LAKE BUENA VISTA – Goals from Danielle Gottwik and Riley Narum gave the East Lake Arsenal a 2-1 victory against the Richmond Kickers in the girls under-14 Showcase division of the Disney Junior Soccer Showcase on Sunday afternoon at the Wide World of Sports complex.
“I think that we played better and better each game,” Arsenal coach Diego Viera said. “We’re very proud of this, it’s very important to us.”
East Lake conceded only one goal in the tournament, having defeated the Atlanta Fire in the semifinals earlier in the day 1-0 on a goal by Alex Pallo. Viera said he hoped the victory would give his side more confidence in the future.
“Two years ago, we won Region C and the President’s Cup, then last year we won State cup,” Viera said. “Obviously when you win, things are going better, and the team is gaining in confidence. We’ll see what happens in the future.
The Brandon Flames also advanced to the final of the boys under-13 Predator division, but there were unable to hold a half time lead to the Norcross Fury, losing 2-1 after over time. Flames coach John Clare wasn’t too downbeat after the game, though.
“Overall, it was a good weekend,” Clare said. “I think we accomplished what we wanted to do, played some good opposition”
Jacob Goodall had given Brandon the lead in the 21st minute on a free kick that he curled beautifully into the left corner of the goal. Ben Skinner then tied the game for Norcross. Thomas Traynham then gave Norcross the lad early in the first overtime period. Clare said he hoped his side learnt from their experience.
“If we don’t learn how to win those tough games, then you’re just another team,” Clare said. “I didn’t think (any of the teams we faced) were better that were. Technically, physically, they were about the same as theirs , but they had than mental toughness at the end of the game.