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Tahoe AYSO teams play well at Davis

Michael Traum

Absent in force from regional tournament placing for many years, a group of South Tahoe AYSO select soccer squads stole the show at the 12th annual Davis World Cup Tournament last weekend.

“It is the strongest showing of any single town in recent history in Davis. In fact, in the last four years, no Tahoe team made it to the finals,” said boys division four coach Steve Head.

Leading the charge was the Tahoe United Division III boys, who swept the field to bring home championship honors. The team won its opener 1-0 over Davis’ Gunners on Saturday and later tied with Palo Alto, 1-1. On Sunday, Tahoe beat Mount Diablo’s Bad Boys and Concord to advance to Monday’s semifinals. In that game, Tahoe again tied Palo Alto before winning with one second left in double overtime. In the final, Tahoe took a 1-0 lead before scoring three straight to beat Mount Diablo’s Storm, 5-1.

“I hate to single out one or two players when it was really the whole team that made this happen,” said coach Joyce Lockhart.

Members of the Division III boys team included: Parker Alexander, Tyler Bradford, Jimmy Breshears, Noe Estrada, Andrew Huber, Jason Lockhart, Travis Martin, Erick Martinez, Larry Martinez, Toby O’Brien, Justin Osborne, Robert Spees and Juan Vasquez.

Meanwhile, Tahoe’s Division IV boys team finished in second place. After losing the opener to Pacifica, Tahoe rallied for four straight wins to earn a semifinals berth. There the boys beat a different Pacifica team before dropping the final to Winters Aquilas.

“The team never gave up on trying to win. I was very proud of how the kids handled themselves and kept their composure in some very physical games,” Head said.

Members of the Division IV boys team included: Jose Mendes, Leon Abravanel, Danny D’Angelo, Devin Blann, Matt Bobman, Jordan Boles, Abram Robinson, Joey Ferriera, Alex Torres, Tobin Lindstrom, Tim Head, Isaih Mason and Bryan Finkel.

In the Division V boys tournament, the Tahoe team also made it to the finals. Showing a fighting spirit in often coming from behind, the team finally bowed out to the Concord Lasers in the title game.

“Everyone played well, together as a team and hung in there. They made a lot of the decisions and and (the coaches) went with it,” said coach Henry Suarez.

Members of the Division V boys team included: Cris Noble, Tom Caulking, Jason Athenien, Eddie Ruelas, Martin Rubio, Matt Thompson, Andy Thran, Tim Powers, Derek Witters, Conner Alexander, Danny Suarez, Josh Vega, David Schue and Spencer Dean.

Rounding out the weekend was the Division IV girls squad, which finished in fourth place. The team lost to the eventual winners in two sudden-death overtimes.

“The last few years we’ve been coming around and competing well,” said coach Randy Volkmar.

Members of the Division IV girls team included: Jennifer Filipko, Renee LaForce, Kelli Wilson, Summer St. Michel, Heather O’Brien, Courtney Carrell, Jennifer Gochnauer, Stacy Volkmar, Nicole Vidro, Tracy Ketelsen, Kelly Meyer, Dondra Biller, Kathryn Bruce, Megan Hoppe and Jenna Hayes.

Tahoe will host its own major regional tournament, the annual “Come Up For Air” event, at the end of July.

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