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November 18, 2009 > Lightning Bolts place third in Director's Cup

Lightning Bolts place third in Director's Cup

Submitted By Blaise Castren

Lightning Bolts opened the FC Fremont Girls House League Under-14 Director's Cup, held Saturday and Sunday, November 14-15, with a scoreless tie against Burn.

Bolts goalie, Samantha Stephens, came up with two big saves while Kailey Richardson was all over the field defensively. Cheyenne Gilman and Nadra Mamou also played well at fullback. Aaryonna Lopez had several scoring chances, the best coming 10 minutes into the second half, while Madison Blomquist and Tiffany Morales had good games passing the ball.

In the second game against Adidas, which finished second in the Tri-City League, Lightning put the pressure on early in the game as Amy de Landa sent a shot just wide and Jenna Wondka delivered a nice pass to de Landa. However, Addidas broke through to score on a mad scramble in front of the net before halftime for the game's only goal.

Second half saw Stephens make two big saves, including an acrobatic one after a shot ricocheted off the post. Claire Castren and Jamie Fernandez played stellar defense in a losing cause.

Tournament semifinals saw Bolts face the undefeated Stompers for the fifth time this season, and again they fell to defeat, 2-0. In Lightning Bolts' attempt to finally upset Stompers (who went on to win the tournament), the Bolts had two good early scoring chances. First when Gilman fed Elena Strom, and later when Lopez fired a shot just wide.

Stompers would surge back but Synclaire Hamilton came up big from her sweeper position for Lightning to clear the ball away from the goal mouth after it had hit the post. However the winners, who had been forced into penalty kicks before winning in their last meeting with the Bolts, scored once before halftime, then put the game away with another goal in the second half.

Lightning, which had not scored a goal in the first three games of the tournament, gave up an early goal to Ice Breakers in the Bolts final match of the tournament. Finally in the second half, Lightning broke through against the Breakers when Strom found the net following a nice pass by Alexa Hughes, to tie the match at 1-1.

Hughes, Strom, Alexia Dentoni, Lopez and Hamilton all had scoring chances later in the second half, but the game remained tied through regulation and two, five-minute overtime periods. Nicole Furukawa and Zoe Rayburn played well defensively to keep the Breakers off the scoreboard following the early goal.

In the shootout, Ice Breakers took a 2-0 lead before goalie Stephens scored Lightning's first goal from the penalty spot, and followed that by stopping two straight Breaker PKs. Hamilton then tied the shootout session with the Bolts fourth PK. After an Ice Breaker hit the post with their fifth PK, Gilman delivered the game-winner for Lightning Bolts.

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