Winters’ own McKenna Clifford and Sarah Pritchard represented Winters, Yolo County and the USA as they traveled to Gothenburg, Sweden to compete in the Gothia Cup also known as the Youth World Cup on July 17-21. Both Clifford and Pritchard play for the Davis Alliance 12U competitive team, which won their spring league this season.
The World Cup team was made up of four players from their Woodland team and seven other players from Davis, Redding and Lincoln.
The Alliance was one of 1730 teams from 82 nations, just four from USA competing in the 43rd consecutive tournament. The Gothia Cup is described as a meeting place for the world’s youth regardless of religion, skin color or nationality, with soccer as the common denominator.
Out of 42 teams in their division, the Davis Alliance advanced into the top eight after winning their first three games. The Alliance outscored their opponents 13-1 winning 4-0, 4-1 and 5-0.
Clifford scored the team’s first goal of the tournament, then scored two goals in game two and pulled the hat trick scoring three games in game three. Pritchard also added to the 5-0 win with a goal of her own.
The Alliance ended up losing their quarterfinal game to Force out of the Bay Area.
“Traveling to Sweden was an amazing opportunity to represent their team, city and young female athletes and the USA,” said McKenna’s mother, Debbie Clifford.