Pleasanton Weekly

Sports - January 10, 2014

Alumni soccer games raise another $5,000 in memory of Ryan Gordon

Foothill women, Amador men prevail on the field in annual contests

by Curt Gordon

Foothill High School and Amador Valley High School Soccer Alumni met for the 11th year last Saturday at Foothill for the Ryan Gordon Alumni Games. Gordon was a 2003 graduate of Foothill killed in a jet ski accident shortly after graduation. He had planned on attending Santa Barbara City College and playing soccer there.

The games were played under bright, sunny skies before an excited, supportive crowd. The games featured men and women players from the '70s, '80s, '90s, 2000s and 2010s. This year featured 59 players -- 33 men and 26 women -- many of them returnees from prior years.

All monies raised were donated to the men's and women's soccer programs at the two Pleasanton high schools. This year's games raised $5,000, bringing the total since 2003 to nearly $65,000.

In the first game the Foothill women continued their winning ways. The final score was 3-1. Foothill has now won eight of the 11 games. Current Foothill player Julia Densmore scored all three goals for the winners. She was supported by Maggy Kelly (1990), Allie Cefalo (2004), Nina Cefalo (2007), Kirstie Rodrigues (2007), Jillian Sweetnam (2006) and Danielle Sweeney (2006). Also returning for Foothill this year was Alicia Diaz, who has played in all 11 games since 2003.

Amador's goal was scored by Sandi Page (1994) and assisted by Patty Bingham (1992). Ann Peterson (1981), Aimee Ose (1990), Holly Patubo (1990), Ashley Kenitzer (1994), Carolyn Sanchez (1990), Kristina Demarest (1990) and Tiffany Rose (1990) played well while keeping Amador close.

The men's side saw Amador getting by Foothill, 3-0. Amador dominates the series, having won eight of the 11 games played so far.

Dane Shaffar (2012) opened up the scoring with an unassisted goal early in the game. Josh Cordiero (1996) scored a short time later on a goal assisted by Bryan Ignacio (2004). Cordiero closed out the scoring late in the game with his second goal. Mark Lowrey (1980), Steven Volking (1986), Steve Morgan (2013), Nandor Krause (2012), George Mayer (2009), Adam Sloustcher (2005), Kevin Crow (1979) and Rob Gillian (1987) supported the winners.

The Foothill side saw many returning players. Chris Luxford (2003), Dan Sweetnam (2003), Jeremy Colwell (2003), Boomer Cruz (2006), Craig Caponigro (1988), Scott Sweetnam (2008), Demar Williams (1994) and David Boiteux played well in the losing effort. Sean Lemoine (1988) and Dion Hock (1978) also returned, having now played in all 11 games.

Those seen around town the next day with various limps and bruises included Anna Almy (2008), Chrissy Berretta (1996), Ailsa Smith (2009), Shelly Walker (1992), Summer Eichenberger (1993), KC Nissen (1994), Scott Schwartz (2005), Scott Berglin (1987), Nick Rodriques (2003), Troy Stetson (2011), Nico Lecco (2009), Seth Niermeyer (2012), Brad Alani (2001), Nicholas Navari (2009), Dag Norton (2009) and Bryan Kail (2007).

Volunteers manned the snack bar, collected tickets, announced the action and refereed the games.

The Hop Yard Alehouse and All Star Sports both contributed to the cause.

Each winning team is provided with a trophy that travels back and forth to each year's winning high school. Next year's games will be at Amador Valley as the venue changes from Amador to Foothill and back each year.

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