Benicia Arsenal 03 Girls Team Brings Home the Championship in the Dublin Fall Classic in a Three-way Tie-breaker
It was a magical weekend in Dublin for the Benicia Arsenal 03 Girls’ team. Saturday, after two dominating shut-out games, the girls left in first place for the day but had to return Sunday to face the remaining two teams that were right behind them in points. The game Sunday against Walnut Creek was intense with a lot of contact and crisp passes. With just one minute left in the half, Benicia broke the 0-0 tie and led by 1 goal. Starting the second half, in the first few minutes they were clearly dominating and increased their lead to 2-0; but Walnut Creek wasn’t going away. Both teams battled all the way to the final seconds for an end result of a Benicia, 2-1 victory over Walnut Creek. After a short break, Benicia came back to meet their toughest competition of the tournament, Pleasanton Rage. Pleasanton was coming into the game on fresh legs (their first match of the day) and they gave our girls a great match-up. Benicia ended up coming up short in the last game of their tournament with a 1-2 loss to Pleasanton Rage. The team left the field that day proud of how hard they played and all that they had accomplished that weekend; Eight goals for and three goals against for a total in tournament points of 28.
Later that night, things got very interesting as all the remaining games’ scores came in. Turns out that three teams; Benicia Arsenal, Walnut Creek Soccer Club and Pleasanton Rage all finished the tournament with 28 points each. So in the event of a tie, it goes to head-to-head play. Benicia beat Walnut Creek, Walnut Creek beat Pleasanton, and Pleasanton beat Benicia. Is your head spinning yet?? Since the championship could not be determined by head-to-head competition, it then goes to goals scored. Each of the three teams scored a total of 8 goals in their four games played. You got it; we are still dead-locked with a tie. Next determining factor was goals scored against. Benicia gave up 3 goals the entire weekend; Walnut Creek and Pleasanton Rage each gave up 4 so at 6:30 Sunday night your Benicia Arsenal 03 Girls Team were crowned the Dublin Fall Classic Gold-Level Champions.
(back row, left to right) Coach Oren Rosenman, Madi Myers, Kylie Schlosser, Bella Russo, Chloe Stanhope, Katelyn Carro. (middle row, left to right) Citlalli Nunez, Karina Esqueda, Alyssa Curtola, Ally Ballinger, Olivia Kamm, Giovanna Sweeney. (front row, left to right) Maddie Ryfa, Sage Jimenez, Kate Northen, Gabby Gonzalez, Mia Komoda