January 27, 2012 > Newark Fire wins State Cup quarter final
Newark Fire wins State Cup quarter final
By Franz Bruckner, Photo by Margrit Petrfosky
The U-11 Newark Fire defeated the Ceres Earthquakes in the NorCal state Cup gold 3 quarter final to advance to the Semi-final against the San Ramon Rampage, where the Fire lost a nail biter in penalty kicks by the score of 5-4.
Against Ceres, Newark went up 5-0 in the first half powered by Angelique Valenzuela's three goals. Hannah Gamez and Aracelli Hinojosa also tallied goals for the Fire. Additionally, Sara Jones collected two assists in the first half, while Sam Ocegueda and Gamez collected the other two assists. In the second half, Gamez tallied a second goal thanks to Sara Jones' third assist of the game. For the Fire defense, Lisette Mason had an outstanding game in goal, holding the earthquakes to two goals. Isabella Garcia also had an outstanding game (second half in particular) helping to shut down the earthquake offense. In addition, defenders Sara Buffey, Trinity Castillo, Sam Ocegueda, along with midfieldsers Natlaia Sanchez, Bri Motta, and Sarah Lagan all had very good games, which contributed to this great win.
Against Danville in the semi-final, Newark played another solid game holding the Rampage scoreless. Following a scoreless regulation (60 minutes), the two teams played 10 minutes of "golden goal" soccer (first goal wins the game). Newark had several excellent scoring opportunities which would have ended the game, but were unlucky not to convert. The game went to penalty kicks, where Fire bowed out by the score of 5 to 4.
Fire will finish their season out in the next few weeks when they face Bay Oaks for the league title.