August 19, 2011 > Newark Fire soccer team takes first place
Newark Fire soccer team takes first place
Submitted By Franz Bruckner, Photo by Sofia Ocegueda
The Newark Fire (Under-11 girls) select team took first place this past weekend at the 25th annual Novato Classic, in Novato California. Newark won three games and tied one on their way to first place. In the first game, Newark defeated Santa Rosa 3-0 on two goals by Hannah Gamez and one goal by Angelique Valenzuela. Natalia Sanchez played well, nearly scoring a goal when her shot ricocheted off the post on a great left-footed shot.
In their second game, Fire defeated Taihuchi FC on a goal by Angelique Valenzuela with Gamez getting the assist. Goal Keeper Lisette Mason played very well in goal to preserve the shutout. Newark tied Briciano FC 2-2 with goals by Valenzuela and Aracelli Hinojosa. Goal Keeper Bri Motta made several key saves in this game, while Rachel Bruckner had two of her three shots nearly on target. Defensive Trio Sara Buffey, Sam Ocegueda, Isabella Garcia, and Trinity Castillo all turned in solid performances for the Fire, as did midfielder Sara Jones.
In their final game, Newark defeated Central Marin FC by the score of 6-0 to capture the championship. Isabella Alvarellos scored two goals to help capture this victory, while Gamez, Valenzuela, and Mason scored the other four goals. In addition, Bruckner, Jones, Bri Motta, and Valenzuela all collected assists. Sarah Lagan also played well in the win for Newark.
In previous tournament action, the Newark Fire also took 2nd place in the annual San Ramon Azzuri classic back on July 30/31. Newark will travel to San Rafael to compete in the Central Marin Classic later this month, and league play will begin on September 10.