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Oakdale Banshees Claim Third Place Honors
Mackenzie Weiglein of the Oakdale Under 13 Banshees looks to work the ball around her opponent in action at the Clovis Tournament over the weekend. The Banshees won two and lost one, taking third place. - photo by Photo Contributed

It was a successful trip to Clovis for the Oakdale United U13 Banshees, the girls coming home with third place honors from the weekend tournament.

They went 2-1 and following are brief recaps of each game.

The team is coached by Bob Crossman, who filed the game reports.

Game 1

Oakdale - 2

Clovis Odyssey - 0

The girls all played excellent. Kelsea Rodriguez scored both goals. The first was on an assist from Mackenzie Weiglein and the second was on a perfect pass from Andie Jones. Amee Neathery played excellent in goal, posting her first shut out of the season. The shut out was a result of consistent play from the defense, which included Julianne Kummer, Piper Rockwell, Sydney Sudaria, and sweeper Taylor Rios.

Game 2

Oakdale - 1

Sierra - 0

The girls played a bit sluggish in the first half where it remained scoreless. In the second half, the girls began to control the game. Andie Jones scored the only goal on a long pass from Taylor Rios with about five minutes left in the game. As the pass came through, Andie broke free from the last defender and slid at the last moment to push the ball past the goalie. Amee Neathery completed the second shut out of the day with solid play and a great save on a one on one. Once again the defense was solid. We also received excellent effort from midfielders Megan Burke, Emilie Crossman, Bonnie Head, Gigi Brazil, and Jazmine Velazquez.

Game 3

Turlock - 3

Oakdale - 0

This was a game of missed opportunities for the Banshees. Turlock converted an early penalty kick to take a one goal lead. Turlock quickly scored a second goal when a cross was misplayed by our defense. Turlock’s third goal was a beautifully placed shot in the corner just before the first half ended. We had our share of opportunities to get back in the game but failed to convert. The offense put on their most dominant performance of the year, but each shot just missed the goal. Kelsea Rodriguez and Sierra Lyman lead the offensive attack with consistent play throughout the game.

“Overall, this was an exciting weekend for the girls. They put together three solid games to take home third place,” Crossman noted. “I was extremely pleased with the effort from all of the girls. They are making great progress as they continue to develop their skills.”