We played Surf Cup this past weekend and we got stuck with some super tough teams from Nevada and Arizona. The out of state teams were ranked 39 and 45 in the entire US. To lose by one goal to each of those teams was a real accomplishment for our team, but we were still bummed. Unfortunately our best free kick specialist went to the hospital after a blatant foul in the first game and I think that threw us all off a little bit. I got a lot of action in front of some college coaches and one of them commented on my aggressive style.
Our team decided to play in the Delta Crossfire College Showcase in Redmond, Washington, so I took the opportunity to visit some colleges in the area. Before the tournament began, I went to St. Martin’s University to meet Coach Walker. He shared some really great insight about the recruiting process and the Soccer Program goals at SMU. I was lucky enough to watch his ’99 team play in the Crossfire tournament and I loved his coaching style. I especially liked how his keepers played as an extra field player.
When it came time for my team to play, our team had one too many games where we couldn’t buy a goal. I only got 2 goals scored on me, but that wasn’t enough to advance out of bracket play. We could have won all three games, but we just got unlucky. Before we left the Seattle area, I convinced my dad to drive back down to Lacy, WA to attend an admissions tour at SMU. I’m really glad that he agreed because I really love the campus, the Benedictine vision and all of the people that I met.
Before we flew back home we took a flight to Spokane to check out Gonzaga and to meet with the coaching staff. My dad and I did an admissions tour. Have you seen the Gonzaga student center? It’s got a Starbucks and an Einstein bagel shop! Seriously awesome. Gonzaga is a great school and it would be awesome to play soccer for them. Coach Anzaldo was a great tour guide of the athletic facilities and support structure for the athletes.
2016 Manchester City FC Americas Cup
We advanced to the Semis this past weekend in the 2016 Manchester City FC Americas Cup. That was a impressive result since it was the first tournament that our new team played together. Our most noteworthy game was a 1-1 tie against San Diego Surf ECNL Academy 2001. We played excellent as a team and both of our keepers really got a great workout that game. Unfortunately we lost in the Semis 0-1 to LA Galaxy San Diego Elite, who finally end up winning the tournament. Click here for game results.
Check out my Sharks’ team final rankings after completing National Cup. When I started a year ago our Cal South Rank was 22. The goal was to break the top 10. We almost made it.
We advanced all the way to the Finals of the 2016 National Cup. Unfortunately we ended our run with a disappointing loss in penalty kicks in the finals. I am extremely proud of this accomplishment because I was able to shutout the entire tournament (308 minutes with no goals against). We played some great teams along the way like Oceanside Breakers.
We had a great run this past weekend at the 2015 Blues Cup at the SoCal Sports Complex in Oceanside. We finished the tournament with a tough loss against So Cal Blues ECNL U15. By the time Monday came when we played the finals our team was absolutely exhausted. We had a very close semifinal game against Legends FC Legends South G00 and they play an extremely direct and physical game. We tied the game in regulation which led to overtime and then finally PKs. My coach selected me to defend the PKs and I was able to save one shot after guessing the right side twice. In the end my save made the difference and we advanced to the finals.
We played Surf Cup this past weekend and we got unlucky that we were not able to advance out of bracket play. We won two of our games by more than 3 goals and we tied one game. Somehow that wasn’t enough points to move on to the semis and finals.
This is a great photo from the archives. This was taken right after we won the Presidio Cup. This was our first really big tournament and I remember that we played great. I remember that we had some trouble in the semis against Temecula. They were really beating us up and I got kicked (on purpose). Since my coach came on the field, the ref made me come off the field. Sitting on the sidelines made me so nervous. I had to get back in as soon as I could and I was on the field by the next throw-in. That was a great team and we had a lot of fun. Most of the team is still playing together for the Cardiff FC Cardiff Mustangs G00.