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Freedom ?98 explodes for gold at ARFC's Independence Cup Tournament

By: Staff Report
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American River Futbol Club?s Freedom ?98 girls? soccer team placed first in their own ARFC Independence Cup this past weekend at the Cherry Island Soccer Complex. The defense consisted of goalkeepers Alexa Gisin and Shannon Fuchs with defensive backs Riley West, Taryn Perez, Megan and Alexa Gisin. The offense proved equally strong with goals scored by many players throughout the tournament. Game 1 against Yuba Sutter FC saw a 3-2 win with goals by Gabriella O?Connor, Natalie Cowlishaw and Britney Johnson. In Game 2, Cowlishaw started Freedom ?98 off shooting the first two goals and then continued to be a force, assisting the next two with corner kicks to Jaycie Schenone, who headed both goals in for a 4-1 defeat over FC Elk Grove?s ?99 Orange. Game three saw lots of scoring opportunities with an 8-0 victory over FC Elk Grove?s Renegades. Gabriella O?Connor (2) and Sarah Kelly both scored twice, while Madison Jana, Cowlishaw, Angelica Huettl and Hannah Lewandowski also found the back of the net. Advancing to the finals, Freedom ?98 faced their new sister team, also Freedom ?98 for a competitive game. This tournament spectacular would see Coaches Ed and Beth Fuchs and Jeff Lewandowski?s Freedom 98 team victorious with a 2-0 grand finale with Cowlishaw and Kelly scoring goals.