Northern California Spring Showcase
The Lamorinda United U14 girls soccer team finished with the second highest point total out of 10 teams in the Platinum Division of The Northern California Spring Showcase tournament.
Lamorinda's defense set the tone in the first match against American River and throughout The United's undefeated run through the weekend. An impenetrable back wall led by Maggie Maguire, Morgan Rogers and Brianna Donat kept American River back on its heels. The United was also unable to score and the game ended in a 0-0 tie. The afternoon match, against arch rival Walnut Creek Explosion, proved to be more interesting. The Explosion struck first before Emma Nushi found the back of the net with the first of her two tournament goals. Jessie Carlin set up Nushi for the first goal and Greta Kohls assisted on the second. Walnut Creek broke the tie late in the second half and took a 2-1 lead. On the very last possession of the game, Lindsay Easter lined up a beautiful header from midfield into the United attacking zone. Caroline Clark followed with a quick touch, and Hannah Fishlow added a short pass before Jadey Sadoff finished into the corner to give Lamorinda a thrilling last-second tie.
The following day, against the West Coast Wonder, the United fought to a 1-1 halftime tie before Tova Ricardo, on the first of her two tournament goals, scored on a breakaway, thanks to a steal by Katie Tuemmler and a nice pass from Olivia Fishlow. A late fluke goal by the Wonder tied the game again, and kept Lamorinda out of the championship game. Instead, the United played in the consolation game against the Sacramento Extreme. The consolation game was deadlocked at 1-1 midway through the second half, when Katharine Larson set up Cecilia Gee who took the ball and launched a 20-yard shot into the back of the net. From there, United goalie Adriana Uyehara shut down a barrage of shots by Sacramento to preserve the 2-1 victory, thereby allowing the United to edge by Walnut Creek in tournament points and capture a well-deserved second place medal.