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Playing on incredibly poor fields at Sportscore II in Rockford the three Team Chicago Academy MRL teams combined for an undefeated 4-0-4 record on the weekend.
Team Chicago Academy-Eagles moved into first place of the U14 Boys First Division West behind 2 wins and a tie. The Eagles opened a little sluggishly against JUSC from Iowa and gave up a goal just before halftime. However, in the second half the boys upped the intensity and Max Graf eventually found the equalizer. In the dying seconds Adam Bose hit the crossbar, but the Eagles had to settle for a slightly unfair tie.
The Eagles bounced back with a very impressive 2-1 win over a previously unbeaten Omaha FC team. An unfortunate slip on the poor surface led to an Omaha FC lead halfway through the second half. However, the boys responded in style with two goals in two minutes to secure the win. James Zhang tied the game from Max Graf’s cross and Wesley Anderson got the game-winner.
On Sunday morning, the Eagles defeated VSA from Iowa 1-0 on Victor Cuevas’ goal from Max Graf’s great touch and cross. Brady Moody capped off a very solid weekend with the shutout in goal. The Eagles have one final MRL game left against TCSA before their focus turns to State Cup.
Team Chicago Academy-Cruzeiro remain undefeated in the U13 Girls First Division West of MRL after a 2-0-1 weekend. Playing on a tiny, and very bumpy field, Cruzeiro and FC Milwaukee played out a pretty ugly stalemate. Emma Rydholm got Cruzeiro on the board first on a great header off a perfect Kerry Abello corner, but FC Milwaukee got the equalizer halfway through the second half. On the very last play of the game Sarah Avery made a great run and served in a cross that Kerry Abello met with a great header, but it went inches over the crossbar.
On Sunday Cruzeiro faced Waukesha SC from Wisconsin and took a quick 2-0 lead off a corner kick own goal and a great Kerry Abello finish far post on the ground from Sofia Papoutsis’ perfect pass out of the back. In the second half Waukesha halved the lead on a free kick, but Cruzeiro held on to secure the win.
In the matinee performance against MK Tosa from Wisconsin Madison Zaleski got a 10-minute hat-trick to lead Cruzeiro to a comfortable 4-1 win. Kerry Abello scored 32 seconds into the game off a Sarah Avery cross, but MK Tosa answered back on a questionable PK 10 minutes later. Cue the “Madison Zaleski Show” :-) as she got three quick goals off Sarah Avery, Riley O’Brien, and Katie Wieland’s assists to put the game out of reach.
Next up for Cruzeiro is an MRL game here at PlayUSA tomorrow night at 7:30pm v. LTSC.
Team Chicago Academy-Brasilia played two tough Kansas City teams in the U14 Girls First Division West of MRL and came away with two ties. On Saturday Brasilia took a 1-0 lead on Kansas City Legends on a Jasmine Ruiz goal from Maggie Roe. Unfortunately, the Legends tied the game up in the second half.
On Sunday Brasilia took a 2-0 lead on Kansas Rush. Jasmine Ruiz scored on the last play of the first half and Abby Severson scored on a great header from Allie Nornes’ perfect cross halfway through the second half. Unfortunately, Kansas Rush scored on the very next play and then again on a lucky strike with 3 minutes left in the game to secure the tie.
Next up for Brasilia is a 6pm MRL game at Chicago-Inter tomorrow night. With a win Brasilia will move into first play in the division, and winning out in the final four games of the season will secure them promotion to the U15 Premier Division next Fall.
Congratulations to TC Rangers U11 boys for winning the championship of the Eclipse Spring Classic U11 Boys White Flight.
The weekend did not get off to the best of starts with the boys losing a Friday evening game by a 2-3 score to the NSA Falcons. After the game Coach Brian Bierman challenged the boys to play harder, better and faster.
On Saturday morning TC Rangers won against the Celtic SC Premier team 3-1. That set up a must win game for the late afternoon which the boys won by a convincing 5-1 score over Zen Extra Black.
