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March 30, 2012 > 23rd Annual Newark Soccer Cup

23rd Annual Newark Soccer Cup

Submitted By Franz Bruckner

The Newark Soccer Club, in conjunction with the Newark Unified school District, held their 23rd annual "Newark Cup" soccer tournament from March 3-9.

The Newark Cup is an annual tournament between all eight Newark elementary schools. The schools are divided up into two groups of four. All teams within each group play one and other, with the teams in top two positions of each group playing for the championship. The second place finishers in each group play for the Consolation Match. Both the Championship and Consolation matches were played under the lights at Newark Memorial High school.

This year's girls final was a rematch between Lincoln school and Snow school, both of which have made the final the past three years. After a scoreless regulation game, the girls went into sudden death overtime. Snow had a couple of chances to convert, but were unlucky. In the second overtime, Kristin Bauman of Lincoln scored the game's only goal to secure the Championship for Lincoln for the second year in a row. Goalkeeper Monserat Roa recorded the shutout for Lincoln. It was a well played game, and both teams deserve a lot of credit.

The Boy's final pitted Graham school against Snow school. Graham won a hard-fought match 3-0 powered on 2 goals by Sergio Corral. Jesus Esparza tallied the other goal for Graham. Goal keeper Jorge Sandoval, and defenders Helmer De la Pena, Tony Martinez, and Manny Bautista all played well for Graham, as did midfielders Ivan De la Pena, Sebastian Martinez, Adrian Martinez, Alejandro Chavez, and David Rodriguez, and Forward Emmanual Franco. In addition, Kenny Vargus, Brian Sanchez, Idress Latifzada, Adrian Martinez, Aldo Maciel, Marco Fuentes, Humberto Salas, Everardo Vera, and Zakir Nasser.

In the Consolation game for the girls, Schilling edged out Graham in a 1-0 victory. In the boys Consolation match, Kennedy fell to Schilling 5-1 win. Eric Barajas and Fernando Lerme led the scoring for Schilling. In addition, Goal Keeper Salvador Flores had a great game in goal. For Kennedy, Joshua Santillan played very well, and scored a goal. In addition, Miles Brandon and London Lombana both played well for Kennedy.

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