This past weekend the Iowa Rush U12 Girls Rush, U13 Girls Rush, U14 Girls Rush, and U15 Girls Rush all traveled to Schaumburg, Illinois to participate in the Nike Fall Classic Cup hosted by Sockers FC. This is a very strong event that would prove to place our teams in a very competitive environment throughout all games.
The U15 Girls Rush team started out the weekend strong after fighting through illness, injury, and down a very short roster. They were able to execute their plan and come away with a solid 3-0 win with all goals coming in the second half. However, this success did not carry over into the remaining games of the weekend. Unfortunately, the U15 girls would lose their next game with the game being cut short due to lights going out at 10:00pm! Their third and final game of the tournament was a slow one to say the least. Both teams came out slow, there was not much possession taking place, and neither team took advantage of their scoring opportunities. The game ended with a 0-0 result which was not enough to see the U15 girls through.
The U14 Girls Rush came out strong from the start and ended up finishing the tournament as Finalists. The girls have continued to come together very well throughout the year and their movement has been a key factor in why they are causing so many difficulties for their opponents. The U14 Girls Head Coach and Iowa Rush's General Manager, Candice Fabry, mentioned. "It is great to see the topics we are working on each week at training start to show up more and more in game situations". Fabry continued, "We still have to clean up a few things, but the ability for these girls to adapt to what coaches are asking of them and be able to implement new ideas/movements and change the way they are playing show great dedication, commitment, and a high level of understanding the game". The girls finished the tournament with a 2-1-1 record after losing the Final 2-1 in a very exciting Championship Game!
The U13 Girls Rush had a very competitive bracket and was one of their first times playing against some of the bigger clubs out of the midwest on the 11v11 size field. " This was a great opportunity to expose the players to a very high level of soccer with some very well respected clubs throughout the region", stated head coach and Executive Director Paul Fabry. "It is always a good challenge for our players and we are up against some quality players and some very athletic teams. It is something we were not used to right off the start, but definitely saw improvements throughout the weekend". The girls finished their weekend with an 0-3 record, however, continued to improve throughout the weekend and never let up playing the way they are trained to play. This was a great experience for this young group of players.
Both U12 Girls Rush teams came out ready to battle! Both teams were on their way to the championship game against each other, when unfortunately one team fell in their final match of the group stages. The age group came out strong throughout the event, with the U12 Blue team finishing the tournament with a 2-1 record, which unfortunately did not see them through to the finals. The U12 White team finished the tournament undefeated and were crowned Tournament Champions, with a 4-0 record. "This was another great opportunity for the U12 Rush teams" Candice Fabry explained, "Playing in a 9v9 format is something that is new for us, but the girls adapted well and were very successful implementing the ideas and objectives we had for this event". "We are all very proud of both U12 Girls teams as they showed great character, true commitment to one another, and most importantly the support they showed for both teams throughout the weekend was something the Iowa Rush prides itself on!" Fabry concluded. Well done to both teams!
The Iowa Rush begins the State Cup tournament this weekend with their U15-U18 Rush teams and are looking forward to competing for more State Cup Championships in the future with these teams!