Bahia Hosts Successful MRL Weekend!
Team Chicago Academy-Bahia hosted a very successful MRL Premier I Division weekend at the Commissioners Park turf field beating Ohio Premier North 4-0 on Saturday and Omaha FC 1-0 on Sunday to move into a tie for 4th place with two games to go. With these wins Bahia now controls its own destiny. Wins in both the final games would see Bahia finish as runners-up and earning a spot at the USYSA Region II Championships in Fox Cities, WI.
In Saturday’s game Sophia Majher put on a clinic netting a beautiful hat-trick before an OP North defender scored the own goal of the century on a diving header off a Mia Marconi corner kick. Abbie Brennan and Reagan Sanders earned the shutout in goal.
Sunday’s game against an undefeated Omaha FC team was much tighter. Bahia was the better team in terms of possession and play, and 10 minutes in Paige Miller got the eventual game-winner when she ran onto Sophia Majher’s through-ball and calmly slotted it home. Needing the win to stay in contention, Bahia played a disciplined 2nd half to hang onto the lead. Especially, after having lost starting center-back Erin McCarthy 5 minutes into the game through injury. Abbie Brennan earned the shutout in goal.
The final two MRL games are Wednesday 6/3 at Campton and Sunday 6/7 at Kalamazoo College v. MI Jaguars. Up next for Bahia is its third and final State Cup round-robin game against Arlington Aces at Gentile Field on Saturday at 2:30pm. Bahia needs a tie to secure a spot in the Semi-Final.