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Internacional Defeats TCSA in MRL!

Posted by Phil Nielsen at Oct 6, 2011 8:44PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Team Chicago Academy-Internacional took out TCSA in tonight’s MRL match-up. Sam O’Brien finished a cross from Kiley Czerwinski in the 1st half to give Internacional a 1-0 lead going into half time.

Internacional came out on fire in the 2nd half with Lauren Penkala driving the ball far post from 20 yards out giving them a 2-0 lead. TCSA struck back with 12 mins left in the game, but the Internacional defense of Sophia Moreau, Nikki Molino, Abby Fynn, Meg Buchanan, Tori Adomshick, and Tati Espinoza along with goalie Hannah Parrish completely shut down TCSA after the goal. Final score 2-1 TC International.

With the win Internacional moved into 3rd place in the MRL First Division, 2 points behind the first place Michigan Jaguars.


Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo midfielder Gianna Dal Pozzo has accepted a great athletic scholarship from the University of Miami to continue her soccer career in the Hurricanes’ ACC program. Dal Pozzo will be part of new head coach Tom Anagnost’s first true recruiting class, as he is rebuilding the program into an ACC contender.

Dal Pozzo plays her prep soccer for Joe Moreau at Neuqua Valley, and she will join her Region II ODP teammate Gracie Lachowecki at Miami.


Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo and Internacional took on Eclipse Select in MRL play this past Friday night, and both teams emerged victorious in tough field conditions.

Botafogo took a 1-0 lead into halftime on Darby Moran’s goal from Dana Miller’s cross. Eclipse got an equalizer 2 minutes into the second half, but co-captain Jenna Romano headed in the game-winner from Meegan Johnston’s perfect free-kick halfway through the second half, and Zoe Swift got her 5th goal in 5 MRL Premier Division games to put the game out of reach for Eclipse off Meegan Johnston and Dana Miller’s assist.

With the win Botafogo is 4-0-1 in MRL play with an upcoming game in Kenosho, WI on Saturday at 4pm v. North Shore United followed by a 3-game MRL weekend in Michigan at the end of the month.

In the second game of the double-header, Team Chicago Academy-Internacional defeated Eclipse East 1-0. After possessing the ball for most of the match, Internacional’s style of play paid off when Miranda Lambert connected with Alena Sidwell who found Kiley Czerwinski isolated 1v1 at the top of the box. Czerwinski easily beat her defender, and drove the ball low to the far post for the game-winner.

Goalie Hannah Parrish along with defenders Abby Flynn, Nikki Molino, Sophia Moreau, Tati Espinoza, Tori Adomshick, and Meg Buchanan shut down the Eclipse attack earning a shutout.

With the win Internacional is 2-2-0 in MRL play, and still in contention for promotion. Next up is a big MRL match-up at TCSA at 6pm this Thursday.

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Brasília Semi-Finalist in Indianapolis!

Posted by Phil Nielsen at Oct 3, 2011 12:31PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Team Chicago Academy-Brasília traveled to Indianapolis this past weekend to compete in the prestigious FC Pride Cup. Playing in the Premiere Division against three challenging opponents tested the team.

Brasília opened the tournament with a 3-0 victory over Javanon, the #2 ranked team from Kentucky. In their second match on Saturday, Brasília squandered a 2-0 lead in the last ten minutes and tied Carmel United, from Indiana, 2-2. On a very cold and wet Sunday morning, Brasília dominated and beat St. Francis Xtreme, from Indiana, 3-0.

With a 2-0-1 pool play record, Brasília moved into the semi-finals where they met the host team FC Pride. In an evenly played game, Brasília gave up a corner kick goal with eight minutes to go in the match after a great save by keeper, Megan Keefer, on a penalty kick and lost 1-0.

Santos Off to a Perfect Start in MRL!

Posted by Phil Nielsen at Sep 29, 2011 12:22PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Team Chicago Academy-Santos are off to a perfect start on the 2011 MRL season. Playing in the First Division, Santos opened play last Sunday against St. Louis Scott Gallagher, and goals on either side of the break from co-captains Kaela Leskovar and Kristen Brots proved enough to secure a 2-1 win. Kristen Brots was assisted by Olivia Schmitt and Talise Romain.

Last night Santos followed up with a convincing 3-1 win at Fox Valley Strikers. Both Kaela Leskovar and Olivia Schmitt recorded a goal and an assist after Kristen Brots opened the scoring 10 minutes in. AJ Jakuszewski also recorded an assist as Santos took a 3-0 lead into halftime after a near-perfect first half performance.

The second half was a lot more even, and the Strikers reduced the Santos lead to 3-1 after 8 minutes. However, stellar defensive play by Courtney Keefer in goal, and the entire back-line helped secure the win.

Next up for Santos in MRL play is a couple of games in Rockford 10/22 and 10/23 against two Wisconsin teams.