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December 3, 2008 > Boomers take fourth place at Director's Cup

Boomers take fourth place at Director's Cup

Submitted By Blaise Castren
Photos By Bertha de Landa

Boomers capped their U-14 girls soccer season with a fourth place finish at the 2008 FC Fremont House League Director's Cup held in November.

The opening game found the Boomers matched up with the Titans. Elena Strom snapped a 1-1 tie with a second-half goal on Jenna Wondka's second assist of the game. Strom just missed scoring on two shots earlier in the game before Raquel Rodas dug out a pass from Wondka and beat the Titans goalie. Synclaire Hamilton and Kailey Richardson had standout games on defense for the winners, while Cindy Tafolla applied lots of pressure on offense.

Goalies Samantha Stephens and Lauren Youhanna combined for eleven saves, and Hamilton made a game-saving play at sweeper as the Boomers held powerful Kaos to a scoreless tie in a Saturday afternoon contest. Rodas and Amy de Landa had good scoring opportunities in the first half while a shot by Wondka went just over the top of the net near the end of the game. Defenders Abby Harrison and Claire Castren helped keep Kaos' forwards in check.

Because Kaos defeated the Titans by the same score as the Boomers, the two teams came back early Sunday morning for a tie-breaking shootout. After Youhanna stopped the first Kaos shot, Eva Liu gave the Boomers a 1-0 lead. Kaos tied it on the next shot and then Youhanna recorded another save. However, Kaos found the net on its next two shots and the Boomers came up empty, ending the shootout in Kaos' favor, 3-1.

The loss matched the Boomers against the Heat, which had rolled through the season unscathed. It looked like it might be more of the same as the Heat scored on a breakaway three minutes into the game. However, a short time later Stephens made a diving save, and the Boomers would not allow the Heat to score again. Ashley Campbell had a pair of shots, while Strom, Castren, Rodas, Tafolla and Wondka also fired shots. Tafolla's shot, on a direct kick, nearly tied it late in the second half. Ciara Valdez also played well in helping the Boomers control the ball for a good portion of the second half but the Heat survived, 1-0.

That game seemed to deflate the Boomers for the consolation game as they were soundly defeated, 4-0, in a rematch with Kaos. After Kaos went ahead 1-0, Campbell was just wide with a shot. Kaos made it 2-0 by halftime and scored twice more in the second half. Katie Courville, Youhanna, Rodas, de Landa and Campbell all had shots on goal in the second half for the Boomers.

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