Javanon takes second in nation

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By Mickey Patterson

LOUISVILLE – Javanon ‘91 pushed its way into the U.S. Youth Soccer national championship game only to fall just short of Discoveries SC out of South Carolina 2-1 July 30.

The Javanon team had three Oldham County players – Jacob Kemper of Oldham County High School and North Oldham brothers Jordan and Paul Althoff.

“We were disappointed we didn’t win, but we really did well,” Kemper said. “In a way we surprised ourselves. To reach nationals after winning the state and the region was great. We had won before but always came up about two games short.”

While the Javanon team didn’t win the title, they won the Fairplay Award for sportsmanship.

It was the second loss to Discoveries. They fell in group play 4-2. Kemper scored in that game. Javanon beat East Fishkill out of New York 3-1 in their opener with Kemper scoring. They tied the ESM Internationals 1-1, but had already scored enough to advance.

“We thought we had the ability to go and do well,” Kemper said. “We already had a good team and added some guys and things just seemed to click.”

Under-17’s fall

The Javanon ‘92 team, featuring five players from Oldham County, went 0-3 in the tourney.

The five were Will Vitalis, Cullen Hall and John Cantrell of South Oldham and Brandon Causey and Connor Powell of North Oldham.

The team dropped their opener Lower Merion Velez of Pennsylvania 2-1. Vitalis scored.

They dropped the second game 4-0 to eventual national champion CZ Elite of California then fell in their final game 1-0 to Triangle United of North Carolina.


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