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Mequon United Wins Game 1 at North American Finals

posted Dec 8, 2012, 8:48 AM by John DeFord   [ updated Dec 8, 2012, 8:55 AM ]
BRADENTON, Fla. - A second-half goal from forward Courtney Wiencek was all that was needed as Mequon United took a 1-0 victory against Rage SC in Day 1 of Group C play at the 2012 Super Y-League North American Finals. In a game in which both squads failed to capitalize on excellent chances, Wiencek found herself in alone in the 59th minute and calmly slotted the ball to the far post to give Mequon the victory.

It was the first loss of 2012 for the Rage, who advanced to the finals in 2011 and were 7-0-2 during the regular season to win the Mid Atlantic Division. Mequon, 6-2-2 during the summer, finished second in the Midwest Division.

"It was a little difficult for us," Mequon Head Coach Cacho Cordoba said. "We came from Wisconsin and it’s hot and humid here, and we haven’t been able to train they way we wanted to in Wisconsin, so I think they did a fantastic job. I think the win was probably something we deserved and I’m happy, but there’s still a long way to go.

"The first game is very important in any tournament, so it’s good we got the win and this gives us a chance to be more motivated for tomorrow."

Mequon came out on the attack from the start, with strike Jieun Heo buzzing the Rage defense and creating several opportunities. Rage SC settled down and began passing well to even out the match, and the intensity raised from both teams as things remained scoreless.

The Rage’s Hailee Painter had the best opportunity of the opening half, hitting a free kick from 30 yards that deflected off the wall and then the post before going wide.

Wiencek nearly gave Mequon the lead in the 40th minute, beating the Rage defense and laying a pass in front of an open net that a Rage defender was able to get to first.

Mequon will continue against Seacoast United on Saturday, while Rage SC will look to bounce back against the West Pines Strikers.