AYSO Team Takes Pony Express

By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor

The grass was greener for a local AYSO Boys U11 Extra team last weekend at the Pony Express in Corona.

The Region 69 squad coached by Craig Collar, Kamran Hayempour and Corinne Briers, finished 5-0-1 to win the championship at the three-day tournament. Ocean Silkman led all scorers with nine goals, including three in the fourth quarter of a 5-2 victory over West Torrance to open pool play on Saturday. After a 3-3 tie with Temple City, the local boys topped Corona and Beverly Hills by 3-1 scores to take first in their pool.

In a semifinal rematch against Temple City, Palisades prevailed 2-1 and in the championship game Sky Silkman and Justin Reinman each scored off a corner kick from Ocean Silkman to beat South Redondo. Reinman had three goals, Jagger Nathan and Reid Romans each had three assists and Henry Levin had two in the tournament.

Jack Lee, CJ Arnerich, William Wickstrom and Logan Afifi anchored the defense in front of goalkeepers Ronen Hayempour and Asher Collar.

Palisades won the Santa Clarita Gold Rush in December and opens the single-elimination Section One West playoffs next weekend versus South Redondo.