Team Chicago Players Help Region II Win Inter-Regional ODP Event!
Four Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo players were instrumental in the Region II 1995 ODP team’s successful performance at the ODP Inter-Regional event in Boca Raton, FL.
Over the past week teams from the four regions (Region I – Northeast, Region II – Midwest, Region III – Southeast, and Region IV West Coast) played a round-robin tournament at Florida Atlantic University in front of National Team scouts and college coaches. This is the primary event for National Team scouting.
Representing Team Chicago on the Region II team were Gianna Dal Pozzo, Meegan Johnston, Rachele Armand, and Zoey Goralski. The team went 2-1-0, winning the event in style with a 5-1 demolition of the favored Region IV team in the final game. Both Rachele Armand and Zoey Goralski recorded assists in that game. The game followed a 2-0 defeat of Region III on Tuesday where Meegan Johnston came on to score the game-winner after a great give-and-go with future Illini teammate Allison Stuckey from Cleveland, OH.
Rachele Armand anchored the central-defense – with Micaela Powers from Beaver Creek, OH – for the full 270 minutes of play in the event , and Gianna Dal Pozzo also went the full 270 minutes at the holding midfield position. Meegan Johnston provided a spark – including her game-winning goal – as a withdrawn striker, and Zoey Goralski controlled the right flank for all but 30 minutes of the event.
The team was coached by Team Chicago Elite Academy Director Phil Nielsen and Paul Fabry Director of Coaching for Iowa Rush. The next event for the team will be a National Developmental Camp in Pomono, CA February 7-12, 2012.