Pictured: Wildfire’s Outside-mid, Tori Diehl, about to drill a shot into the net. Diehl scored two of the Wildfire’s 6 goals in Sunday’s match against Mustang.
West Coast Wildfire Strong for State Cup – The West Coast Wildfire U16G showed strong in the California Regional League’s state cup tournament series this past weekend. Wildfire bested Central Valley Crossfire Blue and Mustang blast and tied the nation’s number 6th ranked girls team, Santa Clara Sporting green. The strong showing propels Wildfire into the semi-finals in two weeks.
In the first game against Central Valley, Wildfire dominated with the majority of possession. After several shots on goal, Wildfire finally found the net halfway through the second half. Wildfire delivered two goals to give them a 2-0 victory.
Later that afternoon, in a much-anticipated match against Santa Clara Sporting, Wildfire came out swinging. The girls were determined not to let Sporting get the advantage. Wildfire’s defense held strong throughout the first half allowing no scores. Early in the second half, Sporting nailed a shot into the top right corner of the goal giving them the lead. The next 30 minutes was a battle of physicality as the Wildfire fought to get an offensive play set up. With 3 minutes in the match, Forward Jasmyne Dunn, navigated her way up the middle into a breakaway that led to a beautifully placed shot into Sporting’s net. This tied the match 1-1. With momentum on their side, Wildfire continued to drive offensively until the final moments of the match. One last shot by Forward Paola Samaniego hit the Sporting’s crossbar and dropped just shy of the goal line. Regardless, Wildfire celebrated as if it were a victory against one the top teams in the nation.
In Sunday’s match, Wildfire faced Mustang Blast, a local team from Danville. Wildfire went up early with two goals within the first ten minutes. Just before the half, Mustang managed to get one goal back. As the second half started, it was clear Wildfire’s fitness and strength was too much for Mustang to handle. The remainder of the match was an all out offensive assault by Wildfire. The final whistle couldn’t come soon enough for Mustang. The match ended with a 6-2 Wildfire victory. The six goals were shared by Callie Crain, Tori Diehl, Meghan Giamona and Paola Samaniego.
West Coast Wildfire will now spend the next few weeks preparing for a semi-final match against the number 15th ranked team in the country, CV Crossfire. Next up for Wildfire are the 2001-1998 tryouts.