A head ball from Maddy Cuculich led to the deciding goal in the Manteca FC Newcastle’s run to the Placer United Prestige Cup championship in the under-12 girls “Super” division.
Newcastle defeated powerhouse Mustang SC Pride of San Ramon Valley 1-0 title round. Mustang Pride is the 15th ranked squad in the nation according to GotSoccer.com. Newcastle is 28th.
Manteca FC allowed just one goal in four matches. Andrew Eusebio and Marcella Salyer combined for three shutouts with help from defenders Linnea Natale, Nathalie Munguia and Dayanna Hernandez. The midfield was anchored by Mia Cazel, Faith Chavez, Daisey Galindo, Alexis Vilario and Mia Villegas.
In the semifinal round, Newcastle defeated the San Juan SC Spirits Blue 2-0 with goals coming from Annika Bergstrand and Kelsey Hill.
The team opened play with a 3-0 drubbing of Oregon-based Lake Oswego SC Spirit before edging Pleasanton Rage Orange 2-1 in pool play.
Raiders 1, Fury 0
The Fury gave the Manteca Area Soccer League’s undefeated under-14 squad a run for its money in the first of two contests at Woodward Park Saturday.
Goalkeeper Kareena Escartin did well to keep Fury in it throughout with 10 saves. Alina Coronado, Megan Harlan and Destiny Hernandez fired off shots thwarted by the Raiders’ defense.
Georgia Arriola led the back line for Fury.
Fury 1, Revolution 1
Fury took the early lead on Harlan’s goal, but Revolution knotted it in the second half as the two clubs battled to a draw.
Jennifer Ibarra-Bejar stood out defensively, with Isabel Quinones doing good work at midfield. Escartin and Harlan combined for three saves at goal.
Revolution 2, Timberwolves 1
Jordy Ramirez-Aguilar accounted for Revolution’s two goals, with assists coming from Kavin Carrillo-Mejia and Kyle Dorland.
Goalies Aron Navarrette and Mason James were aided by defenders Marcus Camden, Felipe Mata-Diaz, Justin Rother, Samuel Ward and Logan Wilson.
Eagles 2, Bombers 2
Matthew Dunham’s late goal for the Eagles forced the stalemate. Michael Macias evened the score at 1 in the first half.
Jesse Ortiz-Martinez and Simon Hinmon each had seven saves at goal. Joshua Valdez helped keep the pressure on the Bombers end of the field and had several shots on goal.
Inferno 4, Cruz Azul 1
Alexis Rodriguez fired in two goals with one apiece coming from Quentin Banks and Riccardo Neiblas, whose head-shot score came off a corner kick from Brandon Navarette.
Ildefenso Bettencourt, Fernando Haro and Joey Aguirre provided good defense.
Mustangs 4, Sharks 0
Tyler Nansel netted the final two goals for the Mustangs. Contributing to the onslaught with one goal each were Johnpaul Campos and Malachi Henry.
Goalie Alex Gatty tallied several key saves to keep the sheets clean. Defenders Damian Gonzalez and Nicholas Ridgwell contributed to the shutout.