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Friday, February 15
Panthers Shine at Lansing Showcase
The MESA Panthers impressed the college coaches and stole the show as they went undefeated at the Michigan Indoor Showcase in Lansing.  They scored 20 goals in just three games to only 5 against as they went undefeated at the event.  Their movement off the ball and great technical abilities caught the eyes of many of the college coaches who stayed behind afterward to talk to some of our players.  Pinpoint passing in small spaces was too much for the opposition as you could here people in the background say "Wow, you've gotta see this pink team play." 
The Panthers are always fun to watch!! 
 
 
 
Panthers Dominate at Petoskey Autumn Blast
The weather looked threatening to start the tournament and so did the Panthers as they went on to dominate in Petoskey.  They finished by posting a perfect 5-0 record with 3 shutouts and scoring 27 goals to just 2 against in the tourney.  This marks the Panthers 36th tournament championship.  The Panthers outmatched their competition as they were able to move the ball with great speed on the beautifully manicured fields of Petoskey.  As the weather cleared on Sunday, the Panthers stood alone at the top of the U18 Division.
   
Tough Competition in Grand Rapids 
The Panthers traveled to Grand Rapids for the Crew Cup and came away with a 1-1-1 record.  The competition was fierce with all Panther's competitors ranked in the top 6 in their respective states.  The first game was against # 6 ranked Vardar Ann Arbor MRL where the Panthers tied 1-1.  The Panthers dominated the game in time of possession and shots, and even had a 1-0 lead in the game.  Vardar got a second half goal to earn  them the tie.  The Panthers felt they had let one slip away.  Game two was against the #3 ranked Grand Rapids Crew U17 MRL Premier team.  The Panthers played a hard and gritty performance in hot temperatures to come away with a 2-0 victory against a very good Crew team.  Game 3 saw the Panthers play the #4 ranked Windy City Pride 45 from Illinois, whom they had beaten in June 2-0 in the KISS tournament.  The Pride returned the favor this time, handing the Panthers a 1-0 loss.  The Pride caught the Panthers early with a quick goal in the first minute.  This tally ended up being the game winner as both teams were held scoreless the rest of the match.  For the tournament, Mackenzie Wetekamp led the scoring with 2 goals and Alayna Hilgendorf also netted a goal.  The Panthers tournament bracket was so tough that every team within the bracket ended up beating each other so that all teams had at least one loss.  The Panthers travel to Petoskey on September 6th for the Petoskey Autumn Blast.
Panthers Champions in St. Clair Shores
  
The MESA Panthers were happy to share in the spotlight of the MESA Soccer Club's resounding success at the St. Clair Shores Waterfront Invitational.  The Panthers claimed the U19 Championship by beating the LCSC Meteors MRL team from Livonia, MI  3 goals to 2 to take the prize.  The Panthers found themselves down by a goal twice in the match at 1-0 and then in the second half at 2-1.  The Panthers fought back to tie it, then took the lead at 3-2 with 10 minutes to go in the game.  The Panthers out-possessed and out-shot the Meteors, but the Meteors with limited chances made the most of their opportunities by proficiently scoring 2 goals in just 5 shots.  Panther, Alyssa Burke, put the team on her back and carried them to victory.  Alyssa scored both of the come from behind tying goals that made the Panthers chance at winning possible. Her play in the game, and over the weekend, was "lights out" fantastic.  The winning goal for the Panthers was scored by Katelyn Wilkowski and assisted by Jessie Magalski.  The Panthers next challenge will be in Grand Rapids at the highly touted Crew Cup.
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Panthers Win KISS Invitational

The MESA Panthers blazed their way through the competition at the KISS College Showcase in Kalamazoo. They were placed in the top division of the tournament against some of the most talented teams in the Midwest. The tournament started with a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blast from Illinois. Game two saw the Panthers shutout Midwest United from Illinois 3-0. This victory got the team out of the preliminary pool and into the championship round against the other pool winners. This set up the match between the Panthers and last year’s winner at this event, the Windy City Pride 45 out of Chicago. The Pride came into the game ranked 5th in the state of Illinois. Their latest testament to their success was a semi-finalist showing at the WAGS tournament in Maryland, which is a Premier Elite event. The Panthers controlled the field, out-possessing and attacking the Pride from the start. Spectators and coaches witnessed a blistering pace, with dynamic play and great skill from both teams. The Panthers went into halftime with a 1-0 lead and put another one in the net in the second half to make it 2-0. The Pride’s best chance came on a failed free kick that hit the cross-bar, but this would be as close as they would get as the Panther’s limited the Pride’s scoring chances and continued to put offensive pressure throughout the match. Many say it was the most enjoyable and intense game by the Panthers they have seen in a long time.

