The Rage U14 Orange beat the Diablo Crossfire 2-0 Jan. 17 in a "Sweet 16" game of CYSA's Association Cup. After a scoreless first half and both teams defenses dominating play, Rage midfielder Erica Goldhawk sent an arching pass toward the goal where Courtney Seams scored on a goalie misplay. Goalie Nikki Costello held the lead with a diving shot block. RAGE midfielder Rebecca Dumanski sealed the win with a late goal shot. RAGE defense was lead by Katie Oross and Olivia Deutschman. Sunday in the "Elite 8" quarterfinals Elk Grove Cyclones scored first into the upper corner. In the second half Rage tied the score on a Courtney header from an Ariel Gershman assist. Claire Hickel and Katie made two breakaway stops to hold the tie. The Rage defense held until five minutes remaining when Elk Grove scored on a breakaway play. It was a great ending to the season, which included winning the District Cup, two first place, one second place, and one fourth place tournament finishes.
BUSC U13 Select lose in OT to Jack London team
The BUSC U13 Div III Select team lost in the sweet 16 round of the CYSA Association Cup recently to the Jack London Oakland team 3–2 in an exciting sudden death overtime match.
Both teams played a tough physical game with the Oakland team seeming to have the advantage in age and physical stature. But the BUSC boys played shoulder to shoulder with their opponents and raised their level of play that was superior for most of the game. Oakland scored first at the 15th minute of the first half, even though BUSC had outshot them up to that point in the match. The Ballistic team answered back with their own goal at the 28th minute. Brian Kinnee scored on a free kick several feet outside the goal box and wide right. He drove the ball high and deep into the left side of the goal, driving the keeper back past the goal line. The first half ended locked at one apiece. The second half started with the BUSC team taking little time to score the go ahead goal at the second minute off a strong left footed strike from Mason Picone, assisted by Lucas Warzyniak. The boys continued to play hard and demonstrated great ball control, having 14 instances of five consecutive pass sets during the match with one set having nine successful consecutive passes. Oakland tied the match at the 15th minute with a strike from thirty feet out in front of the BUSC goal. Regulation time ended tied 2–2. The match proceeded with a sudden death 10 minute overtime period. Again, both teams came out hot, trying to end the match with a quick score. BUSC controlled the ball in Oakland's end of the pitch much of the time but at the seventh minute of overtime Oakland scored the winning goal with a flurry of shots directly in front of the Ballistic goal. The BUSC boys played extremely hard, leaving it all on the field. BUSC team roster are as follows: Andrew Griehshammer, Brian Kinnee, Chris Goldhawk, Chris Klahr, Drake Hartland, Dylan Tuell, Joshua Cole, Lucas Warzyniak, Mason Picone, Mathew Teng, Pierre Marie, Reed Marques, Robert Beard, Ryan Vicencio, Sam Hanson, Tomas Rozsa.
Seahawks add to team records at San Ramon meet
Although the skies were a gloomy gray, the Pleasanton Seahawks (PLS) put on a sparkling performance achieving many new cuts and lifetime best times at the San Ramon (SRVLA) CBA+ Meet Jan. 16 and 17.
Adding to the PLS All Time Top Ten were Eva Chung, Jon Ong, Lillian Sun, and Katie Woods. New Pacific Recognition Times (PRT): Eva Chung, Lillian Sun. New Far Western Cuts: Eva Chung, Annalisa Parker, Lillian Sun, Katie Woods, Jonathan Ong, RJ Scott.
New Junior Olympic (JO) Cuts: Samantha Howell, Emma Kauffeld, Adrien Rooney, Michael Yao, Hannah Folmar, Maggie Kauffeld, Moriah Simonds, Alex Gilchrist, Kyle Oslund, Emily Saccullo. New 'A' Times: Victoria Luo, Lily Hu, Resha Panda, Michelle Wang, Heather Chandler, Audrick Antonio, Wolfgang LaChance, Michael Martin, Timothy Yao, Bridget Booe, Madison Burson, Analese Chinn, Matt Huo, Parth Subramanian, Jeffrey Tang, Jeffrey Wang, Elise Cox, Bernadine Martin, Theresa Martin. New 'B' Times: Kyle Kenny, Alexander Luo, Tanaya Gondhalekar, Nja Zuniga, Sabrena Cornwell, Nicolai Cardinale, Cody Chang, Rishith Kodali Frankie Lin, Arnold Chan, Joseph Ding, Danny Lin, Collin Oslund. The team achieved over 80 Lifetime Best Times including Duhita Gondhalekar, Sophia Bueche, Calvin Chui, Ysabel Thorn, Navneedh Maudgalya, Ray Ohhashi, Shilpa Krish, and Jae Williams.
On Jan. 2, seven Seahawks were awarded "most outstanding" in Pacific Swimming in their respective age groups for 2009. Pacific Swimming, a subdivision of USA Swimming, has more than 15,000 registered athlete members. Awardees include: Rachel Knowles – 11 year old Short Course (SC), 12 year old Long Course (LC); Allison Brown – 15 year old LC; Catherine Breed – 15 year old SC, 16 year old SC and LC; Katrina Anderson – 18 year old LC; Nick Silverthorn – 12 year old SC, 13 year old SC and LC; Bryan Hughes – 13 year old SC, 14 year old SC and LC; Andrew Seitz – 16 year old SC. In addition, Knowles and Silverthorn received a "most outstanding" award (each) for the Western Zone All-Star Meet.
U13 boys overpower Newark in first round of State Cup
The Ballistic United U13 boys soccer team had an outstanding first round State Cup performance Jan. 30.
In their first game, Ballistic faced Newark and pounded the goal for a 6-0 victory. Stephen Dougherty,(two goals) Jared Siegel,Cameron Casby, Salvador Morales, Ben Smedley, all scored for Ballistic. In the next game Ballistic again came out hard against a very physical San Ramon team and came away with a 6-0 victory. Daniel Payne, Justin Taylor, Matt Powell, Erik Johnson, Jared Siegel, Stephen Dougherty all found the back of the net for Ballistic. In the final match on Sunday Ballistic faced a very hard fought battle against PAC, which ended in a 0-0 tie. Ballistic had a few scoring chances, however they were unable to score. However the defense for Ballistic of Alex Lee, Daniel Rodriguez, Collin Alexander, Collin Richardson, Omid Eibagi, Alex Krause, Blaz Perko, Brad Pilkington, kept PAC from scoring. Ballistic did not surrender a goal the entire tournament. Goalie Jordan Ott had several amazing saves throughout the entire tournament, especially in the final game against PAC. It was great team effort by all the players. The team now advances to the round of 16, and will play on Saturday.