A fun weekend for many Carlsbad United Teams in Vegas as the club begins its new journey
It has been just over a month since Carlsbad Lightning and Carlsbad Wave merged to form Carlsbad United FC yet the new club is already seeing the benefits of the merge with two teams, one from Lightning and one from Wave, winning the Vegas Cup last weekend.
Coach Shawn Koutahi and his CLSC BU10 Black Team showed their quality once again and secured their 3rd championship of the season. The boys went to Vegas and won all five of their games, scoring seventeen goals and only conceding two to take the Silver bracket title of this year’s Vegas Cup.
The boys breezed through the group stages winning all three games with twelve goals for and none against. The semi final game proved to be a much different prospect as the Lightning boys faced a strong Strikers FC team. Strikers forced them into extra time after the Lightning boys gave away a 1-0 lead right before what would have been the final whistle. Surprise struck again as the Strikers boys scored in the second half of extra time but with the clock ticking down Koutahi’s boys managed to sneak in the equalizer to take the game into PKs where they managed to push on through to the final.
In the final they came up against Arsenal FC but managed to make light work of the game coming out 3-0 winners.
Coach shawn commented, “These boys just continue to get stronger. Fair enough, we rode our luck a little in the semis winning on PKs but we breezed through the group stages and by all accounts we were excellent in the final winning 3-0. Special thanks to Coach Jay and Sean G for coaching the boys in the final during my absence.”
Not letting the Carlsbad Wave side down, the GU12 Black Team, under the expert guidance of Coach Courtney Drummond, also took home the Silver bracket title from the Vegas Cup.
It started of slowly for the girls as they tied their first game 0-0 even though they had a million chances but couldn’t seem to put the ball into the net. During the second game the girls came out strong and won 2-0 with complete dominance of the game from the get go which helped the girls confidence going into the third game as they won 4-0 which was required points wise for the girls to advance to the semi finals.
During the semis against a tough SC Athletic Team the girls were sloppy and couldn’t get a hold of the game but in the second half finally settled down, let go of the nerves and started playing. The girls ended winning a tight game 1-0.
With tired legs, the girls kicked off in the final against Pueblo Rangers Rebels and generated some chances but couldn’t get a real quality look in the majority of the first half. Ashley Harris, borrowed from Lightning GU12 Black Team, came on late in the first half and with about two minutes left in the half received the ball 25 yards out, took on a player, cut to the girls left and cracked one with her left foot that nestled beautifully in the upper v to give the girls a 1-0 lead going into HT. Beginning the 2nd half the girls regained control of the game and started to get their flow. The victory was sealed when Maddie Lauro scored off a Carolina Dominguez corner to put the score to a comfortable 2-0 in Wave’s favor.
Coach Courtney commented, “The girls learned a lot from this weekend. They dug themselves into a hole by not finishing opportunities, but when this team faces adversity I wouldn’t mess with them because they typically come out on top. I’m proud of them it’s a great way to start 2014. 4 wins and 1 tie with no goals against all weekend! The girls have worked tirelessly all season to be the best they can be and they take pride in that.”
Coach Jay Amin and his CLSC BU10 Red Team also made the finals of the Gold bracket but where pipped at the post by a very strong Irvine Slammers Team.
Wave GU9 Black Team, CLSC BU11 Black Team, CLSC GU11 Red Team, and the CLSC BU13 Red Team all made the semi finals.