The latest Illinois Youth Soccer rankings just came out today, and the EMSSC Spartans U12 team has leapt into the top ten, at the number 9 ranking!
The team is 16-3 and has only lost to teams ranked in the top three from Illinois and Missouri. Last weekend, they finished second at the Peoria Oktoberfest after a thrilling 4-3 loss to Peoria, which was ranked #1 last year and is in the top three this year, but the road to the championship game included wins against three teams ranked in the top 15 and two in the top 10.
The team includes Lawson Zulu, Connor Wehr, Baylor Smith, Elijah Nache, Xavier Marolf, Jackson Leary, Carter Holke, Junior Garibay, Gavin DeRudder, Elijah DeLaCruz, Jonas Cortez, Fred Callender, Easton Bohnstengel and Israel Bailey. Coaches are Anthony Nache, Sean Leary and Jason DeLaCruz. Team manager is Megan Nache.
The Spartans ended the spring season ranked #15. They are the highest ranked team in the Quad-Cities now for the second season in a row. The future is looking bright!
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Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.