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!