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GU10 All Stars Top-Notch at Top Gun
The GU10 All-Star team soared to victory at the prestigious Top Gun tournament, held over Memorial Day weekend in Mira Mesa, CA. Under the command of dedicated coaches Adam "Wolfman" Jensen and Stephen "Cougar" Cooper, the best of the best proved to be no match for the well-oiled Santa Monica squad who finished their season with a record of 35 wins, 6 losses, and 2 ties. Over the course of the 3-day tournament, they earned 5 shutout victories, allowed just 4 goals, and saw goals scored by all 6 of the players in regular rotation at midfield and forward -- a true testament to the value of teamwork.
They opened with 2 wins on Saturday against the Bandits from Phoenix, AZ and the Angelz Gone Bad from Murrieta/Temecula, earning 10 points in each game with 3-0 wins over both teams. Goalie Scottie "Ice Man" Meek was as unflappable as ever, assisted in the backfield as usual by the power of Jordan "Goose" Jensen and the speed of McKenna "Jester" Pringle. Up front, shots by Maya "Maverick" Cooper, Giulia "Chipper" Trevellin, Maisey "Slider" McRae, and Alison "Hollywood" Brown all landed in the opposing net. On Sunday, they faced the Maroon Madness first, a home-town team from Kearny Mesa, and it was Alexis "Merlin" Moran's turn to work a little of her magic -- she scored two goals in the 1st quarter, and propelled the team to a decisive 8-0 victory.
By Sunday afternoon, the team sat atop the leader board with a perfect 30 points, but the Chino Hills All-Stars were just a point behind, having also bested the other three teams in the group while giving up just one goal. They took advantage of a surprisingly sluggish Santa Monica team in game 4, winning 4-0, to leap-frog into first place in the bracket, but both teams advanced to the medal round.
In the semi-finals on Monday, Santa Monica was paired with the first-place team in the opposing bracket while Chino Hills played the second-place team. Lucia "Stinger" Saignac-Perez scored first for Santa Monica, in what was to be a 2-0 win over the Chaos from Lakewood/Bellflower. Yet another shut-out by Chino Hills over the North Torrance Storm, meant that Santa Monica would have a chance to avenge their earlier loss -- the third time in tournament play that they would face a team from their own bracket in the championship game.
Santa Monica took off early and shocked the confident Chino Hills team with three unanswered goals in the first quarter. Abbie "Viper" Grossman was once again instrumental in the team's success, shadowing key players and effectively disrupting the opponent's game plan. After a fourth goal in the second half, Santa Monica earned their "wings of gold" and were crowned champions.