In the final game, against the Palatine Celtics from Illinois, the Panthers had 5 different scorers out of the 6 goals that were scored. Goals from Leah Johnson, Jessie Malgalski, Katelyn Wilkowski, Allison Cialkoszewski and Alayna Hilgendorf, paved the way to a 6-1 victory and the championship. They also had considerable help from their two guest players, Claire Stoddard and Madeline Maxwell. Their roles solidified the lineup during the long grueling weekend.

The Panthers ended the tournament with an amazing 13 goals for and only 1 goal against for a goal differential of +12 in just 4 games. The offense was dominant and the defense incredible. This was the Panther’s 34th tournament championship and 354th victory.

This was the first tournament with some of the Panther’s new teammates from tryouts and they fit right in and performed exceptionally. Both Alayna Hilgendorf and Katelyn Wilkowski scored timely goals during the weekend. New keeper Kyra Harrison was spectacular in net with 3 shutouts in 4 games. We welcome them all to the Panther family.

Panthers Perfect in Lansing

 The MESA Panthers went undefeated at the Michigan Indoor Showcase on February 16th in Lansing.  They had convincing victories over Livonia Soccer Club, TNT Dynamite 96 Red and TNT Dynamite 97 Red.  The Panthers showcased their skills in front of over 17 different colleges that attended the event.  This marks the end of the Panthers 10th season together with their 33rd tournament championship and their 350th win.  With this end, it also marks the first time we will have to say goodbye to some of our fellow Panthers due to graduation.  Two of our players, Maddi Carper and Becca Turvene will be moving on to college next year.  Maddi will be attending and playing soccer for Northwood University in the fall and Becca will be attending Oakland University.  Both players are irreplaceable and will surely be missed; both for what they have contributed on and off the field during their time with the team.  We wish them both the best.  If you are interested in joining next year's U18 MESA Panthers showcase team, we will be looking for field players and a goalkeeper.  contact Mark Burke at 810-240-8922 for more information.

 

Maddi Carper - Pictured top row, Third from the left and Becca Turvene, front and center.      "Maddi and Rebecca's contributions to the Panthers are immeasurable.  Their impact will inspire us always." - coach Mark Burke.

Panthers Undefeated in Indy

The Panthers were victorious in all three of their games at the Indianapolis College showcase.  Their first game was against Midwest United from Illinois, where they took care of business with a 3-0 win.  Their second game was against the Hoosiers FC Elite Wolves, who are the current State Cup Semi-finalists and ranked 4th in Indiana.  The Panthers fell behind early 1-0, but stormed back with 3 unanswered goals.  Their third game was against 7th ranked Panathinaikos from Missouri.  The Panthers were down 2-0 shortly into the second half, but once again proved their resilience as they fired off three second half goals to claim victory 3-2.  College coaches from Indiana, Ohio and Michigan were there to watch the Panthers over the two day tournament.  The Panthers next event will be a showcase in Fort Wayne Indiana. 

 

Panthers Stellar at Michigan FC Fall Showcase

The Panthers vaulted themselves to the top of their division once again.  With 3 more victories in as many tries they went undefeated at the Michigan FC Fall College Showcase.  Their first game was against a familiar foe the Bloomfield Force.  The Panthers shutout the Force with a Friday night 2-0 victory.

In game two the Panthers put on a clinic against a very skilled Rockford team.  The Panthers dominated in what many say was their finest performance of the year with a 5-0 whitewashing.

The third game had an international flair to it against an upstart team from Toronto.  The Canadians got on the board first putting the Panthers down a goal in the early going.  The Panthers fired right back tying the score then pulling ahead for good.  The explosiveness of the Panthers were just too much as the final tally ended in a 6-3 score.

