After finishing first in the group stage, the IMG Academy U18 soccer team earned their right of passage to the quarterfinals. There, they were to face academy rivals, RSL AZ Elite out of Arizona. However, on this day there was no doubt who the superior academy was as IMG Academy won in convincing fashion, 3-0.
The game couldn't have started any better with forward Yussuf Olajde scoring within the first five minutes. The play then evened out in a battle of possession, until forward Raul Gonzalez found the net a few minutes before halftime. The scoring finished mid-way through the second half with Olajde beating the keeper once again to score his second. Just as important, the backline earned it's third clean sheet in a row.
"This was the best game he [Olajde] has had for us this season," said Coach Dean on Olajde's performance. " He was our guy scoring and crossing the ball... he did a really nice job today."
Coach Dean and rest of the U18 squad will hope to replicate this high level play when they take on IF Brommapojkarna of Sweden in the semifinals tomorrow at 10 a.m. CST.
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Good luck boys!