The BUSC U13 Div III Select team opened the Al Caffodio Youth Soccer season with a dominating win over the San Ramon Spartans Saturday morning 6-1. The boys had prepared for the beginning of league play by participating in a number of Div III and Div I tournaments, developing their skills and abilities as well as bonding at a team.
Their dominance on the pitch against San Ramon was evidence the boys are well on their way to repeating a very successful season from last year, making it to the State Association Cup Semi-Finals. The Ballistic boys performed well on both sides of the pitch by out shooting their opponent 36-4 (shots on goal) and allowing only one goal in the second half that resulted from an off side call against San Ramon that was reversed by the center referee. Every member of the team contributed to the win with four boys scoring goals and a total of nine team members taking shots on the opponents' goal. Goals were scored by Mason Picone and Thomas Rozsa with two apiece and Brian Kinnee and Roberto Beard each scoring one. Assists were registered by Brian Kinnee and Mason Picone with two apiece and Joshua Cole and Dylan Tuell each with one.
Rage U16D3 Orange cool Heat 8-0
After a surprise rainstorm cooled the Val Vista pitch, the Pleasanton Rage U16D3 Orange cooled the Dublin Heat 8-0 last Saturday. The Orange deluge was led by captain Haley Boehmer with three goals, while Delaney Holmes and Danielle Homan found the back of the net twice. Katey Cloonan rounded out the scoring, scoring on a 1-1 breakaway made possible off an excellent through ball from Mary Gruen. Nicole Torquato and Autumn Whitney anchored a strong defense that did not allow a single shot on goal all day.
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Rage U12 Premier start season on right foot
The Rage U12 Premier team began their season with a solid win last Saturday 6-2 against Lamorinda United. Malissa Shadle scored twice with assists by Carly Robertson and Julia Densmore. Julia Densmore scored twice, once with an assist by Christy Jensen. Sami LaBella scored, with an assist by Juliana Leedeman. Carly Robertson scored, with an assist by Malissa Shadle. Julia Densmore had multiple shots on goal, as did Hailey Mann. Individual shots on goal were made by Brookey Villanueva and Sophie Santos. Sophia Brown played strong defense in the goal.
Rage U12 put up a fight, but lose to Crushers
It was a dog fight against the Newark Crushers last Saturday for Rage U12 Grey Division 1 as the team dropped the game 2-1. Avery Jones fired many shots at the goal, Bailey Sanchez also had a shot, but it was Kailyn Coleman's beauty that sailed into the net. Jenna Crawford and Megan Shackley skillfully moved the ball up the field as well as played tough defense. Goalies Sabrina D'Ambrosio and Dalia Shafi did an excellent job protecting the net.
Ballistic United U19 Select 1-0 over Mustang FC Roma
Ballistic striker Alex Caravan's second half goal was all the Pleasanton side needed as the team held off Mustang Roma for a hotly contested well earned Al Caffodio league victory.
In the first half the Ballistic was plagued by unlucky finishing as several golden opportunities slipped away -- including Tyler Copeman's free kick that just missed far post. Jered Chinn also had a one-on-one opportunity that the Mustang keeper barely got his mitts to. Adding to the difficulty -- Mustang often dropped nine players behind the ball to clog things up while springing several dangerous counter-attacks of their own.
The second half saw some adjustments from Pleasanton that quickly paid off. The most notable was moving Johnny Ramirez from Winger to the Attacking Midfield position. Ramirez's one touch passing, ability to possess the ball and provide service to the forwards had an immediate impact. At the 10-minute mark of the second half Caravan (assisted by Jason Teague) was able to push home a goal after Ballistic created some havoc in the Mustang Penalty area. Brodie Roberts and Jason Scott also had standout games in the midfield as they combined with Ramirez and Brandon Lee to control the middle of the pitch.
Mustang tried desperately to tie the score but the Pleasanton defense anchored by Steven Gilbert, Tyler Copeman, Brian Bui, Jason Teague, and Brian Hu held firm as they turned away several attacks. Teague and Bui did a great job stepping up into the midfield to assist the attack and hold possession. Troy Stetson and Jaymi Van Dam worked hard on the wing using their speed to drop back defensively when needed and then springing penetrating runs on the counter attack.
Rage U15 AC go 1-1 over the weekend
The Rage U15 AC Division 2 team dominated their first game of the season last Saturday, but suffered an unfortunate goal in the second half. In the final 30 seconds of play, Haley Jackson tied the score by drilling in a shot from the top of the 18. Top Offensive Players: Amanda Emery and Haley Jackson. Top Defensive Players: Christina Choing and Kasey Jensen.
Rage Black fall to Grey 8-0
Super goalkeeping was executed by Emily Esparza and solid defense by Emma Tsztoo kept the Rage Black U9 Division 3 in the game early. All around play from Mollie McKay and nice footwork by Abby Smith pushed the ball upfield but it wasn't enough as they fell to Rage Grey 8-0.
Rage U14-AC go 1-1 over weekend play
Rage U14-AC played and won their first game of the season against Diablo FC 95, with the result of 1-0, but dropped their second game Sunday to Mustang Revolution.
In the first game, Rage played the first half of the game in search of establishing ball possession, but physical play by the opponent prevented any serious attacks or shots on the goal. Diablo FC 95 had few chances of scoring after miscommunication within Rage's defensive line and luckily for Rage, shots did not make the target. A moment of panic in Diablo's defense resulted in the scoring and wining goal.