After opening the Missouri Rush Show-Me Showdown tournament with a scoreless draw, the Gateway Rush United girls met the Missouri Rush Valenti squad again, this time in the U14 (2004) Title game on Sunday September 11 as they both advanced with undefeated records in the Select division.
PHOTO GALLERY – Gateway Rush v Missouri Rush
Gateway Rush advanced with a +4 goal differential from their three games (8 goals for, 4 against) versus +2 for Missouri Rush (3 goals for, 1 against) and the extra offensive firepower for Gateway made a difference in the rematch as they won 3-1, after taking a 2-0 advantage into halftime, about the time I arrived as my earlier game went to PK’s.
One half is not enough time to learn much about a team and it’s players but I have to give a shout out to a pair of goal scorers. The Missouri Rush goal was a set piece from outside the box and struck with pace to a tough to defend spot that drew the requisite celebration. The final goal for Gateway was some wonderful individual skill as #25 received a ball outside the box and dribbled into the box, showing technical skill and patience, waiting for the goalkeeper to react before calmly striking a ball with the inside of her right foot to an open area of the goal to her right. Sweet stuff.