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The Downey FC Girls 89 soccer team, coached by Oscar Sanchez, won the championship at the Irvine Summer Classic Tournament on June 23. The girls won all three of their games the previous weekend to advance to the finals against Mesa SC Riptide. With only three seconds left in the championship game, forward Marissa Bernal launched a corner kick to teammate Xochitl Morales, who scored from the half-field line, tying the game, 3-3. The game went to penalty kicks, and goalie Frida Morales blocked the last shot to seal the championship for Downey. Back row, from left: Coach Oscar Hernandez, Marissa Bernal, Natalie Cruz, Frida Morales, Elena Partida and Michelle Flores. Front: Giselle Urzua, Emma Sandoval, Alysa Graham, Xochitl Morales and Liliana Terronez.
Published: July 4, 2013 – Volume 12 – Issue 12