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Fury claims Folsom Lake Cup Tourney

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Folsom's under-16 Fury dominated the Folsom Lake Cup Classic Soccer Tournament and won the U-16 boys' championship. This comes after their impressive showing at the Stockton Explosion Tournament in July, also taking first place in the U-16 boys' category. The Fury features about half the team which has played together off and on since their U8 select soccer days. That chemistry and the addition of some highly skilled newcomers have gelled into an excellent unit where their are truly 16 deep and anyone of them could be starting on most teams in this age group. Folsom started the tournament facing the Danville Mustangs and quickly scored in the first minute and rolled thereafter to a 6-0 victory. Next came the El Dorado Hils team, who struggled to stay competitive with Folsom coasting to a 5-0 win. Sunday morning was sure to be a test against River City Attack II, however the Fury scored quickly and ofton and soon it was 3-0 midway through the first half. Because of the points system Folsom added two more goals in the second half to max out their points and then again put it into cruise control. River City was determined not to be shutout and slipped a pass through the defense and drew a penalty in the box for a direct penalty kick which they converted. Folsom went back to their standard offense and scored another two quick goals and then eased up for the 7-1 victory. Those three victories gave Folsom one less than the max score possible of 33 and a ticket to the championship game and a rematch against the Fruitridge Santa Rosa, a team the Fury knows all too well. These teams met at the 2009 District Cup Championship game last December with Fruitridge Santa Rosa squeezing out the win and Folsom settling for second place. The game started conservatively with each team feeling out the other, checking defenses and offensives. Santa Rosa struck first with a "moon ball" kicked from deep within their own territory out up and over Folsom's defense and bounced high between the Folsom keeper and the players rushing back. Santa Rosa got there first and had a one-on-one with the Fury goalie and Santa Rosa scored the first goal of the game. Folsom was determined not to let the game get away from them and redoubled their efforts with everybody vowing to be the first to the ball every time. The Fury tied the game five minutes later and then added a second goal before half to take a 2-1 lead into intermission. Coach Lemay and Giordano urged the boys to not let up and to put the pedal to the floor and show them that the team's better than last December. Unlike the first half where, although down 2-1, Santa Rosa controlled the game and had the majority of possession, in the second half, Folsom out-hustled Santa Rosa and simply out worked them and with renewed confidence scored not one, but two more goals while holding Santa Rosa scoreless. Folsom dominated the tournament because of their defense allowed only two goals and trailed only once for only five minutes. That freed up the midfielders to execute the offense and pick apart the opposition defenses and allowing the strikers to score early and ofton. The scoring was a team effort with the defense, midfield and forewords all scoring multiple goals, many on corner kicks and indirect kicks with an assortment of headers and tap shots for easy goals.