A dramatic run in the highly competitive State Cup Presidents Division ended as finalists for our AYSO South Bay Matrix Elite girls Under-13 team. The squad lost to Santa Monica United in the championship match on Sunday, March 1 but won over our community. To get to the title match, the South Bay girls had to defeat teams from Rebels, Nado, and Inland Empire Surf just to name a few. We can’t say enough about our South Bay girls. They made AYSO proud, South Bay Region 712, our communities of South San Diego, San Ysidro, and Imperial Beach. Our girls were home grown–made in the South Bay. They showed what a talented team and talented coaches can do when they stay together. Congratulations to all the players, coaches and parents. These are just a few of the photos that helped capture a special moment in our league’s history. #PlayerDevelopment #EverybodyPlays #Believe
Can a volunteer “Dad Coach” from a neighborhood recreational soccer league take a team to the State Cup championship match? And along the way defeat $1,000 per player club teams with every conceivable resource and advantage? Yes. Coach Polo Aviles’ AYSO Matrix South Bay Elite GU13 defeated Inland Empire Surf in OT on Saturday. The South Bay girls are moving on to the State Cup Final. Of course, Coach Polo is no ordinary coach, what with a Master’s Degree, full-time job and dedication as a volunteer for South Bay GU13. His South Bay girls are extraordinary as well. Now, the girls play Santa Monica United in the Presidents Division Championship match on Sunday, March 1. A State title is on the line. It’s a classic matchup, a contrast in style of play and communities. How will this storyline end? #SouthBayAYSO#AllTheWay#Region712#Underdogs #Believe
AYSO South Bay’s U13G Matrix Elite team defeated rival Nado 2-1 in overtime on Sunday, February 22, 2015 to advance to the Final Four of the State Cup Presidents Division. The semis take place on Saturday, February 21 in San Bernardino.
“We’re very proud of the girls, who showed they are skillful as well as mentally tough,” said Anthony Millican, Matrix South Bay Coordinator. “They handle pressure well. The burden of expectations seems to fall more and more upon their opponents with each match.”
South Bay trailed Nado 1-0 at the half. The equalizer came in the second half, which seemed to swing the momentum to the Matrix Elite squad. South Bay scored in the first overtime period, and held on to secure the victory.
Coach Polo Aviles was complimentary of Nado, which plays just up the Silver Strand from South Bay’s home fields. “They made us earn it,” Aviles said. “We’ve played them before, so they knew our plays and style of play. This was a hard fought, well earned victory and hats off to Nado for a competitive match.”
The South Bay girls had knocked out another local rival, Rebels Blue of eastern Chula Vista, 1-0 on Saturday, February 21 to advance to the quarter-finals.
Aviles said his team is not satisfied just advancing. “This isn’t over yet. We’re happy to advance to the semis, but we believe in each other and believe the State Cup can be ours for the taking no matter how challenging these last steps are going to be,” he said.
Photo Caption: South Bay U13G Matrix Elite squad proudly represents their community–and AYSO—in the Cal South State Cup Presidents Division.
About Matrix South Bay FC
Matrix South Bay Futbol Club is dedicated to providing a quality player development program using the philosophies and programs of the American Youth Soccer Organization. Our goals are to provide youth players an environment that nurtures and develops their abilities in soccer within a competitive arena that matches their skill with basic values and character development off the pitch.
South Bay AYSO’s U13G Matrix Elite team defeated Rebels Blue 1-0 on Saturday, February 21 to advance to the Great 8. The South Bay girls take on Nado at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the SoCal Sports Complex in Oceanside. At stake in the quarterfinals is a trip to the Final Four of the prestigious State Cup President’s Division. Coach Polo Aviles and the girls (photo below) are proudly representing their community–and AYSO.
About Matrix South Bay FC
Matrix Futbol Club is dedicated to providing a quality player development program using the philosophies and programs of the American Youth Soccer Organization. Our goals are to provide youth players an environment that nurtures and develops their abilities in soccer within a competitive arena that matches their skill with basic values.
The U13G squad took another title this weekend, capturing the Attack Summer Classic. The Matrix Elite (Matrix South Bay Red) team rolled through bracket play the weekend of Aug. 16-17. The South Bay girls won the final 3-1 vs. Arsenal SD, winning their second title in as many tournaments this month alone. “The bracket matches served the purpose of letting us get comfortable with our new formation and new set plays,” Coach Polo Aviles said. “The final was another story, we faced the 1st place finisher of the other bracket and they made us earn the Championship.”
