November 16, 2012
Three ages groups score wins over Sockers FC
Eclipse Select Soccer Club's U-15, U-16 and U-18 Girls teams swept the National Premier Leagues slate on Saturday with commanding victories against Sockers FC at the Oak Brook Polo Fields in Oak Brook, Ill.
The U-18s rolled to a 10-1 victory, the U-16s posted a 4-0 win and the U-15 team earned a 5-0 win. The U-16 team's game was shortened because of rain and the U-18s withstood a rain delay in the early going.
Abi Gearing (Libertyville, Ill.) and Katherine Morris (Elmhurst, Ill.) each had three goals to lead the way for the U-18s and Samantha Powers (Gurnee, Ill.) had two goals and assisted all three Morris goals -- two of them off of corner kicks. Jessica Mutters (Darien, Ill.) had what proved to be the game-winning goal for a 2-1 lead as she immediately responded after the Sockers' lone goal. Madeline Walsh (Evanston, Ill.) also contributed a goal as part of Eclipse Select's nine unanswered tallies. Meghan Mannix (Lakewood, Ill.) assisted two goals.
For the U-16s, Lauren Cangelosi (Clarendon Hills, Ill.) was an assist machine as four corner kicks led to Eclipse Select goals. Emily Whitcomb (Elmhurst, Ill.), Hannah Guinn (Clarendon Hills, Ill.), Kyla Grundhofer (New Lenox, Ill.) and Erin Smith (Hinsdale, Ill.) were the recipients as they provided Eclipse Select's scoring.
For Eclipse Select's U-15 team, Paige Pappanastos (Orland Park, Ill.) had a pair of goals -- a strike that went over the Sockers goalkeeper and into the back of the net and another where she got behind the defense to give Eclipse Select a commanding five-goal advantage. Adi Johnson (Rockford, Ill.) also had a goal and Janeece Ader (Mundelein, Ill.) finished off a penalty kick after Breana Robbins (Darien, Ill.) drew a foul in the box.
The Eclipse Select Soccer Club U-14 through U-18 Elite Clubs National League teams are headed to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area to face the Minnesota Thunder this Saturday in Midwest Conference competition.
The Eclipse Select U-16s are a perfect 8-0-0 in the conference, outscoring their opponents by an impressive 23-4 margin. This age group might pose one of the tougher challenges as the Minnesota Thunder U-16s are 2-0-0 in the Midwest Conference, outscoring their opponents 7-1.
The Eclipse Select U-18 ECNL team is 9-1-0 in the Midwest Conference (27 points, 2.7 points per game) and is in heavy competition with the Michigan Hawks (28 points, 2.55 points per game) for the conference lead.
Eclipse Select U-15s are 7-2-1 with a conference-leading 22 points and third behind the Michigan Hawks and Sporting Blue Valley in points per game. The Eclipse Select U-17s hold a 5-1-1 Midwest Conference record and the U-14s are 5-2-0.
Germantown Invitational: Eclipse Select's U-13 West Boys team went 1-0-2 at the 2012 Germantown Invitational this past Saturday and Sunday at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Memphis, Tenn. Eclipse Select won its opener, 4-1, against Huntsville on Saturday, then played Harpeth Premier to a scoreless draw later in the day. On Sunday, Eclipse Select played MS Brilla Juniors to a 2-2 draw. Though the team was tied with Brilla and Harpeth in the Group B standings with identical 1-0-2 records, Brilla advanced to the title match based on goals scored in the U-13 Copa division.
Eclipse Select will be heading back to the Germantown Invitational this weekend. The Eclipse Select West U-11 Girls, West U-12 Girls and West U-15 are taking part in the event at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
The U-15s are competing in the Copa Division and open with MidSouth FC and SSA-Harpeth Chelsea on Saturday. Sunday's slate includes the consolation, semifinal and championship games. The Eclipse Select U-12s also are in the Copa Division at their age level with Saturday games against Malone White and Fort Worth FC. The Eclipse Select West U-11 Girls face Tennessee Soccer Club and MFC Jackson Premier on Saturday and MidSouth Blue on Sunday in the Predator Division.
Midwest Regional League: Eclipse Select's U-16 East Girls team played Chicago Inter to a 2-2 draw on Saturday in Midwest Regional League action in its regular-season finale in the Girls U-16 First Division Blue.