Our '05 Boys Green NPL team went down to play in the San Diego Surf Cup the weekend of August 4th - 6th to compete with some of the top teams in the country. Playing in a 16 team group, the '05's opened up play against Orange County Surf ECNL (Cal South) winning the match 3-1. In the boys 2nd game, they played Surf Select and in a very tight match were able to find the game winning goal 10 minutes from time to get a 1-0 result. The 3rd group game was against Calgary Rangers from Canada. Neither team had lost a game going into this match, so the winner of this game would be advancing out of the group. It was a very intense match with both sides having opportunities to get the result. Our boys worked hard against another quality opponent and saw out the match to a 0-0 draw. This result gave the '05 Boys 1st place in the group and a semi-final appearance against Strikers FC (Cal South) currently ranked #9 in the State. The game was tied at 1-1 at the half with Elias Castro putting in a tremendous individual effort to score the equalizer, beating four players and finishing calmly past the keeper. The second half was truly a battle in which the boys left everything on the field. With exhaustion playing a part in the final minutes, Strikers FC were able to get the game winner. The whistle would be blown moments later.
Very proud of the boys as they have shown they can compete with some of the best teams in the country on any given day. They showed grit and passion when it was needed and composure when needing to dictate and close out matches. In a 6 month period this group has been expose to matches abroad against youth teams from top professional clubs in Spain, while our players were also training with professional Club UE Sant Andreu. Our top 4 Surf Cup placement proves this group has really been pushing their boundaries and it is all credit to them.
Our team: Landon Marchetti, Alton Manning, Kent Noble, Cyril Charway, Oliver Lyman, Alex Kelly, Aidan Wilmott, Cameron Chen, Tommy Hoptry, Julian Larios, Elias Castro, Cristo Santoyo, Adrian Shiroma, Ezekiel Padilla. The team is coached by Jesus Gomez.
The boys will now prepare for the start of play in Norcal's National Premier League (NPL) for the Fall Season.
Congrats to the '05 Boys on a great weekend of soccer!