The EDH Fire U-14 Girls Select Team played in the California Youth Soccer Association Cup Tournament on Jan. 22 in Danville.
They lost in the final penalty kick of the double overtime, 90-minute, semi-final match.
The Association Cup Tournament started with the top 54 U-14 teams from all over Central and Northern California. The Fire was the only team left from the large group of Sacramento area teams.
The Fire defense was led by Goalie Claire Watkins and rotating double sweepers, Mia Bonini, Sam Fregoso and Sierra Jaerger. Marking backs Misty Cano, Emma Olds, and Bailey Wilmer thwarted much of Danville’s attacks.
Outside half backs Eleni Angelidis, Madison Pearl and Jillian Woody played a relentless role in keeping the Danville team off balance with counter attacks and tight defensive space.
Single attacking forward Kylie Goyton almost stole the win a couple of times on fast breaks when she beat the triple team defense applied by Danville.
Center half backs Madeline Olds and Sydney Walke showed extreme courage battling the powerful center mids of Danville.
Goalie Watkins was the game’s outstanding player making numerous saves to keep the game knotted at zero. Watkins made two more huge saves in the penalty kick tie-breaker format. Although The Fire lost, the courage, strength, and resilience displayed was incredible — leaving many in attendance breathless.