July 3rd, 2012
The 95 ECNL team finished 7th overall in the ECNL B flight which put them into the top 8 and a chance to battle for the B National Championship at the ECNL National Championships in Waukegan, IL June 27-30.
In the quarter-final game, they took on #2 seed Carolina Elite Soccer Academy and won 1-0 on a Simone Kolander goal with 3 minutes to play in regulation.
In the Semi-Final game, MTA faced #3 seed Solar-Chelsea from Texas. Solar went up 1-0 in the 60th minute but five minutes later, Jenna Roering answered to tie the game at 1-1. The game ended at 1-1 and in OT, MTA were awarded a penalty with 5 minutes to play that could have sealed the game. In one of the most bizarre keeper positioning moves seen in a game, the keep stood by her right post giving the MTA shooter the entire net to shoot at. As the MTA player approached the ball, the Solar keeper slid across the line towards the middle of the goal. The MTA player guessed correctly, and shot low to the keepers right only to hit the post. The game headed for PK’s. MTA keeper Lizzy Christ made a save on Solar’s first shooter which proved pivotal as MTA won 5-4.
In the National Championship Game, MTA took on #1 see McLean Youth Soccer. McLean got on the board first midway through the first half and MTA tied the game late in the half. McLean were too much for MTA in the second half and netted 2 more goals to win 3-1.
MTA finishes as the Runner-up in the B group.
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Learn more at the official website of the ECNL National Finals: http://eliteclubsnationalleague.com/schedule/12NationalChampionship/index_E.html
ABOUT THE ECNL: The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is a registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization. The ECNL was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States. ECNL seeks to improve the competitive environment through the creation of a true national competitive league with multiple flights, augmented by a systematic scouting and identification program and an improved daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs.
The goal of the ECNL is to change the landscape for elite female soccer players in the United States through innovative, player-centered programming and to enhance the overall experience by creating a better, more enjoyable, and more successful player, coach, and club development model. Follow ECNL on Twitter @theECNL and Facebook: Elite Clubs National League. Visit the official ECNL website for more information: http://www.eliteclubsnationalleague.com. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and sponsored by Nike.