From June 24th to 29th, in Westfield, Indiana, the U13 Wolves, coached by Sam Cheaib, achieved a perfect balance of technique, tactics, grit, cohesion, and joy and now find themselves one of four U13 boys teams heading to Frisco, Texas, to compete for a 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championship (July 26th - 30th).
At the Region II Championships, the U13 Wolves earned solid pool play victories over SC Waukesha Impact, Sporting Saint Croix, and Indy Premier, leading them into what proved to be a thrilling semifinal match against Chicago Fire Academy. Down 0-2 to Fire at half, the boys, with the help of their coaches, found a way to shift the momentum and work themselves back into the match with passion and play of the highest quality, ultimately resulting in a 3-2 victory and a spot in the finals.
In the finals, the Wolves faced a skilled Cincinnati United Premier team they lost to (0-1) and drew with (0-0) in the fall and spring, respectively. Once again, the match-up revealed itself to be an even one, with both teams threatening to score at various points throughout the game, but an early goal off a set piece starting just outside the CUP box was the only one the Wolves would need to win (1-0) and become Region II Champions.
As their now-extended season moves toward its finale in Texas, the boys are playing their best soccer and having fun doing it. A National Championship is in sight, and they are looking forward to doing their best to give the Michigan Wolves and Hawks another star.