The Firecrackers out of AYSO Region 143 (Huntington Beach/Westminster)
came up big on defense last weekend and won the B bracket title at the
Area K Tournament.
The team posted shutout victories in its three tournament games, and
went 3-1 overall. They beat San Clemente (3-0), Lake Forest (2-0) and
Mission Viejo (2-0), but lost, 2-1, to Rancho Santa Margarita.
Giuliana Cefalu scored two goals and Kaylee Evans netted one against
San Clemente. Cefalu also scored in the Lake Forest win, as did Andrea
Stange. The win over Mission Viejo featured goals by Cefalu and Nicole
Sunya Ungar scored in the loss to Mission Viejo in a match where the
Firecrackers had another goal nullified by an offsides call.
The Firecrackers, coached by Jim Holden, Craig Ackermann, Jeff
Thompson and Jon Johnson, received strong backfield defense throughout
the tournament by Shelby Ackermann and Sam Thompson, and a goal tending
rotation featuring Evans, Beth Winterfeld, Ackermann and Ungar.