Local premier soccer team heads to Iowa for regional on Saturday
Post-Tribune staff report June 17, 2013 9:24PM
Updated: July 19, 2013 6:42AM
The Fever West Heat Elite U15 boys’ soccer team, formerly the MSA Heat team, won the 2013 State Cup championship by defeating Westfield Select earlier this month.
Indiana Soccer, which is governed by U.S. Youth Soccer hosts, three levels of state tournaments — Challenge Cup, Presidents Cup and State Cup, which is the highest level and most elite of the cups. Twelve premier teams are chosen to compete in the State Cup, based on league record, ranking and previous cup performances.
The Fever West Heat Elite team, coached by Dave Kurtz, has won three State Cup titles in the last four years, an achievement that no other Northwest Indiana squad can boast. The Fever West Heat Elite is affiliated with the Fort Wayne Fever Academy. Next up for the team is the Region 2 Championship on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. They will competing against the other 13 State Cup winners from the 13 states in Region 2. A win in the regional will qualify the team for the National Championship in July against the other three region champions in the highest level of U.S. Youth Soccer.
The Heat also won their league this past spring, going undefeated in the MRL First division and getting promoted the MRL Premier division, a high honor since it’s one of the toughest divisions in the country. They will be the only premier team in U15 boys to represent Indiana in the Regional Championship and the only U16 boys team in the state in the MRL Premier division next spring.
Kurtz is the key to the Heat’s success as a coach and teacher. The club’s new affiliation helps, too, with an even brighter future on the horizon.
“The game is the best teacher and competing and playing at the highest levels will help equip these players to be able to play at the highest level that player can achieve,” Kurtz said. “Being a part of an incredible club like Fort Wayne Fever Academy has opened the doors for many growing opportunities for potential high level players. We are very excited to be partnered with the Fever academy and look forward to expanding and taking on more teams in different age groups with the intent to put together a true premier environment.”
For more information on tryouts, contact Kurtz at 746-2111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.