Congratulations to the U14 CASSA Girls team from Cedar Springs, Michigan. In the month of September they played two separate tournaments, (the MILD Cup in Holland, Michigan and the TBays Autumn Classic in Traverse City, Michigan). In both tournaments they finished first in their division.
For both weekend competitions the team ran a 4-4-2 formation, focused on keeping the field spread, controlling the ball in the middle, and creating scoring opportunities in the offensive zone. The goalkeepers (Ali Sparling and Makalya Williams) came up with some critical saves that helped secure the wins in all games. The defense backs (Erika Larsen, Carlee Mouthaan, Jessica Plowman, Cassandra Rivard, Tara Tepin, Lauren White, & Sienna Wight) continually stepped to the ball and forced attacking offensive pressure to the outside, then worked to regain position and move the ball forward. The midfielders (Megan Dreyer, Elizabeth Redfield, and Maddie VanDusen) controlled the ball in the middle, switched the field of play, and fed the ball to the outside midfielders (Lindsay Lehman, Samantha TerHorst, and Breanna Zandstra) for crossing opportunities in the offensive zone. The forwards (Kaitlyn Coons, Brooke Morris, and Taylor Pasley) continually pounded the ball at the opposing keepers for successful goal scoring opportunities.
Combined in both tournaments, the U14 Girls CASSA\ team scored 41 goals and had 2 goals against in eight games, including both championship games. Specifically, in the MILD Cup the team had 16 of the 18 players score at least one goal during the tournament and in the Tbays tournament the team completed the unthinkable by shutting out all the opposing teams they faced.
Congratulations to these very talented and skilled young athletes. Their work ethic, focus, and drive for team success is truly outstanding. Great work ladies!