A year after the USA Women's National Team won gold in London, it was fitting that Team London took home the title at the Futures 50 Classic in Santa Ana on Sunday.
In the third-place game, it was Team Athens topping Team Beijing, 13-12, in a shootout. Team London's Annika Dries was named the tournament MVP after scoring four goals in the championship match. Dries is a senior at Stanford.
Team Sydney started off strong taking a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period behind goals from Ashley Grossman of Stanford and Michelle Caron. Team Sydney kept up the pace in the second leading 4-2 with 3:13 left after a goal from Jordan Raney. Dries got her first goal of the day moments later, cutting the deficit to 4-3 heading into halftime.
With the match tied at 5, Dries got to work in the fourth period as she opened the quarter with a goal for a 6-5 lead. After Sydney came back to tie the game, Colleen O'Donnell scored for a 7-6 advantage. Dries hit for a goal on the next possession to build an 8-6 lead for London. The match was put away for good when Dries scored her third of the period with 2:01 remaining to go up 9-6. UCLA grad KK Clark from Menlo Park added a goal late for Sydney, but the damage had been done and London came away with the win.
The third-place game saw an epic comeback in the fourth by Team Athens to force a shootout. Kat Klass, a junior at San Ramon Valley High and the daughter of former Stanford All-American Craig Klass, scored twice in the first period to help Team Beijing take a 3-2 lead after one. Athens tied the match early in the second only to see Beijing score four straight to take a 7-3 lead halftime, the last coming from Stanford's Kiley Neushul.
Beijing kept up their attack in the third period. Neushul scored to open the period taking an 8-3 lead and then moments later Menlo-Atherton High grad Becca Dorst scored to build a 9-4 advantage. Maddie Musselman stopped the run late in the period scoring for Athens to trail 9-5 after three periods.
With 5:31 left in the fourth Athens began their comeback. Two goals from Stanford's Maggie Steffens and a score each from Devin Grab and Stephanie Mutafayan forced the extra time with a 9-9 tie.
In the shootout both sides were even making their first three shots. Ashleigh Johnson then blocked the final two shooters for Team Beijing to secure the victory for Athens, 13-12.
Other Stanford players competing during the tourney included sophmore goalie Gabby Stone of Team London and freshman Danijela Jackovich of Team Sydney.