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FC Stars of Mass beat fifth-seeded Bethesda SC to claim the US Youth Soccer Region I Championship two weeks ago. During the ECNL regular season FC Stars beat third-seeded Eclipse Select and Flight B leader Carmel United. The Stars this age group’s most tested squad. KCFC is second in scoring, netting 24 goals in nine ECNL matches. KCFC will need major offensive production from scoring-leader Shea Groom to compete with Stars of Mass.
The two highest scoring teams in the ECNL go head-to-head in this first round matchup. Both squads netted 30 goals this year in ECNL play. For FC Stars of Mass, keep a close eye on Hayley Dowd –- she scored all three goals in a victory over West Coast FC at the PDA Showcase. Briana Gaines is a threat for Mustang, scoring twice in a crucial win over Ohio Elite at the showcase.
This will be a fun one to watch. These teams met once before – Concorde Fire beat Scorpions, 3-2, in December. But the Scorpions have talent of their own: they’re the only team to beat Eclipse, doing so at the PDA Showcase, and they won their second straight US Youth Soccer Region I title behind the scoring of Andrea O’Brien. Watch for a close match among two possible title contenders.