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May 1, 2007 > Newark Cup finals produced lopsided boy's matches; girl's games close

Newark Cup finals produced lopsided boy's matches; girl's games close

By Biff Jones

This past Wednesday, April 25, Newark Junior High was the site of the girl's consolation and championship games for the fourth, fifth and sixth graders of four Newark elementary school soccer teams. Newark Cup 2007 Girl's Tournament started with eight teams and were now down to two each in the championship bracket and consolation bracket.

In the consolation final it was Lincoln vs. Musick, with the first half of thirty minute play ending in a scoreless draw. The second half was a different story as Musick's Brenda Figueroa, daughter of Head Coach Romulo Figueroa, opened the scoring seven minutes into the half. Lincoln, led by Head Coach Danielle Vieira and Assistant James Ciardella, would answer four minutes later on a goal by Rebekah Romero. The two teams battled on even terms before Kim Partida put Lincoln ahead for good with a goal in the forty-eighth minute. As the final whistle approached, Sophia Fuentes closed out the scoring to give Lincoln a 3-1 victory and the consolation winner's trophy.

Best game of the finals was between Graham and Milani for the Girl's Championship Trophy. Milani pressed the issue for most of the first half with Jessica Prasad giving them the lead on a goal nine minutes into the half. Head Coach Ryan Cosare's Graham squad would even the score at 1-1 when the coach's daughter, Mililani Cosare converted a goal just before halftime. Seven minutes into the second half, Danielle Lopez's goal would again give Milani the lead. The one goal advantage continued through most of the second half before Milani's Alicia Gonzales scored an insurance goal near the end of full time. This proved to be a goal Milani would need as Graham closed the gap to 3-2 on another goal by Cosare in the first minute of stoppage time. Graham would continue to push the issue for the equalizer before the referee blew the final whistle after five minutes of stoppage time had elapsed. For Head Coach, Karen Stevenson, the 3-2 victory would give her Milani girls their second straight Newark Cup Championship Trophy.

Boy's consolation and championship games were played at Newark Junior High on Friday, April 27 in more spring-like weather than the frigid conditions experienced by the girls two days earlier. Consolation final pitted Bunker against Musick and this proved to be all Musick as they dominated against Coach Mbaki Muhatab's younger Bunker squad of mostly fifth graders. Coach Erickson Ramirez's Musick team of older and more experience players scored a lopsided 7-0 victory. First half play saw Musick score three times on goals by Masood, Scott Jorgens and Gary Mendoza. Four more goals were added by Musick during the second half. Both Masood and Mendoza scored again for Musick before Carlos Vargas and Angel Ortiz closed out the scoring.

Boy's championship final action was between Kennedy and Lincoln. This game also was dominated by one team, Kennedy, as they brought home the Championship Trophy in a rout, 8-0. Kennedy Head Coach, Roberto Lombana and Assistant, Rossi Bradford, saw Brian Sawamura open the scoring for Kennedy with a goal three minutes into the match. The remainder of the first half was the Jason Hong show has he contributed a "natural hat trick" (three consecutive goals). Second half goals came from Jacob Dougherty, Romario Zelaya, and Andruw Veloza. Another goal was a team goal, as there was a lot of confusion in the goal mouth that made it impossible to tell who last touched the ball before crossing the goal line (though several players claimed it was theirs). The Lincoln boys were coached by Vieira and Ciardella (Lincoln girl's coaches noted above).

Great competition, good sportsmanship and fun were had by all over the four days (two for preliminaries and two for the finals). Contenders are now looking forward to the next Newark Cup competition.

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