Chugiak soccer club claims title in Vegas

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:32
  • From left to right, the Chugiak SC 05g Thunder team that won the Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup on Feb. 25: Olivia Dimmick, Shea Alaniva, Trista French, Sage Childress, Liz Stordahl, Leah McEnaney, Olivia Rodriquez, Caelen Lower, Coach Steve Day. Bottom left to right: Katrin Garrity, Sydnee Barndt, Desiree Dutra, Hanna Aemisegger, Kathleen Wyborny, Dakota Kalai, Isabella Gomez. Not pictured: Alexandra Lopez. (Photo courtesy Coach Steve Day)

The Chugiak SC 05g Thunder team traveled to Las Vegas to participate in the 2018 Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup tournament Feb. 23-25. Their tournament play started with an opening match vs. Real Henderson FC, a local team from Las Vegas. In 40-degree weather and 15 mph winds, CSC Thunder were able to put two shots in the back of the net and seal the win.

Later that same day the Thunder were matched against Lioness FC Toluca, a team from Mexico. Despite another match in freezing cold weather, team Thunder found its stride and won the second match 3-0.

Saturday, day two, brought a match up versus Las Vegas Revolution FC, another local team. The Thunder dominated the run of play but could not find the back of the net.

The Revolution team cashed in on the one mistake Thunder made and scored the only goal of the match winning 1-0 making the Thunder’s match later that night versus Rush Pikes Peak from Colorado a must win to have a chance to advance to the championship match the following afternoon.

Again the Thunder dominated the run of play but could not find the back of the net until late into the second half when Sydnee Barndt followed a shot that rebounded off the keeper and put it away.

With the score 1-0 Rush came back and earned a free kick at the top of the box that they took advantage of and scored to make the match 1-1.

With less thank 40 seconds left in the match, Thunder sent everything forward knowing a goal was needed and with an incredible play Trista French hit a fantastic volley shot off a incredible pass from Desi Dutra beating the Rush keeper to win the match 2-1.

In the championship match the CSC Thunder were matched against the only team to beat them earlier in the tournament. The final started off with the Thunder going on the attack and making many opportunities to score but came up short time after time.

Finally in the second half Olivia Dimmick came up huge with a 20-yard blast that sailed over the keeper and into the upper 90, giving Thunder the win earning them the championship trophy and some amazing memories that they will never forget.

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