Price Soccer competes against state’s finest

Price Soccer Club (front row, from left): Courtney Shipley, Maria Surman and Cecelia Fuhr. Second row, from left: Philip Gengenbach, Wesley Kelly, Brad Halmstad, Mark Cummings and Seth Gehrke. Back row, from left: Mitchell Roberts, Cole Vyskocil, Lucas Szwec, Brandon Shipley, Jed Miller, Chris Hoffman, Collin Krause, Shawn Brown, Harrison Fuhr, Finn Kempkes and coach Mark Fuhr.

The Price Soccer Club under 14 team finished its inaugural season in the State League. In order to qualify for the State League, a team needs to meet criteria established by the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association. Price Soccer Club qualified on the basis of having won the Western Wisconsin league, and the Central Wisconsin league in past years, as well as having several players training with the State’s Olympic Development program.

The team played home and away games against Washington County, Plymouth, Neenah, Green Bay, and Marshfield.

Additionally, the team qualified for, and played in, the President’s Cup. This competition is nationwide and the winners in Wisconsin travel to Kansas City to compete in a regional tournament. At the state finals, the team lost two close games to finish fourth.

Price Soccer Club is the first team north of State Highway 10 to compete in the State League, the highest level of soccer available in the state.

“Competing at the highest level was a big challenge for our kids, but it can only help and strengthen us both as a team and individually. I don’t think there is any better preparation for high school soccer than for these sixth, seventh and eighth grade kids to play against some of the best teams in the state. While we were a bit disappointed in our fifth place league finish, we were competitive in the vast majority of our games and only one team (Neenah) defeated us both times we played,” reported the team’s coach, Mark Fuhr.

The Price Soccer Club’s fall season begins with a home game against Minocqua on August 24. The club will again form competitive teams in the spring to play in either the Central/Western league(s) or the State league.

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