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The Alhambra/Monterey Park AYSO Girls U14 Soccer Team won the Section 1 Southern California League Championship on March 1 in Riverside. As the Section1 Southern California Champs, the team advanced to play the Western State Championship on March 21.
The team’s journey started in the fall of 2014. The girls represented the Alhambra/Monterey Park Region in the San Gabriel Valley Area 1C League Play Thru Championship, and the team won first place. Then the team qualified and advanced to play in the Section 1 Championship. There were five games played for each championship, with focus on one game at a time.
‘Many of the games, some played in bad weather, were played short of players and without substitute players,’ said Coach Abel Hernandez. “The competition was tough and the games intense, but the girls played extremely well together with pride and determination. It’s been an excellent display of teamwork.”
Coach Hernandez’s direction for the girls is to have fun rather than focusing on winning. “Team 3,” as the team refers to itself, consists of members Briana “Bebe” Cabadas, Nicole “Nikki” Hernandez, Sammie Gonzalez, Leonor Corona, Madeline Godinez, Ameyalli Hill, Jade Gamez, Skye Blue Juarez, Alyssa Torres, Amanda Ramirez, Kysa Hayashi, Manami Hayashi, Sabrina Vasquez, and Erica Gallegos.