U18 Gold Girls at WAGS
U17 Gold Girls at WAGS
The U17 and U18 Gold Girls teams had the unique opportunity over Columbus Day Weekend to travel out to our nations capital and compete in one of the most prestigious soccer tournaments in the country. The WAGS (Washington Area Girls Soccer) tournament started in 1975 and has grown into the proving ground for many of the country's top teams and players. Currently, it is ranked the #9 tournament in the nation based on level of competition present each year. At the older age groups, the college showcase format attracts over 100 college coaches each year as they attend the event in hopes of recruiting top tier talent for their programs.
The U17 Gold team finished their weekend undefeated and champions of their bracket! Winning each game by the score of 2-1, they demonstrated great moments of comfort on the ball, capitalized on their finishing opportunities, and defended as a well organized group when the time called for it. Team Captains, Bella Defeo, and Margaux Shearer showed great leadership and solid performances throughout the tournament. The striking duo of Erin Jaskierski and Lauren Victorin added 4 of the team's 6 goals, and Brandi Muys held down the midfield all weekend with a tremendous overall performance. The girls embraced the opportunity to play teams from Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and South Carolina over the weekend.
For the U18 Gold Girls, the weekend proved to be equally successful. The team finished with a record of 2-0-1 going on to win their bracket as well! Competing against teams from Virginia, Florida, and Pennsylvania, the girls showed their typical high powered offense, combined with well organized defending. Sophia Cullotta ended the tournament with 5 goals in 3 games, while Maddie Lynch and Elle Jenkins chipped in with multiple goals and assists of their own. Defensively, Abbie Gaffney, Sam Moriarty, Regan Hultquist, Sophie Simmons, and GK Peyton Vecchiet put in a great effort, only conceding 2 goals in three games played.
Coach, Wes Lomnicki had this to say about the weekend, "Both teams should be very pleased with their results. I felt we approached each game with a great mindset, and made serious progress in the style of play that we aim to embrace. For the girls to get the chance to play in this tournament in front of all of these college coaches, it's my hope that it can further open their minds to the opportunities that this game can provide them."
On Behalf of all of Chicago Empire FC, we would like to say Congratulations Ladies!
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