October 1, 2010 > Fremont's Chaos wins tournament
Fremont's Chaos wins tournament
Submitted By Paul Dunn
Fremont's U-19 Girls Division III soccer team, Chaos, entered the Santa Cruz Classic Soccer Tournament which took place Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Sept. 26, on a hot weekend with temperatures reaching the high 90s.
Chaos opened tournament play against the Eureka Gunners team, however the Chaos players found it very difficult to get shots past an in-form keeper who made several key saves.
Over 20 minutes into the game, Melissa Urena opened the scoring when the Gunners' keeper made her first mistake as she mishandled a dangerous cross. Abigail Cristobal added to the score shortly afterward with a pretty shot into the top of the net to make the halftime score 2-0. Late in the second half Cristobal took a quick throw-in over the defense to release Urena towards goal who then cheekily sent the keeper the wrong way as she prodded the ball home at the near post to make the final score 3-0. Goalkeepers Vianey Lopez and Michelle Gent combined for the shutout.
Chaos came up against tougher opponents in the San Ramon Azure in their second game on Saturday. Although Chaos dominated possession and put on a passing display, the team could not break down the Azure defense. Once again Urena came to the rescue as she made one of her signature dribbles through the center of the defense before shooting under the keeper to make it 1-0.
Urena was also involved in the second goal when she fed a clever ball to Lindsay Cole who quickly turned the ball past the encroaching keeper. Azure pulled one back in the second half with a thunderous shot into the top left corner of the goal from 25 yards out, but shortly after Kayla Silva sent a shot into the far left post where Urena quickly rushed in front of the keeper to bury a shot to restore the two-goal lead and make the final score 3-1.
On Sunday, Chaos met its toughest challenge in the form of the powerful Mustang Blast from Danville. Chaos pushed forward from the kickoff in a bone-crunching contest of two strong teams. With 10 minutes to go in the first half, Urena was scythed down at the edge of the goal box and Alex Johnson calmly walked up to score from the ensuing penalty.
At the half, the score remained 1-0. In the second half the Blast leveled the score, but Chaos hit back directly from the ensuing kickoff when Cole made a typical gritty run into the box and slotted the ball to the left of the diving keeper to regain the lead. Blast pushed forward and in the last few minutes of the game had several opportunities, but great defense and fine saves by defender Katrina Bauchou and keeper Gent kept the final score 2-1.
The win put Chaos into the championship game against the Fair Oaks Sunrise Vipers on Sunday afternoon. In the 10th minute, Urena darted to the edge of the Vipers box and unleashed a curling shot into the right top corner of the goal far beyond the reach of the helpless keeper. Minutes later, Urena again charged towards goal only to see her shot deflected by a last ditch defensive tackle. Unfortunately for the Vipers, the ball spun towards Zarin Khan who was at the back post and calmly stroked the ball into the back of the net to make it 2-0.
The Vipers regained their composure and started to get back into the game with several long range shots, and just before the end of the half their efforts were rewarded as they pulled one goal back from a well-executed corner to make the halftime score 2-1. Although the Vipers worked hard to try and level the score in the second half, Chaos had better chances with Urena hitting the crossbar on one occasion. The hard working Chaos team held out and won the championship 2-1.