West Coast Kaos participated in their first Surf College Showcase in Oceanside, California over the Thanksgiving weekend. Surf Cup is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the soccer community. The best of the best compete to show off their skills, talents, and grit to over 500 college coaches. Kaos tied their first two matches against two tough southern California team, West Side Breakers and Murrietta Surf. In their final match, Kaos out scored the Blackhawks FC 2-1 to finish undefeated and 3rd overall in a field of 8 teams in their bracket.
In their final match of the tournament, Kaos faced their stiffest competition, the Blackhawks FC from Elk Grove. The Blackhawks are a physical team with a speedy offense. The first goal of the match came in the 9th minute from West Coast Midfielder, Alyssa Williams. Williams fired a cross from the right that sailed across the goal and curved slightly to find the left net. Kaos went ahead 1-0 and held on to the lead through the first half and most of the second. At the 70th minute, the Blackhawks finally answered with a goal from a corner kick. With 10 minutes left, both teams were determined to get another goal and the victory. The Blackhawks managed to get two breakaway opportunities only to be denied by Tracy resident, Maddie Mannina who used the full extension of her body to block both shots. With four minutes left, it was Kaos’ turn to execute on an offensive attack. Kaos brought the ball into the opposing 18 where a number of shots were attempted. In the scrum of the battle, Blackhawks committed a handball foul in the box and Kaos was awarded a penalty kick. Kaos Forward, Anaya Shelton, executed to the right of the Goal Keeper’s reach. Kaos moved ahead 2-1 and closed out the match and their tournament with a victory.
The strong showing at the Surf College Showcase wraps up Kaos’ fall season. The girls started with a championship win at the Mustang Stamped in August, finished second in their Norcal NPL division, and had an impressive first Surf Cup. Next up for Kaos is a two-month break to play high school soccer. The girls will return in February to prepare for spring league in a highly competitive NPL 1 division and the Players College Showcase in Las Vegas in March.