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September 28, 2010 > Mission Valley United places second

Mission Valley United places second

By Sanjna Shukla

Over the weekend of Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Sept. 26, the under-16 Mission Valley United girls soccer team got second place at the Hugh Kinnear Tournament. The tournament, which took place at Central Park in Fremont, was the third one in which the team placed in the top three.

The team's first game took place on Saturday morning against Vallejo. The game was representative of the team's ability to bounce back after trailing. In the first half, Vallejo bettered the MVU defense by having a variety of set plays and passing combinations. MVU lost its structure twice and went down 2-0 by the end of the first half.

United, determined to remain in the running for the championship game, came out strong in the second half. Midway through, MVU striker Kala Clark dribbled hard at goal and went one-on-one with the goalkeeper. The keeper stepped out of the box in an attempt to block the shot, but Clark dribbled past her as well and finished the play with a goal. MVU needed one more to end with a draw, and they got the much-needed goal when Anita Kavalan scored with a header off of a corner kick to end in a 2-2 draw.

The second game also ended in a draw. MVU dominated the first half possession-wise, but was not able to convert any of their opportunities into goals. Late in the first half, they finally got the goal they needed. Up 1-0, Mission Valley decided to take a more defensive role for the second half. The team was able to hold their ground for the majority of the second half, but an unfortunate slip-up at the end of second half cost them the win. United was not able to keep possession, and the opponents were able to capitalize on their only opportunity.

In desperate need of a win, MVU started off the second day of the tournament on a good note. If the team didn't win this game, they would not be able to advance to the championship. MVU scored in the first half, but needed a second one to get enough points to qualify for the final. Marisa Lenci scored in the second half, and the opposing team was not able to retaliate. Up by two goals, United didn't let up on the pressure, and left the field with a 2-0 win.

Mission Valley United went through a tough weekend, but was able to clinch a spot in the championship game. However, the team was not able to find a rhythm and a series of disconnected plays left the team down 2-0. The loss was uncharacteristic of a regularly clutch team, but the team was able to walk out with the second place trophy.




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