The Mamaroneck Power Girls U 14 Soccer Team won the Premier Division title at the 18th Annual Oakwood Invitational tournament over Memorial Day weekend in Hartford, Connecticut. Played over a weekeend of 80 degree weather mixed with torrential rainstorms, the girls beat the other eight vying teams from New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts with a nearly perfect shut out record.
The first game against VSA United of Massachsuettes was played in fair weather. The final score was 2-0 with Charlotte Alimanestianu scoring both goals with direct corner kicks. The referee remarked that he had never before officiated a game with two goal scoring corner kicks.
The team won the next two qualifying games against Connecticut teams AFC Pride and AHM UTD 1-0 each with goals scored by Ilaria Fabri and Ashley Laymon. Midfielders Kate Faxon, Emma Hjarne and Grace Goodman kept the ball moving and allowed the Power players to dominate ball control in both games.
The semi-final against Northeast UTD from Connecticut was played in heavy rain and delayed twice for lightening. With both teams “in it to win it” the game was fast paced, aggressive and very messy. Alice Levy played an assertive first half then attended her sister’s graduation at nearby Wesleyan University, sprinting back in time to play the finals.
Ashley Laymon made a breakaway run scoring the winning goal. In a skirmish in front of their goal, Petra Stastny and Patricia Galan defended their no score record with Kelly Clare making the most remarkable block of the tournament. Goalie Jamie Carfora made two spectacular saves ending the semi final as a shut out 1-0.
Advancing to the finals on Monday, the Power played against FC Puma from Massachusettes. Hanna Wear completely shut down the midfield opposition from her central position. Julia Weisberger and Emma Rubin, as alternating high and low forwards, combined efforts to keep pressure on the defense and opposing goalie.
The result: a final score of 2-1.
Mamaroneck Power currently leads their Eastern New York division.