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October 19, 2010 > Freedom, Revolution down MVU

Freedom, Revolution down MVU

By Sanjna Shukla

Mission Valley United U-16 girls soccer team fell 5-1 to the De Anza Freedom on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Central Park in Fremont.

The United got off to a rough start as the Freedom scored within the first five minutes of the game. MVU came back hard and for the next 20 minutes, the game took place in midfield. United was not able to hold up towards the end of the first half and the Freedom snuck another one into the net. At halftime, MVU was down 2-0.

Mission Valley started the second half with a desire to win, and the team got much more aggressive. This aggressiveness, however, backfired and United was penalized with several fouls. The team was not able to string together more than a couple passes, and Freedom had majority possession. Freedom caught the defense flat-footed multiple times, and scored two back-to-back goals within 10 minutes.

Midway through the second half, De Anza had an uncontested cross and was able to capitalize with a fifth goal. Although United's morale was down, the team was not going to let Freedom walk away with a shutout. In the last minutes of the game, Hannah Joss of MVU was able to penetrate the Freedom defense and blasted one right past the keeper. That was the last goal of the game, and the final score was 5-1.

On Sunday, United was back at Central Park and prepared to play in the pouring rain. This game, against Central Valley Revolution, was the second time the two teams have met this season. Last time, the two teams got a little too aggressive, and a few yellow cards were handed out. At the last match-up, Central Valley beat out United and United was determined to win on their home turf.

Possession was relatively equivalent for the game, but Mission Valley took many more shots than Revolution did. Revolution got the sole goal of the game off of a corner kick. MVU's goalkeeper came out to grab the ball in the air, but a much taller Revolution player rammed into the ball, knocking the keeper down. The ball made it into the net, but MVU players were adamant that the play was a foul, and the goal should be annulled. However, the referee did not see a foul, and after a brief discussion with the assistant referee, declared that the ruling held.

After the goal early in the first half, MVU went into attacking mode. Both teams were looking to get into their attacking half, and the majority of the game took place in midfield. The game began looking like the previous match-up between the two teams as foul after foul was called. Midway through the second half, a yellow card was handed to a Revolution player after an exceptionally rough play. United had many more shots on goal, but most went wide, or hit off the crossbar. Revolution had only two shots in the second half, both of which were unsuccessful.

Although the team did not have a stellar weekend, it proved that it was not an easy opponent. The aggressive team didn't have luck on their side when it came to shooting, but they made the opponents stay on their toes for the entire game. Next up for United is a match against the San Francisco Valkyries on Nov. 6.

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