Santos FC Pride Cup Champions!
Team Chicago Academy-Santos traveled to Indianapolis, IN to participate in the FC Pride Cup. The girls ended up playing four games in the span of 24 hours, advancing out of group play to the finals where they beat Cleveland FC 2-1 to claim the championship.
On Saturday afternoon Santos started off a little slow while getting used to the field conditions, but as play continued through the group play it was evident that they were gaining momentum with excellent possession versus their opposition. Santos did not concede a goal during 210 minutes of group play with outstanding team defense led by Tamara Hernandez, Madison Hoyda, Sam Mollenhauer, Sophia Molina and goal keepers Nikki Coryell, Myah Schoolman and Alexis Guzman. Santos ended group play with two scoreless ties and a win with Darby Wade notching the game-winner. The goal started with Sophia Molina bringing the ball across midfield beating a few players before finding Darby behind the defense. Darby had a great first touch and cut in from the left side of the box and buried her shot to the right side-netting.
The final was a well-fought game with the first half ending scoreless. Santos went down 1-0 and had a great response netting two goals within the span of 5 minutes. The goals were identical and started in the midfield with great combination play between Bella Espinoza and Nikki Coryell. Nikki was played in on the right side of the box and she hit two balls over the outstretched hands of the goal keeper to secure the win.
Congratulations to the entire team for a great performance and representing Team Chicago in style.