West Coast Wild, led by coach Troy Dayak of Tracy, now travels to Waukegan, Ill., near Chicago, to compete in U.S. Club Soccer’s XI National Cup from July 27 to 30. There, they will try to match the accomplishment of West Coast Soccer’s U15 girls Kryptonite, winners of the 2011 national championship.
West Coast Wild opened the regional tournament with a 2-1 win over Capital Athletic Soccer Academy’s Boca on June 23 and then beat Diablo FC 3-0 on June 24. Wild went on to sweep the round-robin portion of the tournament with a 2-1 win over Beach FC of Long Beach Southern California on June 25. The game was tied 1-1 going into the second half, and Wild’s Miciah Madison of Mountain House showed her speed as she took a pass from Demi Gonis to score the game-winning goal.
Wild faced Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club’s Iridium from Oregon in the final June 26. Iridium took the 1-0 lead in the first half. Wild kept up the offensive pressure on in the second half, outshooting Iridium 14-3 before Sydney Lunt scored the tying goal for Wild.
In the 59th minute, Wild’s Autumn Smithers stole the ball and passed to Miciah Madison for the go-ahead goal. Wild benefited from a key defensive play by Alyssa Del Castillo, also from Mountain House, who cleared the ball after Wild goalie Amanda Valentine made a save to preserve the 2-1 championship win.
Also heading to the National Cup are the West Coast U16 girls Kryptonite, who placed second in the regional tournament. Kryptonite went 4-1 through the tournament, including a 5-1 loss to Lamorina United in the final.
West Coast Soccer’s U15 girls Katz team, including Abby Dyer, Taylah Nusser, Samantah Reich, Victoria Garza and Taylor Boren of Tracy, went 2-1 in the regional tournament and missed the final.
Katz started June 23 with a 3-0 win over Ajax of East Bay, with defender Samantha Reich and goalkeeper Taylor Boren holding Ajax scoreless.
Katz followed with a 4-1 win over Capital Athletic Soccer Academy Boca on June 24. Their defense included the efforts of Taylah Nusser, who helped hold Boca’s offense to just two shots on goal all game.
In the final game of the tournament June 25, Katz were upset 2-1 by San Luis Obispo.