STORM G13's traveled to the prestigious Celtic Cup in Ontario, California on January 16&17, and pushed there overall season record to 21-5-7 in Cal South play. The STORMers finished unbeaten at 2-0-2 in the tourney.
Following a tough opening match which ended in a tight 2-2 draw, the STORM girls went on to draw 0-0 with host Celtic Harps and then win their next two matches by shut out scores of 2-0 over Celtic Hoops and 3-0 over Freedom SC in the Third Place Match.
Goalkeepers Mari Stewart and Joelle Lewis split duties during the competition, with Stewart (5 saves) getting the shutout in the Third Place match. Victoria Gill ( 2 goals) opened the scoring off a feed from fellow striker, Sydney Knauer (2 goals). Riley Shannon (1 goal) and Lauren Hutkin (1 goal) rounded out the scoring.
The STORM team was anchored by the tough and organized flat back four of Kelsey Shetler, Nora Zakaria, Olivia Covello and Mic Mott. Holding center mid, Sammi Fernandez controlled the tempo along with Gill and Knauer in the middle.
Coach Bob Galarneau had these words of praise for the STORM girls... "a very solid performance and good result for us... coming off a six week break from league play"... "we worked hard to improve our possession game and play some good football... and were able to shed some rust"... "all in all, some good stuff"
Ashley Ellsworth, Chenin Dotson and Paige Cohune (1 goal) worked the flank (wing) support setting up several chances on goal. The team saw stellar work from Lexi Johnson (defender), Haley Fiscalini (forward) and Grace Wearda (defender). Outside mid, CeCe Devaney missed the tourney due to injury.
Fernandez, Knauer, Gill, Covello and Mott received All-Tournament honors. Congratulations to all the STORM girls for a fantastic run at the Celtic Cup! Coach Bob G (SLOSC Director of Coaching)