The West Coast Kaos kicked off their spring season with a championship victory at the Juventus Spring Showcase. The girls battled team from northern California and as far away as Idaho to go undefeated and bring home the trophy.
In the first game of the tournament, Kaos faced a scrappy team from Davis Legacy. Within the first five minutes, Kaos Forward, Alivia Ganz delivered a rocket shot from the left side of the field. Before the half was finished, Ganz logged her second goal of the match. Davis managed to score one off a penalty kick from a foul in the box. By the end of the match, Ganz scored another goal and logged her first hat trick of the season.
Later that afternoon, Kaos faced a strong team from Boise, Idaho. The match started with a good pace by both teams. At the 20-minute mark of the first half, Kaos scored first with a beautifully placed ball into the top right corner of the next by Ganz. Kaos scored again before the end of the first half from a corner kick delivered to Ganz on the left who crossed it across the middle of the goal to Alina Garcia who nailed a shot into the right side of the net. Late in the second half, Kaos was on the attack. West Coast Forward, Dani Leong, ran the ball down the right side of the field and fired a shot that cleared the fingertips of the Boise goalie. The matched ended 3-0. Kaos was on top of the leader board with the most points.
On Sunday, in their third game of the tournament, Kaos met up with the Central Valley Earthquakes. Again, Kaos scored first with a long shot from Ganz on the left wing. But the Earthquakes answered within minutes with a clean shot just out of reach Kaos goal keeper, Maddie Mannina. Within minutes, Kaos went on a scored binge with another goal by Ganz then followed with goals from Melanie Nguyen, Nikki Codington, and Kate Zeck. Kaos closed out the bracket with a 5-1 win and enough points to put them in the championship match later in the day.
In the championship match, Kaos faced a energetic team from Ajax East Bay. Both teams fatigued with having played three games already, Kaos’ defensive line of Kiara Rodriquez, Mercedez Valverde, Kesley Brumm, Kassidy Bracket, Gaby Casillas, and Maddie Long shutdown the Ajax offense and only allowed one shot on goal. But Ajax had their own strength in defense and effectively put the brakes on the Kaos offense of Ganz and Sami Wilson. Much of the game took place in the middle where Garcia, Zeck, Kelsey Sako, Hailey Miller, and Alyssa Williams battled to win balls. By the end of regulation, the score remained 0-0.
The outcome of the championship match was determined by penalty kicks. After six PKs from each team, the score was still tied. On the seventh kick, Williams gave Kaos the advantage with a perfectly place shot into the right side of the net. With one chance to tie it up again, Ajax kicker fired a shot high just to left side of the net. Manning jumped with arms stretch high and managed to bat the ball up and over the top goal post. The save ended the match and gave Kaos the championship victory.
With a solid performance at the tournament, Kaos now prepares for spring league and Norcal Premier State Cup matches.