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Manteca FC Extreme settles for 3rd

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POSTED September 1, 2009 2:40 a.m.
The cards were stacked against Manteca Futbol Club’s under-18 Extreme in the Soccer by the Bay Tournament Aug 22-23.

All things considered, its worst finish at the tournament in three years wasn’t all too bad.

After previously taking first in 2008 and second in 2007 in lower age groups, the Extreme wrapped up a more-than-respectable third-place finish despite going undefeated. The 12-team pool pitted the top two teams in the championship round, but Manteca FC didn’t have a big enough goal differential to make it through.

Sonoma-based Team Excel edged the San Mateo Fusion 0-0 (4-1 penalty kicks) for the title. Games were played in Sam Mateo and Palo Alto.

The Extreme made the big the big jump from under-16 to under-19 in this year’s tournament, with the majority of the squad consisting of under-17 players. Injuries took their toll on the Extreme throughout the tournament, and matters were made worse when its top defender was red carded in the first game.

Despite it all, the Extreme scored three impressive shutouts to qualify for the consolation game.

Manteca FC’s tournament-opening 2-0 victory over the Delta Thunder was cut short after players from each team were red carded,  and both were deducted points in the standings which ultimately hurt the Extreme’s shot at playing for the title.

Niki Walden and Florife Nichols scored for the Extreme.

The team took it out on the San Mateo Thunderbirds just hours later, winning decidedly, 6-0.

Selena DaSilva had a goal and an assist for the Extreme, which had six different players boot in goals. Bianca Wesley, Cynthia Romao, Malia Almeida, Kenisha Gahtron and Walden also got in on the action. Briana Paule contributed a pair of assists.

Nichols scored twice and Madison Zanotto once in the Extreme’s 3-0 victory over San Carlos Spirit, a win that clinched its spot in the consolation contest. DaSilva added two more assists, and Paule one.

The third-place game proved to be more of a challenge for the injury-ravaged Extreme, which needed a shootout to get past West Valley Wildcats, 1-1 (3-2 penalty kicks). Walden, assisted by Gathron, was responsible for Manteca FC’s lone goal in regulation.

Lexi Ziakas, Eliana DaSilva and Selena DaSilva converted their attempts in the shootout. Goalkeeper Jimi Guibor made two big saves to preserve the win.

Guibor’s three clean sheets in the tournament were aided by the defensive efforts of Kaela Canales, Yesenia Rodriguez, Donna Ochoa, Selena DaSilva and Wesley.

Nor Cal State Cup
United 6, Modesto Ajax 0
Clarissa Lecce led Manteca FC’s under-9 girls team with two goals at Woodward Park Monday, when the team began its run in the Nor Cal State Cup.

Daisy Valencia, Jasmine Rodriguez, Jaydyn Valencia and Megan Coria each chipped in a score. Kayley Alvarado played well defensively to help preserve the shutout.

Rebels 2, Novato 1 (PK)
Manteca FC’s under-9 boys won its Nor Cal State Cup opener in thrilling fashion, winning on a deciding penalty kick shootout, 4-3, after a 1-1 draw in regulation.
— Jonamar Jacinto
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