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Sports - June 27, 2008

Mustang Strikers advance to US Soccer Club Nationals

The Mustang Soccer Club Strikers won the US Soccer Club Region H Championship, for the Boys Under 17 Super Group Division, during the tournament June 14-17 in Modesto. The Strikers advanced to the finals of the National Cup to be held in Virginia Beach, Va., on July 26-29.

The Strikers, led by Coach Rob Hansen, came from behind to win or tie in four of their five matches. They needed 220 minutes of soccer and penalty kicks to win their final two matches. In the semifinal, they defeated Cal Rush Nike 4-3, with a goal by Justin Chew in the overtime session.

The Strikers won the final against Marin FC on penalty kicks, after being tied 2-2 at the end of the 20-minute overtime session. Gabe Sandler saved Marin FC's first two penalty kicks, and the Strikers hit their first four to clinch the championship.

Team members are Coach Rob Hansen, Dan Mariani, David Vega, Ryan Moore, Emrah Klimenta, Kevin Vaughan, Eric Futak, George Mayer, Justin Chew, Chris Salazar, Ian Cromwell, Ryan Pridemore, Connor Kaminski, Nadav Kariv, Stephan Rabrenovich, Gabe Sandler, Scott Brensel, Michael Janjigian, Max Mendes and Blake Haisley.


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