Coach Burke loved the girls speed of play and their great execution dazzled the college coaches and observers.  With scoring from 6 different Panthers in the games it showed how well rounded the team is with so many having the ability to contribute to the offense.  The defense was strong as well giving up just 3 goals the whole tourney.  The Panthers ended the event with the highest goal differential of any team with a +10 rating.

Panthers Win Force FC Invitational

The Panthers attended the Force FC Invitational in Bloomfield Hills and captured their 30th tournament championship.  Friday night they beat the Michigan Rush U17 MRL team who are currently undefeated in MRL play and have already punched their ticket to the Michigan State Cup Quarter-finals.  The Panthers dominated the Rush by beating them 5-2. On Saturday the Panthers played the Bloomfield Force to a 2-2 tie at Ultimate Soccer Arenas.  The Panthers controlled the game 2-0 late into the match, but the Force were awarded two penalty kicks to earn the tie.  On Sunday, the Panthers earned a spot in the finals by beating a fiesty Portage team 5-3.  The finals were a rematch with the Force from their earlier tie game.  This time, the Panthers took matters into their own hands and didn't look back.  The Panthers ran away with a dominate 3-0 victory to earn the championship.  

From Force Invitational 2012
We are Proud to Represent the MESA Club and Community
"It's not where you are from that's important...it's where you're at"
                                                                         Coach Mark Burke. 

   

        Panthers enjoy their new uniforms ....                   ...and their new hardware from the tourney.

 

  Panthers just wanna have fun...

 Panthers Dominate Oakland 5 v 5 Tournament

Some of our Panthers traveled to the grounds of Oakland University to participate in OU's annual 5 v 5 tournament.  The Panthers won all 3 of their games.  Their final game was a 5-2 win against older players who are already committed to division 1 colleges.  Great Job Panthers!!

From Oakland

U17 Panthers Go Undefeated at MFC College Showcase

The Panthers participated in the MFC Summer Showcase and dispatched of all 3 opponents including Premier 1 and Midwest Regional League teams.  The scores were 5-0 over the MRL Michigan Jags, 7-0 against the Premier 1 Michigan Hawks Red, and 5-0 against an older U18 Cadillac Frenzy team.  During the tournament the MESA Panthers outscored their opponents 17 goals to 0.

The Panthers will continue their participation in College Showcases across the Midwest this fall where college coaches come to watch and recruit players for their schools.
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MESA Panthers Champions in Kalamazoo

The U16 MESA Panthers go undefeated in the 2012 KISS Soccer Showcase.  With victories over the Michigan Alliance Elite 3-1, Midwest United 3-0, KM United 4-0 and the Cary Defenders 2-0, the Panthers secure their 28th tournament championship.

From Pictures

 MESA Panthers Undefeated in Michigan Indoor College Showcase.

The Panthers had decisive victories over the Rochester Lightning 96 team, Vardar North 96 and The Rochester Lightning 94 team (which was two years older than they were)  The girls received plenty of exposure in front of over 20 college coaches during the tounament.  

From 2012-01-04 Winter 2011-12
  MESA Panthers - Champions U16G
Michigan Bucks Holiday Tournament
The MESA Panthers won the Michigan Bucks Holiday Soccer Classic.  They won their first game 10-0 over the CW3 Extreme.  In their second game they were victorious over the North London Spartans from Ontario, Canada by a score of 7-1.  Game three was a 2-0 win over another Canadian team, the Windsor Stars.  The Panthers met the Stars again in the finals and came out on top with a 2-1 victory.  This marks the Panthers' 27th tounamnent championship and brings their overall win total to 328 victories.  Simply amazing!!

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Tribute to the Panthers

The MESA Panthers may be considered the most successful girls youth soccer team ever in Genesee county.  From the small town of Davison Michigan they proved to the world that they could be a “small town team on a big time stage.”  Competing against all the top clubs in the state, such as the Hawks, WAZA, Gators, Jaguars and Vardar they showed everyone that using skill, hard work, determination, heart, and will, the Panthers could compete and win against the large clubs in communities with over 10 times the population.

  

Speed of play is their moniker.  Possession play is their game.  The love and faith of their teammates on and off the field is their reason for success.  They are technical, tactical and never let up. 

  

Competition that had never played them had no idea of who they were.  After they played them, never forgot.

