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San Juan Lightning ?99 Blue shuts out competition to win Cal Cup

By: Staff Report
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San Juan Soccer Club?s U14 Boys Lightning ?99 Blue soccer team placed first at the Cal Cup 2012, on the heels of winning the 2012 NorCal Spring League Region 6-7-8 title. Lightning ?99 Blue consists of players from El Dorado Hills, Folsom and the Sacramento area, as well as attracting players from as far out as Stockton, Dixon, and Reno, NV. The Lightning finished three preliminary games on Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23, against the Santa Rosa South Black Oaks (2-0), Ethos FC Saints ?99 (7-0) and East Diablo YSL Impact ?98 (3-0). The championship game was held on Sunday, June 24 against the Stockton Monarcas FC Flames ?98. The Lightning and Flames have met before. The Flames won their first meeting at the Manteca FC Spring Invitational, 3-1. The Lightning won their second meeting, 3-1, to win the 2012 NorCal Spring League Region 6-7-8 title. The first half of the championship match looked to be Lightning?s? to win. The team displayed strong ball control with patient and precise passing. Numerous plays were set up in Flames? territory for dangerous attacks on goal. Many shots on goal missed just wide or too high, with one shot bouncing off the top of the goal and back into the field of play only to be kicked out by a defender. The game whistled into half scoreless. The second half was back-and-forth with many balls being kicked high into the air and several fouls called to keep the game under control. Although both teams had serious scoring opportunities, the defense on both ends held near impenetrable lines and both goalies had their share of great saves. Regulation time ended, 0-0. The Flames won the coin toss and started the kickoff for sudden death overtime. A slightly imprecise pass was taken by the Lightning midfield and Blue was on the attack. At a minute and a half into overtime play, a corner kick started by Jorge Garcia was perfectly placed into the Flames? box where it was touched by the goalie and landed where Nick Clemmer kicked it in for the win. At the awards ceremony, Coach Anthony Chimienti said to the team, ?We had two objectives this weekend. One was to play smart football and really connect with our passes and use the field and two was not to allow any goals. We accomplished both.? For more information visit their website at lightning99.com.