Hot Tamales U12 soccer capture Shoot Out tournament
ROSEVILLE (MAIDU PARK) _ Rocklin’s U12 Hot Tamales girls soccer team scored the only goal in the At The Break Shoot Out soccer tournament championship game to defeat the Roseville Blossoms and claim the title last weekend. The victory earned the players a shower of sparkling cider following the game.
Left forward McKenna Sorenson took a throw-in assist from Elise Wall to net the goal in the final 20 minutes of the match for the win.
“Our team had a very slow start to the regular season prior to the tournament and we lost some tough matches, but these girls were able to put that behind them and they approached the tournament as a fresh start and went out and poured their hearts into their playing,” said assistant coach Steve Wall.
Angeline Calzada, Grace Gaumer and Kylie Sander served as offensive forces on the field while Livi Stauffer and Emily Kiddy maintained the defensive line in the championship game. Kiddy played on in spite of fracturing her wrist in the second game of the tournament.
The team not only arrived at the championship bracket spot undefeated and without giving up a single goal in four games. The Hot Tamales battled the Roseville Lady Monsoons to a scoreless tie in game three to earn the championship berth.
Makenna Matesen and Judith Blanco strong play on defense helped keep the Roseville club from scoring.
In the second match, Sorenson again scored the game’s only goal to defeat the Loomis Stingrays. Kiddy did an outstanding job tending goal while getting defensive help from Stauffer and Sanders.
The opening match was dominated by the Hot Tamales and punctuated by goals from Grace Gaumer (2), Sorenson and Marina DeLucchi for a 4-0 victory over the Roseville Flamin’ Hot Cheetahs.
Elise Wall assisted on two goals and the shutout was kept alive by the defensive play of Allyssa Griffin, Rachel Sachs and Lizy Martinez.
“A powerful and well-laced penalty kick to the right side of the net was smothered by goalie McKenna Sorenson,” said coach Wall. “The girls played a level of soccer that they hadn't reached before.”