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August 14, 2007 > Newark Soccer Club opens with pre-season tournaments

Newark Soccer Club opens with pre-season tournaments

By Biff Jones

Newark Celtic, girl's Under-11, D3 team, played in the San Jose Magic Cup and won the tournament. All teams in their bracket of the tournament will be in their league this coming fall season. Celtic girls went undefeated as they prevailed against San Ramon Rush 5-0 in game one on Saturday, and were victorious over Pleasanton Rage, 4-1 in game two. Sunday's first game saw the team defeat Livermore Elite, 2-0, before winning the Championship in a come-from-behind win over Fair Oak Storm.

The Championship was an evenly matched and tough game, as both teams wanted it badly. Fair Oaks went up 2-1 at halftime as Celtic's number one goalie was injured midway through the first half. During the half-time break, the girls were told to "leave it all on the field" as the game was not over until the referee's final whistle. Leave it on the field they did with a stunning 4-3 comeback victory that earned coach van de Graaf a cooler of water down her back. What a rush! Good luck to all the teams the rest of the year.

Magic girls, submitted by Coach James Hernandez

Newark Magic girls played in the Pacifica United Cup. Going into the tournament, the team knew they were not going to have enough players; only nine for one game and ten for the remainder (a full squad plays eleven). Magic started off winning the first two games on Saturday and needed a win or tie on Sunday to advance to the Championship game. Sunday's first game saw Magic quickly fall behind by two goals early in the first half. After settling in, the girls rallied back with two goals of their own. Magic was then able to hang on for a 2-2 tie and send them into the Championship game. Magic girls played hard in the finals but came up a little short placing second overall. The girls played their hearts out over the weekend and never gave up even though they never got a rest because of no subs. Overall, the coaches and parents could not be more proud of the performance they put forth throughout the tournament.

Freedom '93 girls

Newark Freedom '93, girl's Under-14, (A team) participated in the US Club Turlock Platinum Invitational. Unfortunately, there were no other U-14 teams registered to play, thus Freedom's U-14 team had to play in the U-16, D1 tournament.

The girls struggled in their first game losing 4-0, but came back to win game two, 4-2. A close 2-1 loss in their third game of the week-end cost them a chance to play in the Championship match as they missed qualifying by one point. However, the loss still allowed them to play in the Consolation final which they dominated 6-1. It was quite a feat for a team of U-14 girls to take third place in a tournament composed of older U-16 players. Congratulations to all.

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