SANFORD, Fla. — Monday’s fixtures were the final games of the ECNL Winter Showcase, meaning premier players from around the country had one last chance to impress the 400 college coaches in attendance.
Listed below is a sample of the results held in Sanford on the final day.
Dallas Sting 3-0 Washington Premier (U17)
Rated as one of the best sides in the country, Dallas Sting did very little to disappoint their admirers on Monday as they cruised in a 3-0 victory over Washington Premier.
Sting’s first goal of the match came when Gweneth Puente lobbed a ball into the box for Stirker Mimi Asom. Asom turned sharply past her defender and roofed the ball into the back of the net 15 minutes into the match.
After maintaining a 1-0 score line through the first 45, Sting would score quickly in the second half from a penalty. Taylor Cobb was brought down after carving through the Washington defense and Chelsa Surpris made no mistake scoring from 12 yards out.
For the third goal, Asom was once again involved and found the back of the net with a long range effort that flew past the Premier ’keeper.
Crossfire Premier 0- 0 FC Virginia (U16)
The match featuring Crossfire Premier and FC Virginia was one of the tightest games of the day. After scoring three goals in yesterday’s game, Crossfire ventured into a defensive battle with elite foe FC Virginia.
The Virginia based club nearly went ahead from two clear-cut chances in the first 20 minutes, but Goalkeeper Lauren Rood came up big on both occasions. Striker Madison Schultz was up to her usual antics and caused problems for the Virginia backline, but, in the end, neither side was able to breakthrough and the match would finish in a stalemate.
Charlotte Soccer Academy 1- 0 McLean Youth Soccer (U17)
The final match of the day between Charlotte Soccer Academy and McLean Youth Soccer was an open and entertaining contest. Both sides showed no signs of nervousness about going forward as the two teams created several chances.
Nevertheless, it would still take 40 minutes for the only goal of the match to occur as both clubs were equally disciplined on the defensive end. Rebecca Callison was produce the breakthrough though when she secured the game-winning goal with a long range effort that slid into the bottom corner.
FC Virginia 3-3 FC Stars of Massachusetts (U15)
After both teams won and lost on the first two days of the showcase, the competitiveness to leave Sanford with a second win was definitely witnessed by both teams. FC Stars set the tone early by going up 1-0, thanks to a goal from Gabrielle Diodati. Within ninety seconds of FC Stars’ goal, FC Virginia’s Gabriella Gordon responded with a hustle goal beating a defender and keeper to toe poke the game even 1-1. FC Stars responded midway into the first half with their second goal to take the 2-1 lead through Jenna Barnes. With two minutes remaining in the half, FC Virginia scores on a set piece by Grace Mondloch tying the game at 2-2 to end the first half.
FC Stars took the lead early in the second half off of a wonderfully placed corner kick, as a header by Diodati made it 3-2. FC Virginia was not finished though, as team leading goal scorer Gabriella Gordon scored her second goal of the game to equalize once again. The 3-3 tie end result left both teams 1-1-1 for the weekend and more to work on as they prepare for the February ECNL Showcase competition in Texas.