News and Announcements
Team Chicago Academy-Brasilia standout Ashley Santos has accepted a great scholarship to continue her soccer career at Illinois State University. Ashley – who plays her prep soccer for Head Coach Steve Goletz at Naperville North H.S. – will be part of ISU Head Coach Eric Golz’s 2017 recruiting class.
ISU is a perennial powerhouse in the Missouri Valley Conference. Ashley will join fellow Team Chicago alumnae Brooke Ksiazek, Hannah Rodgers, Kiley Czerwinski, and Keely Theobald as a Redbird.
Team Chicago Academy-Bahia and Cruzeiro both advanced to the IYSA State Cup Final Four with perfect 3-0-0 records in group play.
U15 Bahia returns to the Final Four for the second year in a row. In June Bahia lost the U14 final in a heartbreaking 11-10 shootout against Campton United. The opponent in the semi-finals will be determined tonight, but it will be either Libertyville FC 1974, Eclipse ECNL, or Galaxy SC. Libertyville FC 1974 has the upper-hand as a tie at home against Galaxy is enough to win the group.
The semi-final will be played this Friday 10/16 at 6pm at Techny Park in Northbrook.
Bahia advanced to the Final Four after beating LTSC (4-1), ELA (4-1), and NSA (1-0) in group play.
U16 Cruzeiro returns to the Final Four for the fourth year in a row. And for the third time the semi-final opponent will be Campton United. Cruzeiro will attempt to make the final for the third year running. Last Fall Cruzeiro fell 2-0 to Eclipse ECNL in the U15 final.
The semi-final will be played this Friday 10/16 at 8pm at Techny Park in Northbrook.
Cruzeiro advanced to the Final Four without conceding a goal in wins against ELA (7-0), Crystal Lake Force (4-0), and NSA (1-0).
Good luck to both teams this Friday!
Team Chicago Academy-Cruzeiro Co-captain Jordan King has accepted a great scholarship offer to continue her soccer career at Miami University, OH. Jordan, who plays her prep soccer at Burlington Central H.S., will be a part of Miami Head Coach Bobby Kramig’s 2018 recruiting class.
Jordan will join fellow Team Chicago alumnae Tori Christiansen at Miami. Tori is currently a freshman defender for the Red Hawks. Another Team Chicago alumnae Dana Miller is a junior anchoring the defense for the 7-4-0 Red Hawks (3-1 in Mid-American Conference play).
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.
Team Chicago will be hosting supplemental U15-17 boys’ tryouts on Sunday, October 18th from 7:00-8:30pm at Gentile Fields.
Each of the three teams is looking for a few more players to round out the rosters for the 2015-16 season, which starts with practices the first week of November.
DATE: Sunday, October 18th
TIME: 7:00- 8:30pm
LOCATION: Gentile Fields, 2323 Liberty Street, Aurora, IL 60502