This past weekend the U13 and U14 Rush Select Girls teams attended the Alabama Open Cup in Decatur, Alabama. The U13s started off very strong with a 4-0 win to kick off their weekend. They clinched their birth into the final with two more 1-0 wins in their group. The most impressive part of this run was that they made it through their group without conceding a single goal. That is even more outstanding due to the fact that due to some travel issues the team was left without a goalkeeper for the weekend. The team rotated outfield players through and went into the final unscathed. They came up against a very good pre-ECNL side in the final and their luck finally ran out, but they could hold their head high after a great weekend.
U13 Rush Select:
Defenders: Paige Frette, Anuhea Kane, Grace Adams, Emily Barata, Taylor Johnson, Kate Jozwiakowski, Kyra Guhl
Midfielders: Chloe Stevens, Laiala Castilleja, Abby Gibson, Tatum Miller
Forwards: Aidan Borders, Anwyn Urquhart, Aliyah Rottger, Kiara Melendez
The U14s started their weekend off with a hard fought 3-1 win over the girls from Tennessee Rush. That was the catalyst to push them through their group as they won their remaining two games 5-1 and 5-2 respectively. This set up a final showdown with the girls from Mississippi Rush for the second All-Rush derby of the weekend. This was always going to be a tight affair, and the game was knotted at 0-0 at the half. Both teams battled hard in the second half, and though the Select team had a few more chances than their opponent the game looked destined for overtime. That was until Peyton Fisher (WA) collected a rebound off of a cleared throw-in and slammed a shot that the keeper parried off the crossbar as time expired. That rebound fell right to Gillian Ortin (CA) and she tucked the rebound away for the 1-0 lead (see the goal below). The MS Rush team kicked off and the ref blew the final whistle to give the Select team their championship.
U14 Rush Select:
Goalkeepers: Kaitlynn Knocke (WA), Riley Krumenacker (PA)
Defenders: Kacey Laboda (WA), Jenna Lauderback (MI), Taylor Becker (CA), Joci Gutierrez (CO), Abbie Daley (WA)
Midfielders: Torrie Brodish (PP), Montserrat Youngsman (WA), Peyton Fisher (WA), Eva Steckelberg (IA)
Forwards: Gillian Ortin (CA), Trish Hauck (PA), Kaylah Wanna (CO), Chiara Serafini (WA), Chase Sprink (WA)