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October 28, 2009 > Rampage win Orange and Black Tourney

Rampage win Orange and Black Tourney

Submitted By Paul Dunn
Photos By West Kurihara

Fremont Rampage, a U-16 girls travel team, took part in the annual Newark Orange and Black Tournament Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25. In a tourney that attracted teams from as far away as Clovis and Petaluma - insuring good competition - Rampage took home the title, with a 3-2 nail-biting win in the championship over San Ramon Lightning.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, the Fremont Rampage started the tournament inauspiciously with a 0-0 tie against the local Fremont Flash team. Keeper Zarin Kahn kept the clean sheet as she made a spectacular save in the final minutes on a Flash breakaway.

Things went from bad to worse, as they lost their Saturday afternoon game against the Petaluma Pink Panthers, 2-1, although stopper Kinsey Mead had scored the first goal of the game on a long shot from 30 yards out.

After a good night's sleep, the Rampage girls came out to play on Sunday morning, Oct. 25, against the unbeaten Clovis Pink Fuego. From the opening kickoff, the Rampage attacked the Fuego goal and soon went up 1-0 after an Erica Ohye shot was parried by the keeper right to Selena Mahesri who calmly tapped the ball home.

Ohye added to the score minutes later on a nice shot from a narrow angle, but Fuego made the halftime score 2-1 as they scored from a direct free kick from about 30 yards out.

In the second half the Rampage continued to press forward and they were eventually rewarded when Ohye was fouled in the box and Sarina Utamsing powered home the resulting penalty kick. Fuego tried to get back in the game, but Molly Cory put the game beyond doubt 10 minutes from time with a looping shot to make the final score 4-1.

The win edged the Rampage past the Fuego in the standings and put them in the championship game against the San Ramon Lightning who had won all of their three preliminary-round games without conceding a single goal.

Both Rampage and Lightning put on a fine show for their supporters with fast, attacking soccer. Rampage drew first blood as Mahesri was pushed over on the edge of the 18-yard box and Utamsing, again, stepped up to slot home the penalty shot. Lightning were not to be outdone and, after some fine work down the left wing, a precise cross was tapped home to make the halftime score 1-1.

Lightning went ahead 15 minutes into the second half on a long shot over the helpless Rampage keeper. But Rampage did not give up and drew level when Utamsing toe-poked a hard shot off the goal post and into the net. The whole crowd was on tender hooks as both teams pushed forward to get the winning goal.

With less than a minute left in the game, Rampage won a corner. Rhian Dunn took the corner perfectly to Ohye who prodded the ball through a crowd of defenders to make the final score 3-2 and secure the Orange and Black Cup for the Fremont Rampage.

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