The U15G West Coast Wildfire soccer team traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada for the Players’ College Showcase. The Players’ Showcase is one of the biggest college recruiting opportunities in the country. College coaches from all over the country come to this annual event to identify youth players who can potentially play and compete at the collegiate level.
In their second year at this highly competitive tournament, the Wildfire showed off their soccer might in front of college recruiters from a number of top universities. The Wildfire battled top ranked teams from Minnesota, Irvine, Honolulu, and New Mexico for an impressive 3-0-1 tournament record. Missing the semi-finals by only one point, the Wildfire finished 2nd in their bracket.
In their first game of the tournament, Wildfire outscored the Minnesota Fusion with a 2-0 shutout. In their second game, Wildfire faced a tough Southern California team from Irvine, the Pateadores. In one of the most physical games of the weekend, the match remained at a stalemate until mid-way through the second half. With 15 minutes to go, the Wildfire scored off a Pateadore penalty in the box to claim a 1-0 victory. The Wildfire’s next opponent was the number one ranked team from New Mexico, the Rush. The Rush scored first off a long ball down the middle. Wildfire answered back with a goal to tie the game 1-1. Late in the second half, the Rush caught another long ball break giving them the go-ahead goal and a 2-1 win over Wildfire. In the final match of the tournament, Wildfire faced a very physical team from Honolulu, the Bulls. Within the first five minutes, Wildfire scored giving them a 1-0 lead, which they held through most of the match. Completely dominating, the Wildfire had numerous offensive attempts and finally executed on a second goal with ten minutes to go. Wildfire wrapped up the tournament with a 2-0 shutout over Honolulu.
The U15G Wildfire team was one of four teams Coach Troy Dayak took to the Players’ College Showcase. The U16G Wonder, U17G Wild, and U19G Katz beat out some of the top teams in the country. The U17G Wild, the number one ranked team in the country, defended their title against other top ranked teams to seal their place at the top. The West Coast Soccer Club capped the 2015 Players’ College Showcase with one of the strongest showing by any competitive club in the country.
The teams from West Coast Soccer Club now begin spring league where they will compete against top teams from Northern California. The club has an open invitation for competitive soccer players to join one of our 20 boys and girls teams. Visit www.westcoastsoccerclub.org for more information or contact Coach Dayak directly at email@example.com.