Sporting '93 Girls are Finalists at SoCal Blues Cup Tournament

Team Looses in PKs against Surf White Team

The Sporting ’93 Girls finished the 2009 SoCal Blues Cup Tournament as Finalists after loosing to the Surf White Team from San Diego in a penalty kick shoot-out on September 7th.  Surf White is the current US National Champions; the #1 Ranked Team in the US in the U16 Girls Age Group. Santa Clara tied in their first bracket game 2-2 against the Las Vegas Premier Team, then defeated Chelsea FC 2-1 Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, they drew another tie against CZ Elite FC Girls with a 0-0 score. The win and 2 draws advanced them out of bracket play as they were tied on points with Las Vegas.  Sporting pounded the SC Del SOl 94 White Team by a score of 3-0 in QuarterFinals, then advanced to the SemiFinals against Sereno 94 Girls White Team.  The girls came-out strong and took control of the game; US National Team member Mariana Galvin scored both goals to lift the team 2-0 over Sereno and send the team into the Championship game.

The Championship game was a real battle between Sporting and San Diego Surf. Neither team could score during regulation play, or the double overtime periods. The US National Champs & Surf Cup Champ team took the upper hand during the second overtime period and had four 1v1 chances against Lindsay Mewes/Sporting goalie, but Lindsay repeatedly turned their attacks and shots away to send the game into a penalty kick shoot-out.  The game got very physical as well, and Sporting lost four players due to injury.  During the penalty kick shoot-out, Mewes blocked one of the PKs, but Sporting missed three and the game went to San Diego by a score of 3-2. It was a great showing by Sporting and NorCal. Congratulations to all the players and coaches!