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28 12, 2015

Ashleigh Garcia – RAGE Player Combats Hunger in Tracy

Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 8:44 am

Ashleigh Garcia

Ashleigh Garcia

While some Tracy families exchange presents on Christmas Eve, Ashleigh Garcia’s family will be handing out 200 free meals at Dr. Powers Park.

Ashleigh, 11, is a striker for an under-12 team in the Pleasanton Rage Girls Soccer Club. Over the summer, she was selected to join the Rage Leadership Academy, a group of 20 girls from among the 2,000 club members.

As part of the leadership program, Ashleigh has to plan and complete a community service project.

“I wanted to do a project that would have a big impact on the community, a big impact on the people it helped and a big impact on me,” Ashleigh said.

She decided to raise money to pay for meals for people who might be hungry. She picked Texas Roadhouse to provide the food because her team has had fundraisers with the restaurant before.

“The project had to be done by the end of the year, so why not make it a Christmas meal?” she said. “There are some people that don’t have that Christmas Eve feel. I wanted to give them something special on Christmas Eve.”

Ashleigh’s goal was $750, enough to buy 100 meals.

She started by asking for donations or pledges for every goal she scored in the four games she was scheduled to play between Nov. 14 and Dec. 12. Of those four games, weather and her commitment to a regional team forced her to miss two, and she scored one goal between the two remaining games.

Ashleigh added the $50 she won for her second-place essay in a contest sponsored by the Tracy Press in May, which pushed the total to $1,635. That turned out to be enough to buy 200 Christmas Eve meals.

“I didn’t know I was going to do something as big as this,” Ashleigh said. “I wanted to show people I care about their situation.”

She and her father visited Tracy Interfaith Ministries, the Larch Clover Community Center, the McHenry House Tracy Family Shelter, Emerson House and Lolly Hanson Senior Center and gave meal tickets to the administrators, who promised to hand them out to people in need of a free meal.

The meals — a choice of chicken or pork served with beans, coleslaw and bread — will be served to people holding those tickets from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Dr. Powers Park.

Ashleigh’s father, Gilbert Garcia, was proud to see his daughter take on and accomplish such an ambitious project.

“How are we going to make this happen,” he said. “She has always been competitive. It’s always better to strive for more.”

Ashleigh’s family will join her in serving the holiday meals. Her brother has also recruited help from his fellow students in the International Baccalaureate academy at Tracy High.

Ashleigh said the project had taught her skills she hoped would help her become a team captain one day and eventually play for the United States national soccer team

“I learned to be self-confident and help my team be confident in themselves,” Ashleigh said.

7 12, 2015

U11 Grey State Champs

Rage U11 Grey champions of state cup this morning! 3-0 win against santa rosa lightening.


RAGE U11 Grey

Pleasanton RAGE U11 Grey

27 11, 2015

OutRageOus Wins California Cup

The U14 Flight OutRageOus girls wrapped up their 2015 Pleasanton Rage season winning the California Cup in Fremont.  The girls showed great character and resilience during the tournament, and they staged a dramatic come-from-behind victory in the final minutes of the championship match.
OutRageOus never gave up as they battled against Rage Revolution, another Pleasanton team.  The final goal was scored by Constanze Huebner with 4 minutes remaining in the game – a long shot that found the upper corner of the goal, despite outstanding goal-keeping.  Earlier in the second half, Jordyn Self tapped a beautiful cross from Abbey Baer into the net to tie the score.  The match ended with a 2-1 victory for OutRageOus.  The entire OutRageOus team contributed to the win with tremendous defensive and goal-keeping efforts as well.
Celebrating their California Cup title are U14 Flight OutRageOus team members:
Back Row:  Emily Cassetti, Isabella Wilbur, Ananya Kuttikkad, Olivia Murphy, Dan Dilger (Coach), Peyton Williams, Constanze Huebner, Abbey Baer, Kyra Thordsen, Jack Gerard (Coach), Amanda Dilger, Diana Zachlod, Noe Jue.  Front Row:  Jordyn Self, Kayleigh Dennen, Juliana Gerard, and Peyton Pozzi.
16 11, 2015

U9 Rage Orange Wins State Cup Championship

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Pleasanton Rage u9 Orange girls soccer team hoisted the State Cup championship trophy this weekend.  The Orange finished #1 atop a field of 72 teams.  The girls, led by coach Axel Thibodeau, beat Davis Legacy Red in the Semifinal by a score of 3-0 earning a chance to meet their nemesis, Mustang Xplosion, in the Final.  The girls executed beautifully finding the net in the first ten minutes on a beautiful cross and then again midway through the second half on a rocket from outside the penalty box.  The defense held staunch and the Orange prevailed 2–0.
This was quite a year for coach Thibodeau’s side – having won Rage Showcase, the BooFest, and now State Cup.  A fantastic group of girls, includes Abby Mai, Aishwarya Anburaja, Alden Hofstede, Aleka Mandava, Ava Haviley, Eva Torrico, Gianna Guerrero, Gianna Owens, Presley Cash, Reese Gotchall, and Riley Horn.  Congratulations girls!
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16 11, 2015

2015 Flight Jamboree Champions


The annual season ending Jamboree Tournament for the Flight Program teams was a fun way to wrap up the season.

