RWB Adria outlasted AAC Eagles (Metropolitan Soccer League) in a penalty shootout to reach the championship match of the Illinois State Cup. The teams were knotted at 1:1 and Adria were more accurate from the penalty spot.
Gazelle SC, however, failed to reach the final to make it an all-NSL affair. They dropped a tightly fought 2:1 decision to Morelia (CLASA).
The final will be played on Saturday, July 20, at Wheeling HS, 900 S Elmhurst Rd in Wheeling. Kickoff is at 7.00 PM.
RWB Adria achieved regional soccer supremacy last Tuesday when they defeated Bavarian Soccer Club (Milwaukee) 1:0. The lone goal of the contest came in the dying seconds of normal time, as Adria toppled the reigning champions of Region 2.
Adria advance to the USASA Amateur Cup finals, a four-team tournament involving the four regional champions. Dates, times and venues for the finals will be announced shortly.
Gazelle SC and RWB Adria have reached the semifinals of the Illinois State Cup, with the possibility looming large of an all-NSL final.
Adria blanked FC Minyor Chicago (Metropolitan Soccer League) 4:0 on June 25, while Gazelle eliminated NSL lodge brothers Vikings AA two days later by a 3:0 scoreline.
Gazelle will face Morelia (CLASA), who knocked CKS Warta out of the Cup. On the other side of the bracket, Adria will take on Metro League powerhouse AAC Eagles in the semis. The matches are slated to be played in the second week of July.
RWB Adria, no stranger to championships, will compete in the final of the USASA Region 2 National Amateur Cup.
Twenty four Midwest teams began the tournament earlier this spring and Adria have dispatched three regional rivals to reach the title match. They eliminated Springfield FC 2:0 in the octafinals, dropped longtime local rival Schwaben AC 3:1 in the quarters, and drubbed Old Bhoys SC of Indianapolis 4:0.
Adria will face the winner of Hamtramck FC v Milwaukee Bavarians. The champion will represent Region 2 in the National Finals.
All five NSL Major Division teams are competing in the 2019 Illinois State Cup. Vikings AA took down UPSL side DeKalb County United last Tuesday 3:1 to advance to the quarterfinals. Earlier, Czarny Dunajec forfeited their play-in match versus Edgewater Castle (PSLC).
The other octafinal matches will be played this week.
Mon, June 10: Gazelle SC v PSV Blues (CISL) - Hales Franciscan HS, 8.00 PM.
Wed, June 12: RWB Adria v International SC - Hales Franciscan HS, 8.00 PM.
CKS Warta v FC Macedonia: Date and venue TBA.