U17 Quakes second at Folsom Invitation
Faced with extreme heat, not to mention some formidable opposition, the Carson Valley Soccer Club Quakes U17 girls soccer team earned a second-place trophy this past weekend at the Folsom Lake Summer Invitation age group tournament in Folsom, Calif.
Madison Smalley scored six goals to help lead the Quakes offensively as they posted wins by 1-0, 5-0 and 2-0 scores. Those wins enabled the Quakes to advance to the championship game, where they lost 1-0 against Capital City United Crossfire on the artificial turf at Folsom High School.
The temperature was in the 107-degree range on both Saturday and Sunday, according to Quakes coach Garrett Schwartz. Teams played 30-minute halves, though play was stopped every 15 minutes to provide water breaks.
“It was hot, and if you had taken the temperature on the turf, I’m sure it would have been right around 120,” Schwartz said. “And they were playing against some of the best teams in the region.”
This capped off a 13-1-5 season for the Quakes, including a championship in the Bay Area at the Concord Cup in May. Two of their wins at Folsom came against teams that are listed among the top 60 in Northern California, including the Roseville Fury and Roseville Top Notch. The Fury had won three tournaments previously this season, including the CUFA Tahoe Fall Classic.
The Capital City United Crossfire scored its lone goal in the final off a corner kick.
Adriana Grant, another sophomore-to-be at Douglas, filled in at goalkeeper for an injured Emma King and logged three shutouts before the final.
For the Quakes, Smalley scored four of her goals in the 5-0 win on Saturday. Smalley is heading into her sophomore year at Douglas High School.
“This was a good way for this team to finish the season,” Schwartz said. “This is a hard-working group of girls that you’re going to hear more about in the future.”