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Saturday, 1 December 2012

The 34th Empress' Cup - Second Round Results

The Empress' Cup was on display in the Yurtec Stadium in Sendai today

Second Round Matches, ties played on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of December:

Match 9:
Waseda University  5 - 1  Hokkaido Otani Muroran High School
(Attendance: 156)

Waseda easily brushed aside the challenge from the Muroran schoolgirls on their way to an interesting tie against INAC Kobe. Seguchi Nanami scored twice along with last week's scorer of a brace Omiya Reona, Tanimoto Haruna (from the spot) and Onoda Riko. Tanaka Ayaka scored for Muroran.

Match 10:
Japan Soccer College Ladies  0 - 1  AS Elfen Sayama FC
(Attendance: 579)

The JSCL started with a very defensive lineup, with only one forward player and five at the back. As expected Sayama had many more chances but were not overly impressive in the final third. At the back Sakaguchi Yuki dealt with the threat of Azami Rie well and Toriumi Mai put in another impressive performance. Sayama finally scored with just four minutes remaining, Hagiwara Aimi with her first goal of the season. Sayama next play Speranza FC Osaka Takatsuki.

The JSCL lineup
AS Elfen Sayama
Iwasaki Manami (18) was impressive by herself up front having come on at half-time
Azami Rie as expected caused trouble down the right wing
Azami Rie (7) with Toriumi Mai (10)

Match 11:
JFA Academy Fukushima  3 - 0  Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences
(Attendance: 171)

The Academy girls dealt with the threat of Osaka's students comfortably, with Kojima Miku scoring two goals in a four minute period in the first half. Kojima started the season as a defender, moved into midfield and is now being employed as a striker. Moriya Miyabi added a third in the second half. The JFA Academy now meet Albirex Niigata Ladies.

Match 12:
Nittaidai FC Ladies  0 - 6  Vegalta Sendai Ladies
(Attendance: 2,794)

Vegalta Sendai stepped up another gear in this, their third meeting with Nittaidai's students. For the visitors Oguri Mao shone in midfield, but Sendai's class was too much for the visitors. Yasumoto opened the scoring in the fourth minute, in attempting to cross from the right the ball nestled in the far side of the net. Ito Minako added a penalty to make the half-time score 2-0. Feeling comfortable the Vegalta Sendai team then treated their fans to an exhibition in the second half with further goals from Nakahara, Sameshima with her first goal in Sendai, Sakai Yuki and Shimokozuru Aya. Vegalta now march on to a meeting with Urawa Red Diamonds.

The Nittaidai team, with three changes from their previous meeting with Vegalta Sendai.
In came Fujisawa, Takashima and Yamana
Vegalta Sendai also made three changes, bringing in
Yamamoto, Nakahara and Yasumoto
Yamagata, Ito and Toriyabe
Oguri Mao (8) had another excellent game in midfield for Nittaidai,
and performed very well against Sameshima (9)
Ito Minako scores from the spot
Nakahara Saori scores her thirteenth goal of the season, firing into the top corner
Shimokozuru Aya heads in the final goal

Match 13:
Nojima Stella Kanagawa  10 - 0  Kochi ganador FC
(Attendance: 111)

Nojima Stella completely destroyed Kochi ganador to ease into the third round and a prestigious match with Okayama Yunogo Belle. An own goal started things off, and thereafter it was all one-way. Kawarazaki Nozomi scored four, Kanai Nanae scored twice, and the other scorers were Yoshimi Natsuki, Yoshida Ayaka and captain Oyama Saki.

Match 14:
Kamimura Gakuen High School  2 - 1  FC Takahashi Kibi International University Charme
(Attendance: 100)

Having focussed all of their energy on the task of beating AS Elfen Sayama to gain promotion to the Nadeshiko League, FC Takahashi were visibly drained and lacking in intensity in Sendai today, which does not mean that Kamimura Gakuen did not deserve their victory. Their closing down of the threat on the wings from Noma and Nishikawa was wondrous and up front the power of Fushiki Kaho was just enough to overcome FC Takahashi in the end. Nishikawa gave Takahashi the lead in the first half before two slightly fortunate goals for Fushiki in the second half won the game for the schoolgirl side. They next play Iga FC Kunoichi.

Kamimura Gakuen's starting lineup, unchanged from their first round match
FC Takahashi, whose lineup has remained the same for five straight matches
Fushiki Kaho with Muramatsu Mafuyu
Nishikawa scores the opening goal, after a scramble following a corner kick

Fushiki scores the winner for Kamimura Gakuen

Match 15:
Kanto Gakuen University  1 - 2  Fukuoka J. Anclas
(Attendance: 166)

Anclas were two goals up on the students by half-time, with Fujimoto and Kawamura scoring - Fujimoto netting for the third game in a row. In the second half Kanto Gakuen came back strongly, with Nakamura Yushika showing her class, and scoring a goal in reply. In the end Anclas held on and next play JEF United Ladies.

Match 16:
Fujieda Junshin High School  0 - 2  Tokiwagi Gakuen High School
(Attendance: 248)

Fujieda Junshin played the better football, but with the power and strength of Michigami Ayaka to rely on, Tokiwagi Gakuen did just enough to overcome the visitors to Sendai. Michigami scored early in the game and although the Fujieda midfield of Imai, Yamada and Sugita were very impressive, the Tokiwagi defence was strong, and allowed very few clear chances. Tokiwagi now play Beleza, whom they beat on penalties two years ago.

Michigami Ayaka scores early for Tokiwagi Gakuen
Matsuura Nagisa (7) with Hirano Rina (11)

U-17 World Cup player Sugita Hina (19) with Yamada Riho (8)

Third Round Matches, ties to be played on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of December:

Match 17:
INAC Kobe Leonessa
Waseda University

Match 18:
Speranza FC Osaka Takatsuki
AS Elfen Sayama FC

Match 19:
Albirex Niigata Ladies
JFA Academy Fukushima

Match 20:
Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies
Vegalta Sendai Ladies

Match 21:
Okayama Yunogo Belle
Nojima Stella Kanagawa

Match 22:
Iga FC Kunoichi
Kamimura Gakuen High School

Match 23:
JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies
Fukuoka J. Anclas

Match 24:
NTV Beleza
Tokiwagi Gakuen High School

Quarter Final Matches, ties to be played on Sunday 16th of December:

Match 25:
Winners of Match 17
Winners of Match 18
Match 26:
Winners of Match 19
Winners of Match 20
Match 27:
Winners of Match 21
Winners of Match 22
Match 28: 
Winners of Match 23
Winners of Match 24 

Semi Final Matches, ties to be played on Saturday 22nd of December:

Match 29:  
Winners of Match 25
Winners of Match 26
Match 30: 
Winners of Match 27
Winners of Match 28

Final Match, to be played on Monday 24th of December:

Match 31: 
Winners of Match 29
Winners of Match 30

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