Team Chicago Bahia Lions Win Illinois Cup!
Team Chicago Bahia Lions coached by Brian Bierman won the U11 Illinois Cup with a 5-2 defeat of Team Elmhurst 5-2 in final after winning yesterday’s semifinal 1-0. The defense, led by GK Anna Doman and defenders Erin McCarthy, Shannon Tagler, Kiley McKee, and Francesca Magno, only allowed 3 goals the entire tournament.
In today’s championship match, the Lions started strong, scoring 2 goals in the opening five minutes. Paige Miller dribbled a ball down the right flank and crossed it beautifully to the far post where Zaira Solis headed it in to make it 1-0. Shortly after GK Anna Doman punted a long bouncing ball into the Lions offensive half where Sarah Davies was making a well-timed run to slot the ball past a charging keeper to make it 2-0. Despite other strong opportunities from Paige, Sarah, Zaira, and Shea Curran, the first half ended in a 2-2 tie.
The second half started off as a battle in the midfield, with Jennifer Garcia, Paige Miller, Abby Kay, Lainey Doman, Emily Alt, and Sophia Majher dominating. Just as parents were beginning to chatter nervously about the possibility of an overtime, the midfield served a great through-ball down the left flank where Sarah Davies finished a well-placed far-post shot. A moment later, Sophia Majher framed a bobbled ball from a long shot to give the Lions a bit of a cushion. In the waning minutes of the game, a corner kick from Zaira Solis was finished by Erin McCarthy to seal the game 5-2.
Congrats to the entire Lions team, as well as its two guest-players – Yariliz Aguado and Nikki Coryell – who helped contribute to the exciting victory.