Youth soccer: Worthington FC wins a pair of MYSA state championships
SHAKOPEE -- The Worthington FC youth soccer club brought returned home with two state championships this weekend. Both the 18-and-under and 17-and-under teams from Worthington won state titles at the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association State Championships on Saturday at the 17th Avenue Sports Complex in Shakopee.
The wins capped off incredible seasons for both teams as each of them finished as triple champions, winning their league, the Burnsville Cup, and the MYSA State Championships.
The U17 squad ran through the state tournament, winning four games by a combined score of 20-1 and capping it off with a 4-0 victory over Monticello in the final.
“I’m happy with the younger kids,” U17 coach Jose Euceda said. “They pass the ball around. They know each other really well. That is their strength. They’ve played together for so long. They make it easy for me and it’s just smiley. I just have to put it together like a puzzle.”
Starting forward Jon Keodouangsy sat out most of the game with an injury, but Eh Kyoo scored twice in his absence.
“I told him Jon is out so you’re going to have to step up and help the team,” Euceda said. “And he stepped up and scored two goals.”
Keodouangsy returned late in the game and scored a goal of his own. Mooday Wah also scored.
The U18 team started fast with three first half goals and preserved the shutout as it defeated Eagan 3-0 to clinch the state title.
“They came out early and played hard,” U18 coach Kody Honius said. “They worked hard the entire game and you could tell these guys wanted to win a state title.”
Tony Martinez and Kevin Gutierrez each scored goals on headers. Manuel Mendez scored the third goal on a cross from Victor Alvarez.
“We won the 50-50 balls,” Honius said. “They really earned this win.”