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March 17, 2010 > Rampage reach final of CYSA Northern California Founders Cup

Rampage reach final of CYSA Northern California Founders Cup

Submitted By Paul Dunn
Photos By courtesy of Ed Ohye

CYSA Northern California Founders Cup is the pre-eminent tournament for Division 4 teams. The U-16 Girls bracket attracted teams from as far as Clovis, Sacramento, Petaluma and Redding. Rampage became the first Fremont girls team to get to the final of the CYSA Northern California Founders Cup falling short in the finals, 4-0, to a strong Sacramento FSC Zorritas team.

In the first weekend, Rampage was up to the challenge as they beat Clovis FC Pink Fuego, 4-0 (two goals each by Erica Ohye and Sarina Utamsing) and the Livermore Illusion, 2-0 (Selina Mahesri and Erica Ohye). Goalkeeper Zarin Kahn kept clean sheets on both games. Rhian Dunn claimed two assists in the Livermore game.

A week later in the semifinals, Rampage came up against much stronger opposition when it met the San Ramon Lightning. With very few clean-cut chances, the first half finished scoreless.

Both teams started the second half strongly, but Rampage drew first blood after 10 minutes when Utamsing received a back pass from Karina Poenessa on the far left and launched a shot from 35 yards out which soared over the keeper and in off the post. The Lightning pushed forward and was soon awarded a penalty for a push in the goal area. The ensuing kick was calmly slotted into the right corner of the goal to tie the game at 1.

Rampage defense of Megan Dunn, Tiffany Sarchet, Aileen Cheng and Kinsey Mead defended frantically until Rampage fought its way back into the game, and then stole it in the last minute, when Utamsing pounced onto a poor clearance on the edge of the 18-yard box and powered a shot over the Lightning keeper to make the final score 2-1.

In the finals Rampage came up against a very strong Sacramento FSC Zorritas who had swept its local division scoring 39 goals in the process.

As the first half got underway both teams played well and although the halftime score remained scoreless. In the second half Zorritas stepped up a gear. In the end, Rampage was defeated by a clinical set-piece play of the Zorritas. Rampage had no answer to Zorritas perfectly executed corners and could only watch as they scored with three headed goals, and a fourth goal hit first time on the half volley from the edge of the area, giving Zorritas a 4-0 win.

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