On the weekend of December 17th/18th the ANSA Imperial 01 Girls were playing in their STATE final competition after a very successful season finishing unbeaten with 9 wins out of 9. Scheduling had changed and the location was rearranged to Bear Creek Park allowing the girls less time traveling and more time playing.
The girls did fantastic in the competition and showed how far they had come this season with some impressive displays against tough oppositions. Unfortunately, Coaches Stephen and Derek were unable to attend the games but we made sure to stay updated with all the action from sidelines, THANK YOU Azucena Tobias and Mike Stevens.
After falling narrowly in a very physical and entertaining game to the eventual winners on Saturday, the girls rallied to bring home 2nd place on Sunday. In very cold conditions the girls put in a fantastic performance and won 5-2! We asked manager Tino Tobias for a game summary to share online:
Today's game report:
For today's game (Sunday 18th December), we were missing Madison, Erin, and Elise.
So, we had only 11 players. Going in, everyone knew we were playing ironman soccer (no subs).
We started with the following formation:
Defense: Alisa, Reagan, Ana, Manal.
Midfield: Nyia, Karina, Andrea, Mariana, Katia.
I used Nyia as a defensive shadow on their best player. She stepped up to the challenge and did a fantastic job of containing her most of the game.
Manal drew a very tough defensive assignment also since the winger on her side was tall, fast, and very physical. She too stepped up and match her for speed to make things hard for the winger all game.
The combination of Mariana (midfield), Karina (outside right midfield), and Kylie (forward) worked amazingly. They connected with each other many times to break down their defense and taking advantage of those combinations all game long.
Karina scored the first goal.
Kylie put in the second goal,
Mariana scored twice, and Ana scored on a PK.
Final score was 5-2.
These games were very physical and the girls showed their tough side too.
Tino also added a message after the weekend tournament.
“Congratulations ANSA Imperial 01G for a great season and finishing by winning 2nd place in State championships.
The girls worked hard all season and it showed on the field.
Display those medals with pride because you earned them.
Thank you parents for all your support. You guys make this team better.
Steve and Derek; all your hard work and dedication to this team has shown amazing results and we look forward to continuing working together.
So, we now take a little break from club soccer.
I want to wish all the girls best of luck as they get ready to start playing with their respective high schools. Play hard and continue to enjoy the game.”
From the Coach Stephen and Derek, we know how hard the girls have worked this season and they made it count by finishing 2nd in a very tough STATE championships. From the very beginning the girls have worked hard and we are extremely proud of all the achievements this team has produced and we know we have only just started!
Onto the new challenges in 2017!!!
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