AYSO soccer teams score big wins at area tournament

The Winters AYSO 14u soccer team took first place in the Area 2D Tournament in Davis on Nov. 19. It heads to Foster City in December to compete at the Section Two Tournament. (Courtesy photo)

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Winters AYSO soccer teams headed to Davis the past few weekends to compete in the 2022 Area 2D tournament. The 16u/19u coed team and the 14u girls teams fought their way to victories.

On Nov. 12, the 16u/19u coed AYSO soccer team competed against other teams in its age bracket. With 23–25 players on the roster, the athletes went head-to-head with teams from Davis, Antelope, Capay/Esparto. The coed team won against Davis and Antelope and ended up with a 0–0 draw against Capay/Esparto. However, due to the nature of the tournament point system, they brought home the championship victory by scoring more points than their opponent.

Coach Stephen Montagna called the draw a big accomplishment for the team since they had lost to the Capay/Esparto team 2–8 during the regular season, their only loss for the Fall Core season.

On Nov. 19,  the Winters AYSO 10u girls, 12u boys, 14u boys and 14u girls soccer teams took their turn at the Area 2D tournament.

At the end of the weekend, the Winters 10u girls, 12u boys, 14u boys teams all placed second in their divisions.

The 14u girls soccer team not only went in undefeated but maintained that status and came out as the first-place winner. The athletes worked together seamlessly and brought home three wins against Davis, Colusa and Antelope. Their keepers Jackelyn Cooper and Ciara Brown worked hard and only allowed Davis and Antelope to each score once. Together they prevented Colusa from scoring in a 1–0 shutout.

The first place secures the 14u girls soccer team an invitation to participate in the 2022 Section Two Tournament in Foster City on Dec. 10-11. They’ll be competing for the opportunity to advance to the Western State Championships.

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