The West Coast Kaos U16 girls participated in the Norcal Premier NPL College Showcase over the weekend. With more than 15 college coaches watching, Kaos showcased their soccer skills on both offense and defense to beat out Almaden Quicksilver FC 2-1.
Kaos started the match strong with several offensive attempts but none making their mark. At the 25th minute, Almaden capitalized on a loose ball deep in the Kaos defense. Almaden moved ahead 0-1 and held the lead until late in the first half. At the 35th minute, Midfield Haylee Heffner connected with Madison Del Prado. Del Prado dribbled around the Almaden defense and delivered a shot into the left corner. The match went into the half tied 1-1.
After the half, Kaos came out stronger and more determined to put this game away. With a change of jersey colors and a new mindset, Kaos stepped up their game on all fronts. Fifteen minutes into the second half, Forward Alivia Ganz charged down the left side of the field, maneuvered around the Almaden defenders and got a shot off skimmed off the reach of the Keeper to find a spot in the net. Kaos moved ahead 2-1 and closed out the match with the victory. Kaos earned 3 points for the victory and moved one game closer to the top of their spring league NPL 1 division.
“Our team responded well and showed great determination to make a comeback," said Coach Dayak. "These are traits that college coaches like about our players.”
Next up for Kaos is the West Coast Cup and Showcase this coming weekend. The girls will also be traveling to Boise, Idaho, to compete in the U.S. Youth Soccer Far West Regionals. Later in July, Kaos will head to the Silverlakes Showcase in Norco, Calif., to show their skills off to more college coaches.