Sunday, December 5, 2010

 Winter Showcase Day 2

Saturday saw a successful showing from both Sporting Kansas City Juniors academy teams as they swept South Central Premier from Connecticut. The u18's were firing on all cylinders and scored four goals in the second half to win 5-0 on goals from five different players. Christian Kirby opened the scoring on a corner kick in the 21st minute, Jordan Rideout doubled the lead with a spectacular diving header in the 56th minute, Raymond Lee added another in the 68th, Garrett Pulliam struck on a header in the 75th minute and Michael Oakley finished the scoring in the 89th. U16 goalkeeper Jacole Turner earned the shutout, as regular starter Jon Kempin was unavailable due to his participation in the 1992/93 Academy Select match earlier in the day (Kempin started and played the first half for the Academy Select blue, pictured above).

The u16s followed with a 1-0 victory in the nightcap under the lights at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. Eduardo Moreno's goal in the second half stood up as the game's only tally and goalkeeper Evan Wright posted the shutout in goal for the Juniors. The u16's remain in first place in the Frontier Division of the Central Conference with the win.

Both teams will finish the Winter Showcase with matches against the New England Revolution on Monday at 11:15am (local time). The u16's match will stream on, with more details available here.

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