Pleasanton Weekly

Sports - November 1, 2013

Pleasanton Rage ties Union City in heated game

by Jessica Lipsky

In a hotly contested bout on Oct. 26, the under-13 Rage white team battled Union City (UC) Premier Arsenal for a tied match.

During the first two minutes, the Rage's Gabriella Smith aggressively moved the ball past Arsenal's defense, to take an early shot. Reclaiming possession of the ball, Arsenal scored its first goal in the fifth minute. Rage goalie Brooke Delaney stopped a second Arsenal attempt, helping to shift the action back to Arsenal territory, where Rage's Lucia Castaneda crossed the ball to Cierra Lofthouse-Wolf, who tapped it in to score Rage's first goal.

Although the ball returned to the Rage end of the field, defender Emma Monsen muscled her way past several UC players, where Taylor Metz, Hunter Faria, Lauren Londono and Jessica Stubbs helped keep the action close to the Arsenal net. However, Arsenal's defense proved impenetrable.

The second half went scoreless until the 58th minute thanks to coordinated defending by Rage's Ariyana Walling, Julianna Pereira, and Sarah McKeever. Rage's Isabella Clark, Ashley Lopez, Lucia and Gabriella fired off multiple shots, which Arsenal's defense deflected until the 66th minute when Gabriella found the net off an assist by Allison DeFazio. The final score was 2-2.

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