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The U14 Select Boys Alameda United team displays its first-place medals from the Bob Fowler Memorial Tournament in Concord, Sept. 25-26. Alameda United defeated previously unbeaten Delta Sporting 5-2 in the championship game to win its first tournament title. Photo courtesy of Dave Penney.

U7 Coed

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Team USA (Abe) vs. Portugal
On a warm sunny day, Team USA (Abe) was hot against competitor Team Portugal. Early in the game, in spite of tenacious effort by team Portugal, Nicholas Robertson denied them access to the net. Amaan Kanji scored two goals with the first being snuck past the competitor with a left foot shoot. Most importantly Team USA demonstrated a new interest in passing and teamwork that, once mastered, will elevate their game to a new level.

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U10 Boys

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ASC Devils 1, Jedi Knights 1
Early on, Logan Carnerie broke with a pass to Padraig Lane, but the Jedi Knights were on their defense and the Devils couldn’t get a shot on goal. It wasn’t until after the break when Padraig scored quickly and the Devils came alive. Devil defense was solid in the second half, with a critical save by Liam Rooney. At the five-minute mark, Padraig scored on a hard shot that bounced off the shoulder of the Knights goalie, giving the Devils a tough tie.

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U10 Girls

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Dr. Johnson & Jolley, D.D.S. U10G Alameda Islanders at the Castro Valley Footie Fest
The Islanders played four games in the 90+ degree heat of the Castro Valley Footie Fest last weekend, and came away with a division leading 3-0-1 record in the jamboree format. Across the four games, the Islanders held their opponents scoreless, a testament to the strong defensive teamwork across the back line, and outstanding performances from Maya Rubio, Zoe Peterson, Gaby Medellin, Katie Hung, Katie Gee and Sydney Owyang. Lizzy Avery and Sophie Nilsson provided sure hands and courage in goal to help secure the shutout for the weekend. On the attack side, Nicole Prislin, Maia Chareonsuphiphat and Lauren Lum were a force in pressuring opposing defenses. Strong play from Caroline Bridges and Natalie Mesterhazy at midfield solidified an excellent team effort for the tournament.

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U11 Select Boys

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Traveling out of your local area to play any kind of sports at any age is most often filled with new experiences and memories. The Alameda U11 boys select soccer team traveled to Redding to play in the 2010 Shasta Fall Soccer Classic. The entire team of players, coaches and parents came away with a life-lasting experience and memory. The team indeed played some outstanding soccer and received the consolation third place medals.

Winning the consolation and getting medals was nice but the team won the ultimate award. Each year, the Shasta Fall Classic tournament is played as a celebration in memory of a young athlete, Hunter Troy Clegg, whose kindness, sportsmanship, and enthusiasm will live on forever. Hunter died in 2009 from a tragic car accident. The tournament committee, in honor of Hunter, awards one team out of the tournaments entire field (36 teams this year) a memorial trophy. The award symbolizes the true sportsmanship, kindness and enthusiasm that not only the players and coaches showed throughout the tournament but also by the families and fans of the team. The Alameda U11 boy’s soccer team, coaches and family was awarded the 2010 Hunter Troy Clegg Memorial trophy.

The award was presented to the team by Hunter’s parents. Sure the Alameda U11 boys soccer team played some exceptional soccer that consisted of strong goalie play (Bryan Woo, Kyree Brown, Cameron Spaulding), outstanding defense (Jason Ravetti, Fahmi Ibrahim, Eduardo Franco), offensive assists (Conor Neal) and goals scored (Naseem Gaskin, Yosi Fetahi, Matthew Yep, Cooper Teare, Cameron Ba, Liam Neal) but the team came away from Redding with a special lesson in life. Soccer is just a game. It’s not about winning but rather playing the game with sportsmanship, enthusiasm and kindness.

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U12 Boys

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RSC Infernos 3, Everett & Jones BBQ U12 ASC Nightmare 1
The ASC Nightmare played their first game against a gold division team and level of play was evident. ASC struck first with a nice goal by William Ardourel to take a 1-0 lead. Near the end of the first period, Rockridge scored on a tricky hop by the ball, tying the game at half 1-1. In the second half Rockridge played a long ball style with quick speed challenging the nightmare defense. Sven-Erik Said and Aitor Iriso played great defense in keeping the Infernos away from the net in repeated attacks. Rockridge eventually scored two more goals to end the game at 3-1 Infernos.

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U14 Boys Select

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MDB Construction, Inc, Alameda United at the Bob Fowler Memorial Tournament

Alameda United 3, Ballistic United 1
Alameda United 1, El Cerrito United 1
Alameda United 2, Almaden Valley United 2
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Alameda United 5, Delta Sporting 2

Alameda’s U14 Select Boys conquered in Concord and brought home the hardware, clinching the championship of their age bracket of the Bob Fowler Memorial Tournament with a stunning 5-2 victory over previously undefeated Delta Sporting (of Antioch and Brentwood) on September 26. With that victory, Alameda went undefeated in four games over the hot September 25-26 weekend, also overcoming Ballistic United of Pleasanton (by a 3-1 score) and tying El Cerrito United, 1-1, and Almaden Valley United, 2-2. Alameda’s offense scored the most goals in its age bracket, led by Jano Heljo (six goals) and Daniel McCormick (three goals, including the game-winner in the championship game). Alameda also gave up the fewest goals, led by goalkeepers Joe Hausner, Abraham Saikley, and Kenyon Ebert, and standout defensive play from Malacio Backhaus, Michael Woodworth, and Wesley Cheung. But it was really a total team effort that prevailed in the Concord heat, enabling this team, the core of which has been together since 2006-07, to take home its first-ever tournament championship. This team is also in first place in its league division, and resumes league play on October 2.

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U14 Girls

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Alameda U14G Firebirds 2, Oakland Puma Girls 0
Scoring their second shutout in three games, the BuildaSofa.com Firebirds continued their strong defensive performance. Strong efforts by Leana Guion, Maya Lee, Lizzie Allan and Sidney Swain helped contain the Puma attack. The Puma defense was strong as well but goals by Inna Broadbent and Samantha Dunn late in the game cemented the Firebird victory.

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