Botafogo Finished 3rd in the Nation!

Posted by Phil Nielsen on Jul 28 2012 at 04:39PM PDT in 2012-2013

Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo fell agonizingly short of the USYS National Championship game, but won the bronze medals as the 3rd best U17 girls team in the U.S.

In the final group game against the top-ranked Legends Breakaway from Southern California, Botafogo needed a win to secure a spot in the final. Playing in searing heat and humidity, the two teams put on a show worthy of a national championship game. Both teams were intent on keeping possession and playing out of the back, and for 90 minutes it was an intriguing chess-match between two fantastic teams.

After a scoreless first half, Breakaway scored first early in the 2nd half immediately after Botafogo missed a great chance. But it didn’t take long for Botafogo to answer back when Zoey Goralski picked up the ball off a throw-in at the halfway line and drove at goal. Sensing that the GK was off her line, Zoey unleashed a bomb from 25 yards out over the hapless keeper to level the score.

The last 25 minutes was a fantastic contest between two teams that were going all-out for the win. Zoey Goralski came closest to notching the all-important goal for Botafogo, but the Breakaway GK made a great save at the foot of the post. As Botafogo threw all caution to the win to get the game-winner, Breakaway managed to notch the winner in the dying minutes of the game.

While the result meant that Botafogo came up short in its quest for a National Championship, it was an incredibly proud team and coaching staff that emerged for the trophy ceremony shortly after the game. Finishing 3rd in the Nation after an incredible season, and with the knowledge that they had played an amazing game against a fantastic opponent, the players were determined to enjoy their accomplishments over the past year, and to start focusing on climbing the final two steps on the podium at next year’s National Championships.


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