Botafogo Off to Winning Start at Nationals!
Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo got off to a winning start at the USYS National Championships in Overland Park, KS by beating Lou Fusz Wipke from Missouri 2-1 behind Ashley Handwork’s brace in the 2nd half. It was a very intense and hard-fought game where Botafogo never really got its passing game going.
After a scoreless first half, Ashley Handwork opened the scoring in the 55th minute when she stole the ball from a Lou Fusz defender and drove by two defenders to easily score. However, Lou Fusz answered right back when Hannah Leinert tied the game three minutes later. However, Botafogo was not to be denied and in the 78th minute Ashley Handwork would get the game-winner off Heather Handwork and Bryce Banuelos’ assists.
Megan Geldernick had a solid game in goal for Botafogo.
Up next is Connecticut FC, who defeated Oklahoma FC 2-1, on Thursday at 8:30am. With a win in that game Botafogo would be all but assured a spot in the National Championship game on Sunday.