Velocity soccer team claims U-16 girls title

Two goals from Haleigh Van Allen and another from Malia Lyken carried the Cook Inlet Soccer Club Velocity 97 girls team to the U-16 championship Thursday at the Disney Soccer Showcase tournament in Orlando, Fla.

The team of Alaskans defeated Pinecrest Premier of Florida 3-0 in the title match for teams made up of girls 16 and younger. 

Lyken struck for the game’s first goal in the 16th minute, getting an assist from Kayle Blackmore.

In the second half, the Alaskans extended their lead to 2-0 on a goal from Van Allen off an assist from Lyken in the 56th minute. Blackmore dished her second assist on Van Allen’s second goal in the 78th minute. 

Cook Inlet Keeper Michelle Cole recorded three saves in the shutout.

The Velocity finished the tournament with a 3-0-1 record, scoring 14 goals and surrendering just three. 

Anchorage Daily News