Jack Skahan was the hero for the Philadelphia Union Academy U-16s on Wednesday, scoring a late goal to finish off a comeback victory over Weston FC in the U.S. Development Academy Playoffs in Indiana.
Weston FC took a 1-0 lead in the 63rd minute and were kept off the scoreboard again with a big save by Andrew Verdi two minutes later. Tiger Graham subbed in and didn't waste any time making an impact, equalizing in the 80th minute on an assist from Skahan, who scored the winner late off a throw from Graham.
The win puts the U-16s top of the group with six points through two games with Friday's game against Houston Dynamo remaining. The top team in the group advances to the knockout round played at the higher seed's facility on July 7. The Union are the No. 2 overall seed.
The U-18 team conceded a late goal to Kendall SC that mathematically eliminated them from advancing to the knockout round of the U-18 Development Academy Playoffs.
Kendall SC opened the scoring with a long range shot in the 38th minute, but Frederick Gill got the equalizer in the 50th minute to set up a dramatic finish. Kendall SC's 52nd minute goal was answered by a Mohamed Conde headed goal from a throw in the 60th minute before the 89th minute dagger.
The U-18s get a day off tomorrow before finishing up their season against LA Galaxy. Montreal and and Kendall SC will also play Friday to decide which team will advance out of the group.