The Jacksonville Riot (U-12) soccer team won its third high profile tournament of the season last weekend by defeating the Oak Cliff Pumas 3-2 in the finals of the Ross Stewart Memorial Invitational tournament at Russell Creek Park in Plano.
The Riot, members of the Jacksonville Soccer Association, were competing in the recreational division of the tourney which was only open to teams having finished first or second in a North Texas Soccer sanctioned tournament during the year.
Jacksonville opened play early Saturday morning by blanking Longview Fuego 99 by an impressive 6-0 margin, which avenged a loss to the Fuego earlier in the season.
In their next outing on Saturday afternoon, North Texas Soccer Association’s Galary 99 outlasted the Riot 3-2.
Jacksonville recovered by bouncing back to shutout FC Forza 4-0 on Saturday night to advance into Sunday’s semi-finals.
In their semi-final match, the Riot thumped the Dallas East Jaguars 2-0 to advance into the finals later in the day.
A tired bunch of Riot fed off the energy of the large contingent of Jacksonville fans that had made the trip over to support the team as the Riot were able to get past the Oak Cliff Pumas 3-2 in the championship match.
The Pumas advanced to the finals by edging the North Texas Galaxy 99 5-4 on Sunday morning.
Other tournament wins this season for the Riot came at the Nacogdoches Cup & Games Spring Shootout, where the Riot went through the field undefeated in capturing the crown, and at the 3rd annual Jalapeno Tree Spring Shootout, held at Lindsey Park in Tyler.
The Riot defeated Tyler FC International 3-1 to earn the top prize in that prestigious event.
Team members are Adrian Sotelo, Jose “Roy” Martinez, Casey Johnson, Enrique Rocha, Devin Vasquez, Eduardo Castillo, Brayden Bauer, Jack Oden, Jonathan Mireles, Cesar Guerrero, Mason Brashear and Jose “Nato” Escareno. Other team members are Gamaliel “Toti” Mandujuano, Jacob Maldonaldo, Austin Pierce, Jordan Meza, Cobie Hamilton and Emilio Meza.
Guest players during the Plano tournament were Josue Rodriquez and Kevin Perez from Mount Pleasant United.
Team coaches for the Riot are Alan Neva (head coach) and Jose Carmona (assistant).
Sergio Hernandez serves as the squad’s team manager.
Conditioning coaches are J. J. Martinez, Alberto Escareno and Pedro Mireles Jr.
Cherokee County CO-OP and Smith Auto Salvage are the Riot’s sponsors.
For more information about the Jacksonville Soccer Association, visit www.jacksonvillesoccer.org or call 1-800-991-4JSA.
Sergio Hernandez contributed to this story.