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NorCal State Cup Quarterfinals Recap: U14 Girls

U14 GIRLS STATE QUARTERFINAL A
4/28Marin FC Blue
3-0
SC Sporting Green
Dominating possession and the majority of the chances, Marin FC opened the scoring through a calm finish from Riley Anderson in the 18th minute. But it wasn’t until 10 minutes into the second half that they were finally able to pull away from Santa Clara Sporting. Eleanor Casey put the ball into the back of the net in the 50th minute before Claire McKechnie put the game away nine minutes later with a quality finish.
U14 GIRLS STATE QUARTERFINAL B
4/28Ajax United Green
2-1
Star Academy I
In a matchup that stayed scoreless until fairly late in the second half, Ajax United knocked off Star Academy 2-1 to advance to the semifinals of the NorCal Premier Soccer State Cup. Emma Albino scored in the 55th minute on a penalty to put Ajax in front, and then doubled the lead 16 minutes later to all-but end the match. Star Academy were able to pull one back in the 80th minute through Kaylee Dartnell, but it was too little, too late for the Bay Area side.
U14 GIRLS STATE QUARTERFINAL C
4/28Clovis Crossfire
4-1
IR Academy Purple
As one of the favorites left in the tournament in the Clovis Crossfire, it was something of a surprise when IR Academy took the lead just two minutes into the game through an opportunistic strike from Brandi LaValley. And IR looked to continue the upset bid all the way until just before halftime when Logan Nidy hit the back of the net in the 37th minute to tie the game. Playing with the wind in the second half, Clovis grabbed goals from Mary Louise Ramirez and Nadia Flores to put the game away by the 45th minute, not needing the further goal that they added six minutes from time.
U14 GIRLS STATE QUARTERFINAL D
4/28San Juan Blue
1-2
Walnut Creek Blue
In this crucial quarterfinal game, Marlene Andrade Martinez proved the difference maker, scoring both goals for Walnut Creek to propel them over San Juan SC via a 2-1 scoreline. Martinez scored just four minutes into the game, but San Juan didn’t give up and were rewarded for their attacking play in the 48th minute when Kailey Stroh pulled one back. However, Martinez proved her worth and scored the winner eight minutes later to put Walnut Creek in the semifinals.