News and Announcements
Team Chicago Academy-Vasco standout Kendal Keay has accepted a great scholarship offer to continue her soccer career at Winona State University in Minnesota. Kendal, who plays her prep soccer for Head Coach Jane Crowe at Plainfield North H.S., will be part of Warriors Head Coach Ali Omar’s 2016 recruiting class.
Winona State is a perennial powerhouse in the NCAA Division II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Team Chicago Academy-Brasilia defender MaKenna Schoolman has accepted a great scholarship offer to Grand Valley State University. MaKenna, who plays her prep soccer for Chris Whaley, will be part of Lakers Head Coach Jeff Hosler’s 2017 recruiting class.
GVSU is a NCAA Division II powerhouse and the reigning National Champion. MaKenna will be joining fellow Team Chicago players Sara Stevens and Tracey McCoy at Grand Valley.
The Chicago Red Stars U19 team claimed its first IYSA U19 State Cup title last night with a 1-0 win over Windy City Pride. The Red Stars U19 team is the official U19 team of the Chicago Red Stars, and is head coached by Team Chicago Technical Director Phil Nielsen. The U19 team is under the Chicago Red Stars NWSL pro team and the Chicago Red Stars Reserves WPSL team.
The team also has a strong Team Chicago connection on the field as former Team Chicago Academy-Santos players AJ Jakuszewski, Hannah Rodgers, Heather Handwork, Olivia Schmitt, and Talise Romain are on the roster. In last night’s State Cup final Heather Handwork assisted on Emma Groffsky’s game-winner halfway through the first half.
With the win the Red Stars U19s will head to the USYSA Region II Championships in the Fox Cities, Wisconsin June 20-24th.
Team Chicago Academy-Bahia defeated Michigan Jaguars 4-3 on Sunday to claim a 3rd place finish in the U14G MRL Premier I Division with a 3-1-3 record.
Playing at Kalamazoo College, Bahia opened in style as Paige Miller beat two defenders to set-up Molly Grant for the 1-0 lead. And then Paige extended the lead when she ran onto Mia Marconi’s perfect through-ball and rounded the GK to finish in the empty net. Unfortunately, the Jaguars came back with two goals late in the first half.
Bahia went up 3-2 halfway through the second half when a Jaguars player was put under so much pressure from a Mia Marconi corner kick that she steered the ball into her own net. The Jaguars came back again to tie the score, but Bahia would not be denied. Natalie Massa drove into the Jaguars penalty box and was fouled setting up a PK for Sophia Majher to claim the game-winning goal with 8 minutes left. Sophia was cool as the other side of the pillow as she slotted home her PK.
With the 3rd place finish Bahia needed Omaha FC to win the Nebraska State Cup to qualify for Regionals. Unfortunately, Omaha FC lost 1-0, so Bahia will have to win its State Cup Final tonight to complete a great Spring campaign with a trip to Regionals.
The State Cup Final against Campton will be played at the Oak Brook Polo Fields at 6:30pm tonight.
Good Luck Bahia!
Team Chicago Academy-Vasco Head Coach, and High School coaching legend, Joe Moreau will go in search of his 6th IHSA State Title tonight at 7pm at North Central College against the defending champion New Trier. And Coach Moreau will do so with a Team Chicago-laden squad as the Wildcats start nine Team Chicago players and have three more contributing off the bench. In the interest of fairness, it should be noted that the starting line-up is rounded out by NSA Jaguars stars Dannah Williams and Lauren Ciesla who have both been nothing short of spectacular for the Wildcats all year.
The Team Chicago influence on Coach Moreau’s successful Neuqua squad is felt in every line on the field. Co-captains and Team Chicago Academy-Internacional stars Hannah Parrish (GK) and Sophia Moreau help anchor the back-line with Internacional teammate Tati Espinoza and Team Chicago Academy-Brasilia captain Nicole Mondi.
In the midfield Team Chicago Academy-Internacional’s Anna Toerslev patrols the center while Team Chicago Academy-Brasilia’s Veda Tappin and Team Chicago Academy-Cruzeiro’s Jamie Goralski provide the dangerous flank play.
And up top Team Chicago Academy-Internacional’s Kiley Czerwinski leads the attack ably supported by Team Chicago Academy-Cruzeiro’s Alyssa Bombacino.
Off the bench the Wildcats get Team Chicago contributions from Team Chicago Academy-Brasilia forward Haley Singer, and Team Chicago Academy-Cruzeiro’s Erin “Bean” Sweda and Madison Zaleski.
In last night’s 3-1 semi-final win over Collinsville the Team Chicago influence was once again clear on the score sheet, as Kiley Czerwinski and Anna Toerslev both netted and Alyssa Bombacino earned Chicagoland Soccer – MVP of the Match honors with three assists in addition to Jamie Goralski’s assist.
Team Chicago wishes Coach Moreau and all the TC girls all the best in tonight’s final. You have have done the club so proud. Your success, as well as the success of many of the other local H.S. programs on both the boys and the girls side (including Waubonsie Valley and Naperville North’s IHSA State Titles) over the past 7 years is at least in part a direct result of Team Chicago’s commitment to the support of high school soccer. While many elite clubs – both local and across the country – either deny or strongly discourage their players from participating in high school soccer, Team Chicago will continue to encourage our players to play high school soccer.
Tonight we are all Wildcats! Go Joe, Go!