Six youth from the West Metro area, pictured above, represented Minnesota at the Olympic Development Program Regional Soccer Showcase in Rockford, IL July 9-12. From left to right are pictured: Lexi Vixayvong of Rosemount, Kaitlyn MacBean of Plymouth, Megan Malecha of Corcoran, Sadie Koltes of Maple Plain, Maya Turner of Plymouth and Samantha Dietrick of Plymouth.
The girls began trying out for the MN team in early spring and made it through two cuts to be chosen for the 18-member state teams. Once at the showcase, they competed against teams from states across the Midwest region. Two of the girls, Sadie Koltes of Maple Plain and Kaitlyn MacBean of Plymouth, were chosen to represent the region at the developmental camp following the showcase. The girls are teammates on the U13 MN Thunder Academy Elite team.