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ARFC Freedom '98 takes silver at Reno's Zephyr Cup

By: Staff Report
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The American River Futbol Club U14 girls? soccer team, Freedom '98, placed second at their first tournament of the season, the Zephyr Cup. The Freedom 98 girls? team features players from both El Dorado and Sacramento County. This is the girls? fourth season and started it off June 22 at the Nevada Elite Zephyr Cup. With goalkeepers Shannon Fuchs and Alexa Gisin and a tenacious defense, the first two games were shutouts. The Freedom won the first game 6-0 against the Elk Grove Renegades with two goals from Paige Garvey and one each from Natalie Cowlishaw, Riley West, Megan Williams and Madison Jana. In game two the Freedom defeated Nevada?s Elite '98 2-0 with Taryn Perez and Williams scoring. Game three also saw a Freedom victory with a 3-2 win over Sagebrush SC Rattlers with goals from Gabriella O?Conner, Jana and Sarah Kelly. This advanced the Freedom ?98 to the finals where the girls played a strong, aggressive, possession-style game against a physical Union City?s Alliance Devils 98. Alliance scored twice in the first half. Freedom came back quickly in the second half with two goals from Cowlishaw and Olivia Teerlink to tie it up. Toward the end of the game, the Alliance scored again. With a few minutes remaining, Freedom?s Hannah Lewandowski made a fabulous shot from the 18 for a tie 3-3. After two, five-minute overtimes, it went down to penalty kicks with Gisin in the box. Both teams went through the first five players with no resolve, then switching to sudden death where the Alliance ultimately prevailed.