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Team Chicago Academy-Brasilia claimed the Premier Division of the prestigious Disney College Showcase with a convincing 5-0 victory over Aztec Soccer Kodiat from Massachusetts in the final. Maggie Roe got a natural hat-trick after Maddy Lambert had gotten the eventual game-winner. Jasmine Ruiz closed out the scoring and Madison Lockard got the shutout in goal.
The team went 3-0-1 with a goal-difference of 9-1. Great defensive play all week by Nicole Mondi, Abby Grzetic, MaKenna Schoolman, Jade Eriksen-Russo, Lupe Metzger, Madison Lockard and Callie Vitro. While Maddy Lambert, Holly Collingbourne, Jenna Lundgren, and Veda Tappin controlled the midfield, and Jasmine Ruiz, Maggie Roe, and Rachel White caused constant havoc for the opposing defenses.
The Disney title capped a great fall season for Brasilia and Head Coach Matt Chura. The team also were runners-up in the MRL Premier I Division and finished with an impressive 15-4-6 record and 53 goals for and 32 goals against.
Team Chicago’s 12th Annual MLK Day College Showcase was a huge success with more than 80 players displaying their talents in front of 70 college coaches. The coaches represented schools at all levels of the college game (NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, and community colleges).
Division I was well-represented by University of Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue, DePaul, UIC, Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Loyola University, IPFW, Valparaiso, . And National Champion Grand Valley State University led the list of Division II schools in attendance.
We want to thank all the Team Chicago parents and coaches who volunteered their time to help make the event a huge success. A special thank you goes out to Jamie Boe who once again did a fantastic job organizing the event.
Team Chicago Academy-Cruzeiro standouts Alyssa Bombacino, Bailee Witt, Jamie Goralski, and Kerry Abello all excelled for their Region II ODP Teams at the 2014 Boca Inter-Regional event over Thanksgiving week.
Kerry Abello (a true 1999) played up on the 1998 Region II team and was selected to the Tournament All-Star Team.
Alyssa, Bailee, and Jamie all played critical roles in the Region II 2000 team’s successful title run. Alyssa got the game-winning goal in the 1-0 win over Region III, and Bailee and Jamie were part of a stingy defense that only allowed one goal in three games.
Team Chicago Academy-Cruzeiro tri-captain Kerry Abello has been named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Youth All-American. The award is the most prestigious award for a youth soccer player in the U.S. Here is a link to the full All-America team http://www.nscaa.com/news/2014/11/2014-youth-all-america-teams
Team Chicago Academy-Cruzeiro defeated Chicago-Inter 4-1 in its final MRL Premier I Division game last Saturday at Commissioners Park. With the win Cruzeiro finished as runners-up with a 6-1-2 record and two points behind Grand Rapids Crew. With the Crew being the Michigan State Cup champions Cruzeiro also secured a berth into the U15 Region II USYSA Regional Championships in Appleton, WI June 19-24th, 2015. Congrats to the girls on another impressive showing and representing Team Chicago Academy at Regionals for the second year in a row.
Cruzeiro opened the game against Chicago-Inter with all the possession and a few quality chances that unfortunately went begging. And as so often happens in soccer when you don’t take your chances, the opponents scored against the run of play. Chicago-Inter went up 1-0 on a free-kick from 20 yards.
Cruzeiro opened the 2nd half with great intensity and less than five minutes in Kerry Abello tied the game after cutting in from the right flank and burying her shot from the top of the 18. A mere two minutes later Riley O’Brien got the eventual game-winner. Alyssa Bombacino hit a low strike, which the GK parried into the path of Riley who calmly slotted it home.
10 minutes later Alyssa Bombacino put the game out of reach on a great goal. Emma Rydholm won the ball at the halfway line and played it to Jordan King who immediately played an inch-perfect ball into Alyssa’s run. Alyssa turned the defender in one touch, and tucked the ball away at the far post. With four minutes left, Kerry Abello got her second of the game after she exchanged quick passes with Claire Hensley off a free-kick deep in the corner. Kerry beat a defender and drove across the top of the 18 before depositing another perfect shot.
Cruzeiro will now travel to Wilson, NC for four National League games this week. Cruzeiro are facing national powerhouses Legends FC (CA), Carlsbad Elite (CA), Pennsylvania Strikers (PA), and Tennessee Football Club. This the premier USYSA league event and the eight teams will compete for two spots at the USYSA National Championships.