December 6, 2011
The Santa Clara Vipers Girls U10 soccer team were crowned champions at the North Valley December Classic Soccer Tournament held December 3rd-4th in Milpitas. The U10 girls division was divided into two brackets of three teams each. After three games, the top two ranked teams on point totals from each bracket would play a fourth game to determine first and second place finishes. The Vipers played their first game on Saturday at 11am; they easily won 5-0. Their second game at 2pm was against the MYSC Dragonflies, who hadn’t lost a game all season, and also won their first tournament game. After a tough-fought match, Santa Clara pulled out a 1-0 victory. At that point, the Vipers had earned 18 points, but weren’t guaranteed to play in the Finals until they played their third game on Sunday.
On the second day of the tournament, they competed against the NV Chicks With Kicks Team, and beat them 4-1 to earn the right to play in the 2 o’clock championship match. It turned-out that the Vipers got to play against a fellow Santa Clara team, called the Pink Panthers, who were competitive all season long. After another hard-fought game, the Vipers prevailed 5-1 to win first place for their bracket. The team only gave-up two goals during the entire tournament! The majority of this team has played together for a couple of years now, and they are truly a great team in every sense of the word.
Congratulations to all the players, and head coach Eddie Laranjo, and assistant coaches Frank Nunes and Brandon Paris.