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September 3, 2010 > Kick like a girl

Kick like a girl

Submitted By Vidya Pradhan

The Newark U-9 girls competitive soccer team showed off their talent and competitive spirit last weekend when they won the Central Marin Soccer Tournament in San Rafael.

Seasoned by playing older teams throughout last year, the team, called the Newark Xtreme, was mentally and physically prepared to grapple with kids their own age.

The tournament kicked off on Saturday, Aug. 28, with three other teams in the category: Mustang Angels from the Mustang Soccer League in the East Bay; the Mill Valley Rockers; and the Alameda Fire Lizards.

The Xtreme got off to a slow start, tying their first two games against the Angels and the Rockers respectively. When the tournament resumed on Sunday, the Xtreme were in a tough spot - they needed a 3-0 shutout against the Alameda Fire Lizards to make it to the finals. In a thrilling high-pressure game, the Xtreme delivered, much to the joy of watching parents and coach Mark Hinojosa, who was moved to promise the girls a Cabbage Patch dance on the field if they carried the finals.

The Xtreme met the Mill Valley Rockers in the finals, a team they had narrowly tied 2-2 earlier in the tournament. Perhaps it was the prospect of the coach's dance, or perhaps the team hits its stride on time. But whatever the reason, the Xtreme coasted to a 4-0 win for the trophy. As promised, Hinojosa and assistant coach Jamie Cruz did the Cabbage Patch, much to the delight of the girls.

The Xtreme will compete in the Mustang Devil Mountain Tournament in Danville this Labor Day weekend.

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