Cruzeiro Wins Prestigious Phoenix PDT Event!
Three Team Chicago Academy teams participated in the elite Presidents’ Day Tournament February 13-17th in Phoenix, AZ. All three teams represented themselves and the club impressively.
Team Chicago Academy-Cruzeiro won the U14 division after going 4-0-1 with 9 goals for and 2 against. The final against AZ Arsenal – the fifth game in 67 hours – was won on a Jordan King PK in the 61st minute after a foul committed against Alyssa Bombacino. GK Bailee Witt earned her 3rd shutout of the tournament anchoring a stingy defense where Emma Rydholm, Kenndy Metzger, Kaitlyn Mauder, Katie Wieland, Sarah Avery, and Sofia Papoutsis all played pivotal roles.
On the attacking end Alyssa Bombacino (3 goals & 2 assists), Jamie Goralski (1 goal & 4 assists), and Jordan King (2 goals & 4 assists) led the way with Francesca Marconi, Kennedy Metzger, and Madison Zaleski also netting over the five games – 0-0 tie with AZ Arsenal, 1-0 win over Calgary Foothills, 3-1 win over Albion SC, 4-1 Semi-Final win over Colorado Storm, and the 1-0 Final win over AZ Arsenal .
With the win Cruzeiro became the top-ranked U14 team in Illinois and 4th-ranked team in Region II.
Team Chicago Academy-Brasilia competed in the U15 division and finished in 4th place after finishing 2nd in its group. Brasilia tied Scottsdale Blackhawks 1-1 in the opener with Jasmine Ruiz netting the goal on a great free kick, beat New Mexico Rush 2-0 on goals by Jasmine Ruiz and Maddie Lambert assisted by MaKenna Schoolman and Safia Hannin, and tied Colorado Storm 2-2 on a brace by Jasmine Ruiz from Jade Eriksen-Russo and Lupe Anguiano. Brasilia lost the 3rd place game against AZ Arsenal after dominating most of the game.
Team Chicago Academy-Bahia competed in the U13 division and finished in 3rd place after a 1-0 win against Pride SC (CO) on Sophia Majher’s goal assisted by Sarah Davies. Abby Brennan earned her 3rd shutout in four games behind a solid defense featuring Carolena Lund, Erin McCarthy, Jennifer (Jeff) Pochyly, Kiley McKee, Lauren Douglas, and Shannon Tagler.
Bahia lost its opener against Scottsdale Blackhawks 2-0, but then defeated Minnesota Thunder Academy Pre-ECNL 1-0 on another Sophia Majher goal from Molly Grant, and then defeated Colorado Storm 2-0 on a Molly Grant brace from Sophia Majher and Paige Miller.
The event was the last event prior to high school season for Brasilia. We wish all the girls the very best in the H.S. tryouts. For Cruzeiro and Bahia it served as a fantastic foundation to an exciting Spring season, which will include both MRL Premier Division play and the new IYSA State Cup round-robin format.