ECNL Girls AZ: Great Contest Day 2 | Club Football

Competition breeds success.

This belief is fundamental to ECNL. Pushing yourself against the best, learning from trial and error, being tested daily; by doing these things, you and all the people around you will get better and will continue to get better. And when you get better, new challenges arise.

At ECNL national festivals, especially at the ECNL Phoenix, being challenged is a daily occurrence. The Eagles SC’s U13 team saw that first.

The Eagles SC went to ECNL Phoenix in second place in the Mojave Division of the tough Southwest Conference and on the first day of the competition, won 3-0 against the talented MVLA team, and faced another equally tough team at Seattle United on Sunday. afternoon.

Both sides are equal in the first half, placing one point in the opening at the back and outside. But it was in the second half that Eagles SC managed to blow the game.

In the second half, Eagles SC came out of the break at full speed, connecting with Seattle United’s defense and pressing for instant and regular. The result was two immediate goals of taking control. Those two goals gave the Eagles SC confidence in the ball, defined the pace and allowed them to set their own game plan. The team converted PK late in the half, giving the team a 4-1 victory.

“Today was a great day, a good game,” said Klaren Jubilee, Eagles SC U13 head coach. “We were playing good football, in one of the best teams in Washington.”

Now with a double win, Eagles SC will look to close out the weekend against FC Dallas. All three opponents this weekend are in the Champions League, with their opponents having a combined 0.769 percent. Playing such a tough schedule is why the Eagles SC come to national events like the ECNL Phoenix.

“Events like this allow us to compete and challenge different teams with different styles of play, arranged in a different way than we have seen before,” said Jubilee. “It allows us to showcase different forms of football, which will make us a more rounded team.”

That competition, a game of chess between coaches and clubs, is something he loves about coaching in the ECNL.

“For me, it’s the first level of play,” said Jubilee. “ECNL is made up of the best players in the country and the country. It is a pleasure to train the best and it always makes us the standard of football. ECNL is a quality organization with quality regions and quality groups. And for me, those are the most important things. Those are the things that make good organizations beautiful. ”

Just testing them against the top competition only makes the Eagles SC better, and by playing around the corner, these types of games will be paying dividends in June.

“Getting out of here and competing with other amazing teams, makes us a more rounded team,” said Jubilee. “We are dealing with different ways of playing and different ways in which they play a good game. At ECNL Phoenix, we get three highly competitive games, and that allows us to keep preparing for upcoming games and games. “

Minnesota Thunder Academy is another club with a tough schedule at ECNL Phoenix. The team had a tough game against Legends FC on Saturday, beating them 2-0, but once again they were very aggressive against Strikers FC.

Determined to win, the Minnesota Thunder opened the scoring in the third minute with a shot from the team’s NSG representative, Paige Kalal. That 1-0 lead set the tone for the rest of the competition, as the Minnesota Thunder commanded the ball, while the Strikers struggled to maintain control and establish the offense.

As the half drew to a close, the Minnesota Thunder added another goal to the strike from Ava Grate to make it 2-0 further. The team also scored in the 60th minute when Taylor Heimerl hit home the ball to give his team a 3-0 lead. From there, goalkeeper Jordan Hecht was able to close out the game, receiving a clean sheet of paper.

“This was a great game compared to yesterday,” said Hecht. “We all played well and our game plan together today is better than yesterday.”

With a 1-1 record at the ECNL Phoenix, the Minnesota Thunder will now look to end the weekend on a high note and competition against the Pipelines SC. The Minnesota club is enjoying opportunities similar to those shown at the ECNL Phoenix though. Gains and losses are high and low levels that occur throughout the season. The thing that keeps the club going, the thing that drives them, is competition, knowing that they are facing the best teams in the nation and they want to show that they can play, beat anyone.

“The level of competition here is very good,” said midfielder Grace Pohlidal. “Competition drives us to always be the best. In front of all the college coaches, you have to have that mental complexion to get out and do the work. “

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