Over Labor Day weekend a dozen Team Evanston teams aquitted themselves well against many top teams from the area and some from out of state in the annual Palatine Celtic Cup soccer tournament. Congratulations to the U12 Orange and U13 Orange girls teams on their runner-up finishes and to the U9 Orange boys who won all of their games. The U17 Girls Premier and U10 Boys Orange teams had strong showings, but fell in the semi-final round.
The U12 Orange girls' historically stingy defense once again rose to the challenge in the Green Division, allowing the team to win their bracket with a 2-0-1 record. Playing a much higher-ranked team in the finals, the girls lost a tough game 2-0 but showed that they have made big strides following a 6-1 loss to the same team in the Spring.
The U13 Premier girls team took second place in the Celtic Cup White division, losing 3-0 to AC Milan from Detroit, a highly-skilled team that scored a total of 19 goals in the tournament. The U13 team went 3-0 in bracket play, and won the semi-finals 1-0 versus FC Lake County.
The U17 Premier Girls team made it to the semi-finals in one of the most prestigious girls showcase tournaments in the Chicago area. Among 12 teams playing in the Green (top) division, 8 were ranked among the top 15 in Illinois. The girls fell in their semi–final match to FC United Select 1 (ranked 13th in the nation, and number 1 in Region 2).
The U09 Orange boys team went undefeated in winning their division in the tournament. High powered offense was on display as the boys defeated Lincolnshire Lightning (IL) 5-1, Chicago Kicks United (IL) 6-2, and Glenview Select (IL) 10-1 en route to first place. Coach Branko Savic said simply, "Well done boys!!!"
The U10 Boys Orange team reached the semi-finals before losing to eventual tournament champion AC Milan Detroit Juniors 5-3. The Evanston team forced the semi-final game into overtime by tying the match 2-2 in the final minutes of regulation. Team Evanston scored 18 goals in bracket play, the most in the U10 division.
U12 Orange Girls - Runners-up
U13 Premier Girls - Runners-up
U09 Orange Boys - Undefeated weekend