Three girls from Santa Monica High School captured the Nike Joga3 Western Regional futsal championship in the under-16 division at the Venice Beach Recreation Center, Saturday, July 8th.
Nike Joga3 futsal is based on — but is different from — South American futsal. The Joga3 competitions are three-on-three-player soccer games played for three minutes with no goalkeepers on a hard court, using a smaller ball than regular soccer.
Jessica Rangel and Kirsten Kearsley of Santa Monica, and Jessica Preciado of Venice competed on the Pacific Coast Soccer Club (PCSC) Fury team and won the Western Regionals with a 2-1 victory over the Blue Diamonds, a team from San Fernando Valley.
With the win, the Fury advanced to the Nationals division, where they defeated a team from New York 1-0 in the first round Sunday, July 9th.
Preciado scored the only goal against the New York team.
In the semifinals against a team from Chicago, Rangel scored a goal for the Fury to tie the game at 1-1 and send it to overtime.
But in overtime, the team from Chicago scored the first goal and took the victory, advancing to the youth futsal world championships in Brazil later this year.