Team Chicago Academy Victorious in MRL Double-Header!
Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo and Internacional took on Eclipse Select in MRL play this past Friday night, and both teams emerged victorious in tough field conditions.
Botafogo took a 1-0 lead into halftime on Darby Moran’s goal from Dana Miller’s cross. Eclipse got an equalizer 2 minutes into the second half, but co-captain Jenna Romano headed in the game-winner from Meegan Johnston’s perfect free-kick halfway through the second half, and Zoe Swift got her 5th goal in 5 MRL Premier Division games to put the game out of reach for Eclipse off Meegan Johnston and Dana Miller’s assist.
With the win Botafogo is 4-0-1 in MRL play with an upcoming game in Kenosho, WI on Saturday at 4pm v. North Shore United followed by a 3-game MRL weekend in Michigan at the end of the month.
In the second game of the double-header, Team Chicago Academy-Internacional defeated Eclipse East 1-0. After possessing the ball for most of the match, Internacional’s style of play paid off when Miranda Lambert connected with Alena Sidwell who found Kiley Czerwinski isolated 1v1 at the top of the box. Czerwinski easily beat her defender, and drove the ball low to the far post for the game-winner.
Goalie Hannah Parrish along with defenders Abby Flynn, Nikki Molino, Sophia Moreau, Tati Espinoza, Tori Adomshick, and Meg Buchanan shut down the Eclipse attack earning a shutout.
With the win Internacional is 2-2-0 in MRL play, and still in contention for promotion. Next up is a big MRL match-up at TCSA at 6pm this Thursday.