U15 soccer team wins Nevada title
The local Sierra Soccer Club Twisters defeated two formidable Las Vegas teams in recent weeks to earn the U.S. Youth Soccer U15 Nevada State Championship.
The achievement culminated several years of positive coaching by Kirby Reed and Mark Brixey and three years of steady skill and tactics building under the eye of trainer-coach Antonio Mora.
Pam Calhoun, league commissioner, underlined this feat by saying the Twisters are the fourth team ever from Northern Nevada to win the championship and that it has been four years since a Northern Nevada team won ” in any age group.
The Twisters’ first game against Las Vegas NeuSport FC on Saturday was the tougher of the two wins, as goals were traded throughout the 80 minutes of play. The Twisters were never behind but were never far in front, either, as the score progressed: 1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, 3-3, 4-3. Twisters goals were scored by Rodolfo “Chato” Silverio (2), Chris “Chino” Santana and Raul Cardenas.
Play was exciting with NeuSport putting together many impressive attacks that made many in the crowd wonder how the Twisters could withstand the pressure. But they did it with coolness and determination, responding with their own professional-like passing moves. Abel Islas’ quick reactions in the Twisters’ goal denied NeuSport several times.
On Day 2 the Twisters put constant pressure on Las Vegas Premier, forcing them to boot the ball anywhere to escape trouble. Yet there was never a time to take it easy as Premier was packed with skillful players who clearly had the ability to cash in on any opportunity given them.
The Twisters’ back four of Dominick Schiessl, Cardenas, Craig Brown and Bryan Reed were solid throughout the game, and their midfield of Easel Grass, Nestor Lopez, Jason Apolinar and Rodolfo Silverio were constantly moving the ball around the field or pressuring the opposition into errors. Strong attacking moves from Chino Santana and Alex Garcia might have ended with three or four goals in the net, but excellent goal keeping and the post kept the score at 1-0, a lead established in the first few minutes by Chino Santana.
The substitute bench of Edgar Campos, Michaell Rodriguez, Kenny Stetka, Pepe Espinoza and Adrian Iniguez backed up and reinforced the team whenever players needed a break from the triple-digit heat. Substitutions frequently added energy and new options on the field, proving how well the team has bonded over the years.
Now Sierra Soccer Club and parents face an equal challenge ” how to get this excellent team to the regional tournament, this year in Hawaii, for the week of June 16. Total cost is in the range of $20,000 to $25,000.
Anyone interested in helping out should contact Tad Herrington of the Sierra Mountain Soccer Club at 587-3361. All money can be donated to the Sierra Mountain Soccer Club, a non-profit organization, designated for SSC Twisters and mailed to:
Sierra Mountain Soccer Club/Twisters
P.O. Box 4000
Truckee, CA 96160
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