The West Coast Soccer Krush 05 Girls team finished in the top 18 for NorCal after a close, hard-fought game against Union Sacramento FC for the NorCal State Cup Premier Championship (17-24), falling in the end to Sacramento 3-2 this past Sunday.
Krush started the game full of energy and determination, making strong passing plays right from the start, taking control early in the game. Krush scored first after Makenna Galvan, getting the rebound from Daisy Tompkin’s corner kick, passed the ball outside to Presley Perez, who struck the ball into the corner of the net, just past Sacramento’s goalie. Sacramento responded by scoring their first goal midway through the half, tying the game. Krush had several more strong shot attempts on goal in the half, but the score remained tied going into halftime.
The second half saw both teams battling hard, trying not only to score, but control the pace of the game. After Union FC scored midway through the half, Krush found themselves in another corner kick situation. Once again Tompkins took the kick, placing the ball perfectly in front of the goal where Perez was able muscle the ball into the goal with a shoulder deflection, tying the game 2 all. Sacramento scored for the third, and final, time with just over five minutes remaining in the half.
Krush, made up of forwards Perez, Katelyn Cainey, Kimmie Keller, midfielders Tompkins, Galvan, Hailey Garvin, defenders Kaya Whittaker, Kaya Whittaker, Katherine Phelps, and goal Jillian Barth, never gave up, they kept attacking the ball and making plays, but in the end the final score was 3-2 Union Sacramento FC.
“Today wasn’t our day, but I could not have been prouder of the effort our girls put forth,” said Krush coach Sara Girotto, “We are 10 strong but have the hearts of 50 and are tough to beat. Today we played for each other and did not back down from a very strong team.”