After a bit of a wait on results from other games TC Rangers secured the wild card and a spot in the semi-finals on Sunday morning against Eclipse Premier East Black. TC Rangers rose to the challenge and won a tight 2-1 game to advance to the finals.
Sunday afternoon TC Rangers faced the NSA Falcons in a rematch of their Friday evening game. The NSA Falcons scored early in the first half and took a 1-0 lead into half time. Mid-way through the second half Ali Khorfan put in the equalizer off an assist from Nick McGrath. Just a few minutes later Ali Khorfan got into the box and was taken out by the keeper which earned a penalty kick. Ali put the PK into the back of the net and put TC Rangers up 2-1. The boys held on to the 2-1 lead to win the championship and avenge their only loss of the weekend.
Team Chicago Academy-Brasilia opened its U14 Girls First Division MRL season with 2 convincing wins. On Saturday Rush WI was beaten 4-0 after a fantastic performance. Maggie Roe, Jasmine Ruiz, Emmerson Fuller, and Abby Severson each got a goal and Allie Nornes, Lupe Anguiano, and Maggie Roe each got an assist. Madison Lockard earned the shutout in goal.
On Sunday Brasilia defeated St. Croix from Minnesota 4-1. Jasmine Ruiz had a hattrick and Maggie Roe got the other goal. Maggie Roe, Emmerson Fuller, Allie Nornes, and Safia Hannin each got an assist.
Brasilia is off to Rockford this weekend to face Kansas Legends and Kansas Rush in two games that could determine who will take the First Division title and earn promotion to the Premier Division for next Fall.
Team Chicago Academy-Eagles traveled to Overland Park, KS over the weekend to begin their U14 Boys First Division MRL campaign. The Eagles opened the weekend with a 1-1 tie against FC Porto. Bryn Lobkovich scored the lone goal on a great header. In Saturday’s second game, the Eagles fell 5-1 to a tough Fusion Fury side with James Zhang notching the Eagles’ only goal.
Sunday morning the Eagles bounced back in the final game of the weekend with a very strong performance and a 3-0 victory. James Zhang once again opened the scoring early in the game and the Eagles never looked back. Victor Cuevas added to the scoreline to start the 2nd half with a stunning shot beating the keeper from 25 yards out. Emerson Beinhauer finished off the game with a goal off a great cross from Wesley Anderson. The Eagles currently sit in 3rd place and travel to Rockford this upcoming weekend for their next 3 MRL games.
Team Chicago Academy-Cruzeiro opened its U13 Girls First Division MRL campaign in convincing fashion against Rush WI. Cruzeiro won 7-0 behind Jamie Goralsk’s hattrick and a 2 goal-3 assist performance from Kerry Abello. The remaining goals were scored by Katie Wieland and Mia Lakstigala while Riley O’Brien, Katie Wieland, Jordan King, and Madison Zaleski also assisted. Bailee Witt and Anna Aubuchon shared the shutout in goal.
Cruzeiro is also headed to Rockford this weekend with 3 match-ups against teams from Wisconsin.
Team Chicago Academy-Santos outside-back Kelsey Pruett has accepted a great scholarship offer to continue her career at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Kelsey, who plays her prep soccer at Plainfield South H.S., will be part of Cougars Head Coach Derek Burton’s 2014 recruiting class.
The SIUE Cougars are part of the NCAA Division I Ohio Valley Conference. Kelsey will join fellow Team Chicago Academy players Jorie Clawson and Rachael Brots on the SIUE squad.
Team Chicago Academy-Nautico winger Tracey McCoy has accepted an athletic scholarship to continue her soccer career at Division II powerhouse Grand Valley State University. Tracey plays her prep soccer for Head Coach Pat Feulner at Metea Valley H.S.
Tracey will part of Grand Valley Head Coach Dave DiIanni’s 2014 recruiting class. Coach DiIanni is a two-time NSCAA Division II National Coach of the Year, and he guided the program to back-to-back National titles in 2009 and 2010.