Tuesday Jan 06 2009
Lincoln Chivas top Eureka Wolfpack to win Cassy Rowe tourney
By: Staff Report
Proceeds of event used to assist with care of injured soccer player
The Lincoln Chivas won the under-12 boys division of the Cassy Rowe Benefit Soccer Tournament Sunday, taking a 2-1 overtime victory over the Eureka Wolfpack to cap four exciting games over a two-day event. The tournament was held to benefit the Cassy Rowe Foundation, established to help with expenses associated with the treatment of Cassy Rowe, a 16-year-old girls soccer player from Roseville who was paralyzed after an August soccer accident. Several highly ranked teams in three age divisions participated, helping raise thousands of dollars for the Rowe family. Cassy was on hand throughout the tournament and helped present awards to the winning teams. The Chivas started their tournament run with a preliminary round 1-0 victory over the Wolfpack on Saturday. Lincoln striker Ben Flint scored the game’s only goal five minutes into the first half on a pass from defender Gunner Michaelson off of a Cesar Marin corner kick. Outstanding defense from Lincoln for the balance of the match, led by sweeper Riley Holbrook and goalkeeper Jared Cummings, kept the Wolfpack scoreless. In Saturday’s second preliminary game, Lincoln tied the El Dorado Hills Thrashers 1-1. Lincoln midfielder Isaul Bautista scored an incredible goal, beating three Thrasher defenders on the dribble and then rocketing a left-footed shot past the goalkeeper. El Dorado Hills tallied the equalizer with 30 seconds left, when a Thrasher defender banked a shot off the inside of the right post and into the net after Lincoln failed to completely clear a corner kick. Eureka and Lincoln entered Sunday morning’s final qualifying round contests knowing they had to win to reach the championship game. The Wolfpack took care of business first, beating the Gold County (Nevada County) Vipers 1-0. The Chivas then set up the rematch by beating a quality Folsom Wave team, 1-0, with another defensive standout performance and a goal by midfielder Cesar Marin early in the second half. In the championship match, a scoreless first half was dominated by the play of the keepers and solid defenses. Lincoln finally cracked the Wolfpack armor with seven minutes left as right forward Andrew Knight scooped up a loose ball and pushed it past the goalie. Lincoln’s hope for another 1-0 victory was dashed when another failed attempt at clearing a corner kick left its defense vulnerable in front of the pipes. The free ball bounce around in front before dribbling across the goal line with just seconds remaining. Lincoln was up to the task in overtime, however, as midfielder Dario Ibarra pushed a ball through two defenders to Knight, who got his second goal by faking a shot right to fool the keeper before putting the ball in the back left of the net to deliver the 2-1 victory.