WESTFIELD, Ind. -- Day two of the NPL Finals featured a plethora of U13 teams and players making a name for themselves, as well as heaps of goals scored.
Here are the games covered during day two by TopDrawerSoccer.
NJ Crush FC Charge 98 NPL (U16) 1-0 U16 Florida Krush Black (U16)
The New Jersey Crush bounced back from a 4-0 loss on Thursday to defeat the Florida Crush 1-0 Friday and earn their first win of the week.
In a first half that was dominated by the New Jersey, Florida goalkeeper McKinley Crone kept the scoring to a minimum, allowing just one goal on nine New Jersey shots.
The New Jersey goal was scored about ten minutes in, coming from an Amy Harris assist to Randi Smith.
Florida was able to even out the time of possession in the second, and had a great scoring opportunity in the 66th minute. Adriana Salinas was ten feet out from goal and fired in a shot, only to have it blocked away by New Jersey keeper Siobhan Evangelista.
Then in desperation time for Florida, Crone was brought up to take a free kick in the final minutes, but her shot came up just shy hitting the top post.
Both teams now have 3 points in Flight C after two days of action and will need a win on Saturday to move into the semifinals.
SLSG Illinois '01 Pre-Academy (U13) 1-6 U13 New York Red Bulls (U13)
The U13 Boys New York Red Bulls soccer team cruised past SLSG Illinois on Friday with a convincing 6-1 win. They have now scored 13 goals in two days at the NPL Finals.
New York's Kejiel Watt scored the first goal of the game just 11 minutes in, followed shortly after by another Red Bulls goal -- this time from Aziel Jackson about 30 yards out.
Daniel Ramm's goal then increased New York’s lead to 3-0 heading into the half.
In spite of the majority of their starters sitting, the Red Bulls came into the second half with the same intensity, scoring three more goals to take a commanding advantage.
Those goals in the second half came from Peter Stroud, Watt and Ramm. Illinois did break up the shutout however, thanks to a Justin Meadows goal in the 66th minute.
New York's win Friday now makes their chances of advancing to the semifinals almost guaranteed. SLSG Illinois, who has one point in Flight A, will have a must-win game Saturday against the FC Stars of MA BU13 NPL.
BRSC 02 Girls Black (U13) 2-11 NEFC Girls U13 Elite (U13)
NEFC Elite continued their dominance in Flight C Friday, rolling over Baton Rouge Soccer Club 11-2. NEFC has now outscored opponents 15-2 in their first two games of the tournament.
NEFC wasted no time starting the game with a goal from Mia Otero just one minute into the game. They kept the pressure on the Baton Rouge goalkeeper, launching 12 shots on goal in the first half – four of which went for goals.
The second half prompted the same results. It was a field day for the NEFC offense, as Cat Barry had four goals, Francesca Yanchuk had two and Grace Faulkner, Lucy Cappadona, Mia Otero, Olivia Francis and Zoie Allen all had one.
BRSC wouldn’t allow a shutout though, as Kayla Bougere and Madison Corey both scored in the final ten minutes.
NEFC continues to lead Flight C with six points, while BRSC struggles to keep in contention still looking for their first win. Both teams will come out on Saturday eager for victory.
Brentwood Youth Soccer Club NPL 01 (U13) 5-2 Prince William Courage (U13)
Brentwood Youth Soccer won it’s second straight game on Friday after defeating a Prince William Courage team that desperately needed a win.
Brentwood’s Alexsi Morel put one on the board in the 9th minute, while three minutes later Selcuk Kahveci scored on a penalty kick to make it 2-0.
Another Kahveci goal made it 3-0, and hinted towards a potential blowout.
That wouldn’t be the case as Prince William’s Jared DuBose scored to cut the deficit to 3-1 just as the first half was winding down.
DuBose scored another goal early in the second half to take the momentum away from Brentwood, as it seemed the Courage could mount a remarkable comeback now down just 3-2.
Edwin Diaz wouldn’t allow a Courage comeback, answering the potential comeback with a goal of his own. Then in the final minutes of the game, all hopes of a comeback were lost as Brentwood tallied one more goal to make it 5-2.
Brentwood leads Flight C with six points and will likely make it to the semifinals with a win on Saturday. Prince William Courage on the other hand, will need a win Saturday to avoid placing last in Flight C.