Botafogo Clinches Berth into USYS Nationals!
Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo clinched a berth into the U18 USYS National Championships in Overland Park, KS in July after a 3-1 victory over Blast FC from Ohio in the penultimate National League game. With the win Botafogo maintained a perfect 6-0 record.
Botafogo was led by Zoe Swift’s hat-trick. She got her first goal in the 25th minute from Bryce Banuelos’ assist. Blast equalized in the 66th minute, but only a minute later Ashley Handwork and Zoey Goralski combined to set up Zoe Swift for the eventual game-winner. Swift got her third to put the game out of reach in the 81st minute from Ashley Handwork and Kaitlin Johnson.
Tomorrow morning at 8:30am Botafogo will face the National Champion VSA Heat from Virginia to determine the winner of the National League. Botafogo will need a tie or win to clinch the title.
Team Chicago Academy-Santos beat United SA from Georgia 5-3 to qualify for the U17 Disney College Showcase final on Thursday. This marks the second year running that Santos qualifies for the Disney Final.
Santos got an early goal from Kaela Leskovar assisted by Olivia Schmitt and Kristen Brots, and Talise Romain made it 2-0 in the 11th minute from Kaela Leskovar and Kristen Brots. Early in the 2nd half Olivia Schmitt made it 3-0 from Heather Handwork and Kristen Brot.
United SA made it 3-1 before Olivia Schmitt beautifully assisted Heather Handwork to make it 4-1. United SA made it 4-2 on a PK, but Gianna Marconi made an elegant run to set up Hannah Rodgers for the 5th Santos goal of the game.
Team Chicago Academy-Internacional tied McLean MPS from Virgina 2-2 behind Miranda Lambert and Cailin LaRocque’s goals to remain unbeaten at the Disney College Showcase. Tomorrow night Internacional will face Lou Fusz from Missouri to determine the finalist spot. With a win Internacional will advance to the Disney final.