This weekend, West Coast’s premier U12 Girls team, Krossfire, competed in the Ajax End of Summer Clash in Modesto. The first game of the weekend saw Krossfire matching up against FC Elk Grove 06G Platinum 1. Elk Grove was able to sneak a goal in past the Krossfire defense in the first few minutes of the match. The rest of the match saw both teams go back and forth, but no one could get the ball into the net. Krossfire took the opening loss, 0-1.
The second game of the day matched Krossfire up against the Turlock Tornadoes SC 06G Red. The first half was more of the same from Krossfire. They pushed hard on the Turlock defense, but just couldn’t get a goal. Turlock came out in the second half and put in a goal in the first minute to take the 1-0 lead. That goal woke the dragon up in Krossfire. They went on to score 5 unanswered goals to get the 5-1 win. Alana Albarran scored the equalizer with Adriana Paneda assisting in the 5th minute. The 10th minute saw a hard press from the Krossfire offense lead to an own goal and a 2-1 lead. The 12th minute then saw Madeline Snodgress get one is with Dakota Baird assisting tho give Krossfire the 3-1 lead. Summer Lane added 2 more Krossfire goals, the first one unassisted in the 18th minute and the second in the final minute of the match with the newest addition to Krossfire, Gabby Carlton, getting the assist.
Because of the early loss on Saturday, Sunday morning saw Krossfire in a must win situation to have a chance to move on to the finals. Ajax United 06G Green 2 was coming off 2 big wins on Saturday and were ready to make it 3 in a row. Krossfire had other ideas, though. The first half was once again a back and forth battle. Krossfire dominated the time of possession, but couldn’t get the ball in. The second half was more of the same until the 24th minute when Sophia Simonds was able to get the steal and net the game winner. Krossfire would hold on to get the 1-0 win, which was enough to get them into the finals.
The finals matched Krossfire up in a rematch with Ajax United 06G Green 2. Krossfire started this match off with fire, continually pushing the ball into the offensive zone. The 10th minute saw Madeline Snodgress block a pass from the Ajax goalkeeper and net the first goal of the match. The 18th minute saw Kendra Riddiough net the second Krossfire goal with Summer assisting. Summer then knocked in a 3rd Krossfire goal with Sophia assisting giving Krossfire a 3-0 lead at the half. The second half saw Krossfire continue to push into the offensive zone. Kendra added a late goal with Gabby assisting to give Krossfire the 4-0 victory and the tournament victory.
The Krossfire defensive line, anchored by Madylin Harrell, Ariana Butler, Adriana, and Brittany Hahn was very strong this weekend. Jennessa Maselli was solid in the goal all weekend, recording 2 shutouts and only giving up 2 goals total on 37 shots against.
Next up for Krossfire is a NorCal Fall League game against Elite Soccer Orange and a State Cup matchup against Pleasanton Rage 06G Elite.
Pictured: Bottom Row: Gabby Carlton, Jennessa Maselli, Ariana Butler. Middle Row: Alana Albarran, Summer Lane, Dakota Baird, Madylin Harrell. Top Row: Chloe Thomas, Adriana Paneda, Madeline Snodgress, Brittany Hahn, Sophia Simonds, Kendra Riddiough.