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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Vegas Tournament Overview

Again, big apologizes for not being able to keep you updated from Vegas, but here some highlights from the games.

After our game against Ajax, the girls posted two big wins. An 8-0 victory over the Athleticos saw eight different players score. The club followed that up with a 9-0 win over the Legacy.

The following day, the Blues played the Denver Diamonds. Denver proved to be the toughest group game. Danesha Adams gave the Blues an early 1-0 lead, but Denver then scored two goals to take the 2-1 advantage. Facing their first deficit in team play, the Blues rallied off three straight goals to advance to the semifinal round. Erika Prado led the charge, registering two goals and an assist.

After the Denver game, the girls were able to rest a bit before it was time to play West Coast Soccer Club in the Semi-Final game. WCSC hails a pair of players from the Mexican national team, and the Blues saw aggressive defensive pressure, handling the ball quite well in those situations. Adams set up a Manya Makoski tally for the lone score of the game, and goalkeeper Joanna Haig held on for the 1-0 shutout.

In the finals of the Silver Mug Tournament, the Blues would again face the same team that they played in the opening contest of the weekend, Ajax. An Adams feed to Makoski gave the Blues an early 1-0 lead, and the club would not relinquish that advantage. A passionate effort from the entire Blues team eventually led to a 1-0 win and the tournament championship. Bardsley recorded the clean slate in goal during the first half, and Haig finished the shutout in the second half.


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