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May 21, 2008 > Arctic Penguins complete undefeated Spring Season

Arctic Penguins complete undefeated Spring Season

Submitted By Blaise Castren

Arctic Penguins, of FC Fremont's Under-14/15 Girl's House League, completed an unbeaten season going 9-0-1 when they defeated second-place Chaos, 3-1, on Saturday, May 17. Chaos, which dropped an earlier contest to the Penguins, could have tied for first place with a victory. The runners-up jumped to an early 1-0 lead before being denied a second goal by Penguins' goalie Sara Hearn and another chance later in the first half.

Kylie Stoeppel, of Arctic Penguins then went to work to rally the Penguins. Stoeppel's first goal came on her own rebound after LeeAnn Rust kicked it into the Chaos zone. Her second goal came on a nifty hook shot off of Erika Becerra's corner kick. Hearn would register two more key saves before halftime as the Penguins would take a 2-1 lead into the break.

In the second half, Stoeppel left-footed a shot that first bounced off the goalie's hands and then the upright before going in for the clinching goal, to make the final score 3-1 and give Stoeppel a "hat trick" for the match. Becerra, who entered the game with eighteen goals, was often double-teamed, but still managed three shots that just missed. Vanessa Barrera had a huge game at sweeper for the victors and got defensive help from Ashley Renaud. Annie Cuellar, Darra Lanigan and Nicole Byrnes also played well for the winners.

In a 4-1 victory over Vortex earlier in the week, Thursday, May 15, Becerra scored all four goals. Stoeppel, Dani Cope and Shannon Grant were credited with assists while Rebecca Milani had a good game on defense.


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