The U-16 Santa Rosa United Shock girls soccer team certainly lived up to its nickname on Saturday afternoon in Elk Grove.
The Shock, a decided underdog, downed the top-ranked girls U-16 team in the country, Mountain View/Los Altos, 1-0, to win the California Youth Soccer Association North State Cup title.
The win earns Shock a trip to the USYSA Far West Regionals in Phoenix in June.
Shock got the only goal it needed in the 20th minute of the 30-minute first half when Katie Woodrum (Montgomery) launched a perfectly placed corner kick and Valerie LaForge (El Molino) headed it home.
“That was a great goal,” Shock head coach Paul Dixon said, “but our defense was the real difference. The entire back line played a magnificent game against one of the best, if not the best U-16 team in the country.”
Shock’s goalie posting the shutout was Mackenzie Boulton (Analy). “She played a very good game, but most of the MVLA shots were from long range because our defense played so well,” Dixon said.
Dixon, who will not return to coach at SRU next season, received the sendoff from a team that included players from El Molino, Analy, Montgomery, Maria Carrillo, Cardinal Newman, Casa Grande and Windsor.