Despite cruising to a pair of victories in its first two games, the Ohio Premier Under-15 girls soccer team still faced a must-win or tie situation last Monday if it hoped to advance to last Tuesday's Midwest Regional Cup semifinals.

Despite cruising to a pair of victories in its first two games, the Ohio Premier Under-15 girls soccer team still faced a must-win or tie situation last Monday if it hoped to advance to last Tuesday's Midwest Regional Cup semifinals.

O.P.'s hopes for a spot in the final four fell short with a 3-2 loss to the Kansas City F.C. Force in round-robin play last Monday at Ankeney Park in Beavercreek. With the win, KCFC advanced to the semifinals.

O.P. trailed 1-0 at the half, but tied the game at 1-all on Katie Mazurek's goal early in the second half. O.P. then fell behind 3-1 and used Emily Byorth's goal midway through the half to close within 3-2.

"This team really has character," O.P. coach Greg Miller said. "They have a unique ability to just deal with adversity over and over and over. I just think the adversity became too much. Trying to come back from a two-goal deficit, it's not a situation we're ever in. We can always come back from a goal deficit, but two goals is really unchartered waters for us."

O.P. opened play with an 8-0 win against Waunakee (Wis.) last Saturday and then handled Javanon (Ky.) 5-1 last Sunday.

•The O.P. Under-18 girls team finished 1-2 in pool play and failed to reach the semifinals. O.P. opened play last Saturday with a 1-0 loss to FC Milwaukee (Wis.), but bounced back to beat the Blue Valley S.C. (Kan.) 2-0 last Sunday. Nadja Kolliesuah scored both goals.

O.P. was eliminated following a 1-0 loss to Scott Gallagher S.C. (Mo.) last Monday.

"It was important to finish our chances and we had chances in all three games," Team Ohio coach Matt Ogden said. "FC Milwaukee had one opportunity and they put it in the back of the net. We had several and couldn't quite put it in there. (Last Monday) we had a penalty kick (Lara Ross) in the second half and couldn't score. We hit a crossbar in the first half and hit a post in the second half. We weren't beaten necessarily by a better team, but we didn't help ourselves by not putting our chances away."

•The O.P. Under-18 boys team finished 1-1-1 in pool play.

O.P. and Eastern Iowa United battled to a 2-2 tie last Saturday and O.P. edged Scott Gallagher S.C. 3-2 last Sunday.

O.P., however, saw its title hopes end following a 2-0 loss to regional semifinalist Shattuck St. Mary's (Minn.) last Monday.

"I think we did really well," O.P. coach Frank Bucci said. "This Minnesota team is an academy. They train three, four times a week. Everybody lives there. This is a good team we just played."

•The Team Ohio F.C. Under-15 boys team won its first game last Saturday - a 3-1 victory against West Des Moines (Iowa), but lost its final two games to finish 1-2. Alex Bumpus, Alex Polko and Rylee Woods scored in the lone win.

Woods scored for Team Ohio in a 2-1 loss to Carmel United Elite (Ind.) last Sunday, and Alec Binger scored in a 3-1 loss to Eclipse Select (Ill.) last Monday.

"We didn't play very well this weekend," Team Ohio coach Costa Kalorides said. "We didn't take care of business the way we should have. We had to rely on some external factors. All in all, we didn't play our best and it caught up with us this weekend."

•Playing in its first Midwest Regional Cup, the Team Ohio Under-13 boys team finished a respectable 2-1, but failed to reach the semifinals.

Team Ohio opened play with a 2-0 loss to eventual semifinalist Heartland S.C. (Iowa) last Saturday. It then bounced back to beat BVSC (Kan.) 2-0 last Sunday and blanked Dakota United (N.D.) 6-0 last Monday.

Against Dakota United, Drew Krueger scored two goals, and Ben Kinney, Robert McKelvey, Benny Swanson and Brandon Woo added one apiece.

"We performed well in our last two games, but unfortunately we came up just a little short," Team Ohio coach John Lawrence said. "This was a good experience for these kids. To get a taste of this at such a young age, no one can take it away from them and they can use this in their further careers."