Andrew Hogrefe and Josh Kidder, AHS sophomores, are members of the Toledo Celtics soccer team that has advanced to the United States Youth Soccer National Championships, July 26- 31, in Frisco, Texas.
Because the team is new, the Celtics had to have a playin game, which they won.
That enabled the team to play in the Ohio North State Cup. The Celtics won all three games in pool play, moving them to the state semifinals in Strongsville on Saturday, June 11, where they defeated The Challenger Football Club 2-1 in overtime.
In the Ohio North State Championship game, Sunday, June 12, the Celtics defeated the Pacesetter Soccer Club 2-0 for the championship, which qualified the team for the Midwest Regional Tournament.
In the United States Youth Soccer Federation, the country is divided into four regions. Eighteen states are part of the Midwest Region. Pool play began Friday, June 24, in Westfield, Ind.
CFA Raiders, from Illinois, defeated the Celtics 6-0 in the regional championship game. The Raiders had also secured a spot at nationals by winning the National League, the “highest and toughest league you can be in, in the U.S.,” said Jennifer Kidder, Archbold Parks & Recreation director.
Each region has two delegates to the National Championships; as Midwest Region runners-up, the Celtics advance to the national tournament.