(U13) enjoy early season tournament success
Morgan Hill – In their final tune-up before State Cup play starts, the Orchard Valley Storm, U11 Class 1 girls, blew through the opposition at the Ajax Winter Invitational Tournament in Turlock to claim their third tournament title of the season.
The Storm opened play against the host team from Modesto by winning a tense 1-0 game.
The lone goal came when Janessa Garcia made a perfect pass to Taylor Slattery who beat the Ajax keeper with a great shot.
The Storm advanced to the championship game by beating Santa Rosa United 4-0 and the Fresno Odyssey 6-0. Balanced scoring was the key to Storm’s attack in the two games as eight different players scored, including a pair of goals by Amber Thomas and single tallies from Rebekah Inouye, Monica Luna, Paige Menage, and Molly Cuevas.
The Storm played the Livermore Elite Flame in a breezy championship game. Playing against the wind in the first half, the Storm sought to play tough defense against a talented opponent. Fullbacks Tori Gulla, Emily Kyle and Sydney Barker were unbeatable all weekend, and Livermore was never able to get past them.
Late in the first half Janessa Garcia blasted a shot through the wind from the top of the box to give the Storm the lead. In the second half Tula Urban and Michaela Swensen assisted on goals from Taylor Slattery and Macey Dunne. The weekend came to a spectacular conclusion when keeper Sarah Lewis made her second great save of the weekend to seal the 3-0 victory.
OV BLAST FIRST IN CONDORS
In all five tournaments that the Orchard Valley Blast (U13 boys) has entered in the 2005-2006 season, the team has qualified for the championship game.
The Condors tournament in Pismo Beach was no exception.
Team effort and intensity combined to provide a 2-0 win over the Legends of Santa Barbara for the tournament title.
Unlike other teams in District 2 where players are recruited from various locations, the Blast, ranked 10th in Northern California, is comprised of local players from the Gilroy-Morgan Hill.
The players Forrest Alvarez, Daniel Amaro, Abel Cardenas, Justin Cordeiro, Kyle Dunne, Vicot Garcia, Paul Jensen, Jose Lopez, Michael Galvan, Sebastien Monge, Sahand Rahsaz, Alex Salvatier, Jorge Sanchez, Armando Sandoval, Kyle Stannard, Daniel Stuart, Christian Turnlund and James Walker continue to improve under the technical expertise of Sergio Herrera.