Carmel Valley hockey girls take silver at state

Six girls from Carmel Valley Middle School powered the Poway Mystix club team to a silver medal in the Under 14 division of the California Cup field hockey tournament, Memorial Day weekend in Moorpark.

The Mystix finished with four wins, one loss and a tie, plus their division’s highest goal scoring total. An extraordinary feat when you consider the team lost both its goalkeeper and defensive ace just three days before the tournament started. The rest of the team picked up the slack by rotating keeper duties and reshuffling the defense.

Joined by two girls from Twin Oaks MS in Poway and one from Oak Valley MS in 4S Ranch, the Mystix got off to a fast start on Saturday morning with a 12-0 win over the Vista Hot Stix. Dani Jackel racked up a hat-trick, while Gabi Jimenez, Shannon Yogerst, Gabi LeRose, Gia Silahian and Lauren Whitney scored twice each to lead the charge.

Next the girls faced off against a tough Key Biscayne team, a hard-fought and sometimes contentious game that ended in a 1-1 draw. A Meaghan Donnelly goal put the Mystix up early, but the Florida girls tied the score late.

Silahian and Jackel scored again in a 2-0 victory over Bay Area-based SCU on Sunday morning. Whitney scored twice off Yogerst assists as the Mystix beat Longhorns IV 2-0 in their next game, a victory that sent the team into the playoffs on Monday morning.

In the semifinals, Mystix faced a Longhorns III (Madison MS) team they had beaten by a single goal in the Mila Tournament the month before. But this time it wasn’t so close. Silahian scored twice off dishes from Yogerst in another 2-0 victory. The loss of two key players finally caught up with Mystix in the final against Mavericks, a 1-0 loss in a game that could have gone either way.

The silver medal capped a remarkable spring for the Carmel Valley girls. Playing under three different names (Mystix, Falcons, Bobcats), the girls amassed a 20-game undefeated streak, won the Big Eight conference and the Mila Tournament, and finished second in the state of California.