November 18, 2011 > Soccer action
Submitted By Franz Bruckner
Newark Fire will compete for league title
The Newark Fire U-1 girls soccer team will be playing for the league championship Saturday when they square off against the East Bay United Bay Oakes Blues. Fire stayed in the hunt for the championship by defeating the San Ramon Azuri, 4-0. Against San Ramon, Angelique Valenzuela scored three goals to lead the Fire, with Sara Jones tallying the final goal. Rachel Bruckner assisted on two of Valenzuela's goals to help ensure the victory.
Fire's defense, led by goalkeeper Liz Mason, Sara Buffey, Trinity Castillo, Sam Ocegueda, and Isabella Garcia held Azuri scoreless. Mason made several outstanding saves to preserve the victory, while Buffey came up with several key tackles to prevent scoring opportunities. In addition to Bruckner and Jones, midfielders Aracelli Hinojosa, Natalia Sanchez, and Sarah Lagen kept constant pressure on the Azuri defense too and further provided several scoring opportunities for the Fire. Faythe Hinojosa, Deseray Grisso-Anderson Grisell, and Ariana Pereira also played well for the Fire.
Newark Fusion closes season with victory
The U-10 Newark Fusion completed the season with a 5-0 victory over the East Bay, Bay Oaks Sting. Emily Ballard scored two goals to lead the Fusion, while Veronica Bruckner, Yesenia Guerrero, and Jazel Cruz tallied the other three. Bruckner also chipped in with an assist of Ballard's first goal. Fusion played a solid game all around. The defense led by goalkeeper Adriana Delgado, Cruz, Anika Chakrabutry, and Ana Flores kept Bay Oaks scoreless. Midfielders Lauren Thorpe, Francescra Buenrostro, along with Guerrero and Bruckner kept constant pressure on the goal to help ensure the victory. Coaches Jaime Cruz, Rosalie Cruz, and Jose Guerrero have done an outstanding job guiding and mentoring the Fusion this past year.
Fusion is back in action this weekend, when they play for their bracket State Cup Championship in Manteca.