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Folsom Craze wins Davis soccer tournament

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The Folsom Craze, an under-13 girls’ select soccer team, recently won the Davis Legacy Lily Nisen Memorial soccer tournament held in Davis. The Craze had three tough games in pool play to earn the shot at the championship. In each of the three games, the Craze trailed 1-0 at halftime. In the first game against the San Ramon Azuri, a second-half goal by Kristen Whitney tied the game and although the Craze had numerous opportunities, the game ended in a 1-1 tie. Two second-half goals by Sienna Miller and Davita Pandita helped the Craze come from behind to win their next game against the West Marin Ross Valley Breakers by a score of 2-1. A win or tie in the third game against the Tracy Futbol Vipers would put the Craze into the championship and again they rallied with a second-half goal by Nicolette Tavalero off a corner kick, which turned out to be the final goal of the game and it ended in a 1-1 tie. The Craze faced off against the San Ramon Azuri in the championship match and although the Craze was dominating the ball and controlling the pace of play, they could not put the ball into the net. Forwards Sarah Anderson, Marissa Marks, Siena Miller and Jillian Ellenberger led the offensive attack. Midfielders Jubilee and Moriah Backman, Davita Pandita, Angie Wang and Kristen Whitney controlled the middle of the field, but it was the Craze defense that set the tone of the game. The defense was near perfect and was anchored by Cayla Harder, Ashley Klemens, Shilpa Reddy, Nicolette Tavalero and goalies Annelise Manhart and Ally Zurbuchen. After regulation play and two overtime periods the score was tied at zero and the championship came down to penalty kicks. Zurbuchen was in goal for the Craze and did not allow a single goal as the Azuri went 0-for-3 on their attempts and the Craze went 3-for-3 on their kicks as Jubilee Backman, Whitney and Pandita all converted the penalty kicks to give the Craze the 3-0 advantage and the championship cup. The Folsom Craze, who is coached by Randy Anderson with assistant coaches Jim Zurbuchen and Bruce Backman, celebrated their first tournament win of the year after previously finishing second in Palo Alto and in fourth place at the Folsom Cup Classic. The Craze continues with Metro league play each Saturday and will participate in the District Cup in December.