RENO, NEV. — American River Futbol Club U14 girls’ soccer team Freedom ’98 placed second at their first tournament of the season — the Zephyr Cup.
ARFC’s Freedom ’98 girls’ team features players from both El Dorado and Sacramento County. This is the girls’ fourth season and started it off June 16 & 17 at the Nevada Elite Zephyr Cup. With goalkeepers Shannon Fuchs and Alexa Gisin and a tenacious defense, the first two games were shutouts.
Game 1 was won 6-0 against Elk Grove Renegades. Scorers included Paige Garvey with two goals, and one goal each from Natalie Cowlishaw, Riley West, Megan Williams, and Madison Jana. In game 2, Freedom defeated Nevada’s Elite ’98 2-0 with Taryn Perez and Megan Williams scoring. Game 3 also saw a Freedom victory with a 3-2 win over Sagebrush SC Rattlers with goals from Gabriella O’Conner, Madison Jana and Sarah Kelly.
This advanced the Freedom ‘98 to the finals where despite the 100-degree weather and high winds, the girls played a strong aggressive, possession style game against a physical Union City’s Alliance Devils 98. Alliance scored two in the first half. Freedom came back quickly in the second half with two goals from Cowlishaw and Olivia Teerlink to tie it up.
Toward the end of the game Alliance scored again. Finally, with a few minutes remaining, Freedom’s Hannah Lewandowski made a fabulous shot from the 18 for a tie 3-3. After two five-minute overtimes and still no tie-breaker, it went down to penalty kicks with Alexa Gisin in the box. Both teams went through the first five players with no resolve, then switched to sudden death where Alliance ultimately prevailed.
The girls, their coaches Beth and Ed Fuchs and Jeff Lewandowski are proud of their first season tournament. They play their next tournament at ARFC’s own Independence Cup at Cherry Island, June 30 through July 1.
American River Futbol Club is the Division 1 competitive soccer program for the ARYSL. The club is affiliated with both CYSA-North and U.S. Club Soccer and offers an alternative to higher-priced programs servicing players from Sacramento through Placerville.
For more information visit thewebsite at americanriverfc.com.