Until Saturday, no one was more daunting than a certain under-11 girls soccer team out of Santa Clara.
But the Modesto Ajax United Elite didn't flinch, beating the Central Valley Arsenal 2-1 in a NorCal State Cup game in San Jose. Modesto advances to the Final Eight, the Premier Cup round, in November.
The Arsenal (43-4-5) was ranked third in Northern California and sixth in the nation.
Kaylee Hanes struck first for Modesto, scoring on a free kick from 20 yards out in the first 10 minutes. But the Arsenal scored before halftime to tie the game 1-1.
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Jess Jauregui scored the game-winner on a pass from Allie Rocha five minutes into the second half.
The United Elite is 10-0 in NorCal games. The team won the Gold Spring League title in July with an 8-0 record.
MODESTO AJAX II -- The Ajax United Premier under-13 girls finished second in the Almaden Championships Cup with a 2-1-1 record, falling to Mill Valley 2-1 on Sept. 30. The Ajax United Select under-14 boys were also second in their last tournament, going 2-2 at the Stockton Triad on Sept. 30.
OUT OF THE POOL -- Modesto Pirate Aquatics swimmers Karlee Bispo, Kassy Bispo and R.J. Barton were named Scholastic All-Americans by USA Swimming. It was Karlee Bispo's second year on the list.
Coaches are asked to submit appropriate paperwork for students with a minimum 3.5 grade-point average. They must have qualifying times and participate in specific major meets.
There were 43 Northern California girls out of 753 national honorees, and 23 Northern California boys of 536.
ROLLING ALONG -- Modesto's Scott Boyle has been notified by the United States Bowling Congress that he posted the highest boys score in the nation during the 2006-07 season.
Boyle, 16, bowled an 857 at Yosemite Lanes in August of 2006. He will receive a certificate to go with his many other awards.
In the last year, Boyle competed in the USBC Junior Gold Championships in Buffalo thanks to his qualifying scores. He was also named to the Northern California Youth All-Star Team. His sixth, and most recent, 300 game was at McHenry Bowl on May 24.
Bee staff writer Kelly Jones can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2300.