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Girls U16 LAFC Chaos Win Two In Duke City Soccer

on March 16, 2019 - 11:25am

The U16G Chaos celebrate after a hard-fought 3-1 victory over the Elite FC Orange in Duke City play. Courtesy/LAFS

Sage Wilcox fires a shot on goal in the first half of a tightly contested game. Courtesy/LAFS


By LAFC Coaching Staff
The LAFC U16 Girls Chaos started Duke City Soccer League play with solid wins over both Rio Rapids Burgandy (2-0) and Elite FC Orange (3-1).
In the first game of the season against Rio Burgandy, the Chaos were on their heels for most of the first half as Rio attacked relentlessly both up the middle and on the wings. The centerbacks, Sally Hopkins and Lily Shevitz, turned back most of the attacks with outstanding defensive play.
Annika Fox made an outstanding save in a 1v1 situation when Rio did breakthrough to preserve a 0-0 game though the first half. The second half was a different story as the Chaos turned up the pressure and attacked non-stop throughout the half and put Rio on their heels. Fox scored two goals from close range, one off a very nice pass from Andrea Soto down the left wing.
Dalia Drew was outstanding in goal in the second half and withstood a big collision against the Rio forward as Rio scrambled to get back into the game. A very nice collective effort from the Chaos team to start the season against a solid Rio club.

The second game against the Elite FC Orange was a stark reversal of the first game. The Chaos were in control virtually the entire game with relentless pressure coming from center mids Jennie Gao and Irene Abfalterer, thwarting every attack from the Orange and giving the back line and keepers a break for most of the match. When challenged, Addy Witt was solid at left back, letting little get by her when the Orange broke out down the right wing. 

Although the ball was in the opponent's half most the first half, the final touch to goal eluded the Chaos leaving the game at 0-0 at halftime.
The second half was a different story. With Gao constantly breaking down the midfield with attacking runs up the middle, the Orange were unable to find marks leaving the forwards, Fox and Sage Wilcox, free to run onto the ball in the final third and putting constant pressure on the Orange keeper. The scoreless tie was broken by Fox with a nice turn against three defenders at the top of the 18 followed by a nice left foot finish on the keeper from 15 yards out. 
Wilcox scored the next two goals with an assist from Fox from close range and an unassisted goal on little chipper over keeper on a rebound to go up 3-0. The Orange scored late on a rocket from the right side, 25 yards out, to provide the final score, 3-1.

MacKenzie Echave focuses on collecting the ball and turning upfield during the second half. Courtesy/LAFS

LAFC Chaos (Annika Fox) chasing down a loose ball during the 3-1 win over the FC Elite Orange. Courtesy/LAFS