December 4, 2012 > Mission Valley United Girls Win State Cup
Mission Valley United Girls Win State Cup
Submitted By Coach Gavin Carvalho
Congratulations to the Mission Valley United (MVU) 2003 Girls Black team on winning the 2012 Norcal State Cup Bronze 1 Division Tournament. The team cemented their claim to the Championship with a 1-0 victory in their Final game on Sunday, November 18th against the West Valley United 2003 Girls Team in Manteca.
MVU began the season with a focus on development - they wanted to become the best soccer players they could be and have fun every second of the way. That they did, the season was an extremely successful one in more ways than one. This team enjoyed every second that they were together and treasured every second that they had with a ball at their feet. It was not all fun and games to start the season for MVU, they came out the gates with an extremely tough schedule, playing the top teams in their league the first four weeks and the top teams in the NorCal region in the state cup seeding round. Those games were a reality check for the girls from MVU, this was not going to be easy by any means but they also understood that as they kept training and getting better, the results would come.
Over a short period of time, the results were starting to materialize as the players developed their skills - they went through two league games and tied with two top teams, then won two the next weekend and they rode that momentum all the way to the state cup quarter-final round where they were met by three excellent teams, had an excellent weekend of competition and made it out of the quarterfinals as the Number 1 seed in the bronze division. They could see the finish line, they knew what the goal was; they knew what they needed to do. In the semi-final round, they were paired with a tough Pleasanton Rage team that played the game with great skill and athleticism and posed a huge threat to MVU's title hopes. With a promising team effort, they entered the finals with a 2-0 win.
Hats off to West Valley United, their girls played a great game of soccer and represented their club extremely well. Congratulations to the Mission Valley United 03 Girls Black team on an amazing performance. The 1-0 victory was an extremely close matchup all the way till the whistle, with both teams playing top soccer and giving up nothing to their opponents. MVU kept their goal scoreless when Center Back Olivia De Anda saved a sure goal by recovering back to kick the ball out from just in front of the goal line.
The lone score came from MVU Striker Dalina Pena as she was set up by a beautiful through pass from Midfielder Natalia Perez to put her on the goal path. After the goal, the game opened up for MVU, they found their touch on the ball and started to create devastating runs with the ball at their feet clearly exhibited by Emma Manhire, Sakshi Thakral and Taleah Mendoza. On the other side of the Ball, MVU defenders Esperanza Olivo, Farrah Lin and Jazmin Perez showcased their defensive prowess as they stopped attacks and created counter attacks for their team. MVU was supported by amazing wing play by outside-midfielders Charlotte Roff and Cassandra Ware who presented their playmaking skills through the entirety of the game.