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December 7, 2010 > Mission Valley United Girls advance

Mission Valley United Girls advance

Submitted By Calvin Chinn

California Youth Soccer Association's tournament season has begun. With the Presidents Cup, the highest level of competitive play; Association Cup for developmental teams; and Founders Cup for recreational play, this past weekend launched the U-10 and U-11 girls and boys competitions for all three cups in Mistlin Sport Complex in Ripon.

Mission Valley United (MVU) of Fremont sent three teams to the President's Cup for a weekend of skills and thrills. Led by the scoring forward Kyllie Glock, a pressing defense and persistent stops by goalkeeper Danielle Vis, MVU 99 Girls Black advanced to next weekend's quarterfinals.

MVU 99 started with an insightful reminder by coach Bri O'Dowd to shoot high at the goal and shoot often. These competitive games can be won by surprising outcomes when one does the extraordinary. Glock heeded that call to start off the scoring against a red and navy blue team from Folsom, the American River YSL Freedom, with a high long kick from the right that went over the defending goalkeeper's hands untouched.

Freedom had its own skillful pass and play, with a crossing pass from the right after the player dribbled pass a defender and placed perfectly to a charging teammate in front of the goal who scored. At halftime, it appeared that the 99 girls needed another boost of motivation from coach O'Dowd again, and they did, coming back out with more pressure defense that continually denied Freedom any free passes anchored by repeated stops by "Dani" Danielle.

Finally, a quick slip pass by Haley Torsney allowed Kyllie to chase it down in a breakaway for a score. The 99 girls second game was against Redwood City Juventus Blast. MVU played with precision by keeping the ball on the offensive end. Repeated kicks at the goal missed the mark. Even a penalty kick from a handball by Juventus gave the 99 girls an opportunity to score but an unlucky result left the score at 0-0.

Juventus was to strike first with a strong kick that came off of a finger tip save attempt and into the net. At the half, the 99 girls were down one goal. What to do next, but to try different field positions and different goalkeepers. That they did and Kyllie came through with a score from another breakaway, this time a line pass from Claudia Chinn gave Kyllie the assist to score. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Kyllie scored all of the team's three goals, and all recognized that they had won with their pressing defense. The story continues next week in the quarterfinals. MVU would like to thank ARCO on Grimmer and Auto Mall for their continuing support of MVU girls soccer.

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