Botafogo Advances to the National Final!
Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo advanced to the USYSA National Final with a convincing 5-0 victory against SSA Chelsea from Georgia. With the win Botafogo set up a rematch of last year’s National Final against VSA Heat from Virginia.
Today’s game was played on a very poor field, which made it extremely difficult to play good possession soccer, but the Botafogo players handled the conditions well. Ashley Handwork got the eventual game-winner halfway through the first half when she met Hope D’Addario’s corner-kick at the far post, and lobbed it over the keeper to the inside netting of the far post. Liz Bartels made it 2-0 with five minutes left in the half, after Kristen Brots found Zoey Goralski in a great overlapping run from the right back position, and Zoey squared the ball to Liz for a one-time finish.
Up 2-0 at the half Botafogo needed a 3rd goal to be absolute certain of a spot in the Final, and Ashley Handwork took care of that with a great finish 10 minutes into the 2nd half after Gianna Dal Pozzo had stolen the ball and played her through. Kristen Brots got her 2nd assist of the game when she went end-line and drove a perfect cross on-top of the 6-yard box which Kaitlin Johnson ran onto and slammed home in the side-netting of the far post. And Liz Bartels finished off with a fantastic solo effort as she beat two defenders and tucked the ball away at the foot of the far post with five minutes left in the game off Mary Rounce’s assist. Megan Geldernick earned the shutout in goal.
Botafogo will now face VSA Heat in the final at 6pm EDT on Saturday 7/26