South Tahoe FC U-15 Outlaws girls soccer finishes second at Bay Area tournament
Two South Tahoe FC girls soccer teams kicked their seasons off in successful fashion at the 2016 Juventus Northern California Spring Showcase, held March 5-6 in the Bay Area. Beyond tough competition, play was extra challenging with monsoon-like conditions for much of the weekend in San Francisco — but both teams showed well at this premier level event.
The U-15 STFC Outlaws found themselves in first place after three rounds of pool play with victories over Palo Alto, San Juan FC and Placer United. During that run, the Outlaws held their opponents scoreless in all three games led by incredible performance from their back line and goalkeeper Jordan Smith.
The early rounds saw goals from a pair of freshman standouts — Whittell’s Anna White had two and Douglas’ Alexa Moss added another. The Outlaws advanced to the championship of the Sequoia division and lost 3-0 to a fast-paced, impressive opponent from Marin FC.
A combination team U-17/U-18 STFC Hawks played up in the U-19 women’s college showcase division and fared well in every match. The Hawks went 1-2-1 during the event with a 5-3 scoring margin and finished in the middle of the pack.
The Hawks’ only loss was a 1-0 squeaker against Santa Rosa United, but they defeated Norcal Elite 3-0 with a shutout from South Tahoe junior goalkeeper Claudia Janese along with draws against SACYSL Northstars (1-1) and American River FC (2-2).
Of the goals scored during the weekend, four came from two local All-State forwards — South Tahoe senior Kenya Maltase tallied three while Douglas senior McKenna Kynett added one. The team’s final goal was a left-footed laser from Douglas junior winger Jessica Withrow.
The Hawks are led by Sierra Nevada College head coach Chris DeLeon, South Tahoe head coach Mark Salmon and Vikings assistant coach Sarah Muskopf. This weekend, March 18-20, the STFC Hawks travel to the Players College Showcase in Las Vegas — one of the largest and most competitive tournaments in the country.
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