SAN CARLOS– Continuing their winning ways and tuning for upcoming State Cup play, the 49er United Shooting Stars Under-17 girls team brought home the championship from last weekend’s Soccer by the Bay tournament held in San Carlos.
Playing in the U-17’s top division in the tourney, the Stars opened play Saturday with with a tough 0-0 draw against Manteca FC United before coming back with a 3-1 win over Roseville Premier Green.
In their first game Sunday, the Stars blanked the American River Freedom, 2-0, to get into the finals, where in an exciting championship match the Stars handled American River FC, 3-2.
But according to Stars coach Dennis Wingate, the back-and-forth title match was a hard-fought affair.
The Stars got the scoring going when Charity Myers found the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. However, American River fought back and scored to level the match 1-1 and then scored the go-ahead goal to make it 2-1 early in the second half.
The Stars rallied when with only five minutes left in the match, Myers found
Jill Worthington on a nice lead pass, and when Worthington converted, the contest went into extra time.
After one five-minute overtime period, the score was still knotted at 2-2, but a score by Worthington in the second extra session provided the Stars with their winning goal.
"I was really impressed with how the team responded after going a goal down,” said Wingate. “A lot of times your instinct is to press and force things, but the girls really just stayed focused on their plan.”
Wingate noted that he thought the Stars’ superior depth paid off in the tournament win.
“It was a great team effort by all of the players,” Wingate added. “I think the quality of our entire roster made a big difference this weekend"
The Stars will travel to Anderson in Shasta County for a State Cup match Sept. 9.