The girls appear to be peaking at the right time. Coach Aviles and Coach Gustavo Padilla are looking forward to the squad’s upcoming showcase weekend in the San Diego Development Academy. Congrats to the team, and keep up the hard work. The SDDA season is just around the corner.
Matrix South Bay U13G and U10G teams were up to the challenge, as each team took the championship title in their respective divisions in the United Summer Challenge on Aug. 2-3. The U13G rolled through bracket play in the highly competitive Black division of the tournament, held at locations throughout San Diego. The South Bay team defeated Poway Vaqueros 3-0 in the semis, and Encinitas Express 3-1 in the championship match. In four matches overall, the South Bay squad recorded 12 goals, with only two allowed. Coaches Polo Aviles and Gustavo Padilla are looking forward to this fall’s San Diego Development Academy Flight 2 season. The girls have defeated Flight 1 teams this summer, and will continue to practice hard in preparation for academy season.
In U10G, the girls coached by Manny Trujillo reached yet another final, and won this one in dominant fashion 5-2 over TVSA Hawks. This young squad continues to improve with each tournament. Congrats to each of our South Bay teams!
AYSO South Bay’s U9G team coached by Manny Trujillo captured the Crusaders Cup over the weekend of July 5-6. The girls took the championship match 2-1 vs. Crusaders. Coach Trujillo’s squad stormed through bracket play in the tournament’s Flight 3, not allowing a goal until the championship match. These talented young ladies are continuing to improve their touches on the ball, fundamentals and awareness of the game. It is the third recent trip to a tournament finals for this squad.
South Bay only entered five teams in the Memorial Super Cup. Yet three of those teams made the finals, and U12G Red academy won it all. For the U12G team, it was their second consecutive weekend at the winner’s podium. Coach Polo Aviles’ squad crushed the competition on the sand and on the pitch. Coach Polo says his team is looking forward to a step up in competition in the weeks ahead. Our other South Bay finalists included Coach Trujillo’s team in U9G, Coach Villanueva’s team in U12B and semi-finalists Coach Romo’s U10G team. It was a good showing by our club, and preview of success to come.
South Bay Matrix Director of Coaching Memo Medina will hold a free coaches clinic on Saturday, May 10 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Southwest High. The clinic will include a field session with South Bay’s Boys U17 squad from 8-9 a.m., and a classroom session from 9 a.m. to approximately 9:45. The session in free to assistant coaches and coaches in South Bay AYSO and Matrix.
Coach Medina has served as an instructor in coaching education for Cal South and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. This is a great opportunity for coaches to learn and improve their skills in working with our youth. Refreshments will be provided.
Come see the stars of tomorrow in a cross-border Futbol Friendly! The action starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22 in a game between the Southwest High Raiders Boys Varsity 2014 CIF Division II Champions vs. U17 Fuerzas Basicas Xoloitzcuincles de Caliente Club Tijuana. This is Xolos’ 2014 Baja California State Championship team.
The match is free to the community. Immediately following the match, Xolos will hold a skills clinic for South Bay AYSO boys and girls. U6 boys and girls are scheduled from 3 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. and U8/U10 boys and girls are scheduled from 4 p.m. to 4:55 p.m.
“This is a great opportunity for our soccer community to celebrate the tremendous success of Southwest High’s boys’ varsity team, as well as kick off our new partnership with Xolos USA in a dramatic fashion,” said Anthony Millican, Asst. Commissioner of South Bay AYSO. “We hope the whole community turns out to honor the boys, and be entertained by a high quality soccer match.”
South Bay AYSO is inviting students in Grades 4-6 to participate in a FREE soccer clinic. Help your child develop his/her soccer skills in a fun environment with players of similar ability. Register on-site day of event.
Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014
Location: Robert Egger, Sr., South Bay Recreation Center Park, 1885 Coronado Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92154. (Corner of Saturn Blvd. and Coronado Ave.)
Players and coaches from South Bay Matrix/South Bay AYSO filled a whole section of the stands at the recent SDSU Men’s Soccer match vs. Grand Canyon University. After the match, South Bay coaches were able to visit the team room to review match strategy, key points and tactics with SDSU Asst. Coach Matt Hall. The Coaching Education session was arranged by new Director of Coaching Memo Medina, a former SDSU Asst. Coach himself. The Aztecs handily defeated Grand Canyon 4-0. Coach Hall was gracious with his time, and we are all proud of the turnout by our South Bay families. It was a great evening for all.
Congratulations to the U14G Matrix South Bay team. The squad reached the finals of Nott’s Forest Labor Day Cup, losing a squeaker 3-2 in the championship match.
“The competition was great,” said Coach Luiz Loya. “We only lost one game and that was the final. Some of the teams we played against were AAA and/or Academy level. I’m really proud of the girls and looking forward to the season!”
