October 9th Livermore California at Granada High School marked the showdown between the two top youth girls team in Northern California. The #1 ranked West Coast Wild; the reigning 2 time State Champions, Regional Champions & National Champion for US Club/Norcal vs the #2 ranked Santa Clara Sporting CYSA’s State & Regional Champion. This marks the second time this year that the two have met, once in each playing league. Earlier this month on September 13th the two would battle to a 2-2 tie in the Norcal NPL Champions league play but this time the Wild were out to claim the title as the best U17 Girls team in Northern California. West Coast Wild started the action with several exploding offensive opportunities that just missed the mark and Sporting countered with a bending shot that hit the post making the game very interesting. The stats show the importance of the match as shots on target were equal at 4 apiece, the intensity level rose higher than ever with both teams registering 10 fouls and the Wild had the edge 6 to 2 on corners for. The ice breaker would come when coach Dayak moved defender Miciah Madison up from a defensive position and in the 65 minute Adeline Ruiz placed a beautiful pass to the streaking Madison who banged home what was to be the game winner. Wild played stellar defense for the remainder of the game and did not allow any further opportunities for Sporting, Amanda Valentine registered the shutout. With this result it secures West Coast Wild as the undisputed top girls team in the U17 age group. “Wild’s passion, heart & pride is indomitable! Says Coach Dayak many of the players had Homecoming this week and to come out and be focused like that was truly amazing!” West Coast Wild has been ranked #1 in the State for the second year in a row winning back to back State Cup Titles and is the 2014 National Champions. This has elevated the Wild to a Diamond ranking status, the only team from U11-U17 in Northern California with that honor.
Pictured: West Coast Emily Allum and Alyssa delCastillo deny NPL top scorer the ball.