July 31, 2012 > Newark U10 Girls Take First at Azuri Summer Classic
Newark U10 Girls Take First at Azuri Summer Classic
Submitted By Marlene Bouza
The U10 Newark Elite United Girls placed first in the Azuri Summer Classic in San Ramon on July 21-22. United was undefeated on Day 1, defeating San Ramon Azuri 4-1, and Benicia Arsenal 1-0. United's 2-0 Day 1 record was good enough to land them a spot in the semi-finals on Day 2.
Day 2 was a single elimination day in the tournament, meaning that with one loss that team is knocked out. In the semi-final game against Danville Samba, United pulled off another victory, this time by the score of 3-0. This win earned them a spot in the finals, where they would play San Ramon Azuri again.
In the final game, United started off with a bang, scoring the game's first goal just a minute after the kick off. United would score again just before the half-time whistle blew, ending the first half with a 2-0 lead.
San Ramon Azuri scored right off the bat in the second half, closing the gap to 2-1. However, United wasn't finished. About fifteen minutes later, United scored its third goal, and with five minutes left to play, United scored again, increasing its lead to 4-1. That would be more than enough for United to claim the victory, as they won the game by a final score of 4-1.
United scored a combined 12 goals during their tournament win, thanks to goals scored by Cheyenne Williams, Analiz Ceja, Samantha Armas, Shelby Trainor, and Harneet Matharu. On the other hand, United only allowed two goals the whole tournament. This was a direct result of excellent defensive work by Lydia Bouza, Maleia Colker, Reya Adoni, Elissa Misner, Riley Accurso, and Arnia Harris.
Head coach Marlene Bouza said, "Each player contributed to our success and played very well together as a team, while enduring the 95 plus degree weather. It was very hot out there and the girls played their hearts out. We are very proud of them!"
Head Coach - Marlene Bouza
Manager - Joel Bouza
Assistant Coach - Marisa Homen