The Strikers FC-South Coast girls' Under-14 team of Huntington Beach traveled for an international tournament in Sweden, and returned with a second-place finish.
The team's journey began May 26 and ended with a championship game appearance June 1.
Strikers FC-SC was the lone team from the U.S. to be invited to compete at the Lennart Johansson Academy Trophy in Solna, Sweden. Led by Head Coach Sean Melendez, assistant coach BJ McNicol, Team Manager David Hallworth and South Coast Strikers President Marissa Pena, the team joined 24 teams from 14 countries at the tournament.
Following opening ceremonies May 30, the Strikers won its tournament opener, 2-1, against TPS Finland. The team played two games May 31, defeating Akershus of Norway, 3-2, before dropped its first game, 3-0, to Club Madrid de Futbol Feminin of Spain. The two wins, however, sent Strikers on to the semifinals round.
In the semifinals, Strikers defeated the host club, AIK of Sweden, 3-2, which sent the locals on to a spot in the tournament finals against Club Madrid. Strikers FC-SC was edged, 1-0, in the final.
The Strikers FC-SC girls' U14 team that finished runner-up at the tournament is: Gillian Ortin, Giselle Garcia, Giuliana Morger, Jillian Erwin, Kaitlyn Fujimori, Katie Wong, Kayce Marchak, Kayla Gonzalez, Kekoa Nelson, Kellie Hallworth, Lauren Paz, Maddie Louderback, Nicole Soto, Sabrina Monfils, Taylor Becker, and Vanessa Buso.
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The North Huntington Beach Futbol Club won the girls' Under-16 division championship Sunday at the HB Beach Sand Soccer Tournament at the Huntington Beach City and State beaches. NHB defeated Real Madrid, 7-0, in the division title game.
The NHB U16 girls' team is: Yvonne Martinez, Sarah Crotwell, Kiana Dinsmore, Leah Williams, Mackenna Wigney, Amber Hadfield, Miranda Thomas, Addy Peterman, Jocelyn Ceccarelli, Sarah Steinhouse, Rachel Flory, Sawyer Koelsch, Kristen Sells and Ally Marnocha. The team is coached by Mike Koelsch.
Other division (Sea, Sun, Sand, Surf) winners from the HB San Soccer Tournament were:
U8: AC Brea –Red (Sea); AC Brea- B05 –Red (Sun).
U9: Canyon FC (Sea); Apple Valley (Sun).
U10: CDA Slammers–Dykes (Sea); Canyon FC (Sun).
U11: CDA Slammers White (Sea); CDA Slammers Black (Sun); Canyon FC (Sand).
U12: Apple Valley Storm (Sea); South Los Angeles United (Sun).
U13: Empire SC Orange (Sea); FC Impact Blue (Sun).
U14: Apple Valley White (Sea); California Futbol Club Heat (Sun).