The Crew Juniors Under-19 boys soccer team entered the Midwest Regional Cup a favorite to win a title.

The Crew Juniors Under-19 boys soccer team entered the Midwest Regional Cup a favorite to win a title.

However, after a surprising scoreless tie against Northwest Indiana United last Sunday, the Crew were faced with a must-win situation last Monday against Ohio rival Everest Soccer Club at the Athletes in Action Park in Xenia.

The Crew fell behind early, but tied the game on Joey Haught's first-half goal and then took the lead for good in the 90th minute on Tyler Pollock's pretty goal.

Andy Lubahn added an insurance goal in the extra time to give the Crew a 3-1 win.

"Coming in we knew we had to win if we wanted to advance," Pollock said. "It took us a while, but we finally made it there."

The Crew played Waza F.C. (Mich.) in last Tuesday's semifinal. The winner played Scott Gallagher Premier (Mo.) or the Kansas City Wizards (Kan.) in last Wednesday's championship game.

"This is a difficult tournament," Crew coach Brian Bliss said. "When you get to this level, even though it's just a regional level, teams that get out of their states, they're usually put together well and they are guys who are serious about the game. They're not weekenders, so every opponent is a tough one, every game is a good one and you have to be able to sustain yourself for the 90 minutes."

The Crew opened group play with a 4-1 win against Brookfield (Wis.) last Saturday.

Paul Hendricks, a 2009 graduate of Worthington Kilbourne, was solid in goal for the Crew, allowing just two goals in the first three games.

"We gave up an early goal (last Monday) and we weren't really challenging in the first 15 minutes, but we came back in the second half and the results came," said Hendricks, who will be a sophomore at Ohio Wesleyan.

Bliss noted his team showed poise following the tie and early deficit last Monday.

"We have responded pretty well over the course of the season," Bliss said. "We were in a similar boat (last Sunday). We dominated the other team and couldn't score the goal. Tyler had a great goal. The constant pressure and the opponent will collapse at some point."

•The Ohio Premier Under-17 girls team was impressive in group play, blanking three opponents on its way to the semifinals last Tuesday at Ankeney Park in Beavercreek.

O.P. opposed Mockingbird Premier (Ky.) in the semifinal. The winner played Ohio Elite Academy or the Michigan Hawks in last Wednesday's title game.

Michela Paradiso, who will be a junior at Upper Arlington, led O.P. She scored the game's lone goal in a 1-0 win against Eclipse Select (Ill.) last Saturday and the first goal in a 2-0 victory against Carmel Select (Ind.) last Sunday. Ashley Gruenbaum added an insurance goal in the second half.

Though it already secured a spot in the semifinals, O.P. turned in another solid effort in a 2-0 win against Eastern Iowa United last Monday. Megan Scoliere and Ashley Miltko scored.

"It's a little tough knowing that you're already going (to the semifinals) and you have a game to play, but you can learn some things by playing," Gruenbaum said.

Devon Tabata and Anna Walley each saw time in goal for O.P. in its first three games.

"The last two weeks leading up to regionals, we focused a lot on defending set pieces and defending corner kicks," O.P. coach Chris King said. "It was important to us. We knew that if we could defend those free kicks that we'd be tough to beat because we don't give up many goals through the run of play, through just the flow of the game."

•The Blast F.C. Under-15 girls team bounced back from a 4-4 tie against Cleveland Internationals S.C. last Sunday with a 4-0 win over West Des Moines (Iowa) last Monday for a spot in last Tuesday's semifinals.

The Blast played the Kansas City F.C. Force, and the winner played the Michigan Hawks or JB Marine-Wipke S.C. (Mo.) in last Wednesday's championship game.

The Blast jumped out to a 3-0 halftime lead against West Des Moines and never looked back.

Maggie Mayo led the way with two goals, and Donavan Capehart and Kari Weinland each scored one.

"It was a good bounce-back game for us," Blast coach Soloman Hilton said.

Against Cleveland Internationals, Capehart, Mayo, Weinland and Brittany Maisano scored.

"We could have won the game, but we came out flat," Hilton said. "We took it for granted because these girls had just played that team three weeks ago and beat them 3-1, so they came out gunning for us. They scored first and we just stood around."

The Blast opened the tournament with a 4-0 win against Dakota Alliance Elite S.C. (S.D.) last Saturday.

Capehart, Mayo, Weinland and Megan Barrick scored.