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Lecce spearheads Arsenals run to under-12 title
The Timberwolves claimed the under-10 boys championship. - photo by PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

Kayle Lecce racked up five goals in four Manteca Area Soccer League Tournament matches on Nov. 7 and 8 to lead the Arsenal to the under-12 girls championship.

Emily Herrera and Lecce scored one apiece in the title game featuring No. 1 Arsenal and No. 2 Fury, which fell 2-1. Morgan Gross scored the Fury’s goal.

Arsenal goalie Cheyenne Davidson yielded her only goal of the tournament after recording two clean sheets.

The Arsenal opened the tournament with a 7-1 thrashing of the Breakers. Seven different players scored for Arsenal: Carrie Buckley, Shelby Kuperus, Cecily Gallardo, Samantha Sanchez, Lecce and Davidson.

Lecce and Davidson shined in the second round. Lecce recorded the only goal in a 1-0 win over Spirit, and Davidson completed the shutout with 16 saves.

Lecce struck again for two more goals in a 4-0 win against the Strikers. Gallardo and Herrera added one apiece.

In other MASL action:

Under-12 girls

Monique Angel (penalty kick) and Morgan Gross scored in each half, as the runner-up Fury opened the year-end tournament with a 2-0 win over the Lady Hawks.

The Fury coasted to a 6-0 win against the Grizzlies, with Juliana Penera pouring in two goals. Sophie Williams, Taylor Davis, Gross and Angel added one each. Kareena Escartin notched the shutout at goal.

Angel booted in the deciding goal off a penalty kick as Fury edged Inferno 2-1 in the semifinals. Neena Umpad scored Fury’s first goal.

Under-10 girls
Team United

After a hard-fought win via penalty shootout against Lightning Strikes in the semifinal round, Team United earned the title with a 3-1 victory over the Lady Earthquakes behind Stephania Mercado’s hat trick. Bryanna Moll, Claire Cadiz and Kendra Campbell each chipped in an assist.

Goalkeeper Noeli Mercado and defenders Alyssa Urteaga, Kylee Eberle and Campbell shined.

In the semifinal thriller, Moll assisted Mercado’s goal to help send it into double overtime. Campbell’s attempt in the shootout was the clincher.

Team United opened the tournament with a 4-1 win over the Flames. Mercado struck for three goals, and Moll added the other. Hannah Hart and Julie Ferrebee each had an assist.

The squad rolled into the second day of action with a 2-0 shutout of the Highlighters. Mercado and Cadiz netted a goal each, with assists coming from Jocelyn Morgan and Alexis Allen.

Under-8 girls

Ladybugs 2, Purple Cobras 0
After dropping their tournament opener, the Ladybugs bounced back and ended their season on a high note.

Nicole Martin and Andronica Salgado accounted for the Ladybugs’ goals. Kailey Soulier and Isabella Belaski picked up the assists.

NorCal Fall League

California Cougars
The Cougars’ girls under-18 squad climbed into first place of the premier division with a 5-0 win over Galt FC Heat on Nov. 7.

Alexis Poppoff scored twice, and Bri Day, Kylie Gacer and Valeria Ordaz added one apiece. Mariela Pimentel, Michelle Russell, Karly Dunning, Day and Ordaz added one assist apiece.

Goalkeeper Brianna Murawski posted her fourth shutout of the season behind the strong defensive play of Amie Gillett, Sarah Manseau and Rebecca Scott.

Elk Grove Everton
Mantecans Faith Chavez and Alexis Vilarino helped lead Everton into the semifinals of the under-10 girls NorCal State Cup this past weekend at Woodward Park.

Elk Grove beat Placer United 3-0 Saturday, and highly-ranked El Dorado 4-0 on Sunday. Vilarino scored off a corner kick in Game 2.
Everton lost to CV Crossfire 3-1 but still advanced to the quarterfinals, where it edged Santa Clara Sportign, 1-0.

— Jonamar Jacinto