By Deena Vizcarra
The Ramona FC Club Girls U16 team traveled to Apple Valley last weekend to compete in the world’s largest youth soccer tournament (President’s Division) held in California and came home undefeated.
“Overall, it was a great team effort. I am very happy with the results,” said coach Justin “JJ” Jordan.
The defensive team of Taylor Stacy (Keeper), Sydney Marin, Shelby Sherman, Courtney Dolan, and Katherine Lorentz did a great job containing the opposing team’s offensive and holding a strong line.
The midfield team of Naomi Ramirez, Kathrin Hoertig, Karli Njaa, Daniela Charbonneau, Daryn Ikeda, and Teresa Italiano used skill to maintain possession and keep open space on the field to control the plays.
The forward line of Ceci Estrada, Kacie Jordan, Megan Vandervort, and Danielle Vizcarra played awesome offensively, breaking through the opponent’s defensive line to create scoring opportunities for Ramona.
Ramona played two games on Saturday, April 13. The first game was against Laguna Hills Eclipse, which resulted in a 3-0 shutout for Ramona. Goals were scored by Charbonneau (2) and Lorentz (1).
In the second game, Ramona beat the San Luis Obispo Storm in another shutout of the day, 3-0, in heavy winds. Stacy had nine saves. Goals were scored by Hoertig and Dolan off of a free kick, and Lorentz with a header.
On Sunday, April 14, the girls continued their winning streak against Rialto Fire with a 4-1 victory. Goals were scored by Jordan (first 40 seconds of the game), Italino, Njaa (off a PK), and Estrada.
The girls advance to play this weekend, returning to Apple Valley to compete with the top 16 teams. For updated information see the Ramona FC Facebook page.