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The Carpinteria girls U14 AYSO championship team is comprised of, from left, back row: Adrián González (assistant coach), Munirah Balogun, Lauren Doyle, Lauren Hubbs, Emma Miller, Esme Landeck, Miriam Rodriguez, Haley Hubbs, Makenna Tobin, Averi Alexander, Alina Herrera, Jacqueline Santana, Karolina Casas, Coach Pedro Casas; front row: team captains Abigail Garcia, Isela Zamora and Natalie González. (Players not pictured: Mia Alvarado and Luna Galvan.) 

 

The Carpinteria girls’ U14 regular season AYSO team not only qualified to compete in the Section 10 League Championship Tournament in Bakersfield, held Feb. 15-16, but also walked away with the top honors. 

Section 10 is comprised of well over 60,000 youth soccer players from 60 different regions and the local girls earned the right to be called the best U14 team in all of Section 10 after a hard-fought weekend. 

“Leading up to the tournament I challenged the girls to play for each other and they stepped up and beat five really good teams to win the title,” said head coach Pedro Casas. The Carpinteria squad did not allow a goal all weekend, which was the key to victory according to Casas. “Our defense was terrific, and every single girl played a role in our success. Any time you can play five games in a tournament of this size and caliber and not give up a single goal, you know it was a total team effort,” he added. 

With the win, the team earned a trip to the 2020 AYSO Western States Tournament in Bullhead City, Arizona, next month. Many of the same girls will return to Bakersfield this weekend to take part in the Section 10 All-Star Championship Tournament in hopes of having that team also advance to the Western States Tournament.

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