Congratulations to the Livermore Fusion U12 Girls Maroon team for winning the Inaugural 2013 Fusion Adidas Invitational Championship - Premier Division. With a highly competitive bracket on Day 1 the girls showed the depth of the field, as the team, gutted out a tough 1-0 victory over Union City Premier Warriors, followed by a strong 2-0 performance over Santa Clara Sporting 01 Green. Day 2 saw the girls face a physical undefeated Sacramento United team Fusion jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but allowed Sacramento to pull even in the second half. With 8 minutes remaining Fusion started to mount consistent offensive pressure, culminating with the decisive goal inside 3 minutes from full time. The final match was against Central California Soccer Alliance. With a win or tie, the Fusion girls would secure the championship. The girls scored a goal midway through the first half and took a 1-0 lead into half time. Similar to the game against Sacramento, Central California came out strong and equalized the game midway through the second half. Needing a victory, Central California consistently attacked the shorthanded and exhausted Fusion team, leaving the team’s fate in the capable hands of Keeper Lilly Ackerman. Lilly aggressively thwarted several breakaways and made a diving fingertip save with 2 minutes remaining. This was the girl’s 6th Championship on the season (Fusion Adidas Invitational, Rogue Valley Oregon, Beach Soccer x2, Rage Showcase, SLO Summer Classic). Congratulations and Go Fusion!
Pictured Left to Right – Top Row – Makenna Diaz, Claire March, Sydney Keshmiry, Lexi Borgna, Kayla Remund, Justynne Thomas, , Isabella LaRosa, Kayla Lewis, Mia Mendoza, Gracie Dupuis, LA Galaxy Hall of Fame Coach Chay Bardales Bottom Row – Drew Pagtakhan, Super Keeper Lilly Ackerman, Sierra Street. Not available and missed Taylynn Low