Botafogo Off to a Flying Start at Regionals!
Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo got off to a flying start at the USYSA Regionals in Saginaw, MI with an emphatic 8-1 win over Kings Soccer Academy (KSA) from Kentucky.
KSA were just crowned Spring Season MRL Premier Division Champions, so it was a battle between the two MRL Premier Division Champions, but for most of the game there was only one team on the field. Ashley Handwork opened the scoring 13 minutes in when she took a pass from Zoey Goralski and beat 3 defenders from the halfway line before she calmly tucked the ball away. Meegan Johnston then made it 2-0 from Zoey Goralski and Ashley Handwork’s assists before Gianna Dal Pozzo beat 2 players and slammed the ball into the back of the net.
Up 3-0 just before halftime it was time for the Zoe Swift show to begin. Zoe got 4 of the final 5 Botafogo goals, and her first one came from a great throw by GK Megan Geldernick to Ashley Handwork who then found Swift. She got her second from a Hope D’Addario corner 15 minutes into the second half to make it 5-1, and then she made it 6-1 from a great toe-poke through-ball from Gianna Dal Pozzo. Molly Piech scored from a perfect Bryce Banuelos trough-ball before Swift finished the scoring from Jorie Clawson’s assist.
With the win Botafogo is in first place in the group as Omaha FC and Blast tied 0-0 in the other game. Botafogo will face Blast at Noon tomorrow.