Last weekend saw the boys perform for college coaches, and this weekend it's the girls' turn. Here are some highlights from Friday.
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ZYSA ’00 Girls Select 2 – 2 Ohio Premier Green
After a wide open first half that saw ZYSA take a 2-1 lead, things tightened up in the second. Ohio Premier forced a tie though with a goal in the 70th minute.
Fallyn Leigh Stephen got things started in the fifth minute when she received a deep pass from Abbie Morris. Stephen took one touch before her shot to give Ohio a 1-0 lead. Apsara Som almost scored for a 2-0 lead five minutes later, but her shot hit off the left post and was cleared.
ZYSA’s Ellie Lewis broke free of the defense in the 15th minute and found Lauren Miller in the middle of the field. Miller tried a shot and it had blocked by the sliding goalkeeper. She tried to jump over the goalkeeper’s legs to get a second look off the deflection, but the goalkeeper stuck her legs up tripping Miller and granting a penalty kick. Wren Weyenberg took the kick a minute later. With the goalkeeper guessing left, her shot right down the middle was good to tie the game 1-1.
After a pair of saved shots on goal from Ohio Premier, Miller got another chance for ZYSA. This time she made the solo run, sidestepped two defenders and shot towards the left post. The shot placement was so good the keeper was left to watch it go in.
Things slowed down in the second half. ZYSA managed just two shots, one of which missed the frame and the other lacking any pace and easily saved.
After scoring the opening goal, Stephen evened the game up at 2-2 in the 70th minute with 2 getting the assist on the play.
Oak Brook SC U15 Blue 2 – 1 United Soccer Alliance of Indiana ’00 Girls Premier
Oak Brook was called offside three times in the first 41 minutes, limiting their first half lead to just one goal. But the sides traded goals in the second half and Oak Brook came out on top 2-1.
It was Kate Beumer who set things up in the 6th minute for Oak Brook. She took a rebound on a set piece and dribbled into the 18-yard box on the left side, passed across to Alyssa Gunderson who scored with a shot off the left post and in.
It was the pair of Beumer and Gunderson who kept getting ahead of themselves. Gunderson was called offside just a few minutes after the goal and passed to an offside teammate in the 15th minute. Beumer drew the third offside call in the 41st minute.
USAI tied the game with a goal from Brynn Hylton in the 44th minute, but it was Oak Brook who kept knocking on the door.
A header from Elizabeth Hall on a corner kick in the 45th minute was on goal, but saved. Gunderson had a chance at her second goal in the 58th minute with a lefty shot from the top of the 18-yard box, but couldn’t get enough on it. They finally came up with the winner after five missed shots in the second half alone with a chip shot from 25 yards out over the goalkeeper’s head and in.
USAI had a chance to answer with a corner kick in the 78th minute, but couldn’t get a shot off.
Chicago Edge SC GU15 Premier 3 – 0 Panther U15 Girls Navy
Panther Navy never had a chance in this one. The Chicago Edge dominated the entire way with pressure defense and possession offense and earned a 3-0 win.
Erica Ramos might have been taking notes from the previous match. She started off the scoring with a goal identical to one in the Oak Brook and USAI match. After stealing the ball back inside the Panther 18-yard box, she chipped the ball over her defender and the goalkeeper for a 1-0 lead. She scored again in the 30th minute from 20 yards out on an assist from Areli Rodriguez.
Not content with just two goals, Ramos kept at it. She was called offside in the 31st minute, but found an onside teammate two minutes later for a shot that went wide left.
Unfortunately for Ramos, there would be no hat trick and the Edge took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
Even more impressive than Ramos’s performance in the first half is the entire team’s ability to maintain possession and take it back after a missed shot or bad pass. They didn’t allow a single shot in the first half, on goal or not.
Ella Karnowski made it 3-0 with a run down the left sideline. She shot from 20 yards out on goal and the goalkeeper deflected it off the post, but the spin caused the ball to roll just across the line before it could be picked up or kicked out.
Synergy 96/97 Premier 2 – 0 White Eagles SC SA 97G
The Synergy’s performance wasn’t as dominant as the Chicago Edge’s in the previous match, but they still came away with a convincing 2-0 win.
Sammy Aron had a pair of shots go high in the early going, one of the off the crossbar. After two misses though, she changed it up and found her teammate, Grace Burrello for a goal and a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute.
Instead of banking on the 1-0 first half lead and playing eight or nine back, the Synergy doubled the aggression in the second half.
Kaitlyn Frye quickly made it a 2-0 game, and Synergy still didn’t slow down. Emma Kiel and Emily Dybowski both had chances to make it 3-0 in the next few minutes. In the 57th minute, they had the best attack of the day. Starting near midfield after regaining possession, they made seven consecutive passes, each just a single touch, culminating in a cross into the 6-yard box. The cross was barely too high and nobody got a head on it though.
Alexandra Zalewski tried to answer with the Eagles’s only shot in the second half in the 64th minute, but the goalkeeper made the save.
The match never slowed down and Synergy attempted five more shot s in the final 15 minutes, but the 3-0 result held.