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November 12, 2010 > 93 MVU Girls Black wins division

93 MVU Girls Black wins division

Submitted By June Heaton

Mission Valley United 93 Black, a competitive Fremont-based travel soccer club, started the week needing to win both of their last games to clinch first place. On Saturday, Nov. 6, the team took on North Valley San Jose Milan 93G and came away with a 1-0 win on a goal from Kala Clark. With quite a few injuries going into Sunday's game, drastic changes needed to be made to MVU's starting lineup. Despite the adjustment, the team was optimistic that they would prevail over their next match.

MVU took to Central Park's #4 field to face their last opponent of the season, Sunnyvale SC United 93G, and for first place in the California Youth Soccer Association Cal Soccer League.

With the officiating staff alert and ready for play, the whistle blew and MVU's midfield took control of the game. In the first half, with passing from Megan Massone, Amanda Santillan and Katie Lovejoy, the team moved the ball around the field for potential goals from Melissa Heaton, Kala Clark and Emily Antoku. But United's defense was determined to keep them from scoring and did their best to clear the ball out.

A relentless defense from MVU's Sarah Hardin, Noe (Leslie) Waing, Pricilla Rodriguez and goalie Jessica Espinosa disallowed Sunnyvale from scoring and took back possession of the ball. Keeping their composure, MVU passed with determination and prowess up to its offense where after 15 minutes into the half, MVU's Antoku scored off a pass from Correa.

Neither team let up on their mission despite the sudden rainfall that began to drench the pitch. Sunnyvale's outside mids were fast and determined. They made many admirable moves and earned a number of corners. But MVU's defense managed to deflect any would-be goals to keep the score 1-0.

Finally, after taking turns at each others goals, MVU broke free. Showing ball control and speed, Correa passed off the ball to an awaiting Santillan for MVU's second goal and the end of the first half.

A rain drenching second half would keep Sunnyvale United at bay and scoreless for a 2-0 win for MVU. The win clinched first place for MVU-93 in the CYSA-CAL, Bay and Coast, Silver Elite Division. MVU finished out its fall league season with only one loss, 18-11-8 overall in 2010.

93-MVU-Girls-Black is coached by Joe Peixoto along with Tony Espinosa and Kyle Brown. Defense is headed by goalie Jessica Espinosa, Sarah Hardin, Kelly Castongia, Pricilla Rodriguez, Noe (Leslie) Waing and Mia Moya. Midfielders are Katie Lovejoy, Megan Massone, Emily Antoku, Lesly Correa, Amanda Santillan, Sarah (Nemo) Wong, Athena Moguel, Kelsey McLaurin, Lauren Duque, Annie Shi and Danielle Carothers. Forwards are Melissa Heaton and Kala Clark.

The girls will go into the winter season representing their respective high schools before regrouping in the spring to compete together for State Cups in CYSA-Cal, the NorCal Premier Soccer League and in various other tournaments.

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