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NOVI, Mich. - Ten teams from Michigan Jaguars FC have advanced to the MSYSA State Cup Semifinals after two rounds of matches played at the Saginaw Township Soccer Complex in Saginaw on Saturday and Sunday. 

Sixteen teams from the club made the trip to Saginaw on Saturday for the Round of 16 matches, and thirteen of those squads advanced to the State Quarterfinals. 

"We are always excited to watch our teams compete against the top talent in Michigan," said Paul Tinnion, the Jaguars' Executive Director. "To see ten teams from different age groups move on to the State Semifinals shows the amount of work the players put in during the season."

The teams advancing to the semifinals are:

MI Jaguars 00 Boys Green
MI Jaguars 01 Boys Green
MI Jaguars 02 Boys Green
MI Jaguars 03 Boys Green
MI Jaguars 06 Boys Green
MI Jaguars 06 Girls Green
CW3 Jaguars 07 Boys Green
CW3 Jaguars 07 Girls Green
CW3 Jaguars 08 Boys Green
DBN Jaguars 09 Boys Green

The MSYSA State Cup Semifinals will kick off on Saturday, June 1st in Saginaw, with the State championship games played on Sunday, June 2nd. 

The tournament kicked off in April with each team playing three group stage matches. The group winners then qualified for last weekend's knockout weekend. 

 

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SAGINAW, Mich. - Our Jaguars played some great soccer on Saturday. In total, the club won 10 of its 13 games played yesterday-- nine Round of 16 games and one Quarterfinal -- and 14 Jaguars teams advanced to the Quarterfinals this year. Here is the schedule for Sunday, including all-Jaguars matchup at 11:00am in the 2007 age group.

Date Round Time Home Team Away Team Field
Sunday, May 19
Quarter-Finals
 8:30 AM
Midwest United 
MICHIGAN JAGUARS 04 GREEN
Field 8
Sunday, May 19
Quarter-Finals
 8:30 AM
Midwest United 
MICHIGAN JAGUARS 01 GREEN
Field 1
Sunday, May 19
Quarter-Finals
 11:00 AM
MICHIGAN JAGUARS 05 GREEN
Kingdome 05 red 
Field 2
Sunday, May 19
Quarter-Finals
 11:00 AM
MICHIGAN JAGUARS 02 GREEN
Legends 02 Black 
Field 8
Sunday, May 19
Quarter-Finals
 11:00 AM
MICHIGAN JAGUARS 00 GREEN
MICHIGAN LIGHTNING 00 WHITE
Field 17
Sunday, May 19
Quarter-Finals
 11:00 AM
MICHIGAN JAGUARS 07 WHITE
MICHIGAN JAGUARS CW3 07 GREEN
Field 5
Sunday, May 19
Quarter-Finals
 11:00 AM
MICHIGAN JAGUARS DEARBORN 09 GREEN
MICHIGAN LIGHTNING 09 WHITE
Field 16
Sunday, May 19
Quarter-Finals
 1:30 PM
MICHIGAN JAGUARS 03 GREEN
Michigan Wolves 
Field 6
Sunday, May 19
Quarter-Finals
 1:30 PM
MICHIGAN JAGUARS 06 GREEN
Michigan Wolves 
Field 7
Sunday, May 19
Quarter-Finals
 3:00 PM
MICHIGAN JAGUARS CW3 07 GREEN
UNITED FC MICHIGAN 07G-GR
Field 4
Sunday, May 19
Quarter-Finals
 4:00 PM
MICHIGAN JAGUARS 06 GREEN
Michigan Fire Juniors
Field 8

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NOVI, Mich- Fifteen Michigan Jaguars teams are heading to Saginaw this weekend for the State Cup Round of 16 and Quarterfinals. Here's the schedule for tomorrow's matches.

