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August 27, 2010 > MVU girls have strong outing in San Rafael

MVU girls have strong outing in San Rafael

By Sanjna Shukla

Mission Valley United (MVU) U-16 girls soccer team took the third place trophy at the Central Marin Mission Bell Classic in San Rafael over the last weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 21-22.

The weekend started out looking very promising for the team as they had an easy 5-0 win over the Piedmont Highlanders. Piedmont was not able to keep up with MVU's impeccable passing game and the outcome was evident within the first five minutes.

MVU had majority possession and Piedmont went away with no shots on goal. Piedmont did have a penalty kick awarded to them in the first half after a rough defensive play, but the Highlanders were not able to capitalize. The shot went right down the center, and MVU keeper Claudia Robinson pounced on the ball before it could cross the line. At the half, Mission Valley was up 4-0.

Displaying good sportsmanship, the team decided to let up on their goal scoring spree. The team only attacked with full force one more time in the second half, which resulted in another goal. The game ended at 5-0, and Mission Valley was tied for first place in their bracket.

The second game of the weekend was the most crucial for Mission Valley as it determined whether the team would advance to the championship or consolation game. The team did not look like themselves as they lost 6-1 to the Greenhaven Panthers. Mission Valley was not able to connect any quality passes, and Greenhaven used this opportunity to penetrate the defense and rack up their points.

Anita Kavalan of MVU scored a goal in the second half to deny the Panthers a shutout, but Mission Valley had lost their chance at the championship.

Disappointed and angry after their loss, MVU went into their third game against El Dorado Blitz determined to win. Whichever team won this game would be guaranteed a spot in the consolation game, so this turned out to be one of the most physical games of the tournament. Foul after foul was called, but Mission Valley was finally able to breathe a sigh of relief when Sydney Monkman scored off of a corner kick.

However, the game was still very close, and the Blitz was looking to get a goal of their own. Later in the game, one of the Blitz's defenders tried to defend a cross, but ended up scoring an own-goal. Mission Valley was then up 2-0, and the team went on to consolation.

The Consolation game against Mustang Rush was not an easy one for the Mission Valley girls, but MVU prevailed and went home with the third place trophy. Rush, plagued with fouls, was not able to get any quality shots on goal. Mission Valley assumed majority possession after Mustang's frustration got to them. A yellow card was called on Mustang in the second half, and after that, the game was all about MVU.

One of MVU's center mids, Hannah Joss, kept the pressure on Mustang's defense throughout the game. Even after being double teamed, Hannah made hard attacks at goal late in the game, making the Mustang Rush take on a defensive role. Mission Valley scored two goals, and Rush was not able to retaliate when the final whistle was blown and MVU got third place.

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