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AYSO: Lightning Strikes at Oak Mesa

November 16, 2010
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The Lightning electrified their fans with a winning performance.

The Lightning electrified their fans with a winning performance.

A thunderbolt struck the Oak Mesa field at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Monday when the AYSO Lightning 10U girls scored two goals in an overtime shoot-out to prevail 3-1 over the tough Purple Panthers. With the victory, the Lightning advances to the finals on Wednesday night.

In the first half, both teams dueled to a scoreless tie. The Panthers’ Christina Smith almost scored before intermission but was met by Lightning goalkeeper Aimee Coppolo who scooped up the ball at the last second. Smith had weaved through traffic before just missing a chance to put the Panthers in front.

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In the second half, the Panthers missed another heart-breaking opportunity to take the lead when a shot hit the left goal post before the Lightning successfully cleared the ball and launched a counter-attack. Driving up the field, the Lightning’s Peyton Tetreault scored to give the Bolts the lead.

The Purple Panthers kept the pressure on all night long.

The Purple Panthers kept the pressure on all night long.

With the second half clock winding down, however, the Panthers kept the pressure on and Smith reached the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1.

Neither team scored in the two five-minute overtime periods. Again, the Panthers came close but Coppolo blocked a shot with her forehead to force the shoot-out.

The Lightning played with energy and enthusiasm from the outset.

The Lightning played with energy and enthusiasm from the outset.

In the shootout, Tetreault and Amber Cui scored goals for the Lightning, and that was the difference in a terrific match that featured fantastic ball-handling, crisp passing and great hustle. Late in the game, the fans on both sides were on their feet, cheering their respective teams. It was a shame one team had to lose, both both teams because of their excellent play walked away winners.

The Lightning tries to contain Christina Smith, an almost impossible task because of her great speed and ball-dribbling.

The Lightning tries to contain Christina Smith, an almost impossible task because of her great speed and ball-dribbling.

The Lightning prepares to send the ball downfield.

The Lightning prepares to send the ball downfield.

Win or lose, you must pass through the gauntlet.

Win or lose, you must pass through the gauntlet.

Lightning Roster

No. 2 Aimee Coppolo

No. 3 Peyton Tetreault

No. 4 Isable Gonzalez

No 5 Kristen Alley

No. 6 Catherin Kay

No. 7 Sierra Williams

No. 8 Amber Cui

No. 9 Penelope Connie

No. 18 Katelyn Peterson

Head Coaches Mark and Carolina Coppolo, Ast. Coach David TetreaultĀ 

The Lightning’s Amber Cui’s mom SusanĀ is the new owner of Cartridge World in the Target Center in La Verne. Cartridge World will fill your ink and toner cartridges for 25 % to 40% less than other office supply outlets. If you haven’t stopped by yet, make plans to do so — and bring your empty printer cartridges.

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One Response to “AYSO: Lightning Strikes at Oak Mesa”

  1. Thanks for being there to watch our young girls learn to compete in a great atmosphere! Your report was really appreciated! Keep up the good work. Always, Bobbi Kay

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