April 1, 2014 > Newark ÒSoccerÓ Cup does not disappoint
Newark ÒSoccerÓ Cup does not disappoint
Submitted By Franz Bruckner
The 26th annual Newark Cup, a soccer competition between the eight elementary schools in Newark was held the weekend of March 8th and 9th at the Newark Sports field. The final and consolation games were held under the lights at Newark Memorial on Wednesday, March 12 (girlÕs final & consolation) and Thursday March 13th (boyÕs final & consolation). Both boyÕs and girlÕs teams were comprised of fourth, fifth and sixth graders. Two groups were formed with four teams in each group. The first and second place teams of each group (two groups in total) advanced to the Final and Consolation games respectively.
It was a very exciting tournament that featured some great games. In the girlÕs bracket, it was Kennedy and Snow advancing to the finals while Schilling and Bunker advanced to the consolation game. The Lincoln girls, who have won the tournament two out of the last four years, narrowly missed the consolation game. Veronica Bruckner, Esther Mendoza, Davis Larson all played well for Lincoln in their final Newark Cup appearance, while both Milani, Musick, and Graham schools all played some good tough soccer as well. For the boys, it was Kennedy and Snow schools advancing to the Finals, with Lincoln and Graham advancing to the consolation game. Additionally, Bunker, Musick, and Schilling schools all played some great soccer in the boyÕs bracket.
The girlÕs consolation match was very close, with Bunker narrowly defeating Schilling by the score of 2-1. Bunker took the lead on a Neveah Stansberry-Arroyo goal, but Schilling tied the game 20 seconds before half-time. The 2nd half was extremely close, with Bunker getting a late goal to seal the victory. Goal Keeper Emily and defender Ariana Pereira turned in solid performances as did the rest of the bunker and Schilling girls.
In the final, it was Kennedy defeating Snow by the score of 3-0, with Jessica McNair scoring all three goals and Briana Santillan chipping in with one assist. Also playing well for Kennedy were Faith and Jordan Souza with great midfield play, while Jazel Cruz, Bella Rivas, and goal keeper Lainy Malimban played great in defense to preserve the victory. For Snow, Fayth Hinojosa, Jessica Novak, Mariya Hinojosa, Emily Ballard, and Maisey Pimental all played well for Snow as did the rest of the Snow team.
The BoyÕs consolation featured Graham against Lincoln, and was another close game. Graham took the lead on a Jesse Esparza goal. Lincoln tied the game on a Fidel Ochoa goal, and Graham Won when Johan Martinez scored the winning goal. In addition, Aldo Maciel, Adrien Apale, Humberto Garcia, Jose Luna, and Jesus Garcia playing in their last Newark Cup game, played very well for Graham to secure the victory, and Aloisius Antonio, Alex Chavez, Adam Freeman, Fidel Ochoa, Tejas Raghuram, Jose Reyes-Mendoza, Humberto Rodriguez, Anthoney Silva, and Andrew Valdez all played well for Lincoln in their final Newark Cup appearance.
The Boys final between Kennedy and Snow schools turned out to be very close. The score was 0-0 through 60 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime. Both sides hit the post to nearly win it (Kennedy hit it three times). However, there was no score so the two sides went to penalty kicks. These were also very close, with Snow winning in the end 7-6. Striker Danny Santillan and Goal Keeper Nick Lagan were standouts in KennedyÕs march to the final with Santillan scoring five goals in the tournament and Lagan conceding only two goals to lead the defense.
The Newark Cup Tournament was a great event and was enjoyed by all.