The Livermore Fusion U12 Boys Maroon kicked off its fall campaign with an exciting first place finish at the San Luis Obispo Summer Classic on Aug. 2-3.
The Fusion started the tournament with wins over the Central Coast Condors and Roseville YSC Premier. Then, defeated Orchard Valley YSL to secure a finals birth against DMS 11. In the championship game, the Fusion fell behind 3-1 but responded with a strong second half, scoring four unaswered goals for a thrilling 4-3 victory.
The Fusion roster consists of: Joey Keller, Michael Grant, Dylan Baxter, Ryan Hoopes, Aiden Lewis, Dane Winslow, Devin Ruzich, Edwin Zabala, Abraham Zarate, Colton Trudeau, Landon Ratinho, Mateo Wilde, Ethan Voelker, Parker Moore, and coach Matt Caution.
West Coast Soccer
The West Coast Wild U16 girls team went to Greensboro, N.C. for nationals and returned home champions. The team is based out of Livermore and is coached by former MLS player Troy Dayak.
The Wild cruised to victory in its first two games, winning its first game 3-0 against a New York squad, and winning the second game 2-0 against CenCal from California.
In its third game verse MLS franchise Columbus Crew Jr., the Wild jumped out to an early 1-0 lead but hit a road bump as they failed to convert on several opportunities. Columbus built off the missed chances and scored a late goal, and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
The Wild earned a birth to the championship game thanks to finishing first in their respective bracket. In the finals, the Wild scored an early goal against Iridium-Oregon. The Wild scored again and took a 2-0 lead into the second half. However, Iridium came out energized in the second half and held onto ball possession thanks to crisp passing. The Wild made the most of its second half opportunities and scored a third insurance goal. When the final whistle blew the score was 3-1 and the Wild were named champions. Dayak could be seen kneeling down full of emotions after the game, he would describe it as "overwhelming" and a relief for the girls, after finishing second the past two years.
Some notable Wild players were: Kasidee Wiley, midfielder Tori Nicolo, defender Emilie Allum, and Wiley was named offensive M.V.P., thanks to her three goals and three assists throughout the tournament. Allum was named defensive M.V.P. after moving from midfielder to center back in the absence of Autumn Smithers. Nicolo was named tournament M.V.P for her overall outstanding play. Valentine had key saves and had two shutouts.
In the past four years West Coast has played in seven National Championships, winning the title in 2011 and 2014.
Pleasanton Seahawks at Far Western Championship
July 30-August 3
These swimmers represented the Pleasanton Seahawks swim team at the Far Western Championship Meet: Shahini Ananth (17), Elisabeth Balicanta (12), Sofia Barrera (14), Mattias Bengtsson (10), Hanna Bergh (18), Kyra Black (12), Jared Brandley (16), Brandon Brown (15), Emily Chen (12), Christie Chong (15), Calvin Chui (13), Eva Chung (17), Emily Claridge (13), Christina Coatley (10), Jonah Cooper (14) Katherina Cory (12), Maximillian Cory (10), Nikolas Cory (15), Pieter Cory (14), Calvin David (13), Jacqueline Davis (14), Caroline Eckel (13), Haley Fesai (10), Amber Fornoles (14), Hannah Franzwa (13), Alexander Gilchrist (16), Andrea Hall (16), Daniella Hawkins (13), Miranda Heckeman (13), Mandy Helle (16), Alexander Hernandez (14), Samantha Howell (15), Bryson Huey (19), Cayla Jetter (19), Anthony Jhong (17), Christopher Jhong (14), Lauren Jhong (10), Nick Johnston (19), Tori Kaleta (16), Jun Kang (12), Grace Kim (12), Jaweoo Kim (11), Nawoo Kim (13), Olivia Kim (10), Rachel Knowles (17), Drew Kobayashi (14), Elinor Kry(10), Ryan Lau (16), Aaron Lee (12), Jordan Lee (9), Kaela Lee (12), Mackenzie Lee (12), Trevor Lee (16), Aaron Lin (12), Sydney Lu (10), Tyler Lu (14), Michael Martin (15), Kevin McLaughlin (19), Jonathan Mui (16), Rishab Nair (15), Christy Neufeld (13), Thomas Neufeld (16), Grace Nimmo (12), Annalisa Parker (16), Caitlyn Plattel (16), Lleyton Plattel (12), Alex Ren(11), William Rose(14), R.J. Scott (16), Stephanie Shao (12), Nick Skinner (13) Ryane Skinner (16), Alexander Smedley (10), Ben Song (14), Ben Sproul (14), Nathaniel Sproul (15), Alex Suehiro (14), Claire Suen (12), Jeffrey Tang (16), Kennedy Truex (16), Taylor Truex (17), Christina Tsai (9), Justin Tsai (12), Preston Tsang (16), Paulina Umansky (13), Mica Wang (10), Sarah Wang (16), Katie Woods (16), Maggie Woods (19, Sophoa Xing (12), Michael Yao(15), Timothy Yao (14).
The Pleasanton Seahawks 13-14 boys 400 freestyle relay team of Jonah Cooer, Tyler Lu, Christopher Jhong and Nathan Yates shattered a 30 year old Pacific record with a time of 3:44.32. The previous record was held by San Jose Aquatics.
North America Challenge Cup
Tim Yao and Danielle Zacharias of the Pleasanton Seahawks, were selected to represent Pacific Swimming in the 'North American Challenge Cup in Veracruz, Mexico. The swim meet took place August 7-9, with teams from Pacific swimming, Southern California, The Pacific Northwest, and Gulf swimming, as well as Canada and Mexico. Yao and Zachariass trained with Coach Todd Tucker. The NACC is an international All-Star age group competition for swimmers 11-18 years of age.
Southern California's swim team came in first place with 1937 total team points followed by the Host team, Mexico who had 1438 points. Pacific Swimming came in third place with 931 points.