Youth soccer teams head south for State Cup

BOUND FOR BATON ROUGE: The Shreveport United ‘10 girls Blue squad is heading to The Bob Abbott Cup this weekend in Baton Rouge.

By DAVID ERSOFF, Journal Sports

Four locally-based teams are bound for Baton Rouge this weekend as the Louisiana Soccer Association is hosting the U11 and U12 State Cup competitions, known as The Bob Abbott Cup.

Four local club teams are entered into the tournament: Shreveport United ’11 boys Blue, ’10 boys Blue, ’11 girls Blue and the ’10 girls Blue.

The SU 11 boys Blue finished 0-3-1 in league play this spring, competing in Division II. They begin The Bob Abbott Cup against LaFourche Soccer Club Saturday at 10:30. The league game between these teams was cancelled due to weather, so this will be their first meeting of the year. The ‘11 boys then play Cajun Rush at 3:15 Saturday. Cajun Rush was promoted from Division III for this tournament, having won the regular season league crown.

The SU 11 boys Blue’s final round-robin game is Sunday at 10:30 against LA Fire Navy, who beat the locals 5-0 Feb. 20 at Cargil Park.

The SU 12 boys Blue had a 2-2-1 record in Division I. Their first game is Saturday at 10:30 against Dynamo Juniors out of Lafayette, in a rematch of a 4-4 stalemate Feb. 5 in Lafayette. Next up for the 12 boys is Mandeville Elite Blue at 3:15 Saturday. Mandeville won the Division II regular season and was promoted to the Division I Tournament.

Round robin play for the local 12 boys Blue finishes Sunday at 10:30 against Ascension Flight. Ascension beat the Shreveport team 3-1 last Saturday in Gonzalez.

The Shreveport United 11 girls Blue finished league play 1-3 in Division I. Their first game is Saturday at noon against Mandeville Elite Grey, who won the Division II regular season title, and got promoted to Division I for this event. At 4:45 Saturday, Shreveport plays another Manderville team, Elite Red, who was also promoted from Division II because of strong results.

On Sunday at noon, Shreveport finishes the round robin against Dynamo Juniors, who won a regular-season match against Shreveport 5-1 Feb. 19 in Lafayette.

The Shreveport United 12 girls Blue finished Division I play with a 3-2 record this spring. Their first game is Saturday at 10:30 against Mandeville Elite Blue. Shreveport beat Mandeville 2-1 at Cargil Park Feb. 5. Saturday at 3:15 Shreveport will face the Calcasieu Eagles out of Lake Charles. The Eagles dominated Division III this spring and were awarded the rare double promotion into Division I.

Wrapping round-robin competition Sunday at 10:30, Shreveport meets Mandeville Elite Grey, which won a close 4-3 regular season game March 12 at Cargil Park.

All games will be played at Burbank Park in Baton Rouge. The top two teams in each bracket qualify for age group finals Sunday at 3:15.

At ages U11 and U12 there are no regional or national events, so this weekend’s State Cup marks the end of the 2021-2022 season for these teams.

The U13-U17 State Cups are held in late May.