Photo courtesy Casey Brooke
BRADENTON, Fla. – Another phenomenal Super Y Finals wrapped up on Tuesday as nine different champions were awarded their trophies after the finals at IMG Academy.
The first champions crowned on Tuesday were in the U12 age group as Oklahoma Energy FC claimed the U12 Girls crown, with an impressive 4-0 win over Nationals, Denae Hobson impressing with a brace to help her side to the title. The boys match was much tighter, a tense encounter throughout the whole match, remaining tense until the final whistle. The game finally got its first goal in the 50th minute as City FC scored the opener through Raul Parga, who had another impressive performance, sealing his brace at the death to claim the title for City FC.
Chicago Inferno claimed the U13 boys title following a 2-1 win in the final, with Roman Hernandez starring for the match. Goals came from Hernandez and Colin Bastianoni, including a stunning free kick which lifted over the wall and bounced in, down off the crossbar. The girls final was tight, with a phenomenally late goal from Arlington SA giving it a 2-1 win, just when it looked like the match was going to head to extra time. Goals to Helen Otteni and Ellie Simmons sealed the win, with all three goals in the match coming in the second half of the match, which was saw strong defense from both sides.
Kalamazoo Kingdom managed a big win in the U14 Boys Final, with Michael Tibbitts starring scoring a brace in the match. Tibbitts scored the opening goal in the 11th minute before Eron Sylejmani doubled the lead nine minutes later. In the second half Milimo Chibende made it three, with Tibbitts sealing his brace late in the match. The girls final was much tighter with Arlington SA emerging victorious 1-0 in a difficult match for either side to break through. The goal came late, just before the hour mark as Lilly Neubauer continued her impressive tournament scoring what would turn out to be the winner.
Midwest FC continued its domination of what is now the U16 Girls age group as it claimed the U16 Girls crown with a 4-0 win over Chantilly YA. Rylee Vruggink was the star for Midwest, scoring the last two goals in the final, with first half goals to Jenna Little, and Claudia Muessig putting Midwest in control from the ninth minute. The boys final was tighter, a six goal thriller claimed by Chicago Inferno, with Jack Finnegan starring with a hat-trick. Chicago took a three goal lead thanks to two Finnegan goals and a goal to Thomas Pranica but the Westchester Flames fought back, Nolan Lenaghan scoring a brace to set up an exciting, and tense finish. With pressure building Finnegan came up again sealing his hat-trick, and the match, with another goal for the 4-2 win.
Oklahoma Energy FC picked up its second title of the day at the very end of the day by winning the U18 Girls final 5-0 over Nationals. Rebekah George starred for Energy FC with a brace, scoring twice in the first half. Katelyn Tullis scored the opener in the ninth minute, before the George brace. That lead became four in the 59th minute when Samantha Barnett scored, before Emma Rice wrapped things up in the 75th minute.