Douglas players shine in soccer tourneys
Douglas High School soccer players helped two South Tahoe Futbol Club teams to tournament success this past weekend in Sparks and Phoenix.
STFC’s Alliance U-17 team, which played one of the top teams in the nation at the inaugural Desert Cup Showcase in Phoenix, went 1-2 overall but defeated Simi Valley Eclipse 2-0 on Saturday. Simi Valley is ranked No. 11 in CalSouth, and the win was the best win for any Northern Nevada club team in its age group in recent memory, according to South Tahoe coach Jeremy Evans.
Douglas sophomore McKenna Kynett scored the game’s opening goal in the first half, then Douglas junior Silvia Fernstrom completed the scoring with a left-footed blast in the second half. Kynett earned Sierra League Offensive Player of the Year honors as a sophomore for the Douglas Tigers during the 2013 fall season.
On Sunday, STFC played Sereno Soccer Club, the defending Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) national champion, and battled the Phoenix-based team to a respectable 3-0 loss. Sereno, which has 12 players committed to Division I schools, scored the game’s first goal five minutes before halftime, then added two more in the second half. Carson High School sophomore goalie Sam Bishop made several impressive saves against Sereno, which is entirely made up of true U-17 players.
The Alliance is comprised of players from South Tahoe, Whittell, Douglas, Carson and Galena high schools, and is coached by Lake Tahoe Community College head coach Chris DeLeon and Evans, DeLeon’s assistant at LTCC and head coach for South Tahoe High’s varsity team.
The STFC Hawks U-15 team was also in action over the weekend. The Hawks have established themselves as Northern Nevada’s top U-15, although they played in the U-16 division in the Sagebrush Start-Up at Golden Eagle Regional Park in Sparks.
The Hawks defeated the Sagebrush Lady Nomads, 1-0, Sunday in the championship game.
Carson High’s Galilea Cid scored in the team’s 2-1 win over the Sagebrush Chili Pepper’s.
Douglas’ Sydney Woodward also turned in strong performances in every game during the weekend, including Sunday’s penalty-kick semifinal win over the Roseville Impulse. The Impulse is a Northern California team that came into the tournament as the age bracket’s highest-ranked team in the gotsoccer.com poll.