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.
RAGE U14 Hawks Claim Sonoma Honey Invitational 2nd Place
Pictured front row, Jacqueline Templeman
Second Row, Bridget O'Sullivan, Caoilinn Dwyer, Sofia Wreden, Samantha Nimmo, Aly Lee, Natalie McDaniel
Third Row, Kristen Greene, Kyra Shah, Colleen Eichhorn, Ashley Frans, Carly Muser, Annecy Rocca, Cindy Zhao, Meena Alexander
Coaches, Jeff Wreden, Steve Nimmo, Tom Zhao
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 RAGE Flight teams attended a San Jose Earthquakes practice.
Rage U12 Orange Crush Wins the 2012 Mission Valley United Super Cup Tournament
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!
Stars played the Shockers in a game that was more about life than soccer
The Stars played the Shockers in a game that was more about life than soccer. Stars playing for one of the player's Mom who is a recent breast cancer survivor and Shockers playing in honor of a player's father who is battling mesothelioma. I think we were all in awe of how these girls played today drawing inspiration from the battle that cancer patients face every day. We also raised a combined $700 that will be donated to local cancer organizations. Our game today was why we play the game.
The Pleasanton Rage Orange Crush entered the Sonoma Honey Invitational with a lot of pop and shake 'em up fizz and won the U12 championship!
The Orange Crush opened up pool play with a 3 – 0 win against the Petaluma Fiesty Tigers. They got balanced scoring from Jenna Brown, Marissa Fredricks, and Mollie McKay on 2 assists from Emilie Clark and 1 from Samantha Lipsker. The Orange Crush won their second match of the day, 4 – 0, against the local Sonoma Crushers. Again, there was balanced scoring. Jenna Brown had 2 goals and got the other 2 goals from Mollie McKay and Jamison Gray. Elisabeth Balicanta got her first assist. On Sunday, the Orange Crush defeated the Sonoma Blue Devils 6 – 0 on combined goals from Jenna Brown, Mollie McKay, Emilie Clark, and Gianna Lyng. Midfielders, Lindsey Schroeder and Marissa Lawrence got their first assists of the tournament. At the end of pool play, the Orange Crush qualified for the championship.
The title game was played against the Sonoma Wild Cats in hot conditions. Mollie McKay opened up the scoring 10 minutes into the match on an assist from Marissa Lawrence. Mollie McKay scored again 10 minutes later and gave the Orange Crush a 2 – 0 half time lead. Strong offensive performances by Megan Gee and Marissa Fredricks wore down the Wild Cats. Jenna Brown scored 3 times in the second half on assists by Samantha Lipsker, Allison DeFazio, and Emilie Clark to build a 5 – 0 lead. The score held up until the final whistle.
The defense for Orange Crush had amazingly shut out all 4 of their opponents! The Crush received strong midfield play from Lindsey Schroeder, Marissa Lawrence, Elisabeth Balicanta, Gianna Lyng, and Allison DeFazio. The defensive line of Emma Tsztoo, Noe Jue, and Alyssa Wu frustrated opponents throughout the tournament and limited shots against their main goalie, Jamison Gray.
In the end, the Orange Crush held a big celebration at midfield and received a standing ovation from all their adoring fans on the sidelines.
Coaches Mike DeFazio, Bob Gee, and Cliff Wu were in awe and proud of what this team had achieved. This was truly a collective 100% team effort from all the Orange Crush players. They played so well as a team and they all contributed towards its success. Congratulations to the Orange Crush for winning the 2012 U12 Sonoma Honey Invitational Championship!
On August 17th, Rage U-16 teams Xtreme and Shockers, played a scrimmage in Stockton at the University of the Pacific. Both teams were invited to play at the half time of the Pacific vs Cal-Berkley. This a tremendous opportunity for the ladies to play on Division 1 college field. Also they enjoyed seeing one the best teams in the country, the 16th rank Cal Ladies Golden Bears. Playing for Cal as a mid-fielder was Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick. Kaitlyn attended Amador Valley High School and played for Pleasanton Rage. She was kind enough to spend a bit of time with the girls and took photo with the Xtreme
U12 Flight Her-ricanes
The Pleasanton Rage U12 Flight Her-ricanes completed their amazing season by winning the inaugural Mission Valley United Recreation Super Cup tournament.
The Her-ricanes opened up play on Saturday by defeating a previously undefeated Castro Valley Goals R Us, 3 – 1. Goals R Us opened the scoring on an unfortunate deflection off a Her-ricane defender in the first half to take a 1 – 0 lead. The Her-ricanes came roaring back in the second half on a power shot by Catherine Cho. Several minutes later, Mollie McKay chose an opportune time to score her first goal of the season and put the Her-ricanes up for good, 2 – 1. The defense, led by Alyssa Wu, Emma Tsztoo, and Marissa Lawrence shut down Castro Valley in the second half. Catherine scored late to seal the first win of the tournament.
The second game of the day pitted the Her-ricanes against the Eclipse. The Her-ricanes and the Eclipse battled to a scoreless first half, 0 - 0. The strong midfield play of Summer Reeves, Allison DeFazio, and Kristen Kye pinned the Eclipse in their defensive end during the first half. The Her-ricanes scored on a direct kick just outside the box by Catherine. Five minutes later, Catherine scored again on a direct kick. The Her-ricanes showed their defensive domination led by Gianna Lyng and Kyra Shah. A break away goal from Jenna Brown secured a 3 – 0 victory.
