The first competitive weekend of the soccer season for the Oakdale Insanity Under 19 girls travel team – which includes Riverbank High School player Jassmine Vigil – ended in a second place finish for the girls at the Mid Summer Classic in nearby Turlock.
Vigil is a midfielder for the Insanity girls and joined teammates from Oakdale and Escalon in battling to two wins, a tie and a loss in the two-day tournament, July 19 and 20. The team, which brought in several new players this season, opened up with a 2-0 win over Elk Grove on Saturday morning, then took the most lopsided win of the tournament in an afternoon 9-1 thrashing of Fresno Metro United.
An early Sunday morning game pitted them against the Ajax United Elite and twice the Insanity battled back from a deficit to end with a 2-2 tie.
That meant the Sunday afternoon clash with Merced United would decide the championship for the round robin tournament and Oakdale took an early lead, scoring less than a minute into the contest. Merced got the equalizer and then took the lead, only to see the Insanity come back to knot the game at 2-2. A late first half penalty kick put Merced up 3-2 and they added a fourth goal late in the second half. Oakdale at that point had lost a defender to a red card, frustration setting in by what players and spectators saw as several non-calls by the officials – leaving both the Oakdale goalie and a midfielder bruised and bloodied. One parent was also ejected from the field and the Insanity battled but fell short, with Merced going on to post a 4-0 mark and take first place with 37 total points. Oakdale finished second with 24, followed by third place Elk Grove with 19, fourth place Ajax with 16 and Fresno Metro in fifth place with two points.
“All of the girls played hard the entire weekend,” said coach Brian Orr of the effort by Vigil and her Insanity teammates. “I was very proud of their teamwork and determination.”
The girls are scheduled to play next in the Dublin Tournament, Aug. 9 and 10.