Ballistic United U14s placed third at last weekend's tournament in Napa, but coaches said it could have so easily been more. Ballistic held a 1-0 advantage over the eventual first-place winners Benicia Arsenal until the last three minutes of regulation time in their group match before Benicia forced an equalizer and went through to the final on the tie-breaker of fewest goals conceded. Both teams had finished tied on twenty-three points from their group matches.
In their third place play-off, Ballistic dispatched FS Fusion from Vacaville 5-1. Earlier on Saturday Ballistic defeated Napa United 5-2 and Placer United 4-0 to put themselves in a great position to make the final in the first place. Over the week-end Ballistic scored fifteen goals led by Dane Schaffar who tallied four. Their defense anchored by the Kuo twins gave up only four goals and their midfield engine featuring Chris Franzella, Erik Knaggs and Brandon Cohen simply dominated play for long stretches.
The team now prepares to head south for the Huntington Beach tournament with their confidence at an all time high.
U14 Rage shutout GCU Strikers at Soccer City Warm Up
The Pleasanton Rage Blue team (division 3 U14) came away from this weekend's Soccer City Warm Up with two decisive wins and a tie. Although the team did not advance to the final rounds of play, they outscored their opponents 6-1 and never lost a game.
In Saturday's action, the Rage met up with East Diablo from Brentwood. Rage got on the board quickly when Kelly Parsons found the back of the net off a nice cross from Dani Ramirez. Before the half, Brittany Jones put one in for a 2-0 Rage lead. Arielle Siegel would make it 3-0 when she sent a rocket in from outside the eighteen. Although Rage let Diablo score late in the game, they dominated play.
In Saturday's second game, the Rage offense was ready to score early and often. Ramirez started the scoring with a nice shot from the left. Brittany Jones and Siegel netted their second goals of the tournament and then the defense held strong to preserve the 3-0 victory.
Sunday morning the Rage faced the Pacific Heights Celtics. Play was very even and although the Celtic team had scored 10 goals the day before, the Rage held them scoreless and the game ended in a 0-0 tie. Siegel had a great shot in the waning seconds of the game but the Celtic keeper made a nice save to keep the game scoreless.
Top offensive players were Siegel, Jones, Parsons, Ramirez and Karoline van der Zee. Top defensive players were goalkeeper Jessica McKeehan, Erin O'Loughlin, Hannah Bieszcat and Taylor Dorsey.
U10 Rage White nabs 6-0 victory at Mission Peaks
Coach Dean Freeman's U10 Rage white team posted a 3-1 record in the Mission Peaks Soccer Jamboree. In their 6-0 opening game victory over the Red Devils (SACYSL), Carly Israel and Christina Echevia led the Rage scoring attack with two goals apiece. Sophie Santos and Monica Martinez also scored for Rage, and both players added an assist. Megan Martin and Carly Israel posted the shutout in the net for Rage.
Penalty kick ends championship game for Rage U15 D3
The Rage U15 D3 team lost the championship game by one penalty kick point in the final minute of play in last weekend's Soccer City Warm Up tournament. Ending with second place overall, the team outscored their weekend opponents by 6-1.
Goals were scored by Mo Weber (assist by Chelsea Lowenstein), Chelsea Lowenstein (assist by Kristen Desprez), Julie Price, Kristen Desprez, Heidi Johns and Casey Curtis (assist by Ellie Kim).
Defensive standouts for the weekend were Nikki Gotelli and Emma Caswell. Two midfielders who stepped up the games both in offense and defense were Noelle Malindzak and Sara Quero. Goalkeepers Alex Villanueva and Heidi Johns held their opponents scoreless all weekend, save for that last PK close-in. Players Kendall Ready, Stephanie Boggs, Maggie Blasing, and Vicki Binder also had stand-out moments during tournament play.
Learn to play lacrosse
Boys and girls in first through eighth grade are invited to learn to play lacrosse at Pleasanton Lacrosse Club's New Player Festival. No equipment is necessary. A fee of $39 includes a lacrosse stick, a ball and two hours of instruction by experienced Pleasanton Club coaches and players.ÝThe event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at Thomas Hart Middle School. Sign-in starts at 1 p.m.ÝRegisterÝat www.pleasantonlacrosse.com. If you have any questions contactÝByron Hay at 998-5550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cyclepath hosts demo day
Cycling enthusiasts can get a preview of the trends in cycling at a free half-day cycling fair and demo day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Pleasanton Ridge. More than 100 riders are expected to converge to test ride the newest road and mountain bikes from top names in cycling, visit with representatives from local bike clubs and check out the latest cycling gear on the market.
Participants are encouraged to bring a helmet and come dressed to ride as they'll be able to test ride bikes for 15 minutes at a time. For more information call 485-3218 or visit www.cyclepath.com.