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South Bay’s Friday player development clinics will resume on April 7, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Southwest Middle School. Our series of clinics are led by Director of Coaching Polo Aviles, Training Staff members Hector Romo, Santiago Villanueva, & Rene Venegas. The series of clinics are staffed by our highly certified coaches with age-appropriate curriculum designed to maximize player development goals. Each session is approximately 60 minutes. Additional clinics are scheduled for the months of May – Aug. Take advantage of this great opportunity for your child to have fun while improving his/her skills. For additional information, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Matrix Elite Coach Hector Romo for completion of the Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma Level 2 course. The course took place the weekend of May 14-15. Among other topics, Coach Romo learned about developing cognitive thinking in players, fostering individual and small group skills needed for a successful BOX / TRAP team, The Growth Mindset and pursuit of excellence through study and hard work that all Coerver students (and South Bay players, for that matter) should have. Coach Romo (photo, at right, with AYSO Pacific Soccer Club Director of Coaching Grant Heywood) is South Bay Matrix Director of Coaching, Girls Program. He is also head coach of South Bay’s Matrix Elite 2003 girls team. The team will compete this fall in the San Diego Development Academy.
Coaches, assistant coaches and those interested in development of individual and small group skills are invited to attend a Coerver Skills Training on Saturday, March 5 hosted by Matrix South Bay. The training takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South County Boys and Girls Club field in Imperial Beach. The artificial turf field is located at 847 Encina Ave., Imperial Beach, Ca. A $5 donation per coach is requested for refreshments, and a t-shirt for all participants. In addition to Matrix coaching staff, all AYSO recreational coaches are welcome to attend. Please RSVP at email@example.com
New flags adorn the entrance to our field at Southwest Middle School, including the school’s ‘Buccaneer’ logo. AYSO has provided the school a flag, which is flying alongside the flags of AYSO Region 712 and South Bay Matrix. A special thanks goes out to volunteers Ernie Ruiz and Santiago Villanueva for installing the flag poles and making repairs to help the fields as well. We are sure our parents and players will enjoy seeing the flags fly high!
Dear Matrix South Bay Families:
We want to inform you that the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) has announced new standardized initiatives designed to enhance the development of soccer players in our country by implementing: 1) Player age divisions aligned to calendar birth year rather than fiscal year; and 2) Smaller sided games for divisions U6-U12. The smaller side games initiative will result in smaller roster sizes and fewer players on the field. These two initiatives could have significant implications for players, teams, and clubs.
For additional detailed information on these initiatives and USYS announcements please visit:
The Calendar Year initiative will group players into age divisions according to their calendar birth year January 1st thru December 31st in contrast to the current school year age divisions of birth dates between August 1st to July 31st.
Cal South has formally adopted the Calendar Year initiative. All National level gaming will be conducted using Calendar Year age divisions. State associations and gaming leagues have no choice but to adopt if they wish to compete at the National level. As a result, clubs including Matrix South Bay must plan to implement Calendar Year age divisions for the upcoming 2016-17 season.
A smooth transition will require effective planning and coordination by our club, coaches and managers. We have already begun a team by team review of the impact of the new age divisions.
In regard to the second initiative, Small Sided Games appears to be on the same 2016 timeline as the Calendar Year initiative. At a recent Cal South member meeting, coaching directors voted to adopt/implement all the changes in 2016. In other words, to do it all at once instead of spacing out the initiatives over two years. (Cal South has not yet formally announced adopting small sided games for 2016, but it appears likely.)
Being AYSO families perhaps you are already familiar with smaller sided games. AYSO adopted 7v7 in U10 and 9v9 in U12 several years ago. If you have seen these games in our South Bay AYSO, you know it results in a fast-paced match, with more touches on the ball per player. Our recreational teams are already used to this style of play, maybe that is why our team so easily transition to Presidio.
There is talk that Presidio most likely will grandfather current U11-U12 teams, re number of players on the field. This would be done in order to prevent current U11-U12 teams that are playing 11v11 from moving down to 9v9 next year in 2016.
Shortly, we will be announcing training, starting in December, where we will focus on calendar year age groups to identify potential teams, and fill in our returning teams with age appropriate players. We are confident we will successfully implement the new initiatives, and continue producing high-level soccer.
Anthony Millican, Coordinator
Memo Medina, Director of Coaching
Fresh off a dominant performance in its most recent summer tournament, the U12G Matrix South Bay team is looking forward to the start of Presidio League play in September. Coach Hector Romo has his squad mixing impressive footwork and fundamentals with the tactical know-how necessary for player growth and development. The girls went undefeated in bracket play in the Riptide Summer Classic on the weekend of August 15-16. In the tournament