Coach Loya has rebuilt the team over the years, and the girls who have been with the squad from the beginning are all about perseverance. They have worked hard, and now give opponents all they can handle. Coach Loya has them headed in the right direction. The team opens its Presidio League season at home on Sept. 7 vs. Matrix Santee.
The Matrix South Bay U16G team is preparing hard for the inaugural San Diego Development Academy league. The team is coached by Hector Romo and is an experienced squad with talented newcomers for the Fall 2013 season. The team has had some quality wins in summer tournaments, including victories and draws against teams with high GotSoccer national and state rankings. The South Bay team has one opening and welcomes players to come try out for the squad. Contact Coach Hector Romo at (619) 944-6118 for more information. See photos below courtesy of Rey Estrada or YouTube link to brief video of our footwork drills.
A South Bay Matrix team of combined U14 and U15 age players won the U16G division of the Rangers Thanksgiving Tournament last weekend. South Bay went undefeated in bracket play before winning the championship match vs. Nado’s U16 team in a dramatic penalty kick shootout 4-3. It was a 1-1 tie in regulation. South Bay’s Xanthie Ordonez hit the winning shot from the mark. It touched off an immediate celebration from a packed sideline. Supporters included players from the Lil Matrix U9g team, and parents and extended family, many of whom took the field to congratulate Ordonez, Goalkeeper Natalie Cassidy and teammates.
Ordonez, a midfielder, and Briana Gonzalez, a defender and mid, were key additions, having been called up for the tournament from the U14G South Bay Matrix. Coach Hector Romo’s U15G team was pleased to have the help and cap off its season with another tournament championship, the squad’s 12th tournament victory since U10 competition. During the march to the Rangers tournament championship, South Bay defeated teams from San Diego United, Albion, and Freedom. “We had a challenging Presidio season, so it was nice to end the calendar year on such a high note,” said Anthony Millican, team manager and assistant coach. “Full credit to Coach Romo for his dedicated training and faith in the girls. Our new players improved tremendously over the course of the season, and our veteran players showed they are still a force to be reckoned with. There was quite a bit to be proud of. We look forward to building upon this in the months ahead.”
South Bay had a balanced attack during the tournament, with goals coming from Jeny Tapia, Leslie Fonseca, Ordonez, Briana Romo, Berenice Portillo, and Andrea Mendez. In addition, Leah Delgado notched her first goal of the season–and that came during the tournament championship. Over the course of the season, the defense was anchored by Romo, Tapia, Gabriella Millican and especially Nicole Rea. Midfielder Nat ‘Jelly’ Morales created chances for her teammates throughout the year with stellar footwork. On the wings, Deavine Guijarro gave opposing teams fits. Angelica Lara was the most improved.
For now, a majority of Coach Romo’s players will be starring on varsity high school teams across the South County. Watch them shine! View video of penalty kick shootout here: http://youtu.be/94aepgBJkLc
Hours and hours of practice and hard work culminated November 17 with the conclusion of the Presidio League season for all olders and youngers teams. There were quite a few highlights for our league. But it all starts with our volunteer coaches and team managers. I want to thank each for their time and dedication to our youth this season. Of the 8 teams we had entered in the Presidio League, 2 went undefeated in AA-C, and another finished second in AAA–good enough to earn a Premiere seed. As a club, we finished with 19 more wins than losses. We have had several years in a row with more wins than losses. That speaks to the quality of AYSO teams in the competitive club environment of Presidio. We have accomplished all this at a fraction of the cost of other clubs.
I am especially proud of the fact that we went through the whole season with only 1 red card. Special congratulations go to Coach Hector Ordonez, whose U14G team went 8-3-3 in their first season in AAA, good enough for second place in their bracket and a Premiere seed. The Ordonez team showed you can build Premiere caliber teams with players right here in our own league. His team was ‘homegrown.’
South Bay AYSO Matrix teams are truly about player development. We don’t have to recruit or ‘steal’ players from the North County. We simply need to retain and develop the talent right here in our own backyard. This is a contrast to clubs that talk about player development, but what they really mean is they do not have talent in their own neighborhoods and so must recruit from South Bay.
Our ‘Outstanding Matrix Volunteer’ is Coach Santiago Villanueva. Every week of the season, Santiago and his family striped the fields for our program at Nestor Park and Southwest High. They would have done Mar Vista Middle, too, if it were not for flag football on Fridays. As the high school soccer season approaches, our older divisions are seeing player after player make Varsity Womens’ soccer teams, which is a credit to their development under Coaches Romo, Villanueva and Ordonez.
