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Team Chicago Academy-1998 Elite advanced to the USYS National Championship semi-final after a 2-2 tie in a heroic battle in 100 degree weather against ASA Coyotes from Maryland. Going into the game 1999 Elite needed at least a tie to advance to the semi-final. However, since the other game in the group also resulted in a 2-2 tie, and all four teams ended up with identical 1-1-1 records, they ended up winning the group on goal difference.
With the first place finish in the group they now play the runners-up in the other group – Carolina Rapids Academy – in the semi-final at 7am on Saturday. The game will be live streamed at http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/live/
In today’s hard-fought battle against a team consisting almost exclusively of current college players, 1998 Elite struggled to get a handle on the game in the first half. About halfway through the first half ASA got the 1-0 lead after a long free-kick missed all TC players in the box and was headed home at the back post. After the goal 1998 Elite got more into the game and created a couple of half-chances.
From the start of the second half 1998 Elite switched to a 4-2-2-2 formation to apply more pressure on the ASA center-backs. And the moved had the desired effect we gained more and more control of the game. And only a couple of minutes into the half Morgan Krause notched the tying goal off a Jordan King corner-kick. Krause delivered a powerful header from close range that the ASA GK was able to stop initially, but Krause immediately pounced on the rebound and guided the ball into the goal.
10 minutes later a perfect quick ball-movement build-up led to Caroline Reedy drawing at penalty kick after a great ball in-behind by Kat Stephens. Jordan King stepped up and calmly converted the PK for a 2-1 lead.
1998 Elite continued to have the better of the play and created a great opportunity to go up 3-1, and essentially putting the game out of reach. Unfortunately the chance went begging and as so often happens in soccer the opponent instead scored to tie the game a 2-2.
Knowing that a tie was enough to advance, the final 15 minutes were all about managing the game and the clock. And the 1998 Elite players did a great job with that. And they even created two 100% chances to take the lead, but again they went begging. In the final minute of play ASA got a great chance to win the game, but the effort was blasted over the crossbar, and in the end 1998 Elite got the necessary result.
It was fantastic effort by all the players, and proof that the team has grown tremendously over the past year when it comes to managing a game and doing whatever it takes to get a result. This should give the players great confidence going into the semi-final on Saturday.
Below is a link to the USYS write-up about the game and our group.
Team Chicago Academy-1999 Elite standout Sarah Griffith has been selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) High School All-America Team.
Purdue-bound Griffith was also chosen as the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association (IHSSCA) Player-of-the-Year.
Below is a link to the All-America Team announcement:
Team Chicago Academy-1999 Elite midfielder Claire Hensley has accepted a great scholarship offer to continue her soccer career at St. Bonaventure. Claire – who plays her prep soccer for head coach Jim Winslow at St. Francis – will be part of the Bonnies head coach Steve Brdarski’s 2018 recruiting class.
St. Bonaventure is a part of the NCAA Division I Athletic 10 conference.
Team Chicago Academy-2000 Elite midfielder Madison Zaleski has committed to the Carthage College women’s soccer team. Madison – who plays her prep soccer for head coach Joe Moreau at Neuqua Valley – will be part of Lady Reds head coach Sara Meyer’s 2018 recruiting class.
Carthage is a part of the NCAA Division III College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.
Please, join us in congratulating our 10U-19U Girls’ Director of Coaching – Dave Lovercheck – on earning his United State Soccer Federation “A” License. This is the highest coaching license a coach can earn here in the U.S. outside of the professional game.
Dave attended three week-long course sessions at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL from February through May, and had his final assessment last week at Commissioners Park while working with his 18U-19U team.
Dave joins Matt Chura, Steve Berry, and Chris Brown on our Team Chicago coaching staff with the USSF “A” License.