Impact’s 2005 Black Girls Team capped off a strong Players North Spring Cup soccer tournament with a 1-0 victory over the Atwater Night Hawks to win the Championship April 7th. Impact 05 Black Girls team has had significant success on the field in Spring league and took that success up a level from Bronze league to the Silver division of the tournament.
This team has been through a lot of adversity and struggles over the last year with roster changes. Their recent success shows what hard work and coming together as a team can achieve.
Playing up from Bronze in a Silver Bracket, the 05 Black girls faced two Silver teams on Saturday Winning 3-2 against the hosting Players North team in the morning. Starting out slowly the team gave up two first half goals but rallied in the second half to score three times while shutting down the aggressive Players North offense. In the afternoon they faced a strong Boise Thorns team. As in the first game they fell behind 1-0 only to strike out with two second half goals to take the win and first place in their bracket.
Sunday morning pitted them against second place and Gold level Atwater Night Hawks. The girls fought well but had no answer to the speedy play of the Atwater outside attack. Impact 05 Black fell 0-3 to Atwater but wound up second in the standings putting them through to the finals and a rematch with Atwater. With some keen strategy changes by Coaches Joel Lopez and Kevin Peltz they moved our strongest defenders on the back-line. Atwater was unable to penetrate the “Iron Curtain” of Macie Jarquin, Julia Bremhorst, Hailey Garvin, and Kasey Williams as well as strong support off the bench. Any shots that managed through the stout defense were quickly swallowed up by the elite play of Goalie Cate “No Goal” Toal. Impact’s offense struggled with a formidable Atwater defense with many valiant shots just missing the mark wide or being corralled by Atwater’s very gifted goalie. With a few minutes remaining Megan Dickinson took a pass from Katelyn Peltz, drove the ball up the middle and made a brilliant pass to winger Anecia Newhouse. Anecia fought off an attack by an Atwater defender and after a nice move into space chipped the ball just over the of reach of the Atwater goalie’s grasp. Cheers erupted as the ball dropped into the net giving Impact 05 Black team a 1-0 lead and eventually the win.
None of these plays would have been possible if not for the complete effort of every team member. Every player contributed to the victory. Without each girl giving their all the championship would not have been possible. These selfless, hardworking players are:
Aubrey Brambley, Julia Bremhorst, Megan Dickinson, Audrey Dunn, Elisia Frias, Michelle Garcia, Hailey Garvin, Macie Jarquin, Taya McComb, Victoria Mendoza, Anecia Newhouse, Jordan Ozuna, Katelyn Peltz, Cate Toal, and Kasey Williams.
This was the girls first championship with the die cast for many to follow. During the tournament the girls bonded and really came together as a team on and off the field. The parents, as well, had a great time getting together (usually around a feast) and enjoying each other’s company. Overall, it was a successful weekend on and off the soccer field.