  
37 Tournament Championships
2 Premier 1 Championships 2009 & 2010
2010 State Cup Quarterfinalist
2010 MRL (Midwest Regional League) Qualifier
Top 10 Ranked Team in Michigan for over 5 Years
Over 373 wins
10 Outdoor League Championships

Fall 2009 & 2010 Michigan State Premier Soccer Program

 MESA Panthers Repeat as Premier 1 State Champs

STORY BY GREG CHRAPEK

FOR THE DAVISON FLAGSTAFF 

Who says you have to be from a big city to have a powerful youth soccer club?

Not a determined bunch of girls from Davison and several other communities.

The MESA Panthers soccer team, based out of Davison has not only made its mark as one of the top amateur teams in the state, but has consistently proven it over the past seven years.

 

This year, the Panthers 15-under team won the Premier 1 15-under league in the state for the second year in a row.  To win the league title, the team had to defeat premier teams from metropolitan areas like Detroit and Grand Rapids along with Lansing and Kalamazoo.  The Panthers captured the title when they defeated the Michigan Hawks 4-1 in the final game of the season Oct. 30.

 

“This was the second time we won Premier 1,” said Panther’s coach Mark Burke.

“We checked the records and going back 20 years, no teaqm from Genesee county has ever won in Premier 1.  There may be a team that won it more than 20 years ago but we don’t know for sure.  Not only did we win it, but we won it twice.  The impressive thing is that we are a small team from a small town.  We don’t have eighty kids trying out like they do in some areas.  All of our kids have been with the team for several years.  For a small-town, independent team to win Premier 1 is phenomenal.”

 

Three team members, Alyssa Burke, Madison Carper and Casey Wangler (all from Davison), have been with the team since it began playing as a U-10 team in 2003.  The team also includes Alayna Hilgendorf(Davison), April Crowe, Samntha Chouinard, Fran Ortega, Allison Chialkoszewski, Jessie Magalski, Maya Piper, Hollie Koning, Mackenzie Wetekamp, Sara Lampere and Rebecca Turvene.

Since the team first started playing together in the fall of 2003, it has won 25 tournaments and 314 games.  During that time, the Panthers won tournaments throughout the Midwest, including wins in Louisville, Columbus, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Chicago and Lexington.

 

In July, the Panthers captured their 25th tournament when they won the top bracket in the U15/16 division at the Michigan Challenge Cup in Lansing.  In the title game, the Panthers defeated TNT from Lansing which was comprised mostly of U-16 players.

“We just have a great group of girls,” Burke said.  “we also have a great group of families who support the team and do whatever it takes to help the team.  All the players and families are very close and that is one of the reasons behind our success.  We don’t lose players to bigger clubs because everyone is so close to each other and want to remain with the team.”

 

The closeness of the players is the key, and that closeness has grown over the years.

“A lot of us have been together since we were 7 or 8 years old,” said Alyssa Burke.  “We know each other so good and know how each other plays.  We get along really well.  We work good together and practice hard together.  It felt good winning the Premier 1 again this year.”

 

Along with improving as soccer players, coach Burke also stresses the importance of becoming better people.  “Our team motto is ‘an elite soccer program where ladies and champions are made,’” Burke said.  “What we want to do is develop champion human beings more than anything else.  We have unique chemistry and it is important for us.  Our goal is to develop young ladies and soccer players.  Another motto is ‘We stay hungry but we stay humble.’  We want to stay humble but also stay hungry to win and develop into better soccer players.”

 

After taking a month off, the team will resume practicing this winter.  The team is looking to play next fall in the Midwest Regional League where it will have increased visibility to college recruiter.  “I think all of our girls have the ability to someday play college soccer,” Burke said.  “Playing in the MRL will expose them to more colleges.”

 Panthers Champions in Lansing 
The U15 Girls MESA Panthers premier soccer team was victorious at the Michigan Challenge Cup soccer tournament by winning the top bracket of the U15/U16 division.  The Panthers won the first game with an 8-1 victory over the Michigan Rovers.  They won each of the next two games by a score of 2-0 against the Canton Celtics and the Livonia Meteors.  The finals was a tough fought battle against a TNT Lansing team with many U16 players.  The Panthers claimed the championship after a 2-1 triumph.  This marks 305 victories and counting for the MESA Panther team since they got their start as a U10 Mid-Michigan Soccer League team and the 25th championship overall.
Congratulations Panthers at being selected as Michigan State Youth Soccer Association's Spotlight team of the month for July.