Finally, let me express my gratitude to Coach Diego Terry and Coach Marco Meza, who worked with training our teams and coaches and have made a huge impact on our program. We look forward to adding 2-3 more teams to our Matrix program next season. Our focus is on quality growth. For now, have a great Thanksgiving and good luck to our teams that are competing in the Presidio Cup this December!
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Another South Bay Matrix FC Team Wins a Beach Soccer Championship
The South Bay Matrix FC U10G team coached by Hector Gonzalez won its age group in the Beach Soccer Championships held May 5-6 in Oceanside. South Bay defeated a Surf U10G team 6-2 in the championship match.
South Bay teams have a strong record in beach soccer. In addition to the U10G success, the South Bay U13G team coached by Hector Ordonez made the semi-finals in its age group in the Oceanside tournament, only a week after capturing the Beach Soccer Jam tournament at Fiesta Island.
For the Oceanside tournament, each South Bay team was entered into the highly competitive ‘Sun’ bracket. The South Bay teams trained on the sand in Imperial Beach to prepare for the Oceanside tournament. The girls’ hard work paid off in dominant performances in the Sun brackets’ opening rounds. The U13G team (photo at right) scored an incredible 24 goals in its first three matches, including a convincing 7-2 victory over rival Kodiak. The Ordonez team narrowly lost in the semis, losing 4-3.
The U10G team recorded 16 goals in its first two matches, before smashing Surf in the championship match. For the U10G team (feature photo), it was a second title in three years in this tournament. And defeating a team from Surf, with its cadre of professional coaches and trainers, is another feather in the cap of all-volunteer AYSO, and South Bay soccer specifically. Way to go!
The South Bay Matrix girls are transitioning from U10 and are a dynamic, well conditioned team with an exceptionally skilled coach and support staff. Additionally, the girls have a tradition of strong tournament finishes and always have a positive outlook on good sportsmanship. Since the team formed in 2009 as an AYSO all-star team and now entering its second season as a Matrix team, the girls have captured 3 championships and 1 indoor title as well. The photo was taken this fall 2011 and the coach has since recruited 2 additional players. For information about tryouts for the competitive 2012 season or to practice with the team, contact Coach Hector Gonzalez at (619) 548-6118 or Team Manager Luisa Dasis at (619) 322-1228
The team consists of a highly athletic, competitive and skillful group of players that is transitioning to U15G for the fall 2012 season. This group of girls also has a tradition of strong tournament finishes. Since its initial formation as an AYSO all-star team and now as a seasoned Matrix team, the girls have captured a remarkable 11 championships and one indoor title as well. Highlights include last May’s Cerritos Cup, where the squad took home a victory over a nationally ranked Arsenal team in a match played at Long Beach State University. Most recently, the team was crowned Co-Champions of the Memorial Super Cup.
For information about tryouts or to practice with the team, contact Coach Hector Romo at (619) 606-3884.
2012 Memorial Super Cup (San Diego) Co-Champions
2011 U14G AAA division
2011 San Diego Open, Champions, while playing up in U15G
2011 Cerritos Cup 1-1-1 national caliber-tournament, including win over Arsenal
2011 State Cup 1-1-1 in President’s Division
2010 Presidio Cup Finalist in U13G AA-A. 1-0 loss in championship match.
2010 Las Vegas Turkey Trot U13G semi-finalist
2010 Encinitas Rotary Cup Champions U13G (defeated FC Heat Black)
2010 Copa Del Mar Champions U13G (defeated Carlsbad Lightning White). Second consecutive Copa Del Mar championship.
2010 semi-finalist U.S. Futsal Federation National Tournament (Long Beach)
2010 Goya Cup Pumas Memorial Day Champions in U13/U14G bracket.
2009 Copa Del Mar Champions U12G. Did not allow a goal in the tournament. Defeated Surf 1-0 in the championship.
2009 Rangers Memorial Day Cup Champions U12G. 4-1 record. Four straight shutouts to close out the tournament.
2009 Semi-finalist in Carlsbad Cup. U12G 3-1 record in Silver division.
2009 Beach Soccer Mission Bay U12G semi-finalists.
2008-09 Presidio League AA-B South Champions: 13-1 record.
Last season in U12B AAA, Matrix Coach Jesus Jimenez’ team contended for first place much of the season before a slight dip in the second half. The boys also had a strong summer. They won the San Diego Open (photo), crushing opponents in bracket play, and then won the championship 6-1. For information about joining the team, contact Coach Jesus at (619) 246-6155 or email@example.com or contact Team Manager Daniel Hernandez firstname.lastname@example.org 619-549-7771. Join today!