Santos Off to a Great Start in MRL!

Posted by Phil Nielsen on Sep 26 2012 at 12:31PM PDT in 2012-2013

Team Chicago Academy-Santos continued the current trend of successful MRL participation for Team Chicago Academy teams by earning an emphatic 3-0 victory away to Strikers of Fox Valley.

This was Santos’ first outing out the season in the MRL U17 Girls First Division Green bracket, and the team dominated the game from start to finish with Hannah Rodgers leading the way with a goal and an assist on the night.

10 minutes into the game Co-Captain Kaela Leskovar recorded the eventual game-winner off a great training-ground sequence. Winger Olivia Schmitt found right-back Talise Romain in an overlap and Talise drove in a perfect cross at the top of the 6-yard box, which Kaela then calmly slotted back across the GK and into the far post side-netting. With 10 minutes left in the first half the other Co-Captain Kristen Brots finished another training ground sequence, when she walked around the helpless GK and scored in the empty net. The move started with a great pass from center-back AJ Jakuszewski into target forward Hannah Rodgers’ feet, and Hannah then held off the defender and slipped in a perfect through ball for Kristen.

Up 2-0 at the half it was all about keeping the momentum in the 2nd half and then finding the 3rd goal to seal the victory. Santos came out like gangbusters, and a little bit more composure in the final third would have seen the team run away with the game early in the 2nd half. Instead they had to wait until the 75th minute when Hannah Rodgers found Olivia Schmitt on the wing, and Olivia trickily beat her defender in the corner and hooked back a perfect pass to Rodgers, who finished the move she herself had started to assure Santos’ victory.

Next up for Santos in MRL is an MRL weekend in Michigan 10/6-7 with 3 games against Michigan teams.

With the win the 5 Team Chicago Academy teams in MRL are 15-0-3 this Fall with a combined goal-score of 56-10.


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