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Apr, 2018

Four Internationals SC Teams Compete at ECNL Phoenix 2018

The ECNL Phoenix 2018 event featured some of the country’s top programs coming together at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Arizona from April 6-8.  The competition was arguably some of the toughest that Internationals SC would face this season. 

“This event featured some of the best competition our country has to offer,” Internationals SC Founder, President, and Director of Coaching Zdravko Popovic commented. “Our spring season hasn’t even started yet and yet we competed against team that are in the middle of their season.  Coming from 30-degree weather and playing in 90-degree weather and a three-hour time difference was challenging.  I was very impressive and pleased with the way we responded.”

The U18/19 ECNL team fared well at the event with an overall record of two wins and one draw.  They would earn a 3-0 win over West Coast FC (San Juan Capistrano, CA), a 0-0 draw against San Diego Surf Soccer Club (San Diego, CA), and a 1-0 win over San Juan SC (Rancho Cordova, CA).   Both goalkeepers, Violette Bonvallet and Emily Austin, shared time in goal and had a clean sheet for the weekend.  Hannah Zaluski led the scoring with two goals, while Sydney Dawson and Elizabeth Talabac each added one goal.  Dawson led the squad with two assists, while Kaylyn Galloway and Olivia Darrow finished with one assist each.

The U17 ECNL squad had an equally productive weekend with a record of two wins and one draw.  A 2-1 win over DMCV Sharks (San Diego, CA) was followed by a 0-0 draw with FSA FC (Farmington, CT) and a 2-0 win against East Meadow Soccer Club (North Bellmore, NY).  Goals came from Maria Nelson, Jessica Sheldon, Hailey Barfuss, and Claire Brokloff.  Assists came from Nelson, Sheldon, Haley Curtis, and Christin Baumbick. 

The U16 ECNL squad faced rigorous competition, but still came away with one win and two losses.  A 4-1 loss to Maryland United FC (Bowie, MD) was followed by a 2-1 win over Slammers FC (Newport Beach, CA), and a 2-1 loss to TSC Hurricane (Jenks, OK).  Goals were scored by Tori Kevdzija, Bella Ceepo, Taylor Huff, and Nikki Kevdzija.  Assists came from Alyssa Vaccaro and Maggie Oldham.

The U15 ECNL team finished with three losses to high-level competition.  It all started with a 2-1 loss to Washington Premier (Puyallup, WA).  A 1-0 loss to Pleasanton Rage (Pleasanton, CA) and a 2-1 loss to MVLA Soccer Club (Mountain View, CA) finished out the games.  Goals were tallied by Skylar Cornell and Jordan Fusco.  An assist was registered by Tanji Sarver.

The event was attended by over 300 college coaches. 

“The only way to get better is to participate in these events,” Popovic concluded. “Players have to adapt and adjust and find ways to perform.  We are extremely proud and happy of our first ECNL Showcase of 2018.  Our players have grown from the challenges and experiences; now we look forward to conference games.  All of our teams are fighting to qualify for the national championships.”  

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