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June 7, 2011 > MVU 93 girls Black gets fourth at Eclipse Showcase

MVU 93 girls Black gets fourth at Eclipse Showcase

Submitted By June Heaton

After months off from tournament play, Mission Valley United (MVU), an under-17 Division I girls soccer team, traveled to the Laguna Hills Soccer Club's Eclipse tournament over the Memorial Day weekend. MVU has been building and scrimmaging with its new roster and did well in their first showcase together.

MVU's first opponent was the California Odyssey. Defenders Kelly Castongia, Kelsey McLaurin and Sarah Hardin kept the ball safely out of the Odyssey's range for a goal for most of the game. Midfielders Lesly Correa, Katie Lovejoy and Megan Massone ushered the ball to striking distance for Melissa Heaton who would score unassisted, Melissa Urena who would score on an assist from Lovejoy and Megan Ravenscroft, who would have a three-goal match with assists by Heaton and Jessica Espinosa, leading to MVU's 5-1 win.

Second up was the Desert United Misfits. This fast paced and rough match displayed talents of both teams. MVU strikers Heaton and Urena took turns shooting as midfielders Shaina Charles, Anita Kavalan and Aliss Vasquez held the ball in the Misfits' half. Keeper Espinosa, along with Megan Racine and Mia Moya, would hold the game to a 1-1 draw with Urena scoring the unassisted goal for MVU.

Match three put MVU against Chelsea SC G93. With another rough opponent, MVU would have to pace themselves for the forty minute halves. Keeping their cool, despite the yellow card drawing hits on them, the team held Chelsea to one goal for the whole game. Midfielders Nadia Mounzih and Ellie Wong showed tremendous speed, moving the ball down towards Chelsea's box. With a drawn PK, MVU's McLaurin would tie the game for a 1-1 finish.

The final match for MVU was against Ajax United Elite. With a weakened and injured bench, the game would prove to be MVU's only loss at a score of 2-0. The team would end the tournament with a second-place victory in their bracket and a fourth-place finish overall.

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