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October 9, 2007 > Newark Arsenal wins Palo Alto Tall Tree Invitational

Newark Arsenal wins Palo Alto Tall Tree Invitational

Submitted By Coach Stelios

Arsenal, Newark Soccer Club Under-11 Division III Boys team, in their first year as a competitive team, played in the Palo Alto Tall Trees Under-11 Invitational during the weekend of September 29-30. It was a two bracket tournament structure with eight teams from all over the Bay Area. Arsenal was in the same bracket with San Carlos Cyclones, Mount Hamilton San Jose Fire and Santa Clara Diggers.

In the Saturday morning match, Arsenal played a great game and defeated Mount Hamilton 4-0. The afternoon match saw Arsenal dominate play for three-quarters of the game before they became fatigued and started to struggle with their play. Consequently, the Newark Club had a hard time converting opportunities, including missing a penalty kick, and they had to settle for a 1-1 tie. Sunday morning saw Arsenal beat Santa Clara
4-1. Even though the team did not play a great game, they were very efficient on offense. This put Arsenal on top of their bracket with 23 points, well ahead of the second place team (16 points), and into the championship game against the Mustang Vipers (tied for first in the other bracket with Elk Grove and Palo Alto). The championship game was tough. Arsenal dominated the game and created many scoring opportunities with over ten shots on goal. However, the Viper goalie had a great game and kept the outcome in doubt before Arsenal finally came away victorious 2-1 and champions of the Under-11 age group of the tournament.

The Arsenal kids clearly have a lot of work to do to reach the level of play of which they are capable. However, the coaching staff is very pleased with the determination and quality of play of this relatively young team. This was well recognized by many who inquired about 'what works in Newark' and why Newark can have so many good teams! The tournament was well run without any issues except for a few ill chosen words by some opposing team parents and coaches. However, the Newark parents exhibited good sportsmanship and gave an overall good representation of the team and the club.

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