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Mequon Girls win Puma College Showcase Championship

posted Jul 5, 2012, 4:16 AM by John DeFord   [ updated Oct 6, 2012, 9:04 AM by John DeFord ]
Congratulations to the Mequon United U14 Girls MRL team who battled through 5 tough matches over the weekend to claim the championship in the Super Group Flight of the Puma College Showcase Challenge in Rockford, IL.

The team’s first match, against Prior Lake Cyclones from Minnesota, was a tentative start, with only a few attempts on goal at each end.  However, the second half found the Mequon girls with the winds at their backs and a more aggressive attacking strategy.  Their attacking style paid off midway through the half when Mary Kate Simon connected on a corner.  The girls continued attacking, but settled with a 1-0 final.

Game 2 matched Mequon up against an attacking NSA Premier team from Illinois.  The physical match tested the resiliency of Mequon’s defensive unit and goalie, Kellie Ausman.  A 1-0 lead at half time received insurance in the second half on a fortunate play.  Mequon’s Taylor Johnson used one of her long throw-ins to attack NSA’s goal.  An attempted clear of the throw was inadvertently headed into NSA’s own goal.  “You feel bad for the other team when a goal like that happens, but you have to credit the Mequon girls for the heavy pressure they kept putting on that team, forcing their mistakes”, said Mark Matuszczak, parent of player Aliena Matuszczak.  Mequon went on to win 2-0.

Mequon’s toughest opponent of the tournament GLSA Libertyville, took place 9am Sunday,

after a 90 minute rain delay.  This was a win or go home game, as the girls needed a victory to win their bracket.  The girls came out determined to set an attacking tempo and took a 1-0 lead into halftime.  A nail-biting second half and some heroic defensive saves earned Mequon their third shutout of the tournament and the right to advance to the semi-finals.

“I’m pleased with the girls’ focus and performance after an early start and the unplanned rain delay” said Cacho Cordoba, coach for the Mequon girls.  “But our job’s not over yet.”

Their semi-final match was against Minnesota’s 4th ranked team BFSC Firestorm, winner of their respective bracket.  And once again, another nail-biter ended in a 1-0 victory for Mequon.  The win setup Mequon to play in the championship game, facing CFJ Red, Illinois’ 6th ranked team.  Both teams were hungry for the championship and didn’t hold back on their attacking style, Mequon finally emerging with a 4-2 victory.

“A great weekend for the girls” said Cacho.  “They’ve definitely earned a couple days rest after these 5 great matches.”