WildKatz Gang Claim 3rd Tourney Championship of Season
The West Coast Wildkatz claimed their 3rd Tournament Championship of the 2013 Fall Season with a 2-1 victory in a penalty kick shoot-out vs. The Grphyons in the “Kick or Treat” Tourney in Concord, CA. It wasn’t the only victory of the weekend for the girls as they won the “Best Costume” for their age group led by designers: Carol Marks, Aurelia Anzo and Lori Nelson and Nicole Santellano.
The two sides met earlier in the tournament in a touch match with the Katz leaning on a Jayden Morton strike to secure a 1-0 victory. The U9 girls overcame a slow start to dominate the second half with aggressive play and excellent ball movement to secure a finals berth.
In the finals, they found themselves in a rematch that tested each team due to high winds. After allowing an early goal, The WildKatz quickly came back to tie the game 1-1, thanks to a fantastic strike from Mary Jane Anzo.
The Katz showed superior play even against the high winds as regulation remained deadlocked at 1-1. Again, the Katz dominated play in overtime but could not break through a stingy Gryphons defense.
For the second consecutive tournament the Katz championships came down to PK’s. After falling behind 1-0, the Wildkatz reeled of four straight successful PK’s by Ellia Revino, Teagan Conklin, Allie Santellano and Catie Carlson, and with stellar goalkeeping from Carlson, the West Coast WildKatz clinched the tournament title.
It is great timing for the WildKatz as they now look forward to the second round of the NorCal StateCup in Davis, Ca. They go into the State Cup as the #1 seed after an unbeaten record in qualifying.