Kentucky state champs book their regional tickets

The Kentucky State Open Cup finals were played through blistering temperatures into the mid 90s at Bowling Green at the weekend.

The boys’ finals were dominated byLouisville’s United 1996 and Lexington FC, who paired up against each other in no less than four final deciders. United came out on tops three times at U15, U16 and U18 level, while Lexington won the fourth at U14 level.

United’s U13s beat KSA Elite to bring their total tally to four, helping them establish themselves as the dominant boys’ club in Kentucky.

Jordan Vejar, Nick Blackwell and Matt Kelecy of Kentucky State Open champs Javanon ‘94.

Javanon ‘94 boys, who play in the U.S. National Youth Soccer League, prevailed at U17 level, overcoming Mockingbird in the final with a first half Lindo Mfeke winner.

Elsewhere, Mockingbird girls won the U16 and U17 titles with victories over KSA Elite and Central Kentucky SC Lightning respectively.

Javanon ’95 girls won the U16 championship after an exciting 5-4 penalty kick victory over Kings Soccer Academy, and the club’s U14 girls made it a double with a 2-0 win over Nelson Elite.

Oldham County’s Thoroughbreds won its sole state championship with its U13 girls, who beatLexington4-3.

Last week, U19 teams played for state titles in a round-robin format, including Mockingbird ’92 girls, who overcame Louisville SC and Javanon to win their fifth State Cup, and Javanon ’92 boys, winners of their fifth consecutive title – and seventh overall —  with victories over Bluegrass and United 1996.

Of the 14 boys’ and girls’ state titles that were up for grabs from U13 to U19, four were won by Javanon and United 1996; three by Mockingbird; two by Lexington; and one by Thoroughbreds.

All state winners will now move on to the U.S. Youth Soccer Midwest Region II championships in Appleton, Wisc., which take place from June 25-29.

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