Bahia & Vitoria Advance to State Cup Finals!
Team Chicago Academy-Bahia U14G and Team Chicago Academy-Vitoria U12G both earned berths into the IYSA State Cup Final with Semi-final wins earlier today. Bahia defeated Eclipse Elite 3-2 and Vitoria defeated FC United 1-0.
After conceding an early goal, Bahia played a very strong first half. Two minutes after Eclipse’s goal Natalie Massa found Allie Anderson in the midfield, and Allie played a perfect through-ball to Paige Miller who tied the game at 1-1. Midway through the first half it was time for the Emma Crosswait Show when she scored two goals in two minutes. The first was a perfectly worked play when Sophie Majher found Allie Anderson who yet again played a perfectly measured through-ball into the path of Emma’s run. Her 2nd goal came from another nice through-ball this time from Shannon Tagler.
Bahia took a 3-1 lead into the break. For the first 25 minutes of the 2nd half Bahia continued to dominate and had several chances to put the game out of a reach. However, with the clock running down and Eclipse throwing everything forward Bahia had to hang on to secure the win. Eclipse managed to pull one back in injury time, but it was too little too late.
Bahia will face Campton United in tomorrow morning’s final at 10am at the Naperville Polo Fields.
Vitoria battled a very formidable FC United team back and forth for the entire 70 minutes. But in the 57th minute Olivia Guerri found the eventual game-winner when she drilled home the rebound off Alex McPhee’s great strike that hit the far post. Tara Tesmond and the entire back-line battled heroically to secure the shutout.
Vitoria will face Chicago Fire Junior South in tomorrow’s final at 8am at the Naperville Polo Fields.