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Heather Handwork Commits to Marquette!

Posted by Phil Nielsen at Oct 4, 2012 10:32AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Team Chicago Academy-Santos winger Heather Handwork has accepted a very generous scholarship to continue her soccer career at Marquette University. Handwork, who plays her prep soccer at Plainfield North H.S., will be part of Head Coach Markus Roeders’ 2014 freshman class.

At Marquette, Handwork will join both her sister Ashley Handwork from Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo (a 2013 recruit) and her Team Chicago Academy-Santos teammate Katie Ciesiulka who is a fellow 2014 recruit.

Marquette is a perennial Big East powerhouse and has been a Top-20 Division I program over the past many years.

Team Chicago Academy has announced the dates for the 2012-13 Boys U15-18 tryouts. Under the leadership of Team Chicago Academy Boys U15-18 Director Josh Robinson, the tryouts will be held at 4:30-5:30pm on Sunday, October 14th and Sunday, October 21st at PlayUSA at 2323 Liberty St. in Aurora, IL.

Please, go to the following link to register for the tryout


The Team Chicago Academy teams extended their unbeaten streak in MRL play over the weekend.

Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo maintained its perfect record in the U18 Premier Division with a 2-0 win over FC United. 2 goals in the first 5 minutes of the 2nd half was all it took to secure the 4th straight win. Ashley Handwork got the eventual game-winner when she made a perfect run in-behind the FC United defense to latch onto the Kaitlin Johnson’s great trough-ball.

90 seconds later Zoe Swift made it 2-0 from Zoey Goralski and Hope D’Addario’s flawless link-up play.

Megan Geldernick earned the 4th straight shutout in MRL play. Next up for Botafogo in MRL play is a 7pm home game on Sunday 10/14 against Chicago Inter-Homer Glen.

Team Chicago Academy-Internacional extended its unbeaten streak with 2 ties in St. Louis. Saturday’s game against Kolping Kicks ended in a 2-2 tie with goals from Miranda Lambert and Jori Romano, assisted by Tori Christiansen and Paige Fuller. Sunday’s game against Missouri Rush Nike Blue ended in a 0-0 stalemate with Hannah Parrish earning the shutout in goal.

Internacional is in 2nd place in the First Division White and has a big game this Saturday at Noon in St. Charles, IL against Grand Rapids Crew Jrs.

Santos Off to a Great Start in MRL!

Posted by Phil Nielsen at Sep 26, 2012 12:31PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Team Chicago Academy-Santos continued the current trend of successful MRL participation for Team Chicago Academy teams by earning an emphatic 3-0 victory away to Strikers of Fox Valley.

This was Santos’ first outing out the season in the MRL U17 Girls First Division Green bracket, and the team dominated the game from start to finish with Hannah Rodgers leading the way with a goal and an assist on the night.

10 minutes into the game Co-Captain Kaela Leskovar recorded the eventual game-winner off a great training-ground sequence. Winger Olivia Schmitt found right-back Talise Romain in an overlap and Talise drove in a perfect cross at the top of the 6-yard box, which Kaela then calmly slotted back across the GK and into the far post side-netting. With 10 minutes left in the first half the other Co-Captain Kristen Brots finished another training ground sequence, when she walked around the helpless GK and scored in the empty net. The move started with a great pass from center-back AJ Jakuszewski into target forward Hannah Rodgers’ feet, and Hannah then held off the defender and slipped in a perfect through ball for Kristen.

Up 2-0 at the half it was all about keeping the momentum in the 2nd half and then finding the 3rd goal to seal the victory. Santos came out like gangbusters, and a little bit more composure in the final third would have seen the team run away with the game early in the 2nd half. Instead they had to wait until the 75th minute when Hannah Rodgers found Olivia Schmitt on the wing, and Olivia trickily beat her defender in the corner and hooked back a perfect pass to Rodgers, who finished the move she herself had started to assure Santos’ victory.

Next up for Santos in MRL is an MRL weekend in Michigan 10/6-7 with 3 games against Michigan teams.

With the win the 5 Team Chicago Academy teams in MRL are 15-0-3 this Fall with a combined goal-score of 56-10.


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.