US Power Soccer Nationals Day 2 – Flames and Ghostriderz Inch Closer to Titles

The MK Battery Conference Cup Series was in full swing Sunday, with the championships for all four US Power Soccer conferences running simultaneously. We’ll recap the day’s action here, starting with the lowest-level Founders Conference and working our way up to the teams competing for the national championship in the Premier Conference.

In the Founders Cup, the group stage is mostly complete, with three games left to play on Monday morning before the top 2 teams in each group qualify for the semi-finals. The group winners are already decided; The Shepherd Strikers’ 3-0 record was enough to clinch group A with one game left to play, and the Sac Valley Flames won all three of their Sunday games to stay perfect and win group B.

The first goal in a Sac Valley Flames 2-0 win over DASA SLSG Firecrackers. The Flames will head into the Founders Conference semis at 2 PM on Monday [Video credit: Power Soccer Shop].

Meanwhile there is still one semi-final slot to play for in each group. In group A, the RHI Inferno have completed their games and are poised to advance, but a win by the Glendale Rough Riders would put them level on points, sending it to tiebreakers. In group B, the pivotal game is Ability 360 FC vs the Baystate Falcons, which could see either team or the STRAPS Scorpions advance, again depending on tiebreakers.

Solid Glendale Rough Riders defending, mainly by Zebreda Dunham, kept the RHI Inferno in check in an eventual 1-1 draw [Video credit Power Soccer Shop].

Founders Conference Standings

Pool A

TeamWLT
Shepherd Strikers300
RHI Inferno211
Houston Fireballs121
Glendale Rough Riders111
Vermont Chargers031

Pool B

TeamWLT
Sac Valley Flames500
Ability360 FC310
STRAPS Scorpions320
Baystate Falcons220
DASA SLSG Firecrackers040
Hot Shots040

Founders Conference Day 3 Schedule

TimeCourtHomeAway
8:00 AM1Glendale Rough RidersShepherd Strikers
8:00 AM4Hot ShotsDASA SLSG Firecrackers
8:00 AM2Baystate FalconsAbility360 FC
1:00 PM1Shepherd Strikers (A1)2nd in Pool B
1:00 PM2Sac Valley Flames (B1)2nd in Pool A
3:30 PM23rd Place Game
3:30 PM1Founders Conference Championship!

Over in the Presidents Cup, the elimination games already started on Sunday evening. In the first quarterfinal, the Wisconsin Warriors continued their perfect tournament by taking down the ASPO Force 6-1. The game was close early, just 2-1 at halftime, but the Warriors poured it on early in the second half to secure a spot in the semifinals. They’ll face the Tidewater Piranhas, who blanked the BORP Shockers 3-0 in their quarterfinal.

The Wisconsin Warriors are looking near-impossible to beat on set pieces at the moment. Tyler Engel knocked this one way across the court to Annie Heathcote for an easy goal [Video credit: Power Soccer Shop].

On the other side of the bracket, we had a tight quarterfinal between two San Jose rivals. The Flash and Rockets were locked In the end it was the 3 seed Flash who edged out a 1-0 victory over the 2 seed Rockets. Their semifinal opponent will be the Central Valley Ghostriderz, who cruised to a 4-0 win over the St. Louis Arrows. The semifinals kick off at 9:15 on Monday, and the Flash vs Ghostriderz game will be streamed at powersoccer.tv and twitch.tv/powersoccerusa.

Presidents Conference Standings

Pool A

TeamWLT
Wisconsin Warriors400
San Jose Rockets310
BORP Shockers220
St. Louis Arrows130
Turnstone Furious Flyers040

Pool B

TeamWLT
Central Valley Ghostriderz400
Tidewater Piranhas310
San Jose Flash220
ASPO Force130
St. Louis Spin040

Presidents Conference Playoff Schedule

TimeCourtHomeAway
9:15 AM2Wisconsin Warriors (A1)Tidewater Piranhas (B2)
9:15 AM1Central Valley Ghostriderz (B1)San Jose Flash (B3)
2:15 PM23rd Place Game
2:15 PM1Presidents Conference Championship!

The second tier Champions Cup is the smallest tournament at this event with only 8 teams, so all of the teams will advance to the quarterfinal round. After two rounds of games, the PRHC Chariots and Atlanta Sting are on top of their respective groups with 2-0 records.

Beautiful spin and stutter-step by Atlanta Sting’s Zach Dickey. This was his first of three goals to go along with 3 assist in a 7-0 route of the Boston Brakers [Video credit: Power Soccer Shop].

The lack of eliminations after the group stage means that the other six teams all have everything to play for as they jockey for seeding in the playoff bracket. The last round of the group stage will take place around lunchtime on Monday, followed by the quarterfinals at 6:00 pm.

Finally, the top-level Premier Cup got its first few group games out of the way on Sunday afternoon, with five teams posting a perfect record. In group A, the Minnesota Shockwave went 2-0, continuing their season-long winning streak while scoring 10 goals and allowing zero. In addition, the hometown Turnstone Flyers won their only game of the day 7-1 over the SoCal Vaqueros.

All six goals in a 6-0 Minnesota Shockwave win over CNY United. Pete Winslow assisted on all except the final own goal. [Video credit: Power Soccer Shop].

Over in group B, the new-look RHI Sudden Impact started off their title defense with two convincing wins, 4-0 over the San Jose Steamrollers and 6-1 over the DASA SLSG Cyclones. The Circle City Rollers and Tampa Thunder picked up easy wins to keep pace. The rest of the group stage will take place on Monday, and then the top 8 teams will advance to the playoff bracket, which will be played in its entirety on Tuesday.


Day 3 usually hits peak excitement with two champions crowned (2:15 PM for Presidents and 3:30 pm for Founders!) alongside the top tiers of group play! Both championships, along with several other matches will be streamed on Court 1 at powersoccer.tv! If you missed our previous posts, head back for a recap of day 1 and our preview of the event to be completely caught up, then subscribe to our WordPress site or any of our social media pages to stay updated!

Event Highlights:

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  • Day 1 – Scorpions, Warriors, and Piranhas Come Out Swinging
  • Day 2 – Flames and Ghostriderz Inch Closer To Titles
  • Day 3 – Flash Win Again, Playoffs Remain For Champions And Premier
  • Day 4 + Recap – Shockwave Power Through Premier Conference To Win National Title

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