REAL SO CAL CLAIMS U16 TITLE Edges Arsenal FC 3-2 after PKs
By Phil Stephens
Arsenal's defense kept Real So Cal out of the net for more than a half, but real went to a pk series to record a win in the U16 Dallas Cup XXX championship.
photo by Meg Stephens
FRISCO, TX---When the smoke cleared after the Dallas Cup XXX U16 semifinals, on Saturday, it became an all Southern California show between Arsenal FC USA and Real SoCal White for the Sunday final. The Blue-clad So Cal team carried the day, 3 to 2, but not before the match stretched to two overtime periods and penalty series to finally crown the winner.
Real dominated the first half and went up 2-0 on goals by Erick Esquivel and Enrique Ruiz. Arsenal got back in the game before the
halfended with a marker from Jonathon Tovar,leaving the score at 2-1 going into the second half.Arsenal continued to carry the
game in the second half and got a quick boost from skilled forward Luis Fuentes, who scored after a throw-in. The ball came back
to him on the rebound and Fuentes went wide, hitting the far post before going in.
Fuentes came very close in the 75th minute, taking a clever pass from Tovar in the box and hitting a quick shot, though the goalie
was even quicker. The action went end to end, and Real So Cal threatened on a corner kick in the 76th minute.
The crowd went silent when Arsenal's Israel Sandoval fell to the pitch after going head to head with a Real So Cal player when
both went for a high bouncer. The regulation clocked maxed out, but the player didn't move. An ambulance was called and the rest
of the teams were sent to the locker room until he was wheeled out. Then he was surrounded by his teammates. Two minutes were
added as they finished out the game's final five minutes.
The action went dead as players obviously had something else on their mind. After two overtimes did not alter the score, a series
of penalty kicks decided in favor of Real. Arsenal got in quick trouble when shooters two (Tovar) and three (Alex Berger) missed
their kicks. Enrique Ruiz missed for Real SoCal, but Arsenal could not make up the difference and fell 3-2 overall.