Dream Crushers win big in dramatic fashion
The girls under 14 AYSO soccer team Dream Crushers represented Claremont in the area tournament, and took home the first place trophy. Coached by Joseph Armendarez, the team won its semifinal match down one player, and then beat Chino in the final down another player because of injury. Oksana Sosnovsky’s goal and Ryanna Curtis’ heroic goalkeeping preserved a 1-0 win for the Dream Crushers and a bid to the sectional tournament.
Sosnovsky finished the season with almost 20 goals, left winger Genesis Ruiz stood out in attack with 8 playoff goals after coming back from injury, and Sarah Armendarez provided quality service down the right flank. Utility midfielder Summer Sargent supported the Crushers’ adventurous 3-striker formation, and
Alyssa Hermelin spent most of the season shutting down the opposition’s best attacker as a man marker. Breakout defensive players Kayla Clebenger and Lauren Csik each matured into veteran fullbacks having only played at most one season prior to this one.
Coach Armendarez said, “We took a number of inexperienced players; I am proud to say they developed quality through this year. Winning this tournament is great but it comes second to seeing young people develop.” The team will feature in Riverside’s Sectional Tournament on the weekend of February 23.