The AYSO Winters Select U14 team “Winters Daycare” had a great season overall, but the season ended with a bit of a misstep after finishing second at the Pacifica Fog tournament earlier this year.
Taking second place is not how the U14 team had intended for their season to end, so when the players were presented with the opportunity to play in the Davis World Cup they were excited to show off their skills and fight for redemption.
The Davis World Cup attracts teams from all over California. Winters went head-to-head against a team from Antelope during the first game of the tournament on Saturday, May 28.
“Winters Daycare dominated the game but struggled to score until late in the match, when Alejandro Murillo skillfully trapped a high cross with his chest in the penalty box, shooting it into the right hand corner for the first tournament goal for Winters,” said coach Kai Eder.
Murillo’s impressive shot was exactly what the U14 boys needed to turn the game around and gain the confidence they needed to pull ahead and obtain the win, with a final score of 2-1. Winters won the second game of the tournament on Saturday night against a team from Mount Diablo.
Winters went into day two of the tournament undefeated, however CenCal proved to be a worthy opponent with two commanding wins of their own. The U14 boys played a great game, but between losing one of their key players Chase Gibson and shooting against a skilled CenCal goalie it was an extremely difficult game that resulted in a loss with a final score of 3-1.
While the boys weren’t happy with the loss, they bounced back quickly and dominated their next opponent, which effectively qualified them to compete in the semifinals on Monday.
Winters faced off against Antelope again on Monday, May 30 solidifying that they were in fact the stronger team, winning the game 3-1 and securing themselves a spot in the championship game.
“We were nervous about going up against CenCal again in the final,” said Coach Eder.
The Winter’s U14 soccer team was able to take that nervous energy and use it to fuel their desire to win. Within the first few minutes of the game Murillo headed a perfect corner kick by Alexis Duran on the inside of the left goal post.
“CenCal seemed shocked, having only allowed one goal in the previous five games,” exclaimed coach Eder.
Winters now had everything they needed to pull ahead while CenCal processed the turn of events. Murillo took advantage of the momentum and scored two more goals within the next few minutes. Derek Green and Chase Gibson also each scored a goal putting the score at 5-0 at halftime.
The Winters U14 soccer team won the Davis World Cup Championship against CenCal with a score of 5-0.
This season’s select soccer U14 includes includes coaches Kai Eder and Stephen Montagna and athletes Andres Bermudez , Jesus Bermudez, Juan Bermudez, Alexis Duran, Maximilian Eder, Chase Gibson, Henry Girimonte, Derek Green, Cole Jordling, Colton Kramer, Ricardo Lara, Jack Mariani, Jameson Montagna, Bryan Montes, Gavyn Moore, Alejandro Murillo and Jacob Valadez.