Congratulations to the FC Mirage U13 06/07 Boys for becoming the 2019 Illinois Cup Gold Champions! After toping their group, the boys won their semi-final 3-0 against Shadow FC in the pouring rain and held on to a 3-0 win to send them into the final against Porto FC. Two goals in the first half from Chase Petersen and a third goal from J.J. Schlenhardt secured the semi-final win for Mirage to advance to the final. Goalkeeper Gabriel Yoder kept a clean sheet and was crucial in denying ShadowFC a second half goal.
In Sunday’s morning’s 8am final in Rockford, the boys found themselves in a re-match against Porto FC, whom the team beat 5-1 earlier in group play. Porto bounced back from their first loss against Mirage by dominating all of their following group/semi-final games to reach the final. In what was the second fastest goal in club history, Mirage scored directly off of the kick off when an intelligent Alex Ferencz long ball found Razaan Ghazi to send in a straight cross from the right side; the cross was met by Spencer Rudolph who converted it for the first Mirage goal and an early lead. Mirage continued to press the Porto defense and a Chase Owens shot from outside of the 18 found the top right corner to make it 2-0 for FC Mirage; a late goal in the second half pegged one back for Porto. In the second half Mirage continued to hold off the Porto attacks and push for another goal off the counter attack, but ultimately held on to the 2-1 to become Illinois Gold Cup Champions. Staying organized,
Additional goals in the group stages from Alex Ferencz, Razaan Ghazi, Michael Miller, Chase Petersen, JJ Schlenhardt & Carson Willits helped Mirage finish at the top of their group.
FC MIRAGE – U13 Illinois Cup Roster: Biscotakis, Yianni; Chapman, Tyler; Claffey, Evan; Coleman, Linus; Dobos, Alex; Donohue, Nicky (C); Ferencz, Alex (C); Ghazi, Razaan; Higgins, Jack; Miller, Michael; Nowak, Stefan; O’Connor Aidan; Owens, Chase; Petersen, Chase; Rudolph, Spencer; Schlenhardt, JJ; Stephan, William; Warnsman, Harlan; Willits, Carson; Yoder, Gabriel
|1) FC MIRAGE 06/07||4||3||1||0||8||4||4||9|
|2) PORTO FC 06B||4||3||1||0||13||5||8||9|
|3) NORTHWIND SC|
|4) PHOENIX 2006 BLACK||4||0||2||2||2||7||-5||2|
|5) PALATINE CELTIC SC|