Pleasanton Weekly

Sports - January 1, 2010


Rage Barracudas take bite out of Gladiators in championship match

The U12 Rage Pleasanton Barracudas soccer team took first place in the Crossroads Tournament recently.

In the championship game against the Fremont Gladiators, the Barracudas came out early and dominated the match and finally scored at the 10-minute mark on a goal put in by Kelly O'Neill (assist by Caroline Gerlach). The score seemed to wake the Fremont Gladiators and the battle was on. The Gladiators scored at the 20 minute mark to tie the game at 1-1. The second half was even tighter and again Barracudas got superior defensive play from their goalies and backline. The tie was broken in the 35 minute mark on a free kick by Kelly O'Neill from 20 yards out. O

Neill put the ball in the back of the net and the fans went wild. The Gladiators put their attack into overdrive but were not able to breakdown the superior defense the entire Barracudas team played. The final score was 2-1 with the Barracudas taking first place in the U-12 division. Players like Natalia Christensen, Tasha Halim, Jessica Martin, Lauren Moulton, Caroline Gates were key in the Barracudas' success, as they finished their season with a perfect record of 14-0 and first place in Crossroads.

BUSC U12 Premier take home NorCal Gold championship

Pleasanton's BUSC U12 Premier team captured the NorCal Gold Division Championship Dec. 19 with a 2-1 victory against a well organized and determined Elk Grove Everton side.

BUSC's Cameron Owens controlled a Jackson Still feed and beat two defenders for the first score of the match. Minutes later, Owens would again out-maneuver his marker sliding the ball to Cameron Ritchie who hammered the ball home for a 2-0 lead.

Sam Molz, Chudi Atuegbu and Jeffrey Klei all had critical defensive plays to help preserve the victory. The BUSC U12 Premier team are coached by Justin Rothling and include: Chudi Atuegbu, Nathan Esparza, Max Gershman, Jeffrey Klei, Sam Molz, Cameron Owens, Carsen Paynter, Ryan Racer, Cameron Ritchie, Tylor Silva, Jackson Still, Jack Traube, Bryce Veit, Geoffrey Wiederecht, Mitchell Wilson and Omeed Ziari.

Seahawks women's relay places 5th at nationals

The Seahawks had the great honor of sending eight of their champion swimmers to Winter Nationals in Federal Way, Wash. Dec. 3-5. All Seahawk swimmers went the distance with the women's team placing 16th overall. After pulling out the university/USA sponsored teams, the PLS women's team was actually eighth in the women's scoring for club teams. The foursome, (Sasha Alcon, Karen Wang, Allison Brown and Catherine Breed) placed fifth in the 800 free relay behind four University teams.

Additional results: Allison Brown was 16th in the 500, 23rd in the 400 IM and 23rd in the 1650, Catherine Breed was eighth in the 1650, 24th in the 200 and 21st in the 500 free, Karen Wang was 20th in the 100 fly, 18th in the 100 back and 15th in the 200 back, and Tory Houston was 20th in the 200 breast. Bryan Hughes swam a best time in the 1650 (15.54), and Nick Silverthorn swam best times in the 100/200/500 free, while Celina Li swam best times in the 200 IM and 200 Breast. The women placed in the top 16 in all five relays.


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