In their first trip to Milwaukee in the ECNL, FC Wisconsin Eclipse provided a chilly reception to Minnesota Thunder Academy with 2 wins and a tie in the 3 penultimate ECNL Midwest Conference games on a cold and windy day.
In their first trip to Milwaukee in the ECNL, FC Wisconsin Eclipse provided a chilly reception to Minnesota Thunder Academy with 2 wins and a tie in the 3 penultimate ENCL Midwest Conference games on a cold and windy day.
The U15s started the day well, taking a 1-0 second half lead on a nice shot from 20 yards out at the top of the box from Lindsey Weiss. A late equalizer from Minnesota saw the teams spit the points and settle for a 1-1 tie.
The U16s continued their torrid streak of results with a decisive 3-0 win. Payton Wesley and Mary Kate Simon each scored on a corner kick, emphasizing the team's continued dominance in the air. Katie Wegman scored as well, off a well-played through ball from Emma Langer. The team defense again proved stingy in getting the shut-out, emphasized by their fearless determination to keep the ball out of the net in a scrum in the second half - the best chance of the day for MTA.
The U17s garnered their biggest upset of the season on a 25 yard blast from Steph Fabry that proved enough to hold up for a 1-0 win. For those watching recent games and results, the win was not entirely unexpected - as the team nearly pulled points in both games in their recent trip to Michigan, and has proved very difficult to score on over the past month. The shut-out was preserved by a fantastic first-half save by Jordyn Bloomer, and then very stingy and organized defending from Chloe Knudtson, Bri Jaeger, Cara Baugrud, Katie Golabowski and Gabby Dorsey. The U17s finished their season series against last year's Midwest Conference Champion with a win and a tie - highlighting the improvement of the team in the past 12 months.
"Today was one of the best days ever in the ECNL for our club," said Vito Parente. "The results, the way the teams played, and the significant differences in everything about these games from 1 and 2 years ago is massive."
"To see the way the U16s and U17s particularly have embraced the club values, and have determined to win the physical battles and the contests in the air is fantastic," said Christian Lavers. "Their determination in these areas has not only set a fierce tone to the teams, but it has helped tilt the field in many ways during the games. We are very proud of their mentality."
The FC Wisconsin Eclipse U15-U18 teams have a short week before traveling to the first ECNL National Showcase Event of the season in Phoenix, AZ on Thursday.