Cruzeiro Qualifies for MRL in Style!

Posted by Team Chicago Soccer Club on Oct 15 2012 at 01:05PM PDT in 2012-2013

Team Chicago Academy-Cruzeiro had a very impressive showing at the IYSA U13 MRL Qualification competition this past weekend in Rockford, IL. Playing in extremely difficult conditions, Cruzeiro had to emerge victorious from its 4-team round robin to qualify for the Midwest Regional League in the Spring.

Cruzeiro got off to a great start with a convincing 5-0 win over Panthers on Saturday morning. Riley O’Brien had 2 goals and an assist in the game while Jamie Goralski, Jordan Kind, and Lauryn Wesoloski rounded out the scoring.

In the 2nd game on Saturday Cruzeiro beat Eclipse 4-0 behind Jamie Goralski’s 2 goals in 1 minute in the 2nd half. Jordan King had gotten the opener in the 1st half and Mia Lakstigala capped off the scoring with 15 minutes to go.

Heading into the final game on Sunday morning against Strikers, Cruzeiro knew that a tie, or even a narrow loss, would see them qualify for MRL. However, the Cruzeiro players made an emphatic statement with a very comfortable 6-0 win. Sarah Avery came up from her right-back position to score the eventual game-winner before Kerry Abello unleashed a bit of magic on the Strikers.

Kerry had 5 goals including both an Olimpico (directly off her corner-kick) and a powerful free-kick from 25 yards out. But most impressive was her mazy run over 65 yards beating 5 players before she calmly slotted the ball home at the foot of the far post.

Goalkeepers Bailey Witt and Anna Aubuchon earned the 3 shutous in goal with great play behind a very strong effort by the defenders.

For the other Team Chicago Academy teams in MRL competition this weekend it was a bit more of a mixed bag. Botafogo, Santos, and Internacional all had to postpone their home games due to the weather and field conditions.

Botafogo will play the postponed game v. Chicago-Inter Homer Glen at 7:30pm this Wednesday 10/17 at PlayUSA. The other two games are TBD.

Team Chicago Academy-Eagles traveled to Northbrook, IL to face FC-1 Academy Elite in its quest for the U14 Boys MRL First Division title. In the battle of undefeated teams, Eagles lost a tight game 3-1 and will now need a win in its final game v. Chicago Fire on 11/4 to finish 3rd and hope for a wild-card berth into the Spring Premier Division.

Team Chicago Academy-Brasilia traveled to St. Louis to take on two of the other top-3 teams in the U14 Girls MRL First Division and unfortunately came up a little short in both games. On Saturday it was a 3-0 loss to JB Marine and Sunday a 2-0 defeat to Futura Academy. With a win in its final MRL game v. Chicago-Inter on 10/27 Brasilia can still finish 2nd in the Division and qualify for the Spring Premier Division.


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