December 3, 2013 > Fremont Flash wins Tournament of Champions
Fremont Flash wins Tournament of Champions
Submitted By Paul Keswick
The FC Fremont Flash girls U14 soccer team won the Tournament of Champions soccer tournament on November 23-24 at Central Park in Fremont. Because the Flash won their city's division, they were entered into the Tournament of Champions bracket which featured other city champions.
First up for the Flash was the Pleasanton Lady Hawks. Pleasanton started out quickly and controlled possession for the majority of the first half. Fremont's defense help strong though until a beautiful crossing pass from Jocelyn Figueroa to Tiffany Wong found the back of the net. Goalie's Amelia Woborny and Alyson Himenes made that stand up for a 1-0 victory. In the afternoon, Flash faced the Danville Hurricanes, a heavy favorite to win the tournament. The Hurricanes showed why they were the favorites by jumping out to a 3-0 lead just 6 minutes into the match.
Coach Jose Hernandez and son Jose made their adjustments and the Flash began to get going. Alyssa Monroy scored first off passes from Renae Maskey and Maddog Keswick. The Flash, down 3-1 at half, began to see that they had a chance to overcome the deficit. Midway through the second half, Flash scored to cut the lead to 3-2 and continued to mount pressure. A long 35-yard penalty shot by Maskey was stopped only by a brilliant save on the part of the Danville goalie. Time would run out on the Flash, but not before both sides knew that the Flash could play with the favored Hurricanes.
Needing a win to secure their place in the championship game, Flash was sluggish in the next game. They just managed to get by a hard working Earthquake team 1-0 as the defense led by Nikhila Rao, Marissa Freitas, Sindhura Modali, and Eva Hernandez helped goalie Amelia post another shutout. Earning their place in the championship match, they got another shot at the Hurricanes.
Five minutes into the championship game, Kristina Ricci lofted a high shot 30 yards out on the right side that just got under the cross bar for a 1-0 lead for the Flash. The Hurricanes responded with a clutch goal late in the half to knot it up at 1-1. As expected, it was a close contest, with great runs, superior defense and goal tending. Nursing a bad knee, Letty Figueroa controlled possession for the Flash until a crossing pass hit a streaking Natalie Monroy who deftly hit the ball with her left foot and found the back of the net.
The Hurricanes mounted a furious onslaught, but star defender Bella Hintzman refused to even give them a shot; she repeatedly turned back any and all attacks with the help of her teammates. Megan van Sprakelaar took a sideline pass all the way down into the corner and controlled the ball while running the last 60 seconds off the clock. The whistle blew and Fremont was the champion in a match for the ages.
The Flash answered every challenge thrown at them. Victory was as sweet as the root beer they drank from the trophy cup!