AYSO held its 2022 Western States Championships this past weekend at the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Complex in Northern California, featuring the champion teams from the four AYSO Sections that cover all of California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada.
Beverly Hills, AYSO Region 76, had one team, its U14 Extra team, qualify for the Western States by winning the AYSO Section One Championship in February.
The Wolfpack represented Beverly Hills at the highest level both on the field and off, defeating Camarillo, the Section 10 Champions, 4-0 in the semi-final game and then beating a very strong Claremont team 3-2 on kicks from the mark, after 70 minutes of regulation play and another 18 minutes of overtime, in the final game of the day, to win the championship.
“Just making it into the Western States Championships, let alone winning, is a rare accomplishment for any team, and it caps off what has been an extraordinary season for the Wolfpack, who began their season last August,” said team coach, Rick Wolfen.
The Wolfpack team won the Section One West 2021 regular season with a record of 12-1-1, then won the Section One West Division playoffs and the Section One Championship in order to qualify for a spot in the Western States Championship.
The Wolfpack consists of Emily Wolken, Romy Harari, Izzy Kadz, Lauren Kwok, Riley Kim, Noa Turk, Ariella Razi, Hannah Carr, Dani Safaei, Jasmine Cohanim, Tova Bodner, Rachel Douek, Maggie Koo, Noah Fedida, Julia Ciriello and Gaelle Kimmel. Rick Wolfen and Brian Schirn are team coaches.