RANCHO SANTA FE — Coach Paul Dougherty’s Rancho Santa Fe Attack GU13 team nabbed finalist honors for the third time in as many tournaments as they played in the 2009 Copa Del Mar Invitational on Aug. 1. They fell to the visiting Huntington Beach/Fountain Valley Wolfpack 1-0 in a tough championship match, which remained scoreless until the last few minutes.
Attack’s offensive line of Juna Bouchekara, Remy Schwartz, Emily Port, Julianne DeArmas and Lindsey Czechkowski, supported by midfielders Lindsay Gatto, Jillian Glatthorn, Jackie Dister and Cassidy McSkimming, put up an impressive 11 shots on goal. Defenders Hannah Gausepohl, Zoe Tierney, Kristin Butler, Madi Coughlin, Haley Bruce and Liza Schoelen, along with GK Brittney Viboch were able to prevent Coastal League Gold Division Wolfpack from scoring off their five corner kicks and saving eight of their nine shots on goal.
The Attack advanced to the finals after defeating hosts Del Mar Sharks in a 1-1 semifinal game. In regulation, Viboch scored off a penalty kick in the seventh minute of second half. The Attack eventually triumphed in PKs beating the Sharks 5-6 with Coughlin, Bruce, Schwartz, Gatto and McSkimming successfully converting penalty kicks and Viboch saving the Shark’s last attempt.
In pool play, Attack had a 0-3 loss to the same Wolfpack team and went on to defeat Arsenal S Red 5- 0. Scoring for the Attack were Gausepohl, who was able to score off a free kick, and DeArmas put up a pair of goals. Port also scored twice, and one was a rebound off the post shot by midfielder Glatthorn. The Attack finished in second place in their bracket after pool play and earned their trip to the semifinals.
The weekend of July 25, the team advanced to the championship game of the inaugural Kick for Hope tournament. The Attack felt the tournament was for a good cause and was happy to participate. Attack decided to have its tournament fee donated to the nonprofit group Malaria No More to help fight malaria in Africa. In addition, the Attack families collected an additional cash donation to help the charities. Next up for this Attack team was the Copa Del Mar tournament Aug.1 through Aug. 3.
The West Coast Futbol Classic in Orange County is next, where the Attack will face West Coast FC United Blue and Livermore Elite Venom in bracket play.
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