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Folsom United Hawks win second-flight title

By: Staff Report
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The Folsom United 15U Hawks competed with 30 other teams and came away with the championship of the second flight of teams. The Hawks opened the tournament with a 5-2 win over the Walnut Creek Warriors. United broke the game open within the first minute and a half with two goals from its ?A? line of Ethan Quinn, Christian Dardano and Cameron Clark. Folsom played exceptional team offense in the first half; controlling possession with patience and accurate ball movement. The United never trailed in the game, despite a flurry of shots late in the second half by the Warriors. Folsom's goalie, Matt Holden, was huge in the game, stopping four point-blank shots after the Warriors were able to get the ball behind Folsom's defense. Attackman Ethan Sclare scored three goals in the win. In the second round, the United battled the Ross Valley Grizzles, needing overtime to secure the 6-5 victory. Folsom's ?A? line secured a 2-0 lead early in the game, but struggled for the rest of the first half and well into the second under Ross Valley's tenacious defense and wilting stick and body checks. The United trailed 5-2. Time was running out on the Folsom?s squad until attackman Gage Rouch scored with a strong underhanded shot to the low, near-side corner of the goal with only two minutes remaining in the game. The goal energized the team, who battled the Grizzles to tie with only seconds left in the game. Folsom controlled possession of the ball in the overtime frame; taking the opening face off, controlling the tempo with accurate passing, and getting off a hard shot. The ball rebounded long on the save. Folsom's Justin Dulinski hustled to take away a sure ground ball from the Ross Valley defenseman. He passed to a wide open Cameron Clark, who ripped the 15-foot shot from the near side for the overtime win. Folsom met the Stockton Spartans in the championship game. These teams competed in the same conference during the regular season and had played to a 12-10 Spartan victory. Folsom overpowered Stockton throughout the championship game, taking a 5-1 halftime lead and ultimately winning 8-3. The Spartans? offense was never able to mount a challenge thanks to United's defense, led by Connor ?Lefty? Schall, Joe Sullivan, Andre Davis, Matthew Fields-Nelson and Will Booth. Stockton's own defense was unable to stop United's stellar attack led by Ethan Sclare, Justin Dulinski, Gage Rouch and Daniel Baquero.