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Santos Maintained its Perfect MRL Record!

Posted by Phil Nielsen at Oct 8, 2012 12:33PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Team Chicago Academy-Santos maintained its perfect MRL record with 3 wins in Wixom, MI this past weekend to move into the lead of the U17 Girls First Division Green.

On Saturday morning Santos defeated MI Jaguars 2-0 on goals by Kristen Brots, on a PK committed against Kelsey Pruett, and Kaela Leskovar on a perfect attack that was started by a Katie Ciesiulka driven diagonal through-ball into Talise Romain’s perfectly timed run out of the back. Courtney Keefer and Abbey Fuster shared the shutout in goal.

Saturday night Santos beat Livonia Meteors 2-1 on goals by Kaela Leskovar, from Heather Handwork, and Hannah Rodgers.

Finally, Santos defeated Vardar Ann Arbor 3-1 on Sunday morning behind a Kaela Leskovar brace less than two minutes apart in the 2nd half, and a Heather Handwork goal before the break.

Team Chicago Academy-Internacional lost a heart-breaker in its MRL Division game on Saturday conceding two late goals after Kiley Czerwinski had given Internacional the lead off a corner-kick with less than 10 minutes left in the game.

Alena Sidwell, Kiley Czerwinski, Jori Romano, Miranda Lambert, and Tori Christiansen had very strong performances for Internacional.

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Bahia FC Pride Cup Champions!

Posted by Phil Nielsen at Oct 8, 2012 12:12PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Three Team Chicago Academy teams traveled to Indianapolis over the Columbus Day Weekend to participate in the FC Pride Cup.

Team Chicago Academy-Bahia had a very successful weekend winning the U12-13 Division. They started off on Saturday morning on a field with less than ideal conditions and came out firing with a shutout over USF Real 5-0. In the afternoon the field and weather conditions were much improved and they took advantage by winning again by a margin of 5-1. These results put them into the semi-finals on Sunday morning and they didn’t disappoint.

Playing against a U13 team from the other division they won 1-0 on a nice goal from Zaira Solis. Solis’ goal came from a great combination play between Paige Miller and Sarah Davies that Zaira collected and showed great poise beating a girl in the box before placing the ball over the keeper.

In the final three different players contributed goals for the 3-0 win and the championship. Shannon Tagler started off the scoring with collecting a ball that came back to her outside the box and she played a well-hit ball over the keeper. Sarah Davies and Zaira Solis contributed the other tallies.

Overall there were many contributions on both sides of the ball leading to the championship, with special recognition to the back four and goal keepers for only allowing one goal the entire tournament.

Team Chicago Academy-Brasilia also had a successful weekend beating SMSC Lightning 2-0, tying Cleveland Impact 0-0, and beating Zionsville 6-1 enroute to the the Championship game. Playing a very strong FC Pride team in the U14 Final Brasilia fell 3-0 to the hosts.

Team Chicago Academy-Cruzeiro played in the U13 Premier Division and beat Tippecanoe 6-0, lost a heart-breaker 3-2 to Norco Pavlacic, and finally tying the hosts FC Pride 0-0.

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.