Playing together for the first time in a major tournament, Pali Storm, a local U-10 boys’ All-Star soccer team, won the Norco Flight of the Pony Express Tournament January 19-21 in Corona. The Storm finished undefeated in the tournament, outscoring their six opponents 18-9 and outplaying a strong field of nine other teams. After a 3-0-1 record in four pool play games, the Storm edged a rough and tough Moreno Valley squad in the semifinals, 2-1. In the championship game against host Corona, Palisades’ boys won, 2-1, scoring the winning goal late in the third quarter before thwarting Corona’s desperate attempts to tie it. Pali Storm was anchored in goal, defense and offense by Henry Vogel, Kimball Winans, Adam Stryer, Chris Hedley, Sam Saferstein, Alex Kihiczak, Sammy Darvish, Charlie Sherman and Gabriel Vasquez. Players not in the tournament include Sebastian Skanning, Cole Stanton, Daniel Gilhuly, Kent Sheridan, and Nick Koelin. Rob Winans coached the Storm during the tournament, filling in for head coach Peter Gilhuly. The Storm will next play at the Locomotion Riverside tournament in mid-February.
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