Two of the most dominant teams in the Girls Development Academy this season each advanced to their respective national final on Tuesday. Recap the quartet of games below.
U16/17: Solar SC cruises past Beach FC, will face Lonestar SC
The nation’s most rampant offense showed no signs of slowing down in their semifinal against Beach FC. Makhiya McDonald provided an early breakthrough, as she lashed home a loose ball in the box in the eighth minute of the game from a corner kick.
It was far from over at that point, however, as Beach FC hung in there just a goal down through the half. Solar found another goal in the 50th minute, as Alexis Missimo converted a penalty kick shortly after the break. Jenna Bartels and Trinity Byars chipped in a pair of late goals as Beach FC tried to push forward, as the Texas club.
Extra time was required in the night’s other semifinal at this age group. Yasmin Parker’s 32nd minute strike from distance cracked open the scoring, as Lonestar took a 1-0 lead on Texas peers FC Dallas. A well-worked set piece goal from FC Dallas allowed Kaitlyn Giametta deflect home the equalizer from point-blank range.
FC Dallas star forward Jaedyn Shaw converted a 54th minute spot kick to give her side a 2-1 lead. That would last just 13 minutes, as Jillian Martinez tied the game, eventually sending proceedings to extra time.
In the 105th minute, it was Parker on the spot again, as she found space and time from a blocked clearance to slot home the game-winning goal.
U15: Quakes roll past Placer, Rush knock off FC Dallas
Two goals in the first 10 minutes sent the San Jose Earthquakes well on the way to Thursday’s Under-15 Development Academy final. A well-worked move in the sixth minutes result in an own goal to open the scoring, before another quickfire strike from America Frias made it a 2-0 game before 10 minutes were gone.
By the time the halftime whistle blew, San Jose sat comfortably ahead by a 4-0 margin, thanks to goals from Yuna McCormack and Peyton Marcisz. Goals from Jasmine Aikey and Talei Moodie rounded out the 6-0 score line, as the Quakes shared the ball and the goals, with no one scoring more than one.
A 16th minute goal from Kaylie Chambers provided a strong start for the Colorado Rush, which protected a 1-0 lead for the bulk of its semifinal against FC Dallas. When Jordynn Dudley struck in the 72nd minute, it all but sealed the game and Colorado’s spot in the final.