U-10 Boys The Black Licorice beat the Candy Canes to reach the quarterfinals of the playoffs December 14 on a goal by defenseman Garrett Lee, who scored on a shot from past the midifield stripe. It was Lee’s first goal of the season. After losing their first three games, the Black Licorice reached the championship game before losing to the No. 1 seed in three overtimes. U-10 Girls The Blue Flames won the championship Sunday, December 14, in the rain and mud at the VA field by defeating the Greyhounds, 4-0. Jenna Davis scored an unassisted goal in the sixth minute on a shot from 16 yards out. Carolyn Windler scored off of an assist from Davis six minutes into the third quarter just before Davis added another unassisted goal. In the fourth quarter, Kelly Bertrando notched her 16th goal of the season on an assist from Davis. The strong defensive line of Ellen Ray, Virginia James, Julia Robinson and Davis anchored the Blue Flames, who ended the season 11-3-1 after an 0-2 start. The team was also led by Sophie Binenfeld, Morgan Gruber, Caroline Branigan, Aidan Romick and Lexi Mohr. Windler, Romick, and Branigan led the Blue Flames in goal. The Blue Flames, coached by Chuck Davis and Amy Clendening, defeated the Red Devils, 2-0, on two late goals by Bertrando in a quarterfinal match Saturday. In the semifinal, Davis scored three goals and Bertrando netted one to lead the Flames to a 4-0 win over the Black Widows. The Greyhounds, coached by Nancy Babcock and Fred Kornfeind, won its quarterfinal and semifinal games in exciting double and triple sudden-death overtime games. Both the Blue Flames and Greyhounds will advance to the Area P playoffs in Culver City on January 10. U-12 Boys The Red Devils added the playoff championship to their title-winning season on a muddy Sunday afternoon at Paul Revere with a 5-1 victory over the Unknowns. Chester Lindley set the Devils going after a great through ball from the tireless Nick Rogers. Victor Moyano, the team’s elusive leader, added two goals before halftime. Tyler Coleman brought the Unknowns back into the game shortly after the break but further goals from Moyano and Aaron Schwartz sealed the win for the Devils, who were bolstered by strong defensive play from Alex Spire, Andrew Gigg, Zach Scott, Nick Keech and Ritchie Harrington. The Devils passed the ball superbly throughout the game, with telling midfield performances from David Pack, Troy Aden, Andrew Wong, and the irrepressible Lindley. Kevin McKenzie worked energetically in attack and Jesse Eagle lent support from his sickbed. Coaches Peter Rogers, Kevin McKenzie and David Eagle shouted themselves hoarse from the touchline. U-12 Girls The league champion Panthers ended their season with a third place finish in the post-season tournament. The Panthers prevailed on Saturday over the tough Tazmanian Devils in a game for the ages. The match was still tied 0-0 after quadruple overtime, the last period of which was played three-on-three. Keeper/midfielder Stephanie Black was the heroine of the day scoring on the Panthers’ sixth shot and stopping the Devils keeper’s penalty shot to clinch the victory after Panther Maria Svenson scored on the Panthers’ seventh kick. In a steady rain in Sunday’s semi-final, the Panthers again displayed their trademark tenacious defense (which allowed only three goals all year) led by sweeper Hannah Spitz, defenders Samantha Rosenbaum and Tara Robinson and keepers Emma Weinman, Black and the muddy, but unbeaten Taylor Bartholomew. Offensive leader Negin Mahmoudi, Alondra Barbosa Chelsea Lewis, Lauren Jones, Geena Angrisani, Shannon Lindee, and Svenson played all-out throughout the match, which was decided by a penalty kick late in the scoreless third period. Kristin Begakis converted the kick for the Orange Crush, propelling them into the championship game where they defeated the Incredible Hulkettes, 1-0, on a goal by Emma Gilhouly.
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