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April 2, 2013 > Annual Newark Soccer Cup competition

Annual Newark Soccer Cup competition

Submitted By Franz Bruckner
Photos By Mike Heightchew

The 24th annual Newark Soccer Cup competition between the eight elementary schools in Newark took place in March. In collaboration between the Newark Soccer Club and the Newark Unified School District, both organizations worked closely to ensure a successful and fun tournament. All schools field both a boys and girls team. Schools are divided into two groups that play a round robin schedule. The top two teams of each group compete in a championship game while second place teams of each group play a consolation game.

Preliminary games were played in early March at the Newark Sports Field located at the Silliman center. In the girls bracket, Kennedy Elementary and Bunker Elementary finished at the top of their groups and earned the right to play in the final game at Newark Memorial (under the lights), while the consolation game pitted Milani Elementary against Snow Elementary. For the boys, it was Schilling Elementary against Snow Elementary in the final, while Kennedy Elementary played Lincoln Elementary for the consolation match.

Kennedy 2, Bunker 1
In the girls' final, Kennedy defeated Bunker by a close 2-1 score. Jessica H. scored both goals giving Kennedy the early 2-0 half-time lead. However, Bunker's Arianna Perreira scored a goal off a free kick with 10 minutes left, to make the last part of the game very exciting. Kennedy Goal Keeper Sarah Lagan was able to preserve the lead, allowing Kennedy to take the championship. Midfielder Adrianna T. also played very well for Kennedy.

Snow 6, Milani 4
In the consolation match, Snow was pitted against Milani. This proved to be one of the most exciting matches in this year's Newark cup. Milani took a 3-0 half time lead on two goals by Savannah Rampola and one goal by Adriana Zarate. However, in the second half Snow came storming back on three goals by Fayth Hinojosa, followed by another two by Natalia Sanchez giving Snow a 5-3 lead in the second half. Then, Milani scored a fourth goal thanks to Valeria Virreuta pulling Milani within one goal. However, with only a few minutes left Michelle Gonzales scored for Snow to seal the victory for third place. For Snow, Lissette Mason chipped in with two assists, while Sierra Gonzales had one assist. Mason was also voted defensive MVP by her team.

Snow 4, Schilling 2
In the Boys final, Snow fell behind 1-0 against Schilling on a goal by Jaysen Delgado, but two goals by Snow's Haroun Danea followed by one goal each from Diego Chavez and Jordan Pardelrio each gave Snow a 4-1 lead. Schilling scored an additional goal when Christian Guerra scored, but Snow was able to hang on to win the championship by the score of 4-2.

Lincoln 4, Kennedy 3
In the consolation match Kennedy and Lincoln played a thriller that went into overtime. Lincoln took a 2-0 lead on two goals by Fidel Ochoa but Kennedy came roaring back to tie the game. Late in the second half, Kennedy took the lead, but Lincoln was able to tie the game in the late minutes, thanks to a goal by Cristian Garcia-Lopez. In the overtime period, Lincoln's Adrian Cortez scored what proved to be the winning goal in this 4-3 thriller. Jonathan Nguyen and Dakota Korfhage also had outstanding games defensively for Lincoln.

The 23rd Newark Cup Tournament ended on a very high note, with four very exciting games. All teams are too be congratulated for their sportsmanship, competitiveness, and class.

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