Islanders' 2004 Girls' Soccer Team Takes Second Place at Las Vegas Showcase

Gala Basco--Head Coach Adam Butler speaks with his team during a match at the Players Soccer Club Las Vegas Showcase.

Islanders' 2004 Girls' Soccer Team Takes Second Place at Las Vegas Showcase

The Alameda Soccer Club Islanders’ 2004 girls' Red team went 3-1 at the Players Soccer Club Las Vegas Showcase on March 18 to 20.

The Islanders played in the under-18 New York Division Showcase A bracket. The Islanders finished second out of eight teams in the bracket. The bracket included teams from southern California, Idaho, Alaska and Utah.

The Islanders’ stout defense was on display throughout the weekend. The team allowed just three goals in the four games they played.

The Islanders started the event with a 2-0 shutout victory over OC United 2004G team on Friday, March 18. The match began at 9:40 a.m. Later that day, the Islanders suffered their lone defeat of the showcase, a close 2-1 defeat against Beach FC South Bay 2004G team of Los Angeles.

The Islanders were able to rebound the next day with a 2-1 victory over Legends FC San Fernando Valley 2004G team. In their final match of the weekend, the Islanders got their second shutout of the event in a 1-0 victory against Los Angeles FC Santa Clarita Valley Black-White 2004G team on Sunday, March 20.

According to gotsport.com, the Islanders’ national ranking improved more than 800 spots to 657th. Their northern California ranking improved 39 spots to 39th overall.

The Islanders’ 2004G Red team is led by head coach Adam Butler and assistant coach Garry Pallister. Renee McCracken is the team manager. The team consists of players Alexis Olsen, Avery sims, Ava McCracken, Mary Thomas Powell, Kelsey Lamb, Gala Basco, Josie Farris, Rhianna Farris, Lili Guerrero, Riley Sims, Ava Banbury, Eva Biczynski, Hailey Pallister, Emma Bracamontes, Scarlett Corbally and Clara Milsten.

The event took place at James Regional Sports Park in Las Vegas, Nev. Hundreds of teams competed at the showcase in different age-specific divisions. This weekend was the girls’ showcase. The previous weekend, March 11 to 13, was the boys’ showcase. The event is sanctioned by U.S. Youth Soccer. Teams in the showcase are a part of Region 4 of U.S. Youth Soccer, which represents the western region of the United States.

The Players College Showcase Tournament in Las Vegas was founded in March 2000. According to the showcase’s website, the purpose of the event is for high school age teams to compete in a showcase format for player evaluation and identification by college coaches.

Gala Basco    Islander Mary Thomas Powell (#15) drives past a defender before taking a shot on goal in the Islanders’ match against Beach FC South Bay.