The Del Mar/Carmel Valley Sharks Girls U10 team won the La Jolla All Stars Tournament this past weekend.
The girls did an amazing job, having never practiced together as a team (due to Thanksgiving break and rain the weeks prior) and winning all four tournament games. They beat a very talented team from Irvine (Irvine Slammers) 2-1 in the finals.
The Slammers scored in the first minute on a long cross that ended up sailing in just over Sharks keeper’s outstretched arms. The Sharks girls didn’t get down; they got even! They fought back, leading to a 0-1 score at half-time. They were tired (they had to play two games consecutively without a break), but refused to give up. The momentum shifted as the Sharks girls kept shutting down their forwards and pushing inexorably upfield. It was a great come-from-behind win in the second half.
The go-ahead goal was scored by Kaitlyn Bulich, the Sharks’ youngest player, who had just come in for the first time in the game late in the second half. She broke through their defense and scored a beautiful breakaway goal. Each and every player made a difference in the tournament — congratulations to the Del Mar/Carmel Valley girls! They represented the Sharks and the community well!