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November 5, 2010 > MVU takes first at Placer United Prestige Cup

MVU takes first at Placer United Prestige Cup

Submitted By June Heaton

After a 5:30 a.m. wake up call Saturday, Oct. 30, 93 Mission Valley United Girls Black, a Fremont-based U-17 girls soccer club, headed to Roseville for their first game of the Placer United Prestige Cup.

Their first match was against Ajax United Elite 94G on soggy fields that were wet from the night's rain. Both teams were on their game despite the cold, wet conditions and the early morning start time. Each had a lot of impressive passing and ball control to keep the game tied at 0-0 at the end of the first half. Shortly after the second half started, midfielder Lesly Correa found a pass from Megan Massone to make the one and only score of the match and chalk up MVU's first win of the tournament.

Back out on the field after a nice breakfast at the hotel, MVU's second game was against Delta Storm. The teams battled it out in the rain and wind that came with the 12:45 p.m. start time. Delta Storm prevailed with a goal before the end of the first half. But a recharged MVU took to the field in the second half. They drove the ball down to Delta's half and forced a corner kick. Melissa Heaton's kick found Sarah Hardin who, with a stunning shot, scored for a 1-1 tie game, and to keep MVU in playoff contention.

After a night of pasta, costumes and fun at a local haunted house, MVU was up at 8 a.m. and back out for their third game against Inter Rage Academy Edge. The match was dominated by MVU who scored first with a shot from Emily Antoku, assisted by Amanda Santillan. MVU played with the mindset of a 0-0 game and, minutes into the second half, Santillan kicked one past Edge's goalie for a 2-0 lead.

Then Halloween's mystique came into play and MVU were called for phantom fouls and the Edge was given back-to-back penalty kicks. The first one managed to narrowly escape goalie Jessica Espinosa. But when Halloween's mystique hit again Espinosa wasn't spooked and saved a tying goal from the Edge. MVU was able to ward off any further bewitching and finished with a 2-1 victory, moving on to the finals.

With a little time until the championship game, MVU cheered on fellow Mission Valley United's U-16 Girls D1 team that was also heading for the finals in their bracket. A quick bite to eat and MVU-93-Girls-Black relocated to Placer United's home field and the tournament's headquarters at Cherry Island Soccer Complex.

El Dorado United EDA 94G were ready to challenge for the cup. The teams were in it to win it. El Dorado's goalie was superb against MVU's shots, fending off many potential goals. MVU's defense countered and, after two 35 minute halves, the teams were tied at 0-0.

Both teams played hard and fast in two, five-minute, tiebreaking halves but the score remained 0-0, leading to penalties.

With "kicks from the mark" from Heaton, Santillan, Kelsey McLaurin, and Katie Lovejoy, and two spectacular saves by Espinosa, 93 MVU Girls Black brought home the first place trophy in the Women's Gold Group.

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