After falling in a Midwest Regional Cup semifinal last year, the Blast F.C. Under-15 boys soccer team set its sights on another shot at a regional title.

After falling in a Midwest Regional Cup semifinal last year, the Blast F.C. Under-15 boys soccer team set its sights on another shot at a regional title.

The Blast earned another semifinal berth after finishing 2-0-1 in pool play last Saturday through Monday at Yankton Trails in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Other area teams qualifying to semifinals included the Team Ohio COSA U-16 boys, the Ohio Premier U-14 girls and the Team Ohio U-14 Juventus boys.

The Blast secured a spot in a semifinal following a 5-0 win against Dakota Gold En Fuego (S.D.) last Monday.

The Blast, which fell to Milwaukee Blue F.C. (Wis.) 3-0 in a U-14 semifinal last year, played Vardar (Mich.) last Tuesday.

"I'm very happy because after last year the motivation is high," Blast coach Lesh Shkreli said. "We'll keep going."

Grand Rapids Crew Jr. (Mich.) and Westside United FC (Ind.) met in the other semifinal. Grand Rapids won the U-14 regional title last year.

The title game was scheduled for last Wednesday.

Regional champions in the U-14 through U-19 age groups will advance to the US Youth SoccerNational Championships on July21-26 in Lancaster, Mass.

Against Dakota Gold, Josh Saunders and Alec Everts both scored two goals, and Jeremy Fernandes scored in the first minute.

The Blast tied Scott Gallagher (Mo.) 2-all last Saturday and defeated Elm Grove Premier (Wis.) 5-2 last Sunday.

Against Elm Grove, Fernandes scored three goals and David Witkoff added two.

"The first game we had heavy legs with travel," Shkreli said. "(Last Sunday) we worked really hard and played well. (Last Monday) was a good game, but not as hard."

The Blast and Scott Gallagher tied for top spot in Group B play at 2-0-1, with the Blast earning the semifinal berth on a goals-allowed tiebreaker.

•The Team Ohio COSA U-16 boys team earned a semifinal spot by capping a 2-0-1 run through pool play by defeating CSA Gold Chaos (Neb.) 4-0 last Monday.

Frazer Fernandes scored twice, with Angelo Pagani and Abdullah Mulatawfia both adding a goal.

Team Ohio COSA faced Campton United Navy (Ill.) in a semifinal last Tuesday.

Westside United (Ind.) and the KC Wizards Juniors (Mo.) met in the other semifinal.

"It's certainly exciting," coach Marc D'Auteuil said last Monday. "To be down to the final four in the region is certainly an accomplishment in itself, but I like the fact that the kids knew if they won this game (last Monday) they were in. There was really no celebration. Their attitude, like it has been all season, is they have bigger fish to fry."

Team Ohio COSA opened with a 4-1 victory against Woodridge PFC (Ohio) last Saturday and rallied to tie Heartland (Iowa) 2-all last Sunday.

Mulatawfia, Anthony Hodge, Austin Dent and Fernandes scored against Woodridge, and Colton Bloecher and Mulatawfia scored against Heartland.

"(Last Sunday) wasn't our greatest game," D'Auteuil said. "It was raining and the field was mucked up. Iowa is a tough team to play against. We were actually down a goal going into the second half and down a goal with about 20 minutes left. Even though they weren't playing well, they found a way to get the equalizer. That showed a lot of perseverance on their end."

•The Ohio Premier U-14 girls team advanced following a 2-1 win over the Michigan Gators last Monday.

Ohio Premier battled FC Milwaukee Blue (Wis.) in a semifinal with KCFC Force (Ks.) and Eclipse Select (Ill.) meeting in the other semifinal.

Against the Gators, Hannah O'Shaughnessy gave Ohio Premier a 1-0 lead in the first half and Emily Byorth snapped a 1-all tie midway through the second half.

Ohio Premier opened with a 3-0 win against JB Marine (Mo.) last Saturday. Katie Mazurek, Ashlynn Jones and Alexis Milesky scored.

Kaitlin Miller scored on a penalty kick for the only goal in a 1-0 win against Lexington FC (Ky.) last Sunday.

"We've managed to get three wins playing pretty average and working through it," Premier coach Greg Miller said. "We're obviously really happy where we are."

•The Team Ohio U-14 Juventus boys team wrapped up a semifinal berth following a 1-0 win against the Blue Valley SC Stars (Kan.) last Monday.

Mitch Wiseman scored the game's lone goal in the first half.

Team Ohio will play St. Louis SG Academy in a semifinal. The Michigan Wolves and FC Magic (Wisc.) play in the other.

Team Ohio opened the tournament with a 1-all tie against the Lemont Raiders (Ill.) last Saturday with Logan Manning scoring.

Team Ohio defeated Everest SC (Ohio) 2-1 last Sunday as Wiseman and Miki Huber scored.

"This is a huge accomplishment," coach Brian Parsons said. "I'm proud of the boys, but we came here to win it. We've reached our first goal of winning our group. We were in the toughest group."