undefeated and un-scored upon
On the opening day of pool play, The Hawks faced a pair of team teams in their first test of the
tournament. In game 1, The Hawks got off to a fast start with a driving goal from Meena Alexander.
The defense, anchored by Kristen Greene frustrated the Walnut Creek attackers and turned away all
advances. The Hawks took complete control of the game in the second half. Hawks keeper Carly
Muser did not face a single shot as the defense neutralized anything in their zone. Eunice Jung
completed the scoring for the Hawks with a breakaway led by a well placed ball from Maddie Hill and
the game ended 2-0. It was more of the same in game 2 as the Hawks controlled the tempo of the
game facing the Walnut Creek Wildcats. Megan Stewart started the scoring with a driving shot off a
direct kick that found the corner of the net. Cindy Zhao and Colleen Eichhorn combined to provide
perfect protection for the Hawks keepers. Olivia Murphy broke free late in the first half and drove the
ball into the net for a perfect finish to the half. The Hawks continued to dominate the second half
with Meena Alexander placing a opportunistic shot into the net off a perfect entry pass from Sophie
Clinton to end the game 3-0.
Day 2 opened with an early match up against the Dublin Earthquakes. The game opened in a tight
defensive battle. The Hawks keeper, Aly Lee, made several outstanding stops with Sofia Wreden
and Kyra Shah anchoring a strong defense to maintain a 0-0 halftime score. Injured Center Mid
Samantha Nimmo noticed an opportunity and a quick position switch paid off as Kate Battaglia
pushed to ball forward to a waiting Carly Muser and the game winner for a 1-0 finish. The tight battle
earned the Hawks a spot in the next round!
The final match up against the Walnut Creek Wildfire was more of the same as the Hawks opponent
had no luck breaking through the defense to pressure the ball. The Hawks secured a score in each
half and ended the game 2-0 and the tournament with a perfect record not allowing a goal
After the final whistle, the coaches, Steve Nimmo and Tom Zhao watched as the Hawks hugged
each other and celebrated a successful tournament. The Hawks, with their outstanding team play
and support throughout the tournament, earned the recognition of completing the weekend,
undefeated and un-scored upon at the 2014 Walnut Creek Fall classic.
The Pleasanton Rage Orange Pride participated in their first tournament of the season at the Walnut Creek Fall Classic. The round robin play provided some excellent competition.
The first match was against the Dublin Earthquakes. The Earthquakes put up a formidable defensive effort throughout the entire game. Neither side was able to mount much of a sustained offensive attack. There were very few opportunities and fewer shots on net. The half ended 0 – 0. The second half was a continuation of the first half and it appeared the game would end in a draw. With 10 minutes remaining, Jielin Eeo feathered a soft pass to Jenna Brown. Jenna was able to send a well-placed ball into the corner of the net before the Earthquakes could collapse on her and gave the Pride a 1 – 0 lead. With just a few minutes remaining, Kristin Kye was able to dribble around several defenders and passed to a wide open Mollie McKay who blasted a shot off the keeper’s hands to give the Pride a 2 – 0 victory in their opening match.
The Pride opened up the scoring early in their second match against the Walnut Creek Fusion. Just minutes into the game, Jamison Gray delivered a cross from the right side and Jenna Brown took the cross and put it into the back of the net. Summer Reeves was able to push the ball from just beyond the mid-line and past the Fusion defenders. Jenna Brown outraced everyone for a breakaway goal to put the Pride up 2 – 0. Jamison Gray scored halfway through the half and scored again, out-muscling two Fusion defenders for the ball and putting it past the keeper. Audrey Emmett finished off the scoring off a feed from Jamison Gray to give the Pride a 5 – 0 lead at the half. The Pride kept up their offensive pressure in the second half, but the Fusion were up to the challenge and the game finished at 5 – 0.
