BRADENTON, Fla. — The Atlanta Fire overpowered the Seacoast United Mariners in the U15 Girls final on Dec. 11, winning 4-1 on the strength of two goals and an assist from Tiffany Raygor.
After playing Seacoast to a 1-1 draw in group play, the Fire controlled the tempo throughout and never left the outcome in doubt.
Quiara Gebauer opened the scoring in the 34th minute when she redirected a cross from Raygor out of the air and past the Seacoast keeper. Raygor made it 2-0 three minutes later when she got a head on a service from Kaitlin Mayer.
In the second half, Atlanta forward Caitlin Ray got free in the 54th minute and was taken down in the box, resulting in a penalty kick that Amanda Delgado slotted home. The Mariners pulled one back in the 60th minute on a penalty of their own by Liz Lane.
Raygor finished the scoring with her second in the 67th minute, securing the title for the Fire.
“I’m really proud of how we played,” Fire Coach Nathan Borror said. “They fought hard this weekend. Definitely with five games it’s hard to stay prepared mentally and physically, so I’m very pleased with the performance.”
Team members are Marli Batiste, Mia Celani, Allison Ciaciura, Madison Corley, Ashtah Das, Amanda Delgado, Ana Elias, Amanda Ferry, Devin Gaskill, Quiara Gebaurer, Samantha Jacob, Briana Koser, Samantha Lucas, Kaitlin Mayer, Jenna McKinney, Aneia Melton, Sophie Michel, Cosette Morche, Abigail Nearing, Caitlin Ray, Tiffany Raygor, Reagan Secrest, Brittani Waltenburg, Megan Welch, Regan Wilhite, Julia Winter and Laura Zwaid.
Team Minion donates toys
Team Minion, a youth wrestling group, donated dozens of toys to Toys For Tots last week.
The group, founded by Mike Gianfala and Pete Statia, held a camp of the 140 best youth wrestlers from Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.
The cost of the camp was lowered with a donation of a new unwrapped gift to be donated.
Camp members Jaxon Smith, Kyle Gollhofer, Blaze Kansco, Evan Gianfala, Caden McCrary, Ian Statia and Justin Ruffin helped deliver the toys.