LITTLEROCK — The Brickhouse Bricks women’s soccer team made “their” history Monday night by winning their regular season finale 36-0 over the perennial Pacific Division champion Sacramento Sirens in the first-ever women’s soccer game. Monday night aired live at Littlerock High School.
Palmdale Mayor Laura Bettencourt served as the team’s honorary captain and did the ceremonial coin toss before the game, while three of the four referees at the game were women, making the night even more special.
The Bricks are now 3-1 and tied for the top of the division with the Houston Power (3-1), while the Sirens fell to 2-2.
Brickhouse quarterback Channika “Victory” Gant threw her first two touchdowns of the season, both to running back Keneishia “LG” Moore, who also had a rushing score once on a big run.
Bricks running back Keyara “Cherice” Allen rounded out the scoring with her first two touchdowns, also rushing, and running back Bytriva “Poodah” Thomas provided successful two-point conversions on all six touchdowns.
Bricks defensive end Keila Montepeque harassed the Sirens offense all night, along with defensive backs Teyuna “Nani” Weathers and the team’s youngest player, Jaila “Lil Bit” Santos.
Bricks defensive tackle Taylor Carter was a threat in the trenches, as was the ever-disruptive Cookie Tanniehill from her defensive end position.
Brick head coach Brandon “Derr” Manning is 2-0 since taking over and looks to improve with the addition of some key players before the playoff roster finalizes this weekend.
“With the talent we have on hand, if we can clear a couple of points, this team is going to be unbeatable,” said Bricks owner and women’s soccer team founder Dwayne Simon. “In our first season, in terms of record, we are already one of the best teams in California, as well as the Southwest Region. Our community is full of female athletes who don’t even know how talented they are at “soccer” because they’ve never tried it.
“We have ladies on this team who told me during the recruiting process, ‘Coach, I can’t play soccer,’ or ‘Maaan, I’m too old’ (the oldest on our team right now is 54). Fast forward, some of those same ladies will be announced as first-team All-Stars in July, also in Florida. I am optimistic about the future of women’s soccer here and across the country. It’s exciting to see these ladies and the sport flourish. The fire of the championship and the desire are there. All we need is exposure and support.”
The Bricks kick off the Women’s Football Tackle League playoffs on June 10 with a home game. The WTFL Legacy Bowl championship game will be on July 15 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Discounted playoff tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by contacting the Brickhouse Bricks main office at 310-924-8877. Support women’s soccer. Get on board with a winner and AV pride on the road to the title at 661-239-9858 and ask Vajezetha Payne about sponsorship opportunities.