The West Coast Wildkatz capped an exciting weekend at the 2013 Ajax Fall Tournament with a 1-0 victory over Pleasanton Rage in penalty kicks. The game matched the top two ranked teams in Northern California and did not disappoint with stellar play and unbelievable effort from both teams.
The Wildkatz, from the Livermore club West Coast Soccer Club, won all three of their preliminary games by scoring 12 goals and giving up just one. In the first match up the Katz were led by Mary Jane Anzo’s hat trick and Jayden Morton scoring two more who also led the defensive effort alongside Jade Castillo, Melanie Lambert and Mia Marks.
Later that day, the Katz fought hard for a 2-0 victory with Allie Santellano finishing an early goal from a Teagan Conklin assist and Conklin later scoring on a free kick to seal the victory. Ellia Revino and Catie Carlson provided steady play on the field and splitting time in goal, including a fantastic breakaway stop by Revino to keep the shutout.
Sunday morning’s matchup meant the winner would go straight to the final since both teams went 2-0 the previous day. The Wildkatz consistently pressured the Stars defense with consistent play from forwards Emma Colmenero, Maddie Flasck and Santellano. The outcome was in doubt until Flasck finished a great cross from Morton.
This set the matchup between the WildKatz and Rage, two teams whom both play beyond their young years. The Wildkatz started the game again applying pressure by winning battles at midfield and up front. However, The Rage finished off the first time strong and carried their momentum into early into the second half. Led by relentless pressure from Colmenero, the WildKatz came within inches of scoring as the second half continued. The Rage then swung the momentum once more creating pressure in the WildKatz penalty box. In the end, neither team could break through as regulation finished tied, and forced the game into penalty kicks.
In penalty kicks, Morton and Conklin made their attempts and with Carlson stopping two of the Rage attempts bringing the outcome to the final round. Carlson bravely moved from the goalie position to take the final penalty kick, and she struck it beautifully to clinch the Tournament title for the West Coast Wildkatz!
League play continues for the WildKatz next Saturday, and as luck would have it a rematch versus The Pleasanton Rage.