News and Announcements
Nicole Mondi Commits to Purdue!
Team Chicago Academy-Brasilia co-captain Nicole Mondi has accepted a great scholarship offer to continue her soccer career at Purdue University. Nicole, who plays her prep soccer for Head Coach Joe Moreau at Neuqua Valley H.S., will be part of 2017 recruiting class for new Purdue Head Coach Drew Roff.
Palmeiras Perfect in Ohio Showcase!
Team Chicago Academy-Palmeiras, coached by Herb Schuler, went 3-0 at the Ohio Galaxies Showcase last weekend. The first game was a convincing 3-1 victory over the Star Red Devils. Goals game from Dominic Duffy, Emerson Beinhauer, and Josh Kolzow. Palmeiras got out to a fast start with two goals in the first ten minutes.
In the second game Palmeiras earned a win in dramatic fashion over WCSC Elite. After dominating the game the score was still 0-0 entering the final 30 seconds when Emerson Beinhauer earned a free kick directly outside the box. Palmeiras sent everyone into the box except the goalkeeper. After a scrum in the box Dominic Duffy put the ball into the net. As soon as he scored the referee ended the game and gave the team a 1-0 win.
In the third game Palmeiras did not get many chances in the first half against Dexter FC Michigan. Dominic Duffy scored on a late first half free kick to tie the match 1-1 at half. In the second half Palmeiras stepped up the quality in the attacking third. With 10 minutes left Cal Nettleton received the ball at the top of the box. He cut the ball onto his right foot past the defender and bent the ball into the far post upper 90 for the eventual game-winner. Cal’s goal was the class of the weekend.
Over the weekend the defense was brilliant. Bennett Curtis held down the back line as center back. A mix of Wes Anderson, Antonio Magno, and Jack Olmstead covered the wings in the victories. Shoale Badr was brilliant in goal letting in only two goals in three games.
Next weekend Team Chicago Academy-Palmeiras opens its MRL campaign in Milwaukee vs Bavarians and FC Waukesha.
Bahia Goes Undefeated in Phoenix!
Team Chicago Academy-Bahia traveled to Phoenix, AZ for the prestigious SC Del Sol Presidents’ Day Tournament. In the U14 Premier Division Bahia finished in 3rd place with a 2-0-2 record just narrowly missing out on a spot in the final on goals-scored.
In Friday’s opening game Bahia defeated AZ Arsenal 1-0 on Allie Anderson’s great strike from 25 yards after a Natalie Massa free-kick.
On Saturday Bahia struggled to a 0-0 tie against Pride FC from Colorado in the 80+ degree heat. However, Bahia had several 100% chances which went begging, and this came back to haunt the team in the final group standings.
On Sunday Bahia needed to get a better result against Rio Rapids Riot from New Mexico than Pride FC got against AZ Arsenal to win the group and secure a spot in the Final. Unfortunately, Bahia missed out by the slimmest of margins as the 0-0 tie was 1 goal worse than Pride FC’s 1-1 tie with AZ Arsenal.
In the 3rd place game on Monday Bahia had its strongest performance and easily beat New Mexico Rush 3-0. Allie Anderson had another two bombs from distance as Bahia went up 2-0 at the half. Emma Crosswait assisted on both goals while Natalie Massa and Sarah Davies both assisted one goal.
In the second half Emma Crosswait finished off the Rush with a great goal from Natalie Massa and Sophia Majher’s link-up play. Abbie Brennan and Reagan Sanders combined for the 4 shutouts in Phoenix, and the defense of Erin McCarthy, Megan Olah, Sarah Davies, Maddie Monaco, Zaira Solis, and Jeff Pochyly stood tall in front of them. A special shoutout to Mia Marconi for her hustle to get back to make a crucial goal-line header clearance which preserved the clean sheet in the 3rd place game.
Abello & Avery Represent IL ODP at Nationals!
Team Chicago Academy-Cruzeiro standouts Kerry Abello and Sarah Avery will be representing Illinois ODP at the National ODP Championships this weekend at the Reach 11 complex in Phoenix, AZ. They will be members of the IL 1999 team which won the Region II championships in Rockford last July.
The girls will take on New York West in the semi-final on Friday at 1pm. With a win they will face the winner of Florida-Cal South in the championship game at 8:30am on Sunday.
Good luck girls!
Madison Lockard Commits to Ball State!
Team Chicago Academy-Brasilia goalkeeper Madison Lockard has accepted a great scholarship offer to continue her soccer career at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Madison, who plays her prep soccer at Oswego H.S., will be part of Ball State Head Coach Craig Roberts’ 2017 recruiting class.
The Cardinals finished the 2014 season with an 11-7-2 record and a semi-final berth in the Mid-American Conference tournament.