After taking the championship at the Summer Kickoff at the Orange County Great Park two weeks ago, OC Crush, made up of mostly Foothill team members, took to the hills of Lake Tahoe to participate in the Tahoe Summit Classic for the first time in club history. The team carried a roster of 28 players made up of 2020, 2021, and 2022 players, and everyone contributed toward their run for the championship.
After spending time on the lake in various watercraft on Friday afternoon, the players headed to the fields of North Tahoe High School where they defeated ADVNC Tahoe HS White 17-0 with contributions from across the FHS offense including Gavin Griswold, Charlie Tyson, Andrew Cumming, Dean Pistone and brother Roman Pistone and strong middie play by Jason Woods and Carson Vujnov.
After a break eating burgers on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, Crush headed back to the field to face Salt Lake Summit 2020/21 who played a much more aggressive game, but Crush took it up as well and came out victorious 9-4 with strong help at the faceoff X from Yorba Linda’s Ryan Henry, and Foothill’s Jeremy Martinez and Easton Jellerson. Multiple lines of offense netted goals by several players including Kenny Seiler, Cumming, Reese Boyd and a hat trick from senior Zack Brannon.
In the last game of the day Saturday Crush faced 801 Tribe 2021, and a strong Crush defense led by goalies Joey Garcia and Drew Tyson, including strong contributors, Zack Yourstone, Caden Salkeld, Jeffrey Keizler, Justin Nakamura, Easton Jellerson, Luke Pearson, Jake Jorgensen, Ashton Quartly, Dean Johansen and Nolan Henry held the Tribe scoreless through three quarters of play, allowing only one in the end for a final score of 8-1.
While the stats leaned heavily in Crush’s favor Saturday, Sunday morning showed differently as Crush took on ADVNC Sacramento 2022 early that morning. Advance came out strong scoring two right away, but Crush kept it close throughout all four quarters tying it with under a minute left sending the game to overtime. Advance struck first, but junior Joey Garcia retaliated with a fantastic save, clearing it perfectly down the field where senior Troy Hofer buried it for the win sending Crush to the championship.
In the final game, Crush met back up with 801 Tribe 2021, and though the tension from the sidelines the day prior eased a bit, Crush’s intensity on the field did not, and OC Crush took it all 9-4.
Although winning a championship far from home is great, most of the Crush players shared that the highlights of their Tahoe experience were found off the field – hiking to the top of a fire lookout, rowing themselves across the lake, climbing and ziplining through the pines, or just bonding with their brothers between activities. Crush’s summer adventure to Tahoe was the perfect example that winning isn’t everything, but playing hard on and off the field can be the recipe for a perfect weekend.