The Patriots 04 U11 girls played their 2nd and 3rd games of the second round for the 2014 NorCal State Cup competition this weekend in Ripon California.
They played the morning game on Saturday vs. the Heritage SC Hot Shots girls wining by a 7-0 margin in what was a wet field at 8 in the morning. The Saturday afternoon game was played vs. the River City United Barcelona 03 girls in a game which the Patriots girls won 3-1.
With these two wins, the girls overcame a loss on the 1st game of the second round of 0-1 vs. Castro Valley SC United Green 03-04 on 11/2 to finish seeded 5th in the White group of 16 teams in the second round.
As luck would have it, the team that finished 2nd seed out of 16 was Castro Valley united Green 03-04 and in a twist of luck, the Patriots 04 girls were matched up vs. Castro Valley Utd green on the today’s Sunday morning quarterfinal for a re-match of the previous game.
This set up an exciting quarter final game that saw the Patriots with lots of possession on the ball but without a break through by either team, but on the 21st minute of the first half, after wining possession on the right side of the field at the half way point, Ysabella Stalcup, joining the attack from right D crossed a ball into the penalty area, which the CVSC keeper could not control and through perseverance, Sarah Ochsner playing forward followed through to put the ball in the net with a controlled touch just to put the ball out of the keeper’s reach. The first half finished 1-0.
In the second half, both teams had more of the same from the get go and on the 5th minute, Kayla Martinez started a play on the left flank of the pitch, beating her defender and crossing the ball across the 18 to Morgan Means whom provided a dropped pass to Sarah Liley for the shot on goal to score the second goal for the Patriots. The CVSC Keeper made a great effort to do the save but Sarah’s shot was slightly deflected by a defender putting the ball just out of reach of the keeper and into the bottom right corner of the goal. Patriots controlled a bit more possession the rest of the game with a few break aways from CVSC that saw them win a few corners. However, the Patriots girls defended every corner like seasoned professionals with each player quickly setting up on their assigned positions to continue with the tight defensive streak of only allowing 1 goal in three matches during the weekend.
Late in the second half CVSC Green had a burst of effort and created several opportunities in front of the Patriots goal and late in the game, they had a free kick that saw the Patriots defense come up on top again with Keeper Vanessa Medina leading the charge by stopping the shot to the side for her defenders to clear the danger away from goal.
The Patriots 04 girls now play on December 6 in Manteca, California at the Woodward in the semi final game of their group.
U11 Patriots 04. Cami C. Eryn C. Vivian F. Sarah L. Kayla M. Morgan M. Vanessa M. Bryanna M. Sarah O. Ysabella S. Riley W.