For the fourth time in four tournaments the Castro Valley Victory U-16 girls division 3 team captured a medal, this time taking the silver at the San Ramon Halloween Tournament on October 25-26.
The Victory fell in a hotly contested championship match, 2-1 to the Petaluma Ambush, when an apparent equalizing goal was erroneously waved off.
The team opened the tournament with a rousing 3-1 win over the Rockridge Sting with Sarah Cabral opening the scoring. Tracy Weisenberger also netted two goals in the triumph.
In the second game, the Victory sank the Alameda Islanders by a 4-0 score with two defenders – Lauren Cruz and Morgan Oberle – notching their first goals of the year. Cabral and Weisenberger also found the net.
Sunday’s morning game was a battle of the bracket’s top two teams and the Victory emerged with a 2-1 win over the Roseville Crossfire. CV jumped to a 2-0 halftime time when Kaylea Ott finished a perfect through-ball from Cabral and Grace West a clearance over the keeper from 25 yards.
The championship game saw the Victory strike first as Weisenberger netted her team-leading 17th goal of the year. Petaluma would score twice before the half, but CV built the pressure the entire second half with a stifling defense. With about ten minutes remaining, a beautiful cross was nearly finished but the keeper knocked it down, where Kelsey Dunnigan pounced to knock it in with her hip. The referee awarded the goal, but the AR counseled him otherwise by calling a handball. That, as they say, is life!
The Victory concludes its regular season with two league games and is looking to finish with 15 victories this year.