August 26, 2009 > Dumbarton Classic recap
Dumbarton Classic recap
By David J. Nicolas
Last weekend, Saturday and Sunday, August 22-23, Tri-City youth soccer teams headed to Newark Sportsfield Park to compete in the Dumbarton Classic. Girls and boys representing under 10-, 12-, 14- and 16-year-old age groups battled for medals.
Girls from Newark and Milpitas U-12 years old showed their determination early in the tournament. The Newark Crushers dominated the Mustang strikers of Danville, 6-1. Later in the day, the Crushers edged the Livermore Infernos to win 3-2. North Valley MGX '97 of Milpitas shut the door on its early opponents as it beat the Infernos, 3-0, and the Strikers, 6-0. The Crushers and MGX went on to play for first and second place.
The boys U-12 years old division was filled with many teams from Newark, but the SCC Breakers of Santa Cruz County looked to show its skills. The Breakers got an easy victory over Newark Aztecas, 6-1, but later lost to Newark United, 0-6. United was able to keep a one-goal lead over Los Gatos Aftershock, winning 2-1. The Aftershock lost again to the Aztecas, 7-1.
The Newark Knockouts of girls U-14 years old looked to win against Diablo FC '95, after losing to Modesto Ajax, 1-6, but the match ended at a tie at 2-2.
Boys U-14 years old matches had plenty of action. The Newark Los Aguilas took an early loss to Los Gatos FC, but scored five goals in a victory against the Central Marin Falcons. The Newark Earthquakes had a rough first day as it lost to the Falcons, 5-3, and Los Gatos, 4-1. The 'Quakes later got a win over Los Aguilas, 6-0. Los Gatos and Los Aguilas went on to the championship game.
The Newark Freedom and Alliance FC Crystals of Union City looked strong in both their early matches. They later went on to face each other on championship Sunday. The Crystals, with quickness and patient touches, took first place.
The boys U-16 years old teams, filled with teams from the hometown, seemed to have a first place medal for Newark in their sights. But Jesa River Plate looked to rain on Newark's parade. After the Newark Victory defeated the Newark Rebels, 6-2, it was shut out by River Plate, 1-0. Later, the Rebels lost again to Newark Victory, 6-2, and the Newark Eagles, 6-0. River Plate carried its momentum into Sunday and shut out the Rebels, 6-0. River Plate later defeated Victory to win first place.