Girls high school soccer

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It’s one of those rare moments in time for girls high school soccer in the Empire.

Right in the middle of the season, the U.S. Soccer Federation and Nike decided to sponsor a tournament – albeit exhibition at best – in Carson and they invited some of the best teams in the country to participate.

Those include: Santa Rosa United, Slammers FC, Dallas Texans, PDA (New Jersey), Irvine Strikers, Real Colorado, Sereno (Arizona) SC and Surf SC.

Of course, the attendees won’t be playing for trophies, they’ll be playing for coaches. College coaches. Lots of them watching every move the players make, and don’t make, on the field.
One of those teams is the SRU U17 Gold (aka the Freeze).

And, of course, right in the middle of it all are high school coaches in general and John Gilson in particular. You see, Gilson is the head coach at Ursuline and also the SRU girls coaching coordinator.

“It’s just one of those deals where a lot of these girls will be getting exposure to college coaches and you just can’t deny them that,” Gilson said.

The kicker is that the tournament started today (Sept. 28th) and concludes on Sunday. That means that the entire slate of high school games will be played on Friday without many (15) of the best players in the area.

“It was just one of those things,” Gilson said. “We play Piner so hopefully we’ll have enough to get a win. If we had been playing Montgomery (both teams are 5-0 and atop the North Bay League standings) I think the game would have been rescheduled.”

Absolutely, it’s hard to disagree with Gilson that this event is an exceptional showcase for the players. But it also points out the fact that in the college recruiting scheme of things high school soccer takes a backseat to club soccer.

The SRU roster (and their high school) playing in Southern California today:

Katie Benz – Sonoma Valley High

Elena Catania – Montgomery High

Angela Chigazola – Maria Carrillo High

Shayna Elkins – Montgomery

Ashley Fryer – Windsor (already verbally committed to attend USC)

Tiffany Hurst – Montgomery High

Lauren Johnson – Montgomery High

Emily Kingsborough – Ursuline (already verbally committed to attend Long Beach State)

Kaitlyn Le Baudour – Ursuline

Megan McQueeny – Ursuline

Amanda Mendenhall – Rincon Valley Christian

Beth Narduzzi – Montgomery

Courtney Parsons – Ursuline

Joan Piasta – Ursuline

Lily Sorentino – Santa Rosa (already verbally committed to attend Loyola Marymount)

Gretel Amman – Montgomery

Chelsea Kilat – Ursuline

And just in case you are interested, here are the Friday games the above players will miss:

North Bay League
-Elsie Allen at Montgomery, 4 p.m.
-Maria Carrillo at Santa Rosa, 6 p.m.
-Ursuline at Piner, 4 p.m.

Sonoma County League
-Windsor at El Molino, 4 p.m.
-Casa Grande at Sonoma, 4 p.m.

Non-league-Anderson Valley at Rincon Valley Christian, 4:30 p.m.

NOTE: The attached photo gallery is from Wednesday’s Ukiah at Maria Carrillo girls game. From time to time photo galleries will be attached. In case you want information on the photos, let your mouse hover on the photo and the information will appear.