Local youth soccer program West Coast Soccer Club has returned to the field again for competition after games and tournaments canceled by COVID-19.
The West Coast Soccer Club returned to the field in a winning way. The club sent four of its girls teams to the local Surf Invitational Tournament at River Island Soccer Complex in Lathrop.
All three Girls Academy League West Coast teams won their group play and went to the finals.
“I’m really proud of our teams. It’s been a long time coming to be able to play in local tournaments and this event gives us a solid foundation to build from for our upcoming league play” said West Coast coach Troy Dayak.
The Krossfire 06 girls took home the championship, defeating local Valley Surf 2-0, Peninsula Surf 3-0, Santa Rosa 4-0 and the SF Aftershock 3-2 in the final.
With 12 goals for, and only two goals against, the young West Coast team was led by Brentwood native Payton Hoover.
Liberty High School standouts Skyler Ingram, Gabriella Carlton and Gianna Ramirez played key roles in the team’s success, while goalkeeper Shae Spencer allowed only two goals throughout the tournament.
The West Coast 05 Wildkatz made it to the finals in the U17 age group, finishing first in bracket play by tying the Ceres Earthquakes 2-2 and taking down Almaden FC 7-0 and San Jose Surf 2-1, but lost in the final to Sporting GA 2-0.
Wildkatz midfielder Jadynn King (Liberty High School) was noted for outstanding play, and Freedom High schools Carley Singleton scored goals and assists on offense in the U17 age group.
In the top U19 age group, The West Coast Wicked 04 girls showed their strength, finishing first in group play, defeating Butte United 2-0, Blues FC 3-2 and Roseville 4-0 and took home the championship winning 2-1 over Juventus.
The Wicked players -- Miranda Valle, Andrea Castillo, Francesca Pereira and Madison Herrera -- were key players in the midfield, while Maria Rebolledo, Rylie Stiglich and Makenzie Hewison anchored the defense. Bailey Gualco and Anaya Shelton teamed up to create multiple goals and assists.
The West Coast Katz 08 played at the same event but at the Ripon Sports Complex.
West Coast Soccer Club Academy teams play in the two highest level leagues, the Girls Academy National League and the National Premier League / ECNL Regional League. Fans can follow West Coast Soccer Club progress at www.westcoastsoccerclub.com.