West Coast Soccer
West Coast Katz 12, Danville Mustang Freedom 0: State Cup play began on Sept. 22 at Robertson Park in Livermore for the West Coast Katz U17 girls squad, who faced the Danville Mustang Freedom. Both teams displayed strong defense in a scoreless first half. The West Coast defense held the Freedom to just two shots on goal and were led by Victoria Garza, Karlee Hall, Samantha Reich and Nicole Lutz. After the break, the Katz scored a quick goal after Kylie Long passed through the defense and found Abigail Dyer, who scored. A few minutes later, Dyer setup Erika Steele with a lofted ball into the box, which Steele controlled and converted. West Coast midfielders Grace Lara, Kaitlyn Lipman, Kamryn Lipman and Taylah Nusser controlled the rest of the game and continually denied the Mustangs attack. West Coast forwards Alyssa Rodriguez and Sharan Singh were relentless on the attack, while goalie, Amanda Valentine, finished with three acrobatic saves. The Katz added a late insurance goal when Kamryn Lipman converted on a penalty kick.
West Coast Wild 4, Juventus Zebre 1: The West Coast Wild scored four unanswered goals against rivals Juventus Zebre. Early in the game, the Wild dominated ball possession but a giveaway in the midfield led to a spectacular goal by Zebre. Three minutes later, the Wild responded with stellar passing by Emilie Allum, Kasidee Wiley, Melissa Ellis, Tori Nicolo and Autumn Smithers, who got the assist, on a brilliant shot by Sydni Lunt. After a few tactical adjustments by Coach Dayak the team came out on fire, and Demi Gonis placed a diagonal pass behind the defense and Miciah Madison finished in stride, which gave the Wild a 2-1 lead going into the half. The Wild would continued to control possession in the second half, and Hanna Beauchamp scored the third goal off a corner kick from Megan Amick. Mariah McDuffy assisted Rachel Tungol for the fifth and final goal. Defensively, goalie, Amanda Valentine, and defensive backs Jacey Luzzi, Megan Amick and Mariah McDuffy played held the Zebre to just one first half goal.
West Coast Fury 5, Livermore Fusion 2: For the last two years, the Fury girls have battled Fusion's top team only to come up with a tie or fall short a goal. However, the Fury set a new tone after their dominant performance in their season opener. Isabella Romero scored first for the Fury, with a power shot that found the left corner of the goal, but the Fusion responded with two quick goals and the Fury trailed 2-1 at the half. In the second half, Kelena Brongiel ignited the team with a quick goal on a breakaway. Center-midfielder, Kourtney Kessler, followed with a steal then slotted it in the right corner of the net. The Fury held onto to a 3-2 lead with strong defense and also added two more insurance goals for the 5-2 victory.
West Coast Fury 8, Brentwood Impact 0: In their second match of the weekend, the West Coast Fury played a NorCal State Cup qualifier against Brentwood Impact. Early in the match, the Impact set the tone with a number of fouls in the backfield. The Fury capitalized on the fouls and Kourtney Kessler scored the first goal on a penalty kick. After the goal, the pace quickly changed in favor of the Fury. Before halftime, Trinity Sandridge and Kelena Brongiel combined for three more Fury goals. In the second half, the Fury continued to dominate in all phases. Kelena Brongiel scored on a breakaway and Alina Garcia scored the sixth goal on a corner kick. The final two goals came from Isabel Romero.