Congratulations to the Manchester GU13 White team for winning the SoCal Cup over the July 9-10 weekend! The girls are definitely on a HOT streak as they just came off a win at the 2011 Pegasus Cup and were also finalists in the 2011 Manchester Cup.
The SoCal Cup’s venue at Oceanside High School boasted a cool breeze and was just a few steps from the ocean but that didn’t distract the Manchester girls from their mission to bring home the hardware. The girls played brilliant, possession soccer scoring 17 goals and not allowing a single goal all four games.
The girls came flying out of the gates with a 7-0 win against Carlsbad Lighting White on Saturday morning. Emma Hansen, sweeper, scored the first goal with an amazing flying header off a corner kick. Goalie, Ashley Christensen, got in on the action with some field time scoring in the final five minutes of the game. The second game on Saturday against Carlsbad Wave was also a strong 4-0 victory where the girls had the opportunity to develop plays from the back. Both games proved how well the Manchester offense has really jelled. The girls demonstrated smart, precise passing making their attack difficult to defend. The defense also played an integral role as they supported all pass plays and made runs on the outside adding additional numbers to the already aggressive offensive attack.
Sunday was off to a slow start for the girls with a 1-0 victory over Oceanside Breakers that was later to become a tie game. Manchester’s coach, Sean Bullock, saw the ball go out of bounds, unbeknownst to the referees, right before Manchester scored and did the right thing by giving the point back to Oceanside. The girls brought the energy back to the finals; however, with a 6-0 win against the Carlsbad Lightening to win the beautiful, and big, silver trophy!
The meticulous and continuous offensive attack from Manchester brought goals from various players. Leading scorers were Bella Bullock with 7, followed by Alex Calegari and Natalie Decker each with 3. Haley Cano, Emma Hansen and Ashley Christensen also put points on the board. Emma Casey was instrumental as a center mid-fielder moving and switching the ball across the field. Equally strong was the defensive team who didn’t let up any goals. Julia Taliana had some tremendous saves in the finals that helped maintain their “clean sheet”.
When asked about winning the tournament, Coach Bullock said, “I am very proud of the girls. Their hard work, determination and passion for soccer is palpable. This victory was just another testament to that type of commitment. They are a great group of unselfish girls that embody the true meaning of “team” in how they play on and off the pitch.”