Yucaipa • Last weekend, the local Barstow youth soccer team know as Koolaid won its age group (U-12) at the First Annual Yucaipa Spring Cup Tournament. Koolaid almost posted a perfect tournament score of 40 points, scoring 39 points, due to allowing only a single goal in the four games the team played in, and won.
Koolaid faced four opponents in winning its age group, three of which it played during an undefeated Signature Spring League. The only team they knew nothing about was Redlands United, which has been together a year and which they bested by a score of 6-0 in their first game of the tournament. The second opponent of the day was the tournament's hosting team known as Kaos FC from Yucaipa, which Koolaid beat, 3-1.
Going into Sunday's matches, Koolaid was the talk of the tournament, with many referring to them as the Barstow team. First up on Sunday was another familliar foe, Fusion from Yucca Valley, against which Koolaid posted their second shutout of the tournament with a final score of 4-0. In the last match on Sunday, Koolaid faced Lights Out, yet another team whom they all know to well, from the city of Rialto. This is a Rialto team Barstow played, and beat, four times during spring league, making it their fifth match against one another since March of this year.
Due to only having five teams total in the girls age group/pool, once all teams faced off againts each other, the team with the highest total points would be declared the age group tournament champion. Points in this tournament setting were given as follows: 6 points for a win, 3 points for a tie, 1 point for a shutout, and 1 point per goal (up to 3 goals max).
Koolaid got off to a slow start, but by the end of the first half went to the sideline with a lead of 2-0. During the second half, another goal was added, and at the final whistle the score was 3-0. The girls from Barstow were the champions of the First Annual Yucaipa Spring Cup, and were awarded Tournament champion medals and shirts.
Also, to the shock of Koolaid, the tournament director had given the order that they sign player and coach names and numbers on Yucaipa's tournament banner. The banner would be displayed at the field the team plays on every year for the Yucaipa Spring Cup Tournament.
The tourney runner-up to Koolaid was Redlands United, with Lights Out third.
The champion team is pictured, top left to right: manager Michael Marin, Ariana Parker, Denise Espinoza, Autianya Leatham, Jade Baker, Ashley Depappa, Biance Berry, Evencia Welsh, Alyssa Sanchez, Elle Lavichant, head coach Anthony Berry. Bottom row: Abby Sanchez, Ashlyn Bryson, Adalena Marin, Alissa Marin, Hannah Ramirez, Angelique Leatham.