The final game of pool play pitted the Walnut Creek Wildcats versus the Pride. The Wildcats packed their defensive end and the Pride was unable to unleash any time of offense in the first half. The Pride finally found the right combination midway through the second half when Alyssa Wu found Jenna Brown open in the middle. A quick spin and shot by Jenna into the corner put the Pride up 1 – 0. The Wildcats seemed more determined and carried play in the Pride half of the field. A well-placed shot by the Wildcats went in over the Pride keeper to knot the score at
1 – 1. This time it was the Pride’s turn to take over the game. A great combination from Jamison Gray on the left to Jenna Brown in the middle to Audrey Emmett streaking in from the right for a score put the Pride back up 2 – 1. With five minutes remaining, Mollie McKay made a beautiful cross to a wide open Audrey Emmett who popped in the final goal giving the Pride a hard fought 3 – 1 victory which put the Pride into the championship game against winners of the other bracket, the Pleasanton Rage Aftershock.
The Pride opened up the scoring early in the game on a rocket shot on the right side by Audrey Emmett that ricocheted off the post to Jenna Brown who managed to deflect it to an Aftershock defender. Continued pressure by Audrey and Jenna forced the defender to attempt a clear from deep in her defensive zone that resulted in an own goal. Some precise passing through the mid-field, a pass from Jamison Gray for Alyssa Wu’s one-time shot at the top of the box made the score 2 – 0 in favor of the Pride. Towards the end of the first half, Summer Reeves popped a pass to Jenna Brown who headed it to Mollie McKay. Mollie was able to elude the last defender and scored to make it 3 – 0 for the Pride at the end of the first half. The Pride kept up the offensive pressure in the second half. Kristen Kye one-timed an attempted clear by the Aftershock defense and popped it over the outstretched hands of the keeper. The Pride’s final score came on precise passing from Alexandra Greth to Jamison Gray. The Aftershock keeper had no change against Jamison’s blast making the final score 5 – 0 securing the championship for the Orange Pride.
The Pride were able to control the midfield with major contributions from Lindsey Schroeder and Carly Field. Their constant pressure against their opponents caused many turnovers and their timely passes helped transition the Pride to several breakaways, which resulted in several scores. Alexandra Greth, Lexie Freeland and Emma Tsztoo led the Pride defense. Time and again their speed and quickness frustrated the opposition. Erika Shinn, the Pride keeper, provided steady goal keeping and came up with key saves throughout the tournament. Her leadership was one of the big reasons for the Pride’s successful run at the tournament.
Coaches Ben Eeo, Gary Brown, and Cliff Wu were proud of the Orange Pride’s accomplishments and more importantly the camaraderie and unselfish play they exhibited throughout the tournament.
Congratulations to all the Orange Pride girls for winning the 2014 U14 Girls Walnut Creek Fall Classic tournament!
The U-16 Hot Shots took 3rd place in the Walnut Creek Fall Classic. The team got off to a rocket start with a 7-1 win over a team from Danville. Scoring started early in this match up with the Hot Shots stampeding to a 3-0 advantage in the first 89 seconds. After a highly competitive game against the Walnut Creek Fury, the Hot Shots were in 1st place going into Sunday.’s play. After losing a heart-breaker to the Walnut Creek Swat 1-0, the team advanced to the playoffs against another Pleasanton team, the Ladyhawks, and won.
Offensively the team was led by Emily Santiago, Mrinalini Narayan, Kaitlyn Antilla and Chelsea Burke . Denell Jackson, April Maestas, Katie Zieker and Tayler Clopton anchored a stout defensive effort.
The RAGE U14 Hawks flew into Sonoma for the Sonoma Honey Invitational tournament last weekend and walked out with 2nd place trophies!
On the opening day of pool play, The Hawks faced a pair of Sonoma teams in their first test of the tournament. In game 1, The Hawks got off to a fast start with a fast driving goal from Bridget O’Sullivan. The defense, anchored by Colleen Eichhorn frustrated the Sonoma Rush attackers and turned away all advances. The second half became a defensive battle as the Hawks’ Caoilinn Dwyer and Kristen Greene provided plenty of protection for the keeper as the Hawks grabbed a 1-0 victory. In the second game of the day, Carly Muser posted an early lead for the Hawks with a shot from way outside that found the net. The Sonoma Huskies stormed back for 2 goals to grab the half time lead. With time running out in the game, Samantha Nimmo sent a well placed long ball to Carly Muser for the equalizer, and the Hawks ended the game tied.
