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.