U-18 Prospects wrap up San Diego trip

Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-18 Prospects Girls competed at the 2009 San Diego Surf College Cup this weekend. Jesse Symons' side were looking to become the first Canadian team to win a Surf Cup title in Southern California. Unfortunately, the U-18 Prospects missed out on the semifinals of the U-19 Super division after finishing second in Bracket C. The Whitecaps started their tournament campaign on Friday morning with a 1-0 victory over Washington Premier FC '91 Black. Two nominees for the 2009 Canadian U-17 Women's Player of the Year award combined for the winning goal, as Abigail Raymer scored early in the second half after converting a through ball from Nicole Setterlund. Gurveen Clair earned the clean sheet in goal for the Prospects. Vancouver followed the morning victory with another 1-0 result, as they overcame California's Sonoma County Alliance SC with a 25-yard strike from Katie Turney early in the match. The Whitecaps then needed a win over San Diego Surf White in order to win Bracket C and reach the tournament semis. Unfortunately for Symons' squad, the 'Caps fell to a 1-0 defeat. Playing in rainy and windy conditions, San Diego used the wind at their backs to win the match with an extra-time free kick that flew into the top left-hand corner of the Prospects goal. The U-19 Super division was eventually won by Utah Avalanche '92 Premier, who defeated San Diego Surf White 1-0 in the final. Click here for more information about the Whitecaps Prospects program.