Bishop AYSO ends season with big wins
U12 Girls Toiyabe Tournament Champions: (back row, l-r) Dulcinea Ostly-Vasquez, Aylin Campos, Paakuâ€™u Dewey, Paige Martinez, coach Joe Griego, (front row, l-r) Grace Griego, Anna Dossey, Zoe Freilich, Brittany Santana and Danica Thornburg. Photo submitted
Bishop AYSO teams recorded wins at both the Toiyabe League and tournament levels last weekend to end their Spring Select soccer season.
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The eight-week season culminated at the Toiyabe Tournament, June 2-3 at Edmonds Sports Complex in Carson City, Nev.
The two Bishop Under-10 girls teams finished one-two in league with coach Eric Tillemansâ€™ team taking first with 27 points over coach Winzenreadâ€™s team with 25 points.
Coach Chuy Gonzalesâ€™ U10 boys team finished third in league play.
Coach Joe Griego took first place in the U12 girlsâ€™ division, narrowly beating out Carson Valley Midnight Madness.
The two U12 boys teams, coached by Steve Holland, finished fourth and fifth in a very competitive league season.
Bishop teams had equal success at the Toiyabe Tourney.
Gonzalesâ€™ U10 boys took first place in the division, defeating Carson Valleyâ€™s team Diaz in the final.
The U10 girls division saw a dramatic turn of events, when both Bishop girlsâ€™ teams faced each other in the semi-final.
Team Tillemans and Team Winzenread duked it out to draw even at full time. They then played two overtime periods, but still had no winner and had to go to penalty kicks to determine which team would advance to the final.
Tillemansâ€™ U10 girls prevailed in the penalty kick shootout, advancing to the championship match. The team lost a player to illness during the semi-final match and had to compete with one less player than their opponent, Carson Cityâ€™s Team Torres.
Team Torres took advantage of their extra player in the final and defeated the outnumbered Bishop ladies to take first place. Tillemansâ€™ U10 girls earned a hard-fought second place in the division.
In the U12 girls division, Griegoâ€™s team made it to the final without giving up a single goal, outscoring South Lake Tahoe Stars 1-0, North Lake Tahoe Adrenaline 2-0 and Carson Valley Midnight Madness 3-0.
The final match pitted the North Lake Tahoe Adrenaline against the Bishop FC ladies. The first half saw great defensive play from Danica Thornburg, Grace Griego and Dulcinea Ostly-Vasquez, who drove back a concerted Adrenaline attack.
At halftime the game remained scoreless. The third quarter saw striker Aylin Campos slot home a quick pass from five yards out, giving Bishop FC the lead. North Lake Tahoe almost drew even with a dramatic breakaway, but Paakuâ€™u Dewey made a quick leg save to keep the lead.
When goalkeeper Anna Dossey came out bravely one on one with an Adrenaline attacker in the fourth quarter, the shot went by her, but Brittany Santana made the most dramatic play of the final, sprinting back to clear the ball from the goal just as it was about to go in.
The Bishop ladies finished the match with a solid defensive showing and won their division in a well deserved 1-0 victory.