Wyland acknowledged that there are areas of improvement the club still needs to address. One of the biggest ones that stood out over the weekend was how impressed he was with the fitness levels of some of their competition.

“It’s been an eye opener that we have to hit fitness harder in preseason and then throughout the season,” Wyland said.

Even with the success on the field, the stern competition at Regional League events like the one in St. Louis continues to help clubs improve and gauge where they are against the rest of the competition around the country.