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August 23, 2011 > Adrenaline take championship

Adrenaline take championship

Submitted By Brett Huff, Photo courtesy of Ed Holmes

Mission Valley United's recently formed, squad of U16 talent, coached by Luis Barrera and assistant coach John Mathias, won the championship match at the Hayward Summer Classic tournament last weekend in stunning fashion. The team advanced to the championship match by shutting out teams from Antioch and DeAnza along with a forfeit from an injury decimated, local Hayward team. Incredible goal tending and stout defense got them to the final match where the Adrenaline would eventually prevail.

After ending regulation in a 0-0 tie with a flurry of offensive charges from the highly touted Danville Mustangs, the teams played two 5 minute overtimes, again to a 0-0 tie. The match was eventually decided by the keepers in the penalty kick shootout. With her team leading 3-2, with only one remaining Mustang shooter, Samantha Stevens came up big with a diving save at the right hand post to push the last hope for the Mustangs, wide of the net by inches.

Coach Barrera addressed his squad following the match with a simple statement, "Talent? We will see. Heart? Definitely!"

Two MVU squads placed in the Hayward tournament taking 1st and 3rd places. There was a chance near the end where the two teams may have faced off for 1st and 2nd but the Mustang's interfered with that dream match-up for MVU. The fall season is shaping up to be a great showing for our MVU girls.

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