Sunday, the Her-ricanes wrapped up round robin play against an undefeated Fireballs. The Fireballs matched the Her-ricanes speed and the first half ended 0 – 0. Audrey Emmett and Megan Gee pestered the Fireball defense and provided great chances which resulted in several near goal opportunities. The second half was a tense, see-saw battle. The game ended in a 0 - 0 tie and the Her-ricanes moved to the championship game based on a tie-breaking greater goal differential.
In the championship game, the Her-ricanes faced the undefeated winners of the other bracket, the Freemont Crushing Panthers. The defense led by Hailey Hogarty and the entire midfield play kept the Crushing Panthers off the scoreboard. Allison DeFazio’s shot deflected of a Crushing Panther defender and into the net for a 1 – 0 first half lead. The Her-ricanes scored to begin the second half on great passing and determination from Nicole Zhang to increase the lead to 2 – 0. Catherine Cho scored again several minutes later on a penalty shot just outside the box to increase the lead to 3 – 0. The Crushing Panthers scored with 10 minutes remaining. The Her-ricanes, led by their outstanding goalie throughout the tournament, Jamison Gray, shut down the Crushing Panthers the rest of the way to win MVU Recreation Super Cup championship game 3 – 1.
In addition to placing first in the Rage U12 Flight division, this was the second tournament championship win for the Her-ricanes. After a long season, Coach Gary Brown, Coach Bob Gee, and Coach Cliff Wu are so proud of this team and each and every one of these girls and what they were able to accomplish in this tournament.
CONGRATULATIONS HER-RICANES, WINNERS OF THE MISSION VALLEY UNITED RECREATION SUPER CUP! GO HER-RICANES!
Her-Ricanes Take the Sonoma Honey Invitational by Storm
The Pleasanton Rage U12 Her-Ricanes stormed into Sonoma for the Sonoma Honey Invitational tournament this weekend and emerged as the champions!
In pool play, the Her-Ricanes defeated the local Sonoma Quicksilver team 4-0. They dominated the first half with 3 goals, 2 by Megan Gee and 1 from Catherine Cho. The second half yielded one goal by Emma Tsztoo. In the second game of the day, the Her-Ricanes battled to a 0-0 tie with the Pleasanton Rage Orange Crush. The Her-Ricanes got superb goal tending from Alyssa Wu and Jamison Gray and were helped by solid defensive performances by Hailey Hogarty, Emma Tsztoo, and Audrey Emmett. The following day, the Her-Ricanes played the Pleasanton Rage Blitz and managed to weather a late rally by the Blitz and won 2-1 on a drizzly, wet field. It was another tough defensive game with outstanding performances by Gianna Lyng, Summer Reeves and Mollie McKay. An early score by Megan Gee tied the game and a late goal by Catherine Cho secured the win, preserved their points lead, and won the pool play for their bracket.
The championship game pitted the Her-Ricanes against a fierce Petaluma team. Petaluma scored first, but Catherine Cho netted a goal just before half time to tie the score at 1-1 giving the
Her-Ricanes momentum going into the second half. The midfield play of Marissa Lawrence, Allison DeFazio, Lindsey Schroeder, and Kyra Shah dominated Petaluma in the second half and continually pushed the ball through to the strikers. Catherine Cho scored to make it 2-1 and added another goal midway through the half on a penalty shot. A goal by Petaluma cut the lead to 3-2 with 10 minutes left in the game. The defense stiffened with play from Hailey Hogarty, Alyssa Wu, Kayla Baughman, and Emma Tsztoo. With only minutes left in the game and Petaluma pressing, the midfielders pushed a ball through once again to Catherine Cho who passed to a wide-open Megan Gee for the final goal sealing the game and the championship for the Her-Ricanes 4-2.
After the final whistle, the coaches, Bob Gee, Tiffany Rose, and Cliff Wu watched as the Her-Ricanes hugged and celebrated their accomplishment. The Her-Ricanes, with their outstanding team play and support throughout the tournament, especially in the final game earned them the well-deserved 2011 Sonoma Honey Invitational Championship!
Wine Country Invasion
September 24th and 25th, Pleasanton Rage's Division 4 showed itself as the dominate club at the Sonoma Honey Tournament hosted in the heart of the wine country. Three teams of our U-12s participate and they all entered into the playoffs. In the end, the Her-Riccanes won 1st place convincingly over a strong squad from Petaluma, 4 to 2. The consolation game matched the other two Rage teams with Orange Crush prevailing over the Blitz.
In the U-14 bracket, five Rage teams rolled into town, Chaos, Star Riders, Shadows, Xtreme and Rowdies. All the teams put out an excellent effort with the Rowdies and Xtreme advancing into the playoffs. The Xtreme powered into the playoff giving up just 2 goals in 3 games. The consolation game provided a dramatic battle with the Petaluma Sol, the Xtreme scored the final goal with 5 seconds left to pull out a 4-3 victory. Outstanding offensive performances by Pooja Kumar (6 goals) and Emily Santiago led the way. Carolyn Plein was consistently the team's most powerful kicker of the weekend with outstanding kickoffs and corner kicks. In addition, she scored a goal on a free kick. Defensively Tess Kenny, Beth Williams and Mrianlini Narayan made stop after stop to stifle their opponents. Goalie Carlie Williams saved the team on many occasions with incredible saves.
The competition was fierce, and the Rowdies earned the Championship by winning all four of their matches against teams from San Jose, Rancho Cordova and a pair of teams from Sonoma. In the final match, the team completely controlled their quality opponent, the Sonoma Challenge, 2-0. Offensively, the Rowdies scored 10 goals and were led by Megan Cavanaugh, Rachel Butler and Haley Isaacs. Defensively, the Rowdies held their opponents to only 3 goals, with outstanding defensive play from Nicole Dantzig, Lauren Chew and Jessica Granucci.