Bahia Wins IFJ Turf Classic!
Team Chicago Academy-Bahia won the U14 Premier Division at the Indiana Fire Juniors Turf Classic this past weekend in Westfield, IN. The team went 4-0-0 on the weekend with a goal difference of 20 for and 0 against. This marks the second straight tournament that Bahia went undefeated and did not concede a goal.
On Saturday morning Bahia defeated Canton Celtics (MI) 1-0 on Emma Crosswait’s goal from Natalie Massa and Mia Marconi after a great build-up. Saturday afternoon Bahia soundly defeated a composite Indiana ODP team made up of U12-14 players. The final score was 8-0.
In Sunday’s semi-final Bahia defeated WAZA (MI) 3-0 to set up a championship encounter with Kalamazoo TKO Crew (MI). TKO Crew had beaten MRL Premier I Division team and State Cup semi-finalist Libertyville FC 1974 1-0 in group play, so Bahia expected a tough battle. However, Bahia played its strongest game yet and easily beat TKO Crew 8-0 after a very impressive performance.
Up next for Bahia is a return to the Indianapolis area for two MRL Premier I Division games against FC Pride and Celtics on April 11th and 12th.
Team Chicago Academy-Santos also participated in the IFJ Turf Classic and finished 3rd in the U13 Premier Division after three strong performances. In its opening game Santos defeated GTFC Impact (Ohio North) 3-0.
In its second game Santos faced a tough SLSG Pre-ECNL team and went down 3-0 at the half after a couple of good early chances went begging. But it was a much improved Santos team that emerged for the second half, and in a strong display got back into the game with two unanswered goals to make the scored 3-2. Unfortunately, Santos was unable to find the equalizer, but the girls showed great spirit and heart to turn things around in the second half.
In the final game on Sunday Santos lost 1-0 to FC Pride (IN) in a very close game. A little better finishing and Santos could have gotten the win.
Next up for Santos is its MRL First Division opener versus Waukesha (WI) on Saturday, April 11th at 1pm at Nike Park.
Team Chicago Academy-Vitoria was the third TC team that participated in the IFJ Turf Classic. Vitoria finished as runners-up in the U12 Premier Division. On Saturday morning Vitoria tied SLSG (IL) 1-1 on Lizzie Albert’s goal after dominating both play and chances throughout the game. On Saturday night Vitoria defeated perennial powerhouse Libertyville FC 1974 2-0 on goals by Hannah Miller and Lizzie Albert.
The Sunday scheduled included two games against Chicago Fire Juniors South. In the opening game CFJS ran out to an early 1-0 lead, but Vitoria came right back and Kat Lemke tied the game. Over the course of the game Vitoria was the better team, but a couple of missed opportunities meant that both teams settled for a draw and an rematch in the final. In the final Vitoria had two 100% chances in the opening few minutes, but could not convert on them, and instead CFJS scored two quick goals to secure the win.
Overall it was a great weekend for Vitoria with four solid performances against three very competitive opponents in preparation for State Cup and MRL qualification play this Spring. Up first will be a State Cup game against Chicago Alliance on Sunday, April 19th.