Date Round Time Home Team Away Team Field
Saturday, May 18 Round of 16  8:30 AM MICHIGAN JAGUARS 04 GREEN NATIONALS UNION 04 RED Field 21
Saturday, May 18 Round of 16  8:30 AM MICHIGAN JAGUARS 01 GREEN MICHIGAN TIGERS FC 01 GOLD Field 9
Saturday, May 18 Round of 16  8:30 AM MICHIGAN JAGUARS CW3 01 GREEN WAZA FC 01 BLACK Field 10
Saturday, May 18 Round of 16  9:00 AM SOCS FORCE 07 MICHIGAN JAGUARS CW3 07 GREEN Field 5
Saturday, May 18 Round of 16  11:00 AM MICHIGAN JAGUARS 05 GREEN MICHIGAN WOLVES EAST 05 Field 2
Saturday, May 18 Round of 16  11:00 AM MICHIGAN JAGUARS 02 GREEN NATIONALS UNION 02 BLACK Field 13
Saturday, May 18 Round of 16  11:00 AM MICHIGAN JAGUARS 07 WHITE LIVERPOOL FC-IA MI 07 DA GERRARD Field 14
Saturday, May 18 Round of 16  1:30 PM MICHIGAN JAGUARS 03 GREEN LA FORZA SC 03 BLUE Field 6
Saturday, May 18 Round of 16  1:30 PM MICHIGAN JAGUARS 06 GREEN MICHIGAN TIGERS FC 06 GOLD Field 12
Saturday, May 18 Quarter-Finals  3:00 PM VARDAR MICHIGAN 08 MICHIGAN JAGUARS 08 GREEN Field 4
Saturday, May 18 Quarter-Finals  3:00 PM MICHIGAN JAGUARS CW3 08 GREEN LIVERPOOL FC IA-MI 08 DA NEAL Field 5
Saturday, May 18 Round of 16  4:00 PM MICHIGAN JAGUARS 06 GREEN MIDWEST UNITED FC KALAMAZOO 06 ROYAL Field 13
Saturday, May 18 Round of 16  4:00 PM MICHIGAN TIGERS FC 06 GOLD MICHIGAN JAGUARS CW3 06 GREEN Field 19

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CANTON, Mich. - The Michigan Jaguars UPSL team went home disappointed after Tuesday’s match, losing for the first time this season, 2-1, to Waza Flo at the High Velocity Dome.

Jaguars forward Tony Rizzo scored his first career UPSL goal, and four Jaguars made their UPSL debuts on the night.

The Jags held a 1-0 lead at the halftime break, but the Flo started to gain momentum midway through the second half. After the Jaguars saw a number of scoring opportunities fail to find the back of the net, including a close-range header from Ebi Jatta that hit the post, Waza began to find success on the counter attack

The Flo equalized in the 66th-minute with a shot from the right wing that found the top corner, and then added the match-winner in the 76th-minute.

Despite the two goals from Waza, the Jaguars still had a chance to get something out of the match in the last 15 minutes. Several subs were made and Waza sat back more, allowing several good opportunities on goal, including a last-minute free kick just outside the box. But Waza’s keeper and his defense were up to the task and managed to grind out the desired three points.

Much like the last game between the two sides, the first half went well for the Jaguars. They worked out of the back and created a good number of chances, resulting in a Tony Rizzo goal in the 40th-minute. Rizzo pounced on a loose ball after Mike Machila’s initial shot was saved, firing the ball into the empty net.

This result leaves the Jags in second place in the division, three points off of division leader and its next opponent BiH Grand Rapids. The team will travel to Grand Rapids to face BiH on Friday, May 24th for a 7:30pm kickoff at Pat Patterson Stadium.

Highlights:

- Four Jaguars players made their UPSL debut (Damon Favero, Jeremy Coen, Dehane Gnonrou, Tyler Welch)
- Tony Rizzo scored his first career UPSL goal
- This loss was the first for the Jaguars this season
 

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By: Tim Moore (Head Coach, MI Jaguars 2009 Girls White)

You may not know our team very well, but we are the MI Jaguars 2009 Girls White team based out of the Wixom branch of the club. We don’t have any state championships or flashy hardware, and we haven’t been on too many highlight reels yet even though we’ve had some highlight plays this year!

