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      Michigan Jaguars advance in Youth Soccer Regionals

      The Michigan Jaguars out of Novi, advanced to the youth soccer national championships last year in the under-15 division, only to come up a bit short.

      Since then, they've worked to make it back to that same game, this time in the under-16 division.

      Sunday, they played in their second game of the US Youth Soccer Association's Regional in Saginaw Township against South Dakota United.

      The Jaguars cruised to a 4-0 win, making them 2-0 so far in the competition, meaning their dream is still alive.

      "Last year we went to the National Championships in Arizona," Jaguars Head Coach Barry Scott said. "It was a fantastic experience. We were also lucky enough to make the final game. Getting there gave the boys the appetite to get back there. This year, since last July in Arizona really, the boys have had a goal to get back to South Carolina this year.

      Two hundred sixteen of the best youth soccer teams in the region are playing in the US Youth Soccer Association's Region II Championships this week in Saginaw Township.

      The winning teams of the boys and girls from U13 to U19 move on to the National Championships this July in South Carolina.