September 2, 2011 > Trophy goes to undefeated champions
Trophy goes to undefeated champions
Submitted By June Heaton
Fremont's premier soccer team, MVU-93-GIRLS-BLACK, wining all of their matches in regulation time, brought home the North Huntington Beach (NHB) Cup Championship trophy. The tournament was held at the UC Irvine Athletic Fields in Southern California, August 27 - 28.
After winning their bracket and taking second place overall in the Stanford Summer Classic just the weekend before, MVU was ready to fight for a championship trophy again. Their first duel was with home team, NHB Black. NHB took an early 1 - 0 lead. But steadfast pressure from MVU's Midfielders, Katie Lovejoy, Melissa Urena, Leslie Correa and Aliss Vasquez, paid off when Vasquez launched a shot over NHB defense and a shocked goalie to tie the game. With a beautiful through ball from Forward, Megan Racine, Forward, Melissa Heaton scored the last goal of the game for a 2 - 1 win.
On the field next with MVU was MATRIX SC. MVU stood firm as they were met with the hard hitting MATRIX. Defenders, Kelly Castongia, Shayla Funk, and Ellie Wong fought off their approaching opponent and forced numerous goal kicks from MVU Goalie, Jessica Espinosa. In the end, it was a pass from Heaton to Forward, Megan Ravenscroft that finalized the game with a score of 1 - 0.
Back out on UC Irvine's athletic fields for game three, Fremont's MVU faced FC LONG BEACH. Continuing their push for the trophy, MVU Midfielders Sarah Hardin, Nadia Mounzih, and Megan Massone pressed the line and passed off the ball to Heaton and Ravenscroft who would net one goal each. Defenders, Shaina Charles, Mia Moya and Pricialla Rodriguez, diverted countless shots away from their goal box for another shutout win.
In the Championship, MVU played RIVERSIDE MGFM STARZ. With emotions flying as high as a goalie's punt, the encounter between the opposing forces kept both sidelines in anxious suspense. Both teams had several attempts on goal with no avail. Then, late in the second half, a double teamed Ravenscroft managed to break free and score. STARZ tried hard to tie the game but excellent defense and a ball hugging save by MVU's Espinosa kept the score 1 - 0, and MVU undefeated to become the tournament champions.