February 26, 2013 > Newark Fire takes State Cup Championship
Newark Fire takes State Cup Championship
Submitted By Franz Bruckner
Newark Fire, a U-12 girls team, defeated the West Coast Wrath out of Livermore by the score of 1-0 to capture their second State Cup Championship in three years. It was the third consecutive shutout for the Fire, who have now gone 210 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal.
Angelique Valenzuela's goal off of a pass from Sam Ocegueda midway through the first half was all that was needed for the Fire victory. Goal Keeper Lissette Mason made several outstanding saves throughout the game to preserve the victory. Like the quarterfinal and semifinal games, this game was a total team victory. Each player demonstrated their commitment to the team by playing their hearts out.
Defenders Ocegueda, Sara Buffey, Elizabeth Salazar, Trinity Castillo, and Marissa Ferreira all helped to ensure the shutout while midfielders Rachel Bruckner, Hannah Gamez, Princess Fa'I, Bri Motta, and Isabella Garcia all played outstanding to keep the pressure on the West Coast defense. Bruckner had a nice shot that the keeper saved, while Isabella Allvarellos just narrowly missed making the score an opportunity for a second goal. Forwards Angelique Valenzuela, Ashley Reyes, and Natalia Sanchez were also key players in the victory by creating constant scoring threats.
Coach Bruckner stated after the game, "It was a great team victory, and every player should be proud of their achievement."