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June 10, 2011 > No rain on MVU's parade

No rain on MVU's parade

Submitted By June Heaton

June's first weekend brought a torrential rain storm to the San Francisco Bay Area that, no doubt, had many planned events scrambling for indoor venues. That was not the case, however, for the Pro Am Beach Soccer Tournament in Santa Cruz.

Rain or shine, the venue was set. Mission Valley United 93 girls Black (MVU), a Fremont-based under-17 Division I soccer team, traveled to the tournament for their first ever beach competition. The morning games of the tournament proved to be even more of a challenge with the early soaking from the rain. But, the clouds had a silver lining when the MVU girls played. A bit of chilly wind was all that threatened them as they won both their games on Saturday, June 4 - 10-2 over Fire; 8-3 against the Cyberrays.

Santa Cruz's Boardwalk was alive with excitement as Sunday's dryer weather allowed for all rides to be open. Coach Kyle Brown rallied his girls back to the sand for their first match against Manteca FC Extreme; with a 10-1 triumph over Extreme, MVU earned a spot in the finals. Their finals match-up: a grudge match against the same Cyberrays team they topped by five goals a day earlier.

Though the match was a bit more physical, the girls still enjoyed themselves, despite an occasional mouthful of sand. MVU would go on to win the championship, eking out a one-goal victory, 4-3.

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