The Calaveras Redskins girls' soccer team overcame a flurry of distractions this week to pull off an emotional 3-1 come-from-behind victory over the visiting Argonaut Mustangs on Senior Night at Frank Meyer Field.
Just last weekend, a Valley Springs 8-year-old was found stabbed to death in her own home and authorities are still searching for the suspect. The team also recently lost two starting defenders, one to injury and the other an honor code violation.
"It was a really emotional night with the candlelight vigil (for the slain child) going on across town, the loss of two key players and it being the final home game for our seniors," said Calaveras head coach Rob Leetham. "But I was proud of the girls. WIth all those distractions, they came out and played one of their best games of the year."
The Mustangs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead 11 minutes into the first half before Redskin freshman Breanna Brumet scored the first Calaveras goal on an assist from Redskin senior Tiffany Souza at the 29-minute mark.
Souza made a goal off a pass from Pookie Deckman with nine minutes left in the first half to lead 2-1 at the break.
Once again, Brumet and Souza would combine forces and get the third and final Redskin goal. However, this time it was Souza scoring on a pass from Brumet.
"We really passed the ball well tonight and put some combinations together," Leetham said. "I think it was possibly our best passing game of the season."
Leetham also noted the performance of Redskin sophomore Kristin Kruenegel, who normally plays on offense but filled one of the two vacant starting defender positions.
"She's just an all around great player and on defense she was fantastic," he said.
The Redskins are looking to close out its season with a win Thursday against arch-rival Bret Harte in Angels Camp. An Amador loss or tie would give Calaveras sole ownership of the league title for the second time in three years.
Graduating Calaveras seniors honored Thursday night were: Souza, Tina Giudici, Kassy Deitle, Nina Raatz, Marina Torre and Mercedes Ball.