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August 27, 2008 > Newark Celtic wins Shamrock Invitational

Newark Celtic wins Shamrock Invitational

Submitted By Kitty Brand
Photos By Mia Finnigan

Newark Celtic U-12 Girls Division 3 soccer team won the coveted first place trophy for the 2008 Shamrock Invitational Tournament held Saturday, Aug. 16, and Sunday, Aug. 17, in San Ramon.

The tournament consisted of outstanding defense by Celtic goal keeper, Alexandria Garcia, stopper, Amanda Fernandez, sweeper, Tyna Moorer, and marking backs, Claudia Henriquez and Giselle Jimenez. Together, the tandem only allowed one goal during the entire tournament.

A tactical offense played by Celtic allowed forwards, Savannah Brand, Marissa Angeja, Sophia Fuentes and Aliciya Campusano to score a combination of goals in victories against Hayward United, 4-1, East Diablo Xplosion, 4-0, Dublin Hot Shots, 5-0, and in the championship against Hayward United, 4-0.

Midfielders, Haley Pedersen, Alia Caro, Brittney Deadwiler, Alyssa Mascote and Breanna Finnigan dominated the play by keeping the ball in the opposition's half of the field.

The Celtic team is led by Coach Dave Padilla, assistant Leif Pedersen and manager Kitty Brand. The team would like to dedicate its win to their sponsors: Hooter's of Fremont; Hulbert Lumber; Napa Auto Parts; Tortilla Factory; Quizno's of Newark; Premier Plumbing; Gental Dental; Cracker Barrel Deli and Thai Cuisine; Super Suppers; and Dr. Christopher H. Joy, DMD. The team wouldn't be able to compete in tournaments if not for their financial support.

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