The Metro FC Toledo U-11 Courage girls soccer team, consisting of 12 girls from Toledo and surrounding areas, is the Ohio North State Cup runner-up.
Four local girls contributed to their success, including Marissa Young from the Genoa area and Kennedy Slovak, Payton Rigg, and Jenna Vislay, whom all reside in Oregon. Josh Weinberg is the director of Metro FC Toledo, as well as the coach.
These girls play at the elite level, having played in the MYSL, Wixom, the Michigan indoor state league (U-12) and the girls even played in the NWYOSL boys U-11 Division 1 this past spring.
|Metro FC Courage soccer player and Oregon
resident Jenna Vislay controls possession
during a youth soccer match. (Press photo by
Harold Hamilton/ www.hehphotos.smugmug.com)
“Mr. Weinberg is always looking to challenge his girls, but not even he himself, could have foreseen the Metro Courage girls finishing the season undefeated with a 10-0 record against Division 1 boys,” stated a press release.
The Metro team scored 48 goals while only allowing five goals against the boys, which included teams from Pacesetter, Sylvania United, ESSL Arsenal and two teams from Findlay.
The core of this girls’ team has been playing together for about two-and-a-half years and only has 14 losses in 84 games played since 2011. In those 84 games played, the U-11 Metro Courage team has outscored their opponents 354 to 98.
Since 2011, this group of girls has enjoyed four tournament championships and a second place finish. The team’s most recent top division championship came in April, in Dublin, Ohio at the Nike Challenge Cup, which hosted teams from 13 different states and Canada.
The Metro Courage girls went 4-0 in the preliminary and quarterfinal games in the 2013 Ohio North State Cup Tournament, outscoring their opponents 25 to 5 to advance to the semifinal game in Strongsville, Ohio. Metro Courage defeated Internationals Red in the semifinal 2-1, extending their winning streak to 22 games. Then, Metro Courage lost in the 2013 Ohio North State Cup championship game, 2-1, to Cleveland FC Royal in what was described as “a hard fought, closely contested game,” bringing home second place awards.
Filling out the Metro Courage roster are Aubrie Zeunen, Hannah Miller, Alyssa Stark, Sophie Clody, Julia Webb, Lily Turski, Grace Turski, and Emilie Gardner.
Metro FC Toledo is nearing its third season, playing its home games at The Shops at Fallen Timbers. Weinberg can be reached at 567-277-2336.