Eureka Flames win U14 U.S. Club soccer tournament
The Eureka Flames U14 girls soccer team won a U.S. Club competitive tournament Sept. 25 and 26 in Chico.
It was their second championship to go with a second-place finish in three tournaments.
The Flames, featuring a roster of girls from Roseville and Granite Bay, went undefeated in pool play. A defense led by Natalie Caraway, Taylor Gale, Natalie Rhodes, Lauren Bonham and Rachel Harris allowed just one goal throughout the tournament. The team received goals from Emily Torris, Kyli Olesen, Lauren Massagli, Taylor Scranton, Ryleigh Bone, Natalie Rhodes, Madisyn Donnels and Taylor Gale in pool play.
The Flames trailed by a goal at halftime in the championship game, then Colleen Vivaldi launched a long-range shot over the goalie and into the upper corner of the net to tie the score.
In sudden death, the Flames’ Taylor Greer made her kick, and Donnels, in goal, stopped the opposition’s first kick to secure the victory, sending the players and fans into a wild celebration.
Roseville Starfire 5, Rocklin Cubbies 1 – Mackenzie Kirkpatrick scored two goals as the Starfire defeated the Cubbies. Alex Evans’ great defense helped shut down the Cubbies, and Courtney Wraa played her best game of the season. Kayla Kwong, Camryn Franks and Kourtney Milani each scored a goal for the Starfire.
Firehawks 3, Keiki Kickers 0 – Gracie Harada, Makenzie Towle and Ainslee Rice played strong games for the Kickers in the loss.
Flying Dragons 6, Cougars 1 – Phillip Semenov, Mason Lee, Sebastian Walker and Mitchell Jamison led the way for the Cougars in the loss.
Roseville Rockets 3, Roseville Energizers 1 – Gina Garcia scored two goals and Tyler Fardanesh one for the Rockets in their win over the Energizers.
EYSC Mighty Lions 1, Loomis Wildcats 0 – Audrey Talmi assisted on a goal by Isabelle Hanson, and strong defense and great saves by Olivia Hazeghazam helped the Mighty Lions record a shutout.
GB United 4, Earthquakes 2 – Hallie Knudtson and Andrew Gordon each scored one goal for the Earthquakes, and Courtney Fogal, Alex Casselman, Julius Stout and Taya Packer played well.