With a thrilling victory Friday evening via penalty kicks, Eleven United's Girls U17 Premier team became the first Eleven United Girls team in two years to qualify for the Illinois State Cup Group Stage.
Playing Chicago Empire Gold in Westmont, the girls stormed out of the gate in the second half, after being down 0-1 at halftime, taking a 2-1 lead and holding on until a breakaway tied the game with less than a minute remaining.
Without lights at the field, the teams skipped overtime and went straight to penalty kicks. Eleven United trailed early in PKs, too, before prevailing 7-6 to advance into the Group Stage. The girls will next play some of the top teams in Illinois, in the most prestigious Illinois soccer competition.
Congratulations to the girls and good luck in the State Cup!