Fooster attends elite soccer tournament |

Fooster attends elite soccer tournament

Michael Traum

Surfing was not a required skill in order to compete in the 1996 San Diego Surf Cup.

All that’s needed is the ability to play soccer at a high level – a very high level.

And that’s what South Tahoe High senior Bekah Foster did during the Thanksgiving vacation last year. The Northern Nevada first-team all-league forward played with the Gold Strikers, an under-19 all-star team based in Alaska.

“It’s a good experience because there were a lot of great teams with really talented players,” Foster said.

The Strikers’ coach saw Foster at an Olympic Development camp in Oregon last year. The Viking was one of three girls from the team asked to join the Alaska squad in San Diego.

The Surf Cup, which is sponsored by Nike and has the reputation in soccer circles as being one of the top tournaments in the country, featured 13 state champions and one national champion team. The tournament’s motto is, “Through these gates walk the best of the best.”

“Seeing that sign made me feel like I was pretty good,” Foster said modestly. “The level of performance was a lot higher than I’ve ever played with. It makes you step up when they’re better than you. It was a challenge.”

Foster started at forward and played some halfback for the team, which finished 1-1-1. Although she didn’t score or collect any assists, her performance drew the attention of many of the 100 college coaches who were in attendance. She’s received interest from Pepperdine, Westmont, International University, Southern California College and Southern Colorado, just to name a few.

“I’m not sure where I’m going yet. I’d like to wait until club soccer starts again. Maybe someone else will see me. I hope to decide within a couple of months,” Foster said.

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