Loomis girls help Placer Prestige win National Cup

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Placer United Soccer Club’s U16 Prestige Girls Gold team capped off a dream summer last week in Virginia Beach, Va. Playing in the US Soccer Club’s National Cup championship match July 29, the Prestige won the Under-16 Super Division National Cup by defeating PDA Tsunami of New Jersey, 4-3, on penalty kicks Savannah Coiner scored the clinching goal for the Prestige with penalty kicks knotted at 3-3 after a scoreless regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods. “We came out from the starting whistle ready to play,” said Placer United head coach Ron Benjamin. “Our defense was outstanding, especially in the first half when the Tsunami put a lot of pressure on us.” Prestige goal keeper Mel Bertrand made a key save on the Tsunami’s fifth penalty kick attempt to set up the win. Katie Sipiora, who shared goal keeping duties, also made an early clutch save to keep the Tsunami, the New Jersey state champions, from taking a two-goal lead. Candace Edwards, Tasha Harford and Loomis’ Emma Freeman also drilled successful penalty kicks for the Prestige. Aiding the Prestige’s run to the title were three Loomis Basin area players including Freeman and Casey McCavitt of Loomis and Becky Duncan of Penryn. The Prestige, advancing to the National Cup Finals by earlier winning a regional tournament in Modesto, also defeated the Montclair United SC Thunderbolts and Twin County Crew, both of New Jersey, in claiming the national title. “We had a great run in this tournament and I’m very proud of our showing on a national stage,” said Benjamin.