Rockford Raptors U-15 team win title


Members of the Rockford Raptors U-15 girls soccer team gather around the Illinois Cup trophy after winning the tourney title on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at Sportscore Two in Loves Park.

The Rockford Raptors U-15 team won its final tournament without high school players, closing out the Illinois Cup undefeated after a 1-0 win over Libertyville on Wednesday night at Sportscore Two.

“This team just has a different kind of mindset than most teams this age,” Raptors U-15 head coach Mike Rizzo said. “And it shows out there. This was a great tournament for these girls. They really brought it.”

The squad went 4-0 in Illinois Cup tourney games to claim the title, the lone Illinois Cup title for the Raptors’ organization this year.

The high school girls are wrapping up their seasons and will join their club teams soon. But they weren’t there for this one, and the remaining Raptors U-15 girls found a way to win it anyway.


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