Fuego brings sportsmanship awards

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The Winters 14U girls AYSO Winters Fuego soccer team went undefeated throughout the regular season and in the area tournament in Davis.  (Courtesy photo)

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The Winters 14U girls AYSO Winters Fuego soccer team had an amazing season this year. They went undefeated throughout the entire regular season and remained undefeated when they went onto compete in the area tournament in Davis.

The girls then went on to play in the Foster City tournament on Saturday, Dec. 11 through Sunday, Dec. 12, where they successfully beat Albany but lost to both West San Jose and Burlingame.

Although the loss prevented Winters Fuego from advancing to the next level of competition, these girls, their coaches Ana Garcia and Moyra Barsotti, have so much of to be proud.

While Winters Fuego didn’t win the Foster City tournament, players Stephanie Campos, Violet Tuel and Sylvia Mattson all made a lasting impression on the referees and made Winters proud by bringing home the sportsmanship award.

“My favorite part of the season was seeing just how much the girls improved, especially after so many of them had to stop playing when COVID initially hit. Seeing all the girls back on the field, doing what they love, has made me so happy,” said Garcia.

The girls’ skill level, dedication and teamwork has grown exponentially throughout the season and while most of them have only been playing together since August 2021, some of them have been playing together since they were six years old through the AYSO program.

This growth is what allowed them to put up some very impressive stats and remain undefeated throughout their regular season. Alexys Penunuri and Izabella Bermudez led their team throughout the season with a total of 25 goals combined, with assists from Lola Barsotti, Alani Lopez, Stephanie Campos, Zyanya Melendez, Maria Patterson, Jayde Mathias, Layla Guttierrez and Emma Magallon. Penunuri scored 14 goals during the season followed closely by Bermudez, who scored 11.

“Violet Tuel, our team goalie, was a wall on the goal line,” said Garcia.

Tuel did an exceptional job at protecting her team’s goal from the opposing team, only allowing five goals to be scored throughout the entire regular season. While Tuel demonstrated exceptional and above average skills as the last line of defense, teammates Ismene Taylor, Sylvia Mattson, Elena Ortiz, Andrea Diaz and Yaqulyn Guttierez all stepped up immensely as defenders to protect and take some of the pressure off of Tuel.

Now that the AYSO soccer season has ended, a lot of the girls have already been invited to play for the Select Season, which starts in January.

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