SRU U-13 Freeze win CYSA-North State Cup

ELK GROVE – Bria Varnbuhler and Samantha Zepponi helped put the Santa Rosa United U13 Freeze girls team on the national youth soccer map Saturday morning as they both scored first-half goals and SRU went on to upset the Danville Mustangs, 2-1, in the California Youth Soccer Association North State Cup championshiip game.

“This was really a big-time win for us,” said Freeze head coach John Gilson, “Mustang is a great team and ranked nationally. But we played well today and the score could have been much higher for us.”

Varnbuhler scored off a corner kick by Megan Moore in the 12th minute sof the game and then Zepponi added what proved to be the winner when she got behind the Mustangs defense and put it in the back of the net with about five minutes left in the 35-minute first half.

“We didn’t change things up on the second half,” Gilson said, “because we were playing so well.”

The Mustangs finally got on the board with about two minutes left in the game, but they never had an opportunity to tie it after that.

Freeze advances to the U.S. Youth Soccer Association Far West Regional in late June in Boise, Idaho with a chance to move on to the USYSA national tournament.

Later Saturday the SRU U11 girls Tremors will play for the NorCal Premier Soccer League state title and then the SRU u12 irls Ice will face a team from Belmont in the CYSA-North State Cup finals. Tremors will play at Woodland and Ice here.