December 11, 2012 > Newark Fire takes third at Sonoma tournament
Newark Fire takes third at Sonoma tournament
Submitted By Franz Bruckner
The Newark Fire, a U12 Girls' Class 1 team took third place at the Sonoma Halloween Classic. Fire defeated Sonoma Wildcats and San Carlos Blitz on Saturday by the score of 1-0, before falling to Sonoma Fury 0-2 in the Sunday semi-final. Fire bounced back in the consolation game, defeating the Rohnert Park Warriors by the score of 3-0.
Against Fury, Angie Valenzuela scored the lone goal for the Fire victory. Also playing well for Fire were goalkeeper Lissette Mason, defenders Elizabeth Salazar, Sara Buffey, and Sam Ocegueda, and midfielders Natalia Sanchez and Isabella Garcia. In the second game, Fire defeated San Carlos on an own goal, but were very unlucky not to have scored several goals. Rachel Bruckner narrowly missed a goal, as did Napal and Hannah Gamez. Isabella Alvarellos also had a very good game for the Fire.
In Sunday's game against Sonoma, Fire had several chances but were unable to convert. In the consolation game against Rohnert Park, Fire took a 1-0 halftime lead thanks to a goal by Valenzuela. Fire added two more goals when defender Marissa Ferreira scored off of a Gamez corner, and midfielder Aracelli Hinojosa rounded out the scoring by converting a pass from Napal for the final goal. Midfielders Bri Motta and Christian Nava-Gona and defender Trinity Castillo also had very good games for the Fire.