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December 14, 2010 > MVU 99 girls season ends

MVU 99 girls season ends

Submitted By Calvin Chinn

Mission Valley United U-11 Girls Black team, a Fremont-based girls travel soccer club, closed out their season and the 2010 year this past weekend, Saturday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 12, in Ripon.

Entering into the California Youth Soccer Association's President's Cup quarterfinals game, the MVU 99 girls were riding a strong showing in the previous weekend's preliminary games. Their opponent was the Elk Grove Eclipse United, a team who dominated their bracket with a number of shutouts. Eclipse proved to be more the A-team on Saturday morning as they pulled out a 2-1 win over MVU, who valiantly played a comeback trail during the entire contest.

The 99 girls had another slow start as the Eclipse broke through the midfielders and had a streaking player from the left. The ball bounced off a 99 defender and the Elk Grove attacker was on her way to a breakaway from the left. She proved to be fast and accurate with a shot to the right of the goal.

Within another three minutes, a similar play happened and another breakaway from the middle of the field resulted in a direct kick high into the net. MVU 99 was definitely down on themselves to have been caught in this deficit of two. The girls fought back and the ball went back and forth without seriously approaching the net. Goalkeeper Haley Chitwood shook off a couple of kicks to her hands and legs and continued to play with restless resolve.

It would seem that the 99 girls were finding its focus to breakthrough and that they did, minutes before halftime with a goal by Erin Tan's bullet of a kick. Tan is the team's strongest kicker and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She whipped the ball through the blocking hands of the Eclipse goalkeeper. At halftime, clearly the motivation was there to pull to a tie, and then see who will take it all.

Minute by minute the opportunities slipped through the legs of the 99 girls as their kicks were not as precise as the Eclipse girls passing. Chitwood would emblazon the image of her goalkeeping prowess with her dive to the right and a kick save to her left. The second half ended scoreless and the 99 Girls Black team found themselves ending a soccer year on the losing end.

On a year of difficult economic times, where families saw their assets disappear, parents lose their jobs, and some start a new career while others are still seeking, the soccer games offered the thrill of weekend pride for all the parents. Each game is welcome with renew hope of success and optimism about their daughters skillful play.

From teams like Blast, Crossfire, Eclipse, Hurricanes and Quicksilvers, the 99 girls stayed competitive and won some. Being in the highest CYSA U-11 girls Bay Gold Division in the fall, they were in the top tier of CYSA competition, and throughout the season the games were tense and tight. They showed that they belong but yet to show that they can win it all. During the way, it was very exciting. MVU 99GB team would like to thank the Mission Valley United Soccer Club of Fremont, ARCO AM/PM and Bronco Billy's Pizza on Blacow for their continued support.

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