West Coast’s U10 Girls WildKatz, lead by head coach Marlon Fernandez, swept away two tough league opponents this past weekend. On Saturday, squaring off in an away game against the Walnut Creek Soccer Club’s Chelsea 04 team, the Katz ceded an early opening goal and found themselves trailing for the first time this season 1-0. Surprised and now determined, the WildKatz proceeded to dominate the balance of the match. Despite 16 shots on goal unloaded at Walnut Creek, the first effort to find the back of the net was a 2nd-half unassisted strike by winger MaryJane Anzo. Minutes afterwards, center halfback Jayden Morton assisted forward Mia Marks with a swing pass to the left and Marks capitalized to put the Katz in the lead for good. Melanie Reed, Emma Colemenaro, Elissa Giulacci and speedy Katie Strong kept Chelsea from mounting any further offence by keeping the ball in their opponents side of the field. The final 2-1 score did not adequately reflect the degree to which the Katz outplayed Chelsea 04.
Sunday’s game was again played away, but this time against the WildKatz rough rivals from Newark, the Elite Soccer Strikers. Offense was hard to generate for either team, as unrelenting defense dominated the tone of the match. WildKatz defenders Jade Castillo, Madison Reid and Allie Santellano refused to break, their efforts supported by goaltenders Catie Carlson and Caiya Sims to shut Newark out of the scoring column. Last minute heroics by Morton served up a 1-0 victory when she followed up a blocked penalty kick and punched in the game winner during a scramble in front of the net.
The WildKatz rest up next Saturday in preparation for Sunday October 12th’s showdown against perennial powerhouse Mustang Rapids from Danville. This will be a battle for first place and an opportunity to avenge an earlier tie game that the Katz felt was theirs but for a questionable referee’s call at the very end of the match.