Elements U14 girls place second in Concord Cup
CONCORD, Calif. – Carson Valley’s Elements U14 girls soccer team had a solid second place team finish in the 18th annual Concord Cup soccer tournament held in Concord, Calif.
The tournament consisted of 19 separate U14 teams broken into three different flights according to ranking. The Elements were seeded in the highest ranked U14 group where they captured the second place finish by virtue of a 0-0 tie v. FC Azzurri from Yuba City, a 4-0 win over the Cupertino Strikers and a 4-1 win over the East Diablo Dynamite.
The team’s only loss in the tourney came at the hands of the overall champions, the Pacifica Strikers from Pacifica California.
The Elements began the tournament in a game where they just couldn’t find the back of the net in spite of out-shooting FC Azzurri. After tying in the opener with a scoreless match, the team came back in the second game and fought a physical battle with the Strikers.
Shots on goal for the game were even, but again the Elements just couldn’t get one passed the Strikers’ keeper and fell 4-0.
At the end of the day, in spite of playing some very good minutes of soccer, the Elements found themselves 13-points out of medal contention.
Sunday’s games would be a different story.
In the morning’s first match against Cupertino, the Elements were dominant on the defensive end especially as they rarely allowed the ball into thee Cupertino’s offensive zone.
By half time, the score was 3-0, but could easily have been twice that amount according to the Elements coaches.
They would add one more goal in the second and got off to a good second day with a 4-0 win. A win which gave them maximum points for the match.
In the second game of the day, the Elements were paired against the East Diablo Dynamite who were standing in second place, just three points above the Elements.
To the winner went second place in the tourney and to the loser went nothing.
With winning in mind, the Elements came out strong from the start, scoring their first goal just five-minutes in.
From there they never looked back. scoring one more in the half and then two more in the second half to take second place.
Scoring in the tournament came courtesy of Alissa Holley who finished with a goal and two assists. Desi Benavidez scored twice on the weekend and also added an assist while Hannah Schweigert did the same. Kendall Eagan had a goal scored and assist while Holland Chambers and Kenya Brazzell each scored once and Beth Jaggard had one assist.
The year-to-date has been a successful one for the Elements who have not failed to make a final or semifinal match in tourney play.
As a result, they have moved up three spots in the Nevada club rankings, 67 places in the western region and 282 places nationally.