Sand, surf and a silver finish for the Sparks

Sparks players Abby Morgado, Kendel Gisin, Juliet Dias, Laci Smith, Julin Kennison, Grace Stiveson, Kendall Hoffman, Nate Gulbransen (team mascot) Luci Gulbransen, Ainsley Smith and Ashley Abel showed admirable spirit at the Breakers Cup competition. Courtesy photo

By Kim Gisin

The Prospector Soccer Club U11 girls’ competitive team Sparks played at Santa Cruz’ Breakers Cup, narrowly missing a championship victory.

Starting off at an early morning game and a heavy marine layer, the Sparks came out ready to play against Walnut Creek’s Tsunami. Combining goals by Julin Kennison and Kendel Gisin, and a strong defense, they won their first game 2-0. The Sparks didn’t let up as they entered the second game to play El Dorado Hills’ Strikers. Knowing each others games, they played a tough, competitive match resulting in a 2-1 victory for Sparks with Abby Morgado scoring both goals.

Day two saw a break in the marine layer, with the girls playing their toughest team yet — San Bruno’s Hurricanes. The teams played aggressive and took many shots on goal. Julin Kennison scored early on a penalty kick. Abby Morgado found the back of the net in the second half, finalizing the score at 2-0 advancing them to the championship game.

The sun finally blazing, the girls were ready to take on Santa Cruz’s Aptos Tide. Aptos Tide got an early breakaway to score. Not to be discouraged, the Sparks fought relentlessly taking shot after shot on on the opposing goalkeeper, who had some great saves. The referee called back a Sparks’ goal in the last few minutes, but the girls pressed on. Time eventually ran out and the game ended 0-1.

Special recognition goes to goalkeeper Juliet Dias for never-ending commitment, all the Sparks’ players and their coaches — Ryan Smith and Jason Gulbransen.

For more information on Prospector Soccer in El Dorado County visit prospector.org.

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