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Feuding Santa Rosa women start fight at youth soccer tournament

Two women who had gone to their children's soccer tournament Saturday afternoon were arrested after they began fighting at a north Santa Rosa park, according to a Sonoma County sheriff's lieutenant and a soccer official.

The women, both of Santa Rosa, were arrested on misdemeanor battery charges and booked into the Sonoma County Jail, said sheriff's Lt. Steve Brown.

This weekend was the Santa Rosa Youth Soccer League's annual City Cup tournament. Hundreds of boys and girls under age 10 were playing on multiple fields at Schopflin Park, on Old Redwood Highway south of Larkfield.

The fight, which occurred just before 3 p.m., had nothing to do with soccer but involved personal issues, Brown said.

Several Sonoma County sheriff's deputies, a Rincon Valley fire engine and an AMR ambulance arrived at the park shortly after 911 calls were made.

At least one 911 caller told dispatchers it appeared to be a gang fight, which is why several deputies responded, Brown said.

Soon after the women began attacking each other, they were pulled apart by two men, one said to be a coach, according to witnesses. But at least one caller told 911 dispatchers that, although the fighting had subsided, there were signs it might resume, Brown said.

The women had minor injuries, and at least one of them suffered facial scratches and bruising, according to reports.

Magdalena Ceja, 29, and Shavon Davenport, 25, signed citizen-arrest documents against each other, and deputies took them to jail. Both were released after posting bail, according to jail records.

Tournament director Matt Rhodes said the two women apparently were former friends and are parents of children on the same team. They apparently had not crossed paths recently until Saturday.

“The parental behavior happened in front of a bunch of children. That's very sad,” Rhodes said.

Due to their behavior, the two women were banned from Sunday's game, he said.

Their children play on a team in the Santa Rosa South club, and club officials will decide whether the women should be banned from attending future games, Rhodes said.

Other than the fight, the weekend tournament was a success, he said.

“There were a lot of great families there, a lot of great team spirit,” Rhodes said.

You can reach Staff Writer Randi Rossmann at 521-5412 or randi.rossmann@pressdemocrat.com.

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