Vitoria Qualifies for MRL & State Cup Semi-final!
Team Chicago Academy-Vitoria has had a couple of very successful weeks. May 9th-10th the team traveled to Rockford for three MRL qualification games against Honor SC (3-0 win), Chicago Premier (3-0 win), and Chicago Fire Juniors West (5-0 win). With the impressive results Vitoria qualified for the U13 MRL this upcoming Fall.
Last night Vitoria faced Chicago Fire Juniors South in its final round-robin game of the IYSA U12 Girls State Cup. Needing a win to qualify for the Semi-final Vitoria found itself trailing 1-0 after 8 minutes in the first half and with a mountain to climb. But Lizzie Albert drew level mid-way through the 1st half from Olivia Guerri’s assist. With less than 2 minutes left in the half Lizzie dribbled past 3 defenders in the box and squared the ball to Olivia Guerri. Her shot was initially saved by the GK, but Sam Poglitsch was there to net the eventual game-winner off the rebound.
During the break the Vitoria girls committed to playing a better 2nd half, and this resulted in a fantastic goal 10 seconds into the 2nd half. Lizzie Albert found Kat Lemke on the left flank and she walked the ball in and calmly slotted it in for the 2-goal lead. Mid-way through the 2nd half Lizzie stole the ball from the CFJ South center-back and extended the Vitoria lead. Finally, on the very last play of the game Ava Hensley played a great slotted pass to Sam Poglitsch in the midfield, and Sam quickly toe-poked it forward for Lizzie to run onto and hammer home her 3rd goal of the game for the final 5-1 score.
With the win Vitoria earned a berth in the IYSA State Cup Semi-final this Saturday 5/30 at 8am at the Naperville Polo Grounds v. FC United.