SAN DIEGO, California - The second day of action at the ECNL National Event brought on another song showing from some of the best girls club soccer teams in the country. While some teams looked to build on opening day success, others tried to bounce back from some disappointing results.
Eclipse Select Soccer Club U17 2-0 San Diego Surf U17
The squad from Illinois took the kick from the opening whistle and pinged the ball with precision and pace in a quick sequence that nearly broke down Surf from the start, but a late tackle saved a goal within seconds in this one.
It would only delay the inevitable though. Eclipse appears to be one of, if not, the best coached teams in the ECNL. The squad is organized and precise in its movements. Eclipse is capable of striking quickly with a plethora of options on the wing and a talented group of midfielders capable of spreading the ball around.
It was six minutes in when Eclipse netted the first tally of the game. Center midfielder Nicki Hernandez slotted in a pass between the Surf center back and left back for Marissa Bosco, who tucked it past the goalkeeper.
Eclipse kept pushing for a second but Georgetown(w) commit Sarah Trissel made a great slide tackle in the box to block a shot from Northwestern(w) commit Abigail Dein. It was a tremendous defensive play from Trissel to keep the score at 1-0 after Dein had snuck in behind the defense.
Surf did have chances in the opening half. North Carolina State(w) commit Taylor Porter hit one off the top of the crossbar on her attempt from just outside the box.
However, that was as close Surf came on the day. In the second half, Bosco, the Kentucky(w) commit, tried to double the lead with a beautiful shot for the top of the box, but the Surf goalkeeper made a great diving save to keep it out of the goal.
With two minutes left in the game, Eclipse put the game to bed when Lea Waddle volleyed home a service into the box following a corner kick.
Eclipse is 2-0 at the event and still undefeated on the season with a 14-0-2 record. It will be difficult to knock off Rory Dames’ side. On Saturday, they were very impressive in how they squeezed Surf into channels and then won the ball back whenever Surf tried to switch the point of attack. The Eclipse midfield also held great positions in the midfield, which cut off the entry passes from the local team. Crossfire Premier is up next for Eclipse on Sunday to cap off the event.
FC Dallas U14 2-1 Washington Premier U14
FC Dallas dominated much of the first half against Washington Premier in one of the early games from the San Diego Polo Fields. The Texas side was happy to knock the ball around in the opening minutes and Washington Premier appeared to be content to let the FC ladies try to break them down.
Washington Premier held good lines against a sharp passing side and had some moments when they tried to catch FC Dallas on the break. Ultimately, the center back tandem of Jacqueline Stacy and Nicole Matzke snuffed out all the attacks.
Taylor Lassiter netted her ninth goal of the season in the 25th minute when Hailey Davidson played a great entry pass into the feet of the center forward. Lassiter turned and took a touch before ripping a shot just under the crossbar.
Lassiter tried to return the favor with a delightful penetrating pass to Davidson five minutes later, but Davidson’s one-timed shot went just wide of the far post.
The teams both nabbed a goal in the second half, which was enough for FC Dallas to take home another win from San Diego. FC Dallas closes the event with a game against Eagles Soccer Club on Sunday.
Arsenal FC U14 1-1 Mustang SC U14
Arsenal FC opened the scoring in the first half on Friday and looked like they were on the way to three points at the break.
However, Mustang SC responded well in the second half and battled back against the Southern California side that is trying to get into the playoff picture. Mustang’s first chance came in the 56th minute when Shira Cohen tried her luck from long range. Her shot went off the crossbar and out for a goal kick.
Fifteen minutes later, Mustangs found the golden ticket when an Arsenal defender tried a Mustangs attacker in the box for a penalty kick. Mustangs converted from the spot to put the teams on level footing.
Mustangs close out the weekend with a game against PDA on Sunday. Arsenal takes on Real Colorado.