The Pleasanton Rage U16 Girls soccer team represents Northern California as a Wild Card in the 2007 US Youth Soccer Far West Region tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Rage opened pool play last Monday night by defeating the Leahi 91 Premier from Hawaii by the score of 3-0. The Rage scored within seconds of the game's start on a nice combination of passes by Amanda Luxford and Esther Leon which led to a Carli Payne goal.
The Rage scored the next goal 15 minutes later. This time Leon benefited from a well placed pass from Megan Jurado for the score. Chloe Langdon finished the scoring in the second half on a beautiful break away goal. The Rage offense pressured the Hawaii defense all night while the Rage defense limited Hawaii's scoring opportunities. The Rage prepared to take on the Wyoming State Champions Tuesday night.
BUSC U18 steps toward Nor Cal Regionals
The BUSC United U18 team moved a step closer to the NorCal Regional championship game with a physical 0-0 tie with the DeAnza Force last Sunday in Turlock. The Force took the opening 10 minutes to the United, probing their midfield and putting together some combinations to put the defense on alert. Ballistic held, and then shifted the attack to the DeAnza end. The two best chances came in later in the half. Nestor Negrete made a great spin move off his mark and knocked one off the left post with the ball rolling across the goalmouth in the 26th minute.
Later, in the 37th minute, Stefan Rabrenovich made a steal and quick run around the right corner. He fed Negrete, who this time found the right post. In the second half, DeAnza used creative runs and a sense of urgency to press the Ballistic defense. The backfield warriors for Ballistic were Justin Mullaney and Trevor Morrissey, with Jeff Squier attacking from midfield to clear out corners and crosses. GK Brett Webber had to make two sterling saves to preserve the tie minute when a DeAnza forward dummied a through ball and the onrushing midfielder fired from 15 yards. The other was very late when, in the 89th minute, Webber had to punch away a corner kick to preserve his shutout. The United will played the Sharks June 18 to determine if they will be able to advance to the semifinals.
Cross country training camp
Registration is now open for a new cross country training camp for high school-age athletes, held 8 to 11 a.m. Aug. 13 through 17 at the Foothill High School track. The five-day camp, is open to all interested athletes and costs $120, will include training, conditioning, goal setting, time trials and racing tactics, as well as off-site running sessions on local Pleasanton trails. The coaching staff includes Rik Richardson, president of Athenian Ahtletics and assistant coach of Foothill's cross country and track teams, and Shannon Sos, Foothill's head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach. Call Richardson at 518-9356.