Island sports: Alameda Soccer Club update
Alameda Islander Soccer teams have been dominating the competitive leagues this season, showcasing the excellent coaching and inspired boys and girls who prefer to play with their friends and represent Alameda as the soccer club of choice on the Island. Alameda Soccer Club currently has 12 competitive teams playing in weekend tournaments and at this point, four of the 12 are in first place. Eight of the 12 Select competitive teams are on top of the league, with repeated defeats of highly touted teams such as Bay Oaks.
U10 ASC Jedi Knights 6, ASC Devils 5
The Devils got off to a strong start, with Padraig Lane’s goal and a strong assist from Jake deMarco. Another goal from Jake went in from the corner. Then the Jedi Knights caught fire, with four goals in succession: One by Liam Orzoco, one by Auden Conway and two by Oliver Soglin, bringing the score to Devils 2, Knights 4 at the half. Back on field, the Jedi Knights dribbled another in and Jake responded with a hard shot right in front of the goalie. The Devils continued to fight hard, with attempts on goal from Logan Carnerie and Julian Sayen and strong defense from Liam Rooney and Kai Miller. With time running out, Padraig scored from the side to tie, but then Davis Stewart of the Jedi Knights scored and as the clock ran out the Jedi Knights prevailed, 6-5.
U11 Boys Alameda Islanders 5, Ballistic United Soccer Club Elite 0
Midway through the first half of this NorCal Premier match, midfielder Naseem Gaskin scored from the left side to jump start the scoring attack for the division-leading Islanders. On the last play of the first half, Luca Altaffer corralled a loose ball in front of the goal and found Cooper Teare open for a momentum building score. The Islanders carried this momentum in to the second half with a flurry of early offensive attacks. Center midfielder Conor Neal lofted a beautiful corner kick past the goalie’s outstretched hands into the upper corner of the goal. Attacker Cameron Ba ran down a lead pass to score again. Midfielder Bryan Woo controlled a deflected shot and netted the ball, to make it 5-0. When the dust had settled, the balanced Islander offensive attack featured five different goal scorers. The aggressive, smothering Islander team defense led by Jason Ravetti had recorded a fourth consecutive shutout, allowing very few shot attempts in four games.
U13 Girls Alameda Islanders 4, Lamorinda United 3
This Saturday’s away game for the U13G Islanders was a game of two halves and seven goals. Despite Lamorinda’s excellent passing and ball control, the first half was dominated by the Islanders, with Nina E., Bella D. and Emma D. each scoring – two goals were volleys off crosses from the wings – to make it 3-0 at halftime. Lamorinda came back with a vengeance in the second half, abandoning their passing game for a long ball game, and the Alameda girls began to flag under the midday Lafayette sun and Lamorinda’s overloaded offense. Lamorinda was on the scoreboard within a few minutes of the second half restart but Nina E. answered with a fourth goal for the Islanders within minutes. Lamorinda kept the pressure on with four or five players pushing forward in the front, and scored two more goals before time ran out and the final whistle blew. In the end Alameda held on to the win with a one goal margin through hard work, good goalkeeping and some luck, against a skilled and tenacious team.
U14 Girls BuildASofa.com Firebirds 6, Montclair Dynamites 3
The BuildASofa.com Firebirds rebounded from a tough loss last week with a solid performance against a determined Montclair team. Kendall “Hat Trick” Miller recorded her third three-goal game of the season and Inna Broadbent her second three goal game of the season. Firebirds Sidney Faust and Maggie Rutherford stood out defensively. Forwards Erica Zenobia and Sarah Charney provided superior support to the high-octane Firebird attack.
U14 Girls Select Alameda Islanders 3, Albany-Berkeley Cyclones 1
The Islanders spotted the Cyclones an early 1-0 lead on a penalty kick, and then scored three unanswered goals to stay on top of the Gold flight with a 4-1 record. Carrie Simmons tied the game late in the first half with a 25-yard blast from the right side, high over the keeper’s head, and into the back of the net. Emma Canalin put the Islanders ahead to stay early in the second half with a turn-around smash from the PK area. Simmons closed the scoring, just before time expired, with a textbook corner kick that Canalin poked home for the 3-1 final. For the second straight week, an Islander field player hustling back on defense stopped an opposing shot from going into the net. This time it was Erynn Naccarelli, who played an exceptional second half from her left outside mid position. Once again, it was a true team effort, as all 12 players who saw action played exceptionally well.
U14 Boys Alameda Islanders MDB Construction, Inc. United 6, San Pablo Crew 0
Alameda’s U14 Select Boys ran their league record to 4-0 and registered their second-straight shutout behind another strong defensive team effort, including the goal-keeping of Joe Hausner and Abraham Saikley and the field play of Mingus Knox White and Ray Ly. Strong front-line passing by his teammates helped Jano Heljo achieve a hat trick on his birthday. Alex Achramowicz, Pancho Mendoza, and Cameron Burns tallied Alameda’s other three goals.
U14 Boys Alameda Islanders MDB Construction, Inc. United 13, Albany-Berkeley Gladiators 1
Alameda’s U14 Select Boys increased their league-best goals for/goals against ratio to 30/4 with their fifth straight league win. With 12 players rotating in and out of the six forward and midfield positions and making great passes, five different Alameda players scored goals and three, remarkably, had hat tricks. The number of goal-scoring opportunities for Alameda’s offense was also testament to the defensive play of their teammates, who outbattled the Gladiators.