Day 2 opened with an early match up against the Sonoma Scorpions. The game opened in a tight defensive battle. The Hawks keeper, Jacqueline Templeman, made several outstanding stops with Sofia Wreden and Aly Lee anchoring a strong defense to maintain a 0-0 halftime score. Injured forward, Ashley Frans, saw an opportunity and recommended a offensive adjustment which paid off as Cindy Zhao pushed to ball forward to a waiting Carly Muser and the game winner for a 1-0 finish. The tight battle earned the Hawks a spot in the Championship game!
The wear of the tournament took its toll on the Hawks as they entered the final game with no subs available, but injured teammates remained on the sidelines cheering loudly. Injured Captains, Ashley Frans and Meena Alexander, motivated their team before taking the field. Annecy Rocca got things going for the Hawks with several strong drives up the field. Kyra Shah kept the ball on the offensive side throughout the game. Natalie McDaniel cut off numerous attacks to protect her keeper. In the end, the Hawks fell just short of the championship, but claimed well deserved 2nd place trophies.
After the final whistle, the coaches, Steve Nimmo, Jeff Wreden, and Tom Zhao watched as the Hawks hugged each other and celebrated a successful tournament. The Hawks, with their outstanding team play and support throughout the tournament, earned them the well-deserved 2013 Sonoma Honey Invitational 2nd place finish!
The Pleasanton Rage U12 Flight Orange Crush completed their season by capturing the Mission Valley United Super Cup tournament.
The Orange Crush began Saturday pool play with a 1 – 1 tie against the FC Fremont Flash. The first half was a strong defensive battle on both sides. Kayla Baughman and Emilie Clark led the Orange Crush, but were unable to put the ball past the excellent Flash goalie. At half time, neither team was able to score. The Flash broke through 10 minutes into the second half to take a 1 – 0 lead. Ten minutes later, Jenna Brown scored on an assist by Gracie Ose to knot the game at 1 – 1 and neither team was able to score again. The Orange Crush won their second match 3 – 0, against Adrenaline. Jenna Brown led the way with 2 goals with an assist from Megan Gee in the first half. In the second half, Hana Malar made a determined effort through the Adrenaline defense to score on a through ball from Jenna Brown. On Sunday morning, the Orange crush defeated the Pleasanton Rage team 3 – 0. Jenna Brown scored 2 minutes apart in the first half on another assist from Megan Gee. Mollie McKay completed the scoring in the second half in a scramble in front of the net. Midfielders Lindsey Schroeder and Elisabeth Balicanta kept the offensive pressure all game long. The Orange Crush won pool play and qualified for the championship game.
The Orange Crush went up against the Adrenaline in the title match. Mollie McKay opened up the scoring 10 minutes into the match on an assist a great cross from Megan Gee to lead 1 – 0 at halftime. Marissa Fredricks provided consistent offensive pressure with the help of midfielders led by Gabby Smith, Sammi Ayoob Ahmad, and Marissa Lawrence. The second half was another defensive struggle with neither side able to take advantage. The Orange Crush defense was able shut down the Adrenaline and allowed no shots on goal. The Orange Crush completed their amazing run for a 1 – 0 shutout of the Adrenaline for the championship win.
The defense for Orange Crush was strong once again allowing only one goal the entire tournament. Emma Tsztoo, Noe Jue, and Alyssa Wu led them along with their number one goalie, Jamison Gray.
After the final whistle, the Orange Crush fans were cheering in awe as the team celebrated their championship win with hugs all around.
Coaches Bob Gee, and Cliff Wu most pleased with how much fun and camaraderie the team had. It showed up at each and every game. They played so well as a team and they all contributed towards its success. Congratulations to the Orange Crush for winning the 2012 U12 Mission Valley United Super Cup tournament!