Congratulations to the Flight Jamboree Champions for 2015.

U10 – Cheetahs

U12 – No Fear

U14 – Revolution


27 10, 2015

U9 Orange Wins at the Boo Fest


Pleasanton Rage U9 Orange won the Gold division in the prestigious Boo Fest in Sacramento, the largest Halloween tournament in Northern California.  Following a very strong performance in the opening round, Rage led by head coach Axel Thibodeau, drew Modesto Ajax in the tournament final. The team passed the ball incredibly well and quickly found Gianna Owens up top for a quick 1-0 lead. Rage continued to dominate possession and eventually Gianna Guerrero found net again early in the second half, putting Rage up 2-0. They would go on to win the game 2-1 on strong goalkeeping from Reese Gotchall and Eva Torrico; relentless defending and midfield play from Presley Cash, Ava Haviley, Abby Mai, and Alden Hofstede; and further offensive firepower from Riley Horn, Aleka Mandava and Aishwarya Anburaja.  This is Rage’s second high profile tournament win and readies the Orange for the upcoming Norcal State Cup.

7 10, 2015

U14 RAGE Revolution

RAGE Revolution, a U-14 Flight team, had an excellent tournament in Walnut Creek recently.  Taking first place in the tournament! These girls not only played their hearts out on the field, but had great sportsmanship with each team they played.
30 09, 2015

No Current Camps/Clinics

Currently there are not camps/clinics.  Please check back!

18 08, 2015

RAGE U12 Orange

WORKING HARD, BEING HUNGRY, STAYING HUMBLE… Congratulations to the RAGE U12 Orange team as they battled to the last kick to win the consolation match against Novato United at the Soccer by the Bay Tournament. Coach NIna Cefalo showed a strong offensive front with Tiana Cello, Ashleigh Garcia, Olivia Martin, Alexa Ruiz, Riann Sarno, and Carolijn Steele. The opponents faced the pressure from the defensive force of Erica Haley, Analise Hernandez, Sierra O’Donnell, Kathryn Pearson, Lauren Reeves, and Ava Ricker. After regulation time and two periods of overtime had expired, the contest was tied 4-4. The game was decided by penalty kicks. The team united behind the feet of Kenna Asmussen, Kayla Cameron, Jasmine Cochiaosue, Shay McIntyre, Kayla Robertson and the hands of goalie Sadie Brown. RAGE lead 4-3 as goalie Sadie Brown clinched the win by blocking the last kick. The success of the RAGE team stems from their consistent hard work, defining themselves with their continuous improvement and growth. Congratulations again, RAGE U12 Orange!!!

TOP L to R: Alexa Ruiz, Sierra O’Donnell, Shay McIntyre, Kayla Cameron, Ava Ricker, Coach Nina Cefalo, Analise Hernandez, Sadie Brown, Olivia Martin, Lauren Reeves, Kenna Asmussen BOTTOM L to R: Kathryn Pearson, Jasmine Cochiaosue, Ashleigh Garcia, Tiana Cello, Kayla Robertson, Erica Haley, Riann Sarno, Carolijn Steele

TOP L to R: Alexa Ruiz, Sierra O’Donnell, Shay McIntyre, Kayla Cameron, Ava Ricker, Coach Nina Cefalo, Analise Hernandez, Sadie Brown, Olivia Martin, Lauren Reeves, Kenna Asmussen
BOTTOM L to R: Kathryn Pearson, Jasmine Cochiaosue, Ashleigh Garcia, Tiana Cello, Kayla Robertson, Erica Haley, Riann Sarno, Carolijn Steele


12 08, 2015

RAGE U11 Orange Team Wins the Santa Cruze Breakers Cup

Congratulations to the Pleasanton RAGE U11 Orange team on winning the 2015 Santa Cruz Breakers Cup – Premier Division. 
The team, coached by Darin Preszler, went undefeated to win the championship.  Together with her tremendous defenders, goalkeeper Elizabeth Fineberg did not allow a single goal in four games.  On the offensive side of the field, Mia Corpuz, Emma Fuller, Alura Hagan Kaitlin Lemus, Alana Owens, Shiranika Rajsekar, and Kiana Tahmassebi were tenacious in their possession of the ball, passing and communication.  The defenders, Casey Currie, Ava Hofstede, Paige Morgan, Kelly Queen, and Elizabeth Williams, were relentless in keeping the ball on the opponents’ side of the field and pressuring the other team to turn the ball over. In pool play, RAGE outscored their opponents 7-0 with goals by Emma Fuller, Alura Hagan, Alana Owens, and Kiana Tahmassebi. The team won the championship game 1-0 with seamless defense, and a second half goal by Emma Fuller.  Winning the tournament was a tremendous team effort, and all the girls were instrumental in winning the trophy.