Posted On April 28, 2011 by PUSC
This past weekend, the Placer United ’94 Girls Gold soccer team took second place at the California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) State Cup held in Elk Grove. The girls played against the Mustang Rampage out of Danville who have won this event six of the last seven years.
Placer took an early lead scoring a goal in the first three minutes of the match but gave up two goals late in the first half, followed by an additional goal late in second half to lose 3-1. During the course of the State Cup, Placer outscored their opponents 24 and only conceded four goals in route to playing for the Northern California state championship in the under 17 age group.
Placer United beat last years semi-finalist and finalist in making their way through round robin play and later the knock out stages to qualify for the finals. By qualifying for the championship game the girls secured a spot in the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional tournament held in Boise, Idaho in June. The Far West Regional tournament consists of the state champions from the fourteen western states plus two wild card teams (Northern California and Colorado ) and two additional first place teams from the Far West Regional League.
The champion of the Far West Regional’s will qualify for National Championship in July. The girls are high school juniors and seniors and are from Roseville (Kelsey DeCarlo, Kellyn Morning, Rachel Dortch, Marissa Griffin), Rocklin (Jessica Santo, Megan Hansen, Emily Huska), Loomis (Rachel Sloss, Lauren Gollnick, Miranda Bailey), Granite Bay (Kayla Karlsson, Erin Pellerin, Maria Dela Cruz, Christy Cooper), Orangevale (Aliska Berry), Folsom (Caitlyn Kretzschmar), Truckee (Mikael Arnstein), and Novato (Shelby Brown).
The Placer United girls had a tremendous year taking first place in the Pleasanton College Showcase, Placer United Cup, President’s Day Tournament (Phoenix , AZ), and Las Vegas College Showcase (Las Vegas , NV) tournaments. The team is currently ranked #2 in Northern California and #35 in the United States by GotSoccer. Many of the girls on the team will continue playing soccer in college on scholarships.