September 2, 2014 > Impact Soccer Club Summer Challenge
Impact Soccer Club Summer Challenge
Submitted By Jenni Inouye
Elite Impact U10 (under age 10) girls soccer team placed second in the Impact Soccer Club Summer Challenge Tournament played in Brentwood, CA on July 19 Ð 20. The team was short players so guest player Isabella Hernandez along with girls from the younger teams, Elisa Ulloa (Elite Strikers), and Kira Clark (Elite Storm) were added to the roster for the two day tournament.
The defense led by ÒKeeperÓ Jalina Vargas and solid support from Isabela Contreras, Marisol Ibarra-Sanchez, Alexis Jones, and Elisa Ulloa resulted in a 4-0 shutout for the first game against Impact Black. Kiara Gutierrez scored 2 goals, Emma Valadez and Niki Clark each scored 1. The second game was a hard fought physical game. Elite Impact was down 0-2 at half time, but scored quickly at the start of the second half. Unfortunately, they fell short and came away with a 2-3 loss against Impact 03. The first game on the morning of Sunday, July 20 saw the team bounce back with a decisive 8-1 victory against Diablo Valley 03. Kira Clark, Niki Clark, Emma Valadez, Isabella Hernandez, Alexis Jones, Maria Camacho, and Kiara Gutierrez scored during this game. Assists from Arianna Barbeau led to the win that qualified the team for the Championship game.
From the start it was clear the Championship game was not going to be easy, Elite Impact vs. Impact 03, the team they had lost against the day before. Elite ImpactÕs defense played exceptionally hard and kept the game scoreless at half time. Unfortunately, the offense could not find the net. The second half looked positive with a quick Elite Impact goal from Isabella Hernandez. The opponents came back quickly with a goal of their own. Elite Impact played impressively, but ended up with a 1-4 loss. The team will be playing more tournaments before the end of summer and look forward to the start of the Fall NorCal Premier Youth League Gold Division.