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Team Chicago Academy teams remain undefeated in Midwest Regional League (MRL) after another successful weekend with 2 wins and 2 ties.

Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo started off the weekend in blustering conditions, but on an absolutely perfect pitch against Eclipse Elite at the Oak Brook Polo Grounds. Without every rising to its usual high standards, Botafogo recorded a relatively comfortable 2-0 win to maintain its perfect record atop the MRL U18 Premier Division.

Megan Geldernick recorded her 3rd straight shutout in goal while Zoe Swift and Zoey Goralski each scored a perfect goal 10 minutes in and with 10 minutes left. Swift’s goal came after great combination play between Ashley Handwork, Zoey Goralski, and Swift before Swift expertly slotted the ball past the on-rushing GK to the corner of the far post.

Zoey Goralski’s goal came after a great pass from Gianna Dal Pozzo, where Goralski calmly walked the ball into the penalty box and found the foot of the far post.

Next up for Botafogo in MRL play is this Saturday against FC United in a re-match of the State Cup Final.

Saturday morning Team Chicago Academy-Eagles faced Omaha FC in Muscatine, IA. The teams went into half time level at 0-0. Unfortunately, Eagles gave up a quick goal early into the 2nd half. Battling back and creating chances, they were rewarded in the final seconds of the game when Wesley Anderson connected with a cross from Calum Nettleton to earn Eagles a deserved 1-1 draw.

Eagles then faced Juventus Phoenix from NE in the afternoon game. Trailing 1-0 going into half time, Eagles fought back with strong team play and goals by Max Graf and Calum Nettleton. Unfortunately, after giving up a goal with 10 minutes to go the game resulted in a 2-2 draw.

Eagles remain unbeaten through 7 games and currently sit in 3rd place.

Late on Sunday night Team Chicago Academy-Internacional continued its dominance in the MRL U16 First Division White with a 4-0 win over Campton United. Kiley Czerwinski got Internacional on the board early when she stripped the ball from a Campton defender and blasted a low far post finish.

A few mins later Miranda Lambert slotted a ball to Alena Sidwell who easily beat the goalie, and placed the ball past a recovering Campton defender into the back of the net. Just before the end of the 1st half, Internacional struck again when Megan Buchanan drove a long ball over the top of the Campton defense to Abby George who finished the opportunity in the far corner.

With 15 minutes left in the 2nd half, Jori Romano played a beautiful through ball to Miranda Lambert who poked it past the Campton goalie for Internacional’s final goal of the match.

Internacional has not given up a goal in MRL play thus far thanks to the solid defensive work by Megan Buchanan, Tori Christiansen, Tati Espinoza, Abby Flynn, Sophia Moreau and Nikki Molino. Sam O’Brien picked up the shutout for Internacional who is currently 3-0 in MRL.

Next up for Internacional in MRL is a couple of games in St. Louis this weekend.


Team Chicago Academy-Santos forward Hannah Rodgers has accepted a very generous scholarship offer to continue her soccer career at Illinois State University. Hannah, who plays her prep soccer at Normal Community H.S., will be part of ISU Redbirds Head Coach Drew Roff’s 2014 Freshman class.

The Redbirds were both the Missouri Valley Conference Regular Season & Tournament Champions in both 2011 and 2009 and participated in the NCAA Tournament both years. At ISU Hannah will link up with Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo midfield Brooke Ksiazek who is part of the Redbirds’ 2013 Freshman class.


Team Chicago Academy-Santos right-back Talise Romain has accepted a very generous scholarship offer to continue her soccer career at the University of Florida. Talise, who plays her prep soccer for Joe Moreau at Neuqua Valley H.S., will be part of Florida Head Coach Becky Burleigh’s 2014 Freshman class.

Florida is a perennial SEC powerhouse that has participated in 15 NCAA Post-Season tournaments – including its 1998 NCAA National Championship.


