The Gold Country Wildcatz under-14 girls team traveled to the California coast this weekend and won the Fort Bragg Spookfest Tournament, going undefeated in four contests.
After winning all three games in the preliminary rounds fairly easily, 2-0, 8-0 and 6-1, the girls faced steep competition in the final.
The championship game was a thriller with the opponent being a NorCal Premier team called the Santa Rosa Annadel Attack, which had scored 27 goals in the tourney while conceding only two.
After falling down 2-0 in the first half, the Wildcatz showed their determination and strength of character by storming back into the match.
A thrown ball from Sinclaire Bilheimer to Savannah Collyer set up a one-on-one with the goalie, and Collyer sneaked the ball in for the goal.
Lindsay Strawser scored the equalizer after a cross to the far post from Regan Heppe.
The Wildcatz almost took the lead with shots from Bilheimer and Heppe went just wide of the post.
With the match knotted at two after regulation, the game was decided by penalty kicks.
Collyer stepped up first and netted her shot. Kayleigh Siebels, Heppe and Strawser all had their shots saved by the goalkeeper. Then Bonnie Brown stepped up and calmly placed the ball in the top, left-hand corner past the outstretched hands of the goalkeeper to give the Wildcatz a 2-1 lead.
The final penalty kicker stepped up for Attack, and with the all the pressure on the goalkeeper, Kaylee Bohrer came up victorious, making a diving save to her right.