The Severna Park Fever, a boys U17 team, completed its first season in the Region 1 Premier league, finishing tied for third place with a 3-2-2 record. The Fever’s last game was this past Saturday at Kinder Park on the Upper Bermuda field. The fever played Kirkwood Soccer Academy United, from Delaware, who are ranked #11 in the US. The Fever pulled out a hard fought 1-0 victory in the game, with a goal from Daniel Kwon off of an assist from Michael Heitzmann. Paul Shorkey and Justin Snyder combined for a shutout. Fever’s third place finish automatically qualifies them for Region 1 Premier league play next Spring.
Background on Region I Premier: The Region I Premier League is for the top sixteen teams throughout the Region (Virginia to Maine) in the U17 age group, and consists mainly of state Cup winners and runners up in the Region. The competition is designed to allow the very best teams in Region I to play each other in a league format. With only sixteen positions available in any age group throughout the Region, entry into the league is competitive. Each year, selection of the 16 teams becomes more difficult. There is a promotion/relegation system to assure that the best 16 teams are selected for the league.
The Fever also advanced to their second straight State Cup Final on Sunday, beating ASA 3-2. Goals were scored by Ryan Gruss (2) and Michael Heitzmann, with assists by Evan Monseu and Michael Heitzmann. This marks the third consecutive year the Fever has advanced to the State Cup Semi-finals.
The Fever will play in the State Cup Final on May 4 at the Maryland SoccerPlex's stadium field at 2:30 pm. The Fever are defending their State Cup title in a rematch against Montgomery Soccer Club's Magic Green. All Green Hornets and Severna Park Soccer enthusiasts are invited to attend.
Region 1 Premier Game - Saturday 4/26/14