ST. LOUIS, MO - The 2006, 2005, 2004, and 2002/03 SLSG Navy ECNL teams traveled back to Indianapolis this past weekend, to take on the Eclipse Select ECNL program.
Saturday, all four age groups played against the Eclipse Select.
The U15’s put on a dominant performance, winning 6-0. Goals came from Ki Kukan (3), Grace Restovich, Payton Buck, and Kameron Bluette. Caroline Birkel was both strong on the ball as well as in defensive moments as she earned the shutout for the team in goal.
The U16’s team continued the success on the day, winning their match 1-0. Lucie Schwartz was the goalscorer, getting on the score sheet early in the first half. Parker Scheele was strong in net, and an impressive performance from the defensive unit was pivotal in keeping the shutout.
Later in the day, the U17 team put on a fantastic performance, in what was a hard-fought battle with the Eclipse program. The game saw multiple chances in both ends of the fields, and it wasn’t until the dying minutes of the game that Hannah Smith was able to get behind the Eclipse Select defense and score what was her second game-winning goal of the season. Sarah Bozeman had a great performance in net, making multiple big plays at the end of each half. Her last-second tip onto the crossbar sealed the shutout for the team.
The U18 team put up a great fight against what is one of the strongest teams in the country. An early goal saw Eclipse Select pull ahead. As the half wore on, a penalty kick was awarded for the SLSG Navy ECNL team after a handball in the box was made. Kinley Brown stepped up and calmly tucked away the shot. Unfortunately, an offsetting penalty was awarded against SLSG Navy for a similar handball in the box, about halfway through the second half. The converted penalty was all Eclipse Select needed to win the game 2-1.
SLSG ECNL Director Ralph Richards had this to say after the strong performances against Eclipse “It is always a privilege to have the opportunity to compete in the ECNL, especially against an opponent as strong as Eclipse.”
“It is even more rewarding to have the girls produce such an impressive performance” said ECNL Direction Ralph Richards. “I’m very proud of the girls for their hard work and preparation leading into the tough weekend. The results across the board are a true testament to their dedication both on and off the field.”
Again, the SLSG Navy ECNL Program thanks the players, families, and friends from the program who traveled this weekend. Next up for the program is a trip to Bettendorf, IA on October 30 and 31. The 2006, 2005, 2004, and 2002/03 teams will be taking on the Vardar and FC Wisconsin, while the 2008 and 2007 teams look to start their ECNL 2020/21 campaign against the Michigan Hawks and Gretna Elite Academy.
Saturday, October 10, vs Eclipse Select SC ECNL
SLSG ECNL 2006 Win 6-0
SLSG ECNL 2005 Win 1-0
SLSG ECNL 2004 Win 1-0
SLSG ECNL 2002/03 Loss 3-2