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September 24, 2008 > Newark Soccer Club Opening Day Ceremonies 2008

Newark Soccer Club Opening Day Ceremonies 2008

Submitted By Roddy Lopez
Photos By Don Jedlovec

Newark Soccer Club (NSC) held their Opening Day ceremonies on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Sportsfield Park in Newark. Robert Fernandez, director of U-6 and U-8 age groups organized the ceremony, which had well over 100 people in attendance. Teams that participated were in the U-6, U-8, U-10 and U-13 age groups. There was a banner and spirit contest among all teams.

A group of players from the boys' competitive teams, U-13 Division One, Los Aguillas, and U-14 Division One, Newark Eagles, along with coach Alex Ebarle, started the event by showing off their juggling skills and tricks. Fernandez then introduced the panel of judges for the contest, which included team trainers, Maurice and Sean, from U.K. International Soccer Camps, and recently retired officer John Boga, from the Newark Police Department and city D.A.R.E. program.

All of the teams paraded onto the soccer field, showing their team banner and spirit to the judges and crowd. Twisters, Wild Chipmunks, Rock Stars, Dolphins, Dragons, Shooting Stars, Road Runners, Cruz Azul, Vipers, Thunder Sharks, Fire, Knockouts, Kung Fu Pandas, Rainbow Tigers, Red Hot Devils, Earthquakes, Ta-Mohawks, Outlaws, Lightning Bolts, Cougars, Bulldogs, Bobcats and Pirates were the teams that participated.

NSC President Roddy Lopez gave a speech urging all coaches to make the season fun and enjoyable for the players, but emphasized teaching sportsmanship. He also asked the parents to set an example for their kids and refrain from making negative remarks towards the opponents and referees. Lopez thanked all of the coaches for volunteering their time, as well as his Board of Directors for doing an outstanding job preparing for the 2008 season.

Yuri Morales, a representative from the San Jose Earthquakes, presented Lopez and the Newark Soccer Club with an Earthquakes flag. The event wound down with Alisia Sierras, a former NSC player and recent graduate of Newark Memorial High School, singing the national anthem. The winners of the contest were: first place: U-8 Boys, Ta-Mohawks ($100 Gift Certificate Round Table Pizza); second place: U-6 Boys, Cruz Azul ($75 Gift Certificate Baskin Robbins); and third place: U-8 Girls, Shooting Stars ($50 Gift Certificate to Round Table or Baskin Robbins).

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