Folsom Fury under-19 team wins gold division of District VI Commissioner's CupBy: Staff Report
Folsom Soccer Club’s under-19 Fury showed their depth and talent when they sweep all four games and won the District VI Commissioner's Cup, Gold Division title last Sunday.
With many of these young men returning for their fourth, fifth or sixth season on the Fury, chemistry was very evident as Folsom started slow, but within 10 minutes began to control the game and held a very talented Yuba Sutter Azzurri Pumas team without a serious threat for the first 40 minutes.
Meanwhile, Folsom had many good looks but could not find the back if the net. The play of the game, which turned out to be the "game winner," was a spectacular defensive play. Fury goalie Anthony Cammarota found himself one-on-one in a penalty kick situation after a questionable call by the referee. Anthony squared himself, read the Puma player opening his hips, indicating he was going right, leapt totally horizontal, extending himself completely and stabbed the ball out of the air and saved the goal. The half ended shortly there after with the score 0-0.
Re-energized, Folsom again dominated play beginning the second half. Folsom was dictating the game with stellar defensive play, pressuring Yuba Sutter into many turnovers. Then the Fury launched a counterattack deep into the Azzurri defense. The best "look" of the night came on a great defensive stand and takeaway by Folsom turned to counterattack up the left side that found wing Jordan Fuller wide and open down the line where he drove the ball to about the 20-yard box before he made a perfect pass to a streaking forward Matt Raymond, who had beaten his man and was alone with the goalie.
Raymond met the ball at the six-yard line right in front of the goal and he sent the ball near post and just a hair wide.
Halfway into the second period, another Fury steal and counterattack found Striker Alex Ford one on two at the 18-yard box. For most players, that's a disadvantage, for Ford, that's a mismatch, as he deftly moved the ball past both defenders and was alone with the goalie at the nine-yard line where it was no contest when Ford fired a shot upper left V, finding the net and a 1-0 lead the Fury would not relinquish.
Folsom continued to play very well and had a couple more scoring opportunities come close but not in. Meanwhile, the Azzurri became desperate, unable to breakdown the Fury defense, they pulled their goalie a couple times, playing with an empty net during the final five minutes to no avail.
This win for the Fury is their second District VI title in a row, just missing a three-peat after losing in a shootout, 5-4 in the championship game in 2010. This year turned out to be the Fury's most successful season, losing only one tournament game (which was later avenged at the Folsom Lake Cup Classic) all year and a spectacular regular league season. How dominant were they? In 20 tournament games, they gave up only four goals while scoring 37. They will take some time off for the holidays and then begin practice for the Folsom Lake Winter Classic in February and the Association Cup Championship in April.