September 13, 2011 > Newark Fire wins at Central Marin Classic
Newark Fire wins at Central Marin Classic
Submitted By Franz Bruckner, Photo by Sofia Ocegueda
The Newark Fire Under-11 girls select team took first place for the second tournament in a row, at the Central Marin Classic on August 27th-28th. In the first match, Newark defeated the Briciano Earthquakes 3-1 on two goals by Hannah Gamez and one goal by Angie Valenzuela. Valenzuela and Sarah Lagan also collected assists. Goalkeeper Bri Motta had a great game, making seven saves for the Fire.
In the second match, Newark tied Novato United 1-1 in a hard fought game by both teams. Newark was losing 0-1 at halftime, but was able to come back to tie the score thanks to an unassisted goal by Valenzuela. Motta again was a key player in this game making six saves to preserve the tie. Sam Ocegueda, Sara Buffey, Isabella Garcia, and Trinity Castillo all played good defense while midfielders Rachel Bruckner, Sarah Lagan, Aracelli Hinojosa, and Natalia Sanchez were solid in midfield.
The third game for Fire was a must win against San Jose's Deanza Force. Newark was able to defeat the Force 4-0 to make it to the final game. Gamez scored two goals against the Force, while Lagan and Valenzuela scored the other two. Isabella Alvarellos played a great game in midfield, and contributed an assist as did Bri Motta, and Angie Valenzuela (2 assists).
In the final, Newark faced a tough Alpine team from Menlo Park. Newark took the lead 1-0 on a goal by Gamez, but Alpine was able to equalize. The game ended 1-1, and went into overtime. After 10 minutes of no goals, the game went to penalty kicks. Newark was fortunate to win the penalty kick shootout in the sixth round, when Samantha Ocegueda scored the final winning goal. Other goals scoring penalty kicks were Aracelli Hinojosa, Isabella Alvarellos, and Hannah Gamez.
It was a great tournament for the Fire who worked very hard to win this tournament. Newark opens league play on September 10th against Benecia Arsenal.