West Coast Soccer
Tournament of Champions Showcase
On May 17, the U15 West Coast Wild girls soccer team traveled to Seattle to compete in the Champions Showcase and returned with undefeated record.
In its first game, the Wild faced off against the No. 1 ranked team in Washington, the Northwest Nationals. Kasidee Wiley set up Demi Gonis with a perfectly placed cornerkick and Gonis headed it in for an early 1-0 lead. The Wild held onto the lead for its first win of the tournament.
In its second game, the Wild faced Eastside FC. The game remained scoreless, with Wild goalie, Amanda Valentine, recording a variety of intense saves. Valentine was backed by outstanding defensive play from Megan Amick, Autumn Smithers, Jacey Luzzi, Mariah McDuffy, Sydni Lunt, Emilie Allum and Adilene Ruiz. The offense kept busy with multiple shots on goal, but the game ended in a 0-0 tie.
In its third game, the Wild played Crossfire, a very skilled team with a strong offense. Coach Troy Dayak said, "The Crossfire was the toughest opponent we faced up north, they had some players that are currently playing in the National team pool. It took us a half to figure them out and see what they had."
In the second half, the Wild came out energized and outplayed a Crossfire team that had recently defeated two top teams in the Mustang and the Deanza Force. Similar to game two, the third game also ended in a 0-0 tie.
In its final game of the Showcase, the Wild locked horns with the Vancouver Timbers. Vancouver found the net six minutes into the first half, but the Wild responded with the equalizer early in the second half.
Mariah McDuffy crossed to ball to Melissa Ellis, who blasted a header into the net. Stellar offense was on display from Tori Nicolo, Rachel Tungol, Melissa Ellis, Hanna Beauchamp and Kamie Lipman. With only several minutes remaining in regulation, Adilene Ruiz made a crisp pass to Hannah Beauchamp, who beat the Timbers keeper for the game-winning goal. The West Coast Wild finished the Tournament of Champions Showcase with an unbeaten 2-0-2 record.