Academy Recap: Pre-Academy U-19s Extend Shutout Streak to 6 Games
October 15, 2018
The after competing in the Arsenal Challenge last weekend, the Pre-Academy U-16s, U-17s and U-19s picked back up in Arizona Advanced League action on Sunday at Copper Sky Complex in Maricopa, Arizona.
The U-17s were first to take the field on Sunday in a game against RSL-AZ South. The U-17’s rallied back from a 3-0 first-half deficit but came up short and fell to RSL-AZ South, 3-2. The 5-0 U-19s who have not conceded a goal in league play extended their shutout streak to 6 games with a 1-0 win over SC del Sol. The U-16s, who won the Arsenal Challenge Championship last weekend, rounded out the day with a 2-0 win over RSL-AZ South to improve their league record to 5-1.
Arizona Premier League
Barça Academy U-17 vs. RSL-AZ South
The U-17s opened the day of competition against RSL-AZ South, a team they shut out 4-0 on back in September. The U-17s saw chances for Amin Sidialicher and Luka Polic in the opening 20 minutes of the game but it was RSL-AZ South who opened the scoring in the 21st minute. RSL-AZ would add two additional goals within five minutes of the first one and took a 3-0 lead into halftime.
Sidialicherif, Polic and Quinn Grantham created chances for Barca Residency Academy in the first 20 minutes of the second half but could not convert in the early goings of the second half. An RSL-AZ South player committed a handball foul in the box and Luka Polic put the penalty kick away to bring the score to 3-1.
In the 85th minute, Liam Hogg found Luka Polic who put another past the keeper to make it 3-2 with five minutes remaining in the game. RSL-AZ South held strong for the final minutes of the game and beat the U-17s 3-2.
Barça Academy U-19 vs. SC del Sol
The U-19s who are undefeated in league play, 5-0-0, faced SC del Sol to earn their 6th shutout win of the season.
The game was a high-intensity affair from start to finish with the opening ten minutes seeing chances from both sides. Jesus Virgen opened scoring in the 20th minute of a free kick that stunned the keeper from 20 yards out. After a physical first half, the U-19s were on top of SC del Sol 1-0.
The second half was the opposite of the first half, with not many chances for either team. At the end of 90 minutes, Virgen’s first-half goal was enough to beat SC del Sol 1-0 and remain top of the table in the Arizona Premier League.
Barça Academy U-16 vs. RSL-AZ South
The U-16s, flying high from their championship win last weekend, built upon their success with a 2-0 shutout win over RSL-AZ South. David Cordes scored both goals with both assists coming from Luke Husakiwsky. The U-16s improve to 5-1 and are ranked #2 in the U-16 Arizona Premier League.
This weekend, the Pre-Academy U-19s will face the APL #3 ranked CCV Stars on Friday at 6:00 PM at the Scottsdale Sports Complex. The Pre-Academy U-18s will return to ASL action on Sunday at 8:00 AM against Phoenix Premier followed by the Pre-Academy U-15s vs. SC del Sol at 10:00 AM at the Scottsdale Sports Complex.
The Academy U-15s return from their break on Saturday when they’ll face LA Galaxy – San Diego on the road in Carlsbad, CA at 3:30 PM.
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