However, there is one area that we feel we are really pretty talented in, and that is being the best Jaguars we can be. Our club implemented this idea that we should be as professional as we can at each practice, extra training, and game. The girls make sure that all of them give a handshake or knuckles to any coach, ref, or adult they work with. They make sure they arrive early and that they warm up properly without the need of the coaches to tell them everything to do. They make sure their bags are lined up neatly with their ball in the bag and that they have the correct bibs on the bench to sub. Sometimes they win games and sometimes they lose games, but at the end of every game, they know they’ve done their best.

During the Jaguar Invitational on Saturday, we had a tough go of it. We played a pretty talented team in Cap City and even though we played some really talented soccer, the scoreboard didn’t favor us. Then we had to turn around and play another good team in Pacesetter and after the first half, we were down 4-1. The girls came in knowing the score didn’t reflect the game, but they also knew it was due to a lack of effort on our part and inconsistent play that we were down. A quick look to the sideline and you could see it was felt by parents and coaches alike. But that is the exact moment that this team taps into what it means to be a Jaguar. It means that when the game isn’t going your way, you work harder; you dig in and work your way out of it piece by piece. That is what the girls decided to do in the 2nd half, and it was pretty fun to see.

It started with a few players deciding that the thing they could do for our team was run harder and pressure the ball. This led to a few turnovers and after a couple of great shots, we were right back in the game. Two girls who were subbing into the game decided the thing they could do the most was support the midfield by telling them what a great job they were doing coming back to help defend as a team. Wouldn’t you know it, after one girl heard the support she ran back, got us the ball, and transitioned us back down the field to score another goal to tie the game. We finished the game scoring two more goals, playing some great team defense, and in the end, we all felt pretty great about the game. The girls were excited to win the game, but after we talked about what the real victory was, we didn’t quit when most teams would, and with hard work and a team mentality, we fought our way back into a game we probably should have lost.

If you ask me what it means to be a Jaguar, it means learning how to be the best possible version of yourself. On May 11th during the Jaguar Invitational, I got to watch nine  '09 Girls do just that.

 

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By: Jarrett Butler

CANTON, Mich. - It will be a UPSL rematch tonight as a couple of local rivals face off just four days after their previous encounter. The Michigan Jaguars will be heading to the High Velocity Dome in the hopes of doubling-up Waza after they got the job done at home against the Flo, 2-1, last Friday.

The Jaguars played well last Friday at Catholic Central in their first ever UPSL win, jumping out to a convincing 2-0 lead in the first half thanks to a header from Ebi Jatta -- the Jaguars first ever UPSL goal -- and a well taken volley from leading man Kyle Breitmeyer. The visitors fought back in the second half, scoring a goal just two minutes in. However, thanks to an 81st-minute red card issued to Waza’s Philip Gaze for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity, the Jaguars regained control over the game and finished out firmly on top, deserving of the three points.

The Jaguars will be look to build on that performance with a fresh squad, with notable absentees including Breitmeyer, Joe Carver, and Drew Drummond due to coaching commitments.  A win here would be continue a good early season run that will be critical for postseason hopes, as only the top team in the division is eligible to move on to the playoffs. Three points tonight would give the Jaguars seven from their first three matches and surely would put them on the right path to the division title. Last year, the Midwest East division in which the Jaguars play was won by Toledo Villa (now in the NPSL) with 21 points and Carpathia narrowly finished in second with 20 points. Therefore, if the Jags could secure a win tonight, they’d be in a great spot with 21 points still up for grabs.

Conversely, Waza Flo will almost certainly be eliminated from playoff contention if they fail to win this game, their fourth of the season. Despite it still being early, they’ve lost their opening three matches, and a loss tonight will leave them with only eighteen possible points remaining. But that could make them an invigorated side tonight knowing that it is effectively a must-win game for them, and the Jaguars will have to duplicate last Friday’s performance with a slightly different lineup. It should be an exciting fixture, especially given the intensity and physicality of the last match.  

Date: Tuesday, May 14th
Time: kickoff at 8:00pm
Location: High Velocity Dome in Canton, MI
Opponent: Waza Flo