Folsom Lightning claims district title

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The Folsom Soccer Club’s U10 girls’ Lightning select team ended their season Saturday by capturing the 2011 District Cup Championship at Bryte Park in West Sacramento with a decisive come-from-behind 2-1 win over Fair Oaks. The Lightning found themselves trailing 1-0 at halftime, the result of a Fair Oaks goal scored off of a direct free kick just outside the penalty box. Despite being down, the Lightning rallied to victory with two second-half goals and solid defensive play throughout the half. Lightning co-captain Lauryn Armstrong netted the neutralizing goal five minutes into the second half with a solo corner kick bending ball that ricocheted into the net off a Fair Oaks defender. Abby Carter scored the game-winning goal late in the second-half from the left side. Folsom’s starting goalie, and co-captain Ashlyn MacLean stopped numerous Fair Oaks shots in both halves and ended District Cup play allowing just two goals in five games. “The girls battled from behind in their final two games this season, never conceding anything, and playing their hearts out as a team,” Lightning coach Rick Armstrong said. “Every player contributed to the championship win. They earned this District Cup win as a team. I am so proud of every girl on the team and hope the District Cup Championship fuels these young athletes to return to the soccer field next season.” The Lightning defensive unit was led by center defender Emily Downs, along with Grace Roehm, Abby Carter, Kacey Tilly and MacLean in the goal. The midfield was led by Mia Perez at center-mid and supported by Ashley Sanders, Bayleigh Stockton, Sarai Scott and Katie Lampkin on the wings. Up front, Lauryn Armstrong and Lauren Forsterer filled the Lightning striker position. The Lightning, coached by Armstrong along with assistant coach Mike Roehm, earned a spot in the District Cup Championship by winning their preliminary flight at Lembi Park in Folsom with wins over Vacaville (2-1), Soccer Alliance (2-0), Loomis (6-0), along with a 0-0 tie against the Capital Valley NorCal Elite. The Lightning ended the season with a record of 18 wins, 13 losses and 6 ties in Division III play. Additionally, the Lightning played in two competitive tournaments in Lake Tahoe and Santa Cruz.