Truckee solid in Kit Carson AYSO tourney
The Kit Carson Shootout, an annual American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) regional all-star tournament held Nov. 4-5 in Carson City, was a great success for Truckee teams.
Seven of the 11 teams entering the tournament played in semifinal matches. Truckee’s U19 co-ed team made a good showing, and the U10 Girls Lightning (coached by Nina Winans) played in an extra micro-tournament game on Sunday.
The U10 Girls Tornados (coached by Marc Hassel-Cramer), the U12 Girls Lightning (coached by Tad Herrington), U10 Boys Lightning (coached by Ed Lahr) and the U12 Boys Tornados (coached by Jim Fereira) all made it to the semifinals.
The U10 Boys Tornados (coached by Dennis Belisle), U12 Boys Lightning (coached by Jenni Dewald) and U14 Boys Tornados (coached by Sonya Retzlaff) played into the championship game, with the U10 and U12 Boys emerging victorious.
The U10 Boys Tornados scored 13 goals over four games while allowing only 3 goals. Coach Belisle said that the final game ” a 5-0 win for the Tornados ” was the team’s “best performance of the tournament.” Belisle said his players made “intelligent decisions” and they “consistently won balls and linked passes together that forced our opponent to chase the game.”-
The team was made up of 8-and 9-year-old boys, including Thomas Arnstein, Ryland Belisle, Heriberto Cortez, Jordan Fereira, Brandon Flora, Hector Bryan Leon, Nick Oberriter, Brian Riofrio, Ethan Rohlf, Lucas Rohlf, Tanner Sawyer and Nathan Wayda.
The U12 Boys Lightning defeated four quality teams to claim their division championship.- On their way to the title, they beat defending champ Mammoth 3-1 and in the championship game overcame last year’s runner-up, North Tahoe, 5-0.-
In the four games the U12 Boys Lightning played, the team’s balanced attack netted 14 goals while the smothering defense yielded just one. Jose Sarabia, Rolando Zarate, Sam Bockius and John Dewald each scored two or more goals. Marc Biederman anchored the midfield and also scored.
The defense, headed by Kasey English, Isaiah Cutler, Jackson Rohlf and Thor Retzlaff, allowed few shots by opponents. Goalie Aaron Pado posted three consecutive shutouts to close out the tournament. Ruben Diaz, Ignacio Diaz, Johnny Zarate and Nathan Keese all contributed to a strong team effort.