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Folsom Fire wins tourney on PKs

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The Division I under-13 American River Youth Soccer League Folsom Fire is back, proving that the jump from Division III in the offseason was meant to be. Never falling short of a semi-finals appearance in four tournaments this season, the girls had yet to close the deal. Most recently the girls gave the competition the third degree at the Sacramento United Suntan Classic taking home the second-place medal but the girls were still hungry to taste the fire of old. What would it take to burn that ring of fire into the heart of the competition? To find out the girls would have to Let It Rock. The 19th-ranked Fire girls packed up the matches and gasoline and headed to Walnut Creek for the 2009 WCSC Summerfest. After a 3-2 win against the Mill Valley Rockers, the Fire lost to the ACC Mavericks, 3-1. With their backs to the wall, the Fire needed a win over the Walnut Creek SC Dynamos to advance to the finals. With the motto Let In Rock firmly in their minds, the Fire won the game 2-1 to reach the championship match. For the second straight tournament the Fire was back in the finals facing the Diablo FC Shockwave in a rematch of the 2008 NorCal State Cup finals. The last meeting ended in penalty kicks that resulted in a heart-breaking loss for the Fire. Could the girls avenge 2008 the season ending loss to the Shockwave? Not much changed in a year, as the game ended with the teams tied at zero and penalty kicks again decided the contest. It would not be until the 24th shot in penalty kicks that the game would be decided when Folsom scored to win the tournament.