Teams with a Riverbank connection made some noise at the weekend Cassy Rowe benefit soccer tournament hosted at Cherry Island Soccer Complex near Sacramento.
The Oakdale United Under 11 boys were tournament champions in their division, going 4-0, while the Oakdale United Insanity Under 19 girls took second place honors.
Angel Garcia, Xavier Vigil and Joel Gonzalez of Riverbank suit up for the U11 boys, while Jassmine Vigil is a player for the U19 girls.
The boys were dominant throughout the weekend, wining a 3-2 game on Saturday morning against the Gold Country Miners and then taking an 8-2 victory over the RCU FB Barca Boys on Saturday afternoon. Continuing bracket play on Sunday, it was a 5-2 win over the Elk Grove Lightning that advanced the team, with 27 out of a possible 30 points in bracket play, to the Sunday afternoon championship game. There, they blew out the Elk Grove Force in an 8-0 decision to take the first place trophy.
Every player on the team that took the field for the weekend scored, including goalie Kevin Camelin, who notched a goal-to-goal scoring shot, said head coach Jose Hernandez.
The Insanity girls won their opening game on Saturday, 5-1 against Sierra United, with Jassmine Vigil notching an assist on the second goal of the game. The second game on Saturday was a tough battle against Sierra Galaxy, going down as a 1-0 loss for the Insanity.
They were in third place after the opening round and faced off with Natomas in a playoff game Sunday morning to advance to the finals, with Natomas in second place after Saturday’s games. A single goal determined that game as well, Oakdale advancing to the championship game with a 1-0 win. They faced off again with the Sierra Galaxy in the finals, this time falling 2-0.
In three years at the Cassy Rowe tourney, the Insanity girls have fashioned two second place finishes and one championship.
Also competing were Oakdale’s U13 boys, playing up an age division at U14 and winning one, losing one and tying one; and the Oakdale U11 girls, winning one and losing two in just their second tournament appearance as a team.
The tournament is a benefit for Rowe, who was paralyzed in 2008 at the age of 16 while playing soccer. She attends the tournament and also takes time to pose with all teams following the conclusion of the competition.