Champs FC captures four SMSG medals

Friday, June 8, 2018
The Champs FC 8-under girls' soccer team of (from left) Lia Cubero, Riley Hartline, Madelaine Diaz-Granados, coach Brad Mach, Josephine Reinke and Kasey Hartline celebrates its gold medal. (Photo contributed by Cheryl Mach)

COLUMBIA -- Four teams from the newly-formed Champs Football Club medaled last weekend during the Show-Me State Games' 3v3 Soccerfest at Columbia.

The club was formed a few months ago by Marshall businessmen Brad Mach and Gerardo Hernandez, a former Owls player. Of the seven teams it sent to the Soccerfest, ranging in age from 6 to 17 years old, four of them finished in the top three -- including two gold medals.

The 8-and-under girls' squad coached by Mach won all three of its pool matches -- 4-3 over Synergy Red of Columbia, 2-1 over Columbia Honduras and 3-1 over Dixon SWAT -- to reach the finals, beating Synergy Green of Columbia, 4-1.

That team consisted of Lia Cubero, Riley Hartline and Madelaine Diaz-Granados of Marshall; Josephine Reinke of Malta Bend; and Kasey Hartline of Sweet Springs. All attend St. Peter Catholic School.

The 10-and-under girls squad consisting of Ani Spells of Waverly, Breanna Mach of Malta Bend, and McKenzy Mason and Lexi Hoffman -- also coached by Mach -- won two of three preliminary games to tie for first place in the pool.

Champs beat the Jefferson City Patriots White squad, 7-0, and Synergy White of Columbia, 2-0, before dropping a 2-1 contest to the Moberly Storm. It won the rematch against Synergy White for the championship, 5-1.

Taking third place was the 12-and-under boys coached by Hernandez, which tied Moberly, 7-7, and fell to Columbia Tamashi FC, 8-5, in pool matches. However, the squad consisting of Andre Hernandez, Josue Vasquez, Josh Sandoval, Julio Juarez, Carlos Juarez and Hunter Vestal bested the Boonville Ravens, 6-3, in the first round of bracket play before losing a 9-3 semifinal tilt to Sporting Columbia.

Also placing third was the Champs 15-and-under boys' club of Lincoln Hernandez, John Ulbrink, Jaison Reyes, Armando Farfan, Kevin Espinosa and Manuel Garcia. It split four pool games, beating the the Moberly Storm (11-3) and the Warsaw Strikers (20-1) after losing to Columbia Tamashi FC (12-5) and the Boonville Ravens (11-8).

Champs is offering training programs on Monday and Wednesday evenings, open to players of all skill levels free of charge. The only costs to players will be entry fees for competitive events.

For more information, to volunteer or to donate equipment and uniforms, contact Brad Mach at 631-4844 or Gerardo Hernandez at 229-2321.

Taking home the SMSG 3v3 Soccerfest title in the 10-and-under girls' division was the Champs FC entry of (from left) Ani Spells, Breanna Mach, coach Brad Mach, McKnezy Mason and Lexi Hoffman. (Photo contributed by Cheryl Mach)

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