Traveling to Muscatine, IA this past weekend for the 2nd week of MRL play Botafogo, Brasilia, and Eagles kept the unbeaten streak alive for Team Chicago Academy teams.

Team Chicago Academy-Brasilia now sits atop the Girls U14 First Division West Green division with a perfect 4-0 record after defeating KC Legends from Kansas 1-0 on Saturday and then KS Rush Wolves 3-2 on Sunday. Next up for Brasilia in MRL is an away game at Chicago Inter-Homer Glen next Saturday. 2 wins in the final 3 games should be enough to secure a spot in the MRL Premier Division for the Spring season.

Team Chicago Academy-Eagles also sits atop its Boys U14 First Division West White division with a 4-0-1 record. On Saturday Eagles defeated Scott Gallagher U13 Elite 4-0 with Max Graf and Wesley Anderson each bagging a brace. Later in the day Eagles defeated Scott Gallagher U14 Premier 5-2 behind Max Graf’s hat-trick and 2 goals from Michael Vivo. On Sunday, Eagles faced a strong McMahon Stauder team and tied 0-0. Eagles will head back to Muscatine this Saturday for 2 more MRL games.

Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo begin its defense of the MRL Premier Division title with two convincing 5-0 wins over Harembi Viati and Sporting Kansas. Megan Geldernick and Kiley Dunning shared the shutouts in goal and the goals were scored by Zoey Goralski (2), Zoe Swift (2), Ashley Handwork, Bryce Banuelos, Darby Moran, Hope D’Addario, Jenna Romano, and Meegan Johnston. Gianna Dal Pozzo lead the way in assists with 5 on the weekend. Next up for Botafogo in the MRL is a 9am game v. Eclipse this Saturday in Oakbrook.

3 Team Chicago Academy teams were in action at the Rockford, IL Midwest Regional League (MRL) weekend over the past two days, and they all came away with two vital wins to kick-off their MRL seasons.

Team Chicago Academy-Eagles came away with two great victories in the U14 Boys First Division West White bracket. Yesterday, the Eagles faced VSA Premier from Iowa and won 8-0. Dominic Duffy, Max Graf, James Zhang, Victor Cuevas and Alex Filo all scored. Today, the Eagles faced JUSC Premier, also from Iowa, and they came back from being down 2-0 in the first half. The half ended at 2-2. The final score was 5-2. Dominic Duffy, Wesley Anderson, Emerson Beinhauer and Max Graf all scored in that game.

Team Chicago Academy-Internacional also won both its game in the U16 Girls First Division White. On Saturday Internacional dominanted their MRL opener against Vardar from Michigan in a 2-0 victory. Kylie Czerwinski and Tori Christiansen had a great combination that resulted in Christiansen driving the ball far post pass the Vardar goalie to put Internaconal up 1-0 at the half. Internacional struck again 5 mins into the 2nd half when Miranda Lambert made a solo run beating 2 Vardar defenders and blasted the ball into the back of the net from 18 yards out.

On Sunday Internacional continued its dominance in this weekend’s MRL games with another win. This time it was a 3-0 win over Waza FC from Michigan. Internacional got on the board early when Kylie Czerwinski slotted a free kick into the box where Caitlin LaRocque ran onto the ball striking it one time into the net. A few mins later Internacional went ahead 2-0 when Alena Sidwell placed a beautiful ball through to Miranda Lambert who beat the goalie with a far-post finish. Internacional continued to dominate the game in 2nd half with possession. At the 60 min mark, Czerwinski put the game out of reach for Waza when she bent the ball into the back of the net off a corner kick.

In the U14 Girls First Division West Green Team Chicago Academy-Brasilia defeated JUSC Premier 1-0 on Saturday on a goal by Jasmine Ruiz assisted by Emma Morgan. And on Sunday Brasilia defeated KC Legends 2-1 on goals by Jasmine Ruiz & Maddie Lambert assisted by Hannah Davies and Emmerson Fuller.



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