Santa Monica United G2004 made its first tournament as a group one to remember, advancing to the final of the Manchester City Cup flight 2 before falling to Arsenal FC South, 2-1.
In the four games leading up to that result (all of them wins), SMU outscored its opponents 11-1, including a 2-1 victory over the same Arsenal FC team that it would narrowly lose to in the final.
While the core of the team returned from the squad that won the 2016 Silver Elite North division, several new players were being incorporated into the mix, as was a new coach (Fabian Amezaga), making the strong showing even more impressive.
"The goal for the weekend was to play in a final,” Amezaga said. “We achieved that and along the way we played some really nice, smart soccer. The girls have bought into the new style of play and it was great to watch. This will not be the last final they play in if they keep up the hard work.”
G2004 Gold roster: Brooklyn Bisson, Chloe Allison, Gabby Wolf, Grace Sauter, Grace Weil, Hayden Hobson, Jamie DeNeve, Katie Ogulnick, Lauren Forsyth, Mona Abai, Ruby Sievers, Sarya Mirasol, Shani Shaham, Summer Ernst, Sydney Forsyth, Tia Lucas
Head coach: Fabian Amezaga
Team administrators: Kristine Allison, Craig Forsyth