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December 28, 2010 > UC United wins Founders' Cup

UC United wins Founders' Cup

Submitted By Jennifer Orozco

UC United began their championship run last Saturday, December 11 at Central Park in Fremont by defeating Mustang Red Hots (San Ramon) 2-0. Dropping their second match on Sunday to Figgarden Bullard Fire (Fresno) 1-3, they rebounded later that day to keep their playoff hopes alive, defeating East Diablo Dynamite 5-1. After first round play with a 2-1 tournament record, UC United advanced to the quarter-final single elimination round.

On Saturday December 18, UC United took it to FC Clovis Crossfire, outscoring them 3-1 (Felicia A. had 2 goals, Angelique B. had 1 goal) advancing to the semi-final match. Only three hours later, UC United found themselves in a knockout match vs. neighboring SACYSL Pumas (South Alameda County).

A last minute goal by Deandra L. tied the game 1-1 in regulation and after a scoreless OT, UC goalie Courtney F. held SACYSL to 3 goals in 6 penalty kick attempts for a 4-3 victory.

On Sunday, December 20, UC United had their work cut out for them in the championship match vs. the same Figgarden Bullard Fire team that defeated United 3-1 in the second match of the tournament. United would need mental toughness to overcome a constant rain with very cold conditions, physical conditioning to overcome the toll of playing their sixth match of the tournament, and more importantly emotional resolve to shake off the earlier 3-1 loss to Bullard Fire. UC United players overcame all obstacles with a 2-1 victory in OT. A last second goal by Deandra L. secured the title of 2010 CYSA Founder Cup Champions!

Forwards Felicia A. led UC with three goals and Deandra L. had two clutch goals in both semifinal and championship games. Goalie Courtney F. allowed only three goals all weekend while holding SACYSL to 50 percent on penalty kicks. Angelique B. contributed a goal in the first game and a game-saving defensive goal stop in regulation in the championship game to force OT.

The CYSA Founders' Cup Championship highlights a phenomenal season in which UC United finished league play (Fremont, Newark, UCYSL) with a stellar 12-1 record clinching the U14 Girls Division League Championship Cup.

Congratulations to UC United for Union City Youth Soccer League's first CYSA Cup Championship of the 2010-11 season!

UC United team players are: Felicia Arroy, Angelique Bonilla, Lorna Calderon, Leah Chong, Tatiana Cook, Alicia Corniel Ochoa, Julisa Elizade, Courtney Facha, Karen Gomez Frias, Sara Huete, Kristen Kowaki, Deandra Lee, Jenny Ly, Lauren Maldonado, Liana Ochoa, Lauren Orozco, Gina Southard. Coaches are Jeff Orozco, Antonio Ochoa, assistant coach Jeffrey Orozco and Team Mom Susie Orozco. Sponsors of the team are Fremont Chapel of the Roses, and Carol Dutra-Vernaci, EA.

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