December 20, 2011 > MVU 00 Girls win NorCal Premier Soccer State Cup
MVU 00 Girls win NorCal Premier Soccer State Cup
Submitted By Monica Conti
Fremont's competitive soccer team, Mission Valley United 00 Girls Black won the U11 NorCal State Cup. The team coached by Ricky Clarke blasted their way through the Preliminary and State Seeding rounds by earning 59 out of a possible 60 points and not allowing a single goal. This gave them the first place seed in the Girls White - Silver grouping. The final rounds of the tournament were held at the Woodward Park Field in Manteca over the first three weekends in December.
For their quarterfinal match, the MVU girls faced the Willow SC Estrellitas in an early morning match on frozen turf. MVU took a 1-0 lead when Kimiya Ganjooi got one under the goalie's hands and into the net. The Willow SC Estrellitas came back with a game tying goal with the half ending 1-1. After the Estrellitas took a 2-1 lead, MVU played strong and came back with a game tying goal from Rachel Lin. With 10 minutes left in the game, Rachel Lin was fouled in the box and sent the penalty kick firmly into the lower corner of the net, giving MVU a 3-2 lead. The girls held on for the rest of the game for the win.
The following morning, in the semifinal match, MVU battled the Piedmont SC Highlanders. Halfway through the first half, MVU took a 1-0 lead with a goal from Kimiya Ganjooi assisted by Rachel Lin to finish the half 1-0. About 12 minutes into the second half, Kimiya Ganjooi centered the ball to Gabriella Funk, who launched a shot through the defense and past the goalie for a 2-0 lead. Just two minutes later, Rachel Lin worked the ball down the sideline and centered the ball to Jolie Poulet, who scored and put MVU up 3-0. The game continued with unrelenting defensive plays from Kylie McNamara, Payton Porter, Samantha van de Graaf and goalie Lorin Moyer, resulting in another shutout win, 3-0.
The next weekend, on a foggy field, MVU faced the Briceno Soccer Club 00/01 Girls for the Championship. The game started with a flourish; a cross and nice header attempt from Darya Rasoli. MVU continued to pound away with many shots at goal, but without any finding the back of the net. Late in the first half, Garbriella Funk, Tara Conti and Kimiya Ganjooi worked together to keep possession of the ball and Kimiya Ganjooi sent a powerful shot right over the goalie's outstretched hands, putting MVU up 1-0. During the second half, MVU were not foiled by Briceno as they tried some tricks they had up their sleeve. MVU had many near misses at goal, including ones from Mary Gaffey and Natalie Rodgers. But in the end, the defense of Kylie McNamara, Patyon Porter, Samantha van de Graaf and goalie Lorin Moyer held Briceno scoreless. MVU won the Championship game 1-0 and ended their State Cup run undefeated, with eight shutouts.