Team Chicago Academy 1999 Elite captures IYSA 18U State Cup!
Team Chicago Academy 1999 Elite captured the Illinois Youth Soccer Association 18U State Cup Championship with a 4-1 win over Eclipse Elite ECNL 1999 on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Techny Prairie Park in Northbrook, IL.
After winning Bracket C to advance to the Semi-final, it took overtime for Team Chicago to advance to the Final. A late goal from Chicago Inter tied the game at 1-1 after Haley Singer had given Team Chicago an early lead. In overtime the winning goal was scored by Sarah Griffith, with Haley Singer adding her second goal of the game to give Team Chicago a 3-1 victory and a place in the final.
Facing Eclipse Elite ECNL 1999 in the final, Amy Ahern made a huge save on a penalty kick in the 7th minute to keep the game scoreless. Team Chicago took the lead on a goal by Ashley Santos on an indirect free kick inside the penalty box, and Team Chicago led at halftime 1-0.
Early in the second half Sarah Griffith extended the lead to 2-0 with a goal from 20 yards. Eclipse was able to cut the lead to 2-1 midway through the second half, and had a chance to tie the game on a second penalty kick, but Ahern was again up to the challenge and saved her second pk of the match. Sarah Griffith got her hat trick, adding two goals late in the match, as Team Chicago captured the trophy and punched their ticket to Regionals with a final score of 4-1.
Congratulations to Team Chicago Academy 1999 Elite, 18U IYSA State Cup Champions!