Girls U15 Intra team earns league championship

TEAM PHOTO—Top row:  Assistant Coach Deena Vizcarra, Karli Njaa, Katherine Lorentz,, Courtney Dolan, Katherine Hoertig, Shelby Sherman, Daniela Charbonneau, Naomi Ramirez, Goalie Taylor Stacy and Coach Justin Jordan.  Bottom row:  Teresa Italiano, Ceci Estrada, Megan Vandervort, Sasha Escamilla, Saylee Lessler, Danielle Vizcarra, Kacie Jordan and Sydney Marin. Courtesy photos.
TEAM PHOTO—Top row: Assistant Coach Deena Vizcarra, Karli Njaa, Katherine Lorentz,, Courtney Dolan, Katherine Hoertig, Shelby Sherman, Daniela Charbonneau, Naomi Ramirez, Goalie Taylor Stacy and Coach Justin Jordan. Bottom row: Teresa Italiano, Ceci Estrada, Megan Vandervort, Sasha Escamilla, Saylee Lessler, Danielle Vizcarra, Kacie Jordan and Sydney Marin. Courtesy photos.

Being league champions is not the norm for Ramona Intra Soccer, said coaches of the Ramona Girls U15 Intra team, but that’s what the team did.

The girls went up against Del Mar, Temecula and Murrieta the weekend of Nov. 18 to secure their first place spot in the league. They faced a tough schedule with

three games in a row due to rain-outs from the previous weekend.

Friday night’s 5-1 win Nov. 18 against the Del Mar Sharks gave Ramona a great start. Goals were made by Naomi Ramirez, Kacie Jordan, Karli Njaa, Daniela Charbonneau and Shaylee Lesler.

“The girls were on fire,” said Coach Justin “JJ” Jordan.

The Ramona girls faced the Temecula Hawks on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 19, on their home turf. It was the toughest game of the three, with the score 1-1 at halftime.

Temecula pulled ahead in the second half 2-1.

“The girls knew what they wanted and you could feel it and see it in the intensity and focus they maintained throughout the entire game,” said Assistant Coach Deena Vizcarra.

The game ended in a 2-2 tie. Goals were made by Kacie Jordan and Karli Njaa with an assist by Sasha Escamilla.

On Nov. 20, the girls left early for Murrieta with the determination to make it an undefeated season. Coach JJ said that the girls worked hard all season and deserved to not only be league champions but undefeated league champions — and that is exactly what they did.

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Teresa Italiano controls the ball to outplay her opponent in Ramona U15’s game against Murrieta.

Ramona beat the FC Murrieta 4-2. Goals were made by Daniela Charbonneau, Kacie Jordan and Karli Njaa (2). Defensive team Taylor Stacy (Goalie), Sasha Escamilla, Sydney Marin, and Shelby Sherman did an awesome job in the back, said their coach.

Center midfielders Danielle Vizcarra, Shaylee Lessler, Megan Vandervort along with wingers Courtney Dolan, Naomi Ramirez, Ceci Estrada and Katherine Lorentz connected passes and created scoring opportunities throughout the three game stretch.

The Ramona Girls finished the season with 48 goals for and 12 goals against. The girls plan to meet again after high school soccer to prepare for the State Cup Tournament in April.

   
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