09 Earthquakes begin first competitive season

The 09 Earthquakes took the field last weekend for their first competitive games. On Saturday in Benicia, the Quakes competed very well against a larger Benicia Arsenal team, losing 4-0. Yusuf Khalil and Adrian Ramirez did a great job in goal. Neel Bollu had several great plays in midfield, faking out Benicia defenders. Omar Sharif, Dinolen Shang, and Aemar Siddiqui created scoring opportunities for the team. On Sunday, the Quakes played their first home game ever against a very strong Union City Premier team. Union City, made up of 2009 players in their second season together, controlled much of the match. The Quakes stood up to the challenge, frustrating Union City, and continued to attack and use their skills. The game was capped off by an Earthquakes goal from Spencer Halasz after a run up the right wing to beat two defenders. Tolu Adalumo finished the game in goal and made several acrobatic stops. Suraj Hothi, Kireet Manekar, and Daniel Ramos (pictured) worked hard in the midfield.

“It was a great experience watching these young soccer players play their first competitive games,” said Coach Scott Schoenthal. “These boys have a lot of talent and I’m really excited to watch their growth in the game. We will be smaller than many teams we face but the opportunity¬†that our players receive this year will help them advance in the future.”

The Earthquakes – made up of 2009, 2010, and 2011 players – return to action this weekend against Ballistic United and San Ramon.