 

MESA Panthers win Nike Classic Cup in Chicago

See video highlights below as seen on You Tube

                          Game vs. Alliance FC. The MESA Panthers won 5-0

MESA Panthers Fall 2009 Michigan State Premier Soccer Program

U14 Premier 1 Champions

The MESA Panthers were crowned Michigan State Premier Soccer Program U-14 Girls Premier 1 Champs, beating Vardar East, 3-0, Nov. 1. The team finishes the season with a top record of 6-1-2. Premier 1 is Michigan’s top division in the premier program and there has not been a boys’ or girls’ Premier 1 champion from Genesee County in at least 20 seasons.

“The girls knew it would be special to win Premier 1, and they set out to do it. I am proud to represent our club and community. The girls are winners on and off the field,” said coach Mark Burke.

The Panthers won three tournaments this fall, the latest being the Fall Ball tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio where the team finished 3-0-1. MESA started well, with a 3-0 win over Lady Warriors of Dayton before tying BSC United 1-1. The Panthers then beat FOSC Fire of Fairfield, Ohio and won the title with a 4-1 decision over Tri-State Futbol Alliance of Cincinnati. The Panthers are now eligible to join the Midwest Regional League, which allows the best teams in the Midwest a competitive forum to compete and excel. Roster spots are available for girls born Aug. 1995 and later. For more information, contact Mark Burke at 810-240-8922 or at www.mesapanthers.com. — D.F
  • 2014 Lansing Indoor Showcase - Undefeated
  • 2013 Force FC Invitational HSG Gold - Finalists
  • 2013 Petoskey Autumn Blast - U18 Champions
  • 2013 St Clair Shores Waterfront Invitational - U19 Champions
  • 2013 KISS College Soccer Showcase - U17 Gold - Champions
  • 2013 Michigan Indoor Showcase - Undefeated
  • 2012 Indianapolis College Showcase - Undefeated
  • 2012 Michigan FC Fall College Showcase - Undefeated
  • 2012 Force FC Invitational U17 - Champions
  • 2012 Oakland University 5 v 5 U17 - Champions
  • 2012 MFC Summer College Showcase - Undefeated
  • 2012 KISS College Soccer Showcase U16 Silver - Champions 
  • 2012 Michigan College Indoor Showcase Lansing- Undefeated
  • 2011 Michigan Bucks Holiday Classic U16 - Champions
  • 2011 Oakland University 5 v 5 U16 - Champions
  • 2011 Central Michigan Unversity - Soccerfest - Champions
  • 2010 MRL (Midwest Regional League) Qualifier
  • 2010 MSPSP Premier 1 -League Champions
  • 2010 MSYSA State Cup Quarter-Finalists
  • 2010 Michigan Challenge Cup - Champions
  • 2010 Nike Classic Cup - Chicago - Champions
  • 2009 MSPSP Premier 1 - Fall League Champions 
  • 2009 Fall Ball Tournament  - Cincinnati - Champions
  • 2009 Pikefest Tournament - Indianapolis - Champions 
  • 2009 Michigan Challange Cup - Champions
  • 2009 Canton Cup U13 Elite Division - Champions
  • 2009 Wixom Indoor Champion for U13 Premier Division Season 3
  • 2008 Grand Valley State Soccer Tournament - Champions 
  • 2008 Midland Fusion Invitational - Champions
  • 2008 7-Eleven Soccer Classic - U13 Champions
  • 2008 Queen City Tournament - Champions
  • 2008 Novi Jaguar Invitational - Finalist
  • 2008 Louisville Cup - Finalist
  • 2008 Central Michigan University Soccerfest (Jan.) - Champions
  • 2007 Spring and Fall MMYSL Division 1- Champions
  • 2007 MSYSA Friendlies Pool - Champions
  • 2007 Petoskey Autumn Blast Tournament- Champions
  • 2007 Genesee Cup - Champions
  • 2007 7-Eleven Soccer Classic Tournament - Champions
       

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