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February 19, 2013 > Newark Fire Storms into State Cup final

Newark Fire Storms into State Cup final

Submitted By Franz Bruckner

Newark Fire, an under 12 Division 1 Girls Soccer team stormed into the State Cup Final for the second time in three years by defeating the Vacaville Vipers 1-0 in a very physical semifinal game. Sam OceguedaÕs 35-yard free kick goal midway through the first half was all the Fire needed to secure the victory. It was a defensive battle for the remainder of the game with both sides missing a several chances. Goalkeeper Lisette Mason played outstanding in goal, as did defensive players Elizabeth Salazar, Princess FaÕi and Marissa Ferreira to preserve the Fire victory. Midfielders Rachel Brucker, Hannah Gamez, Maxine Napal, Bri Motta, and Isabella Garcia were also key in the victory through their defensive and offensive play. Additionally, forwards Angelique Valenzuela and Natalia Sanchez kept constant pressure on the Viper defense to ensure the victory.

In SaturdayÕs quarterfinal match, the Fire defeated Fresno Argentina FSC Chaos by the score of 1-0 to earn the right to play in the semi-final. Hannah GamezÕs goal 25 seconds into the second half off of a pass from Angelique Valenzuela was the difference in this game. Both teams had several great chances to score throughout the game, but goalkeeper Lisette Mason along with the Fresno keeper both played great to keep this game close. Defenders Sara Buffey and Trinity Castillo played outstanding defensive to preserve the Fire victory.

Newark Fire will face the West Coast Wrath from Livermore in the championship match in Woodland, California.

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