On a weekend where the average temperature was 100 degrees, Pleasanton Rage Impact, U14 Flight, battled the heat and some very good competition from Pleasanton Rage and Walnut Creek to with the WC Fall Classic. The Impact won the championship with a very clean slate: going 4-0 in games played without giving up a goal.
Pleasanton Rage U16 Skyfall battled extreme heat to win the Walnut Creek Classic Tournament on September 25. They went into the final undefeated (2 wins and 1 tie) and shut out Walnut Creek Fusion 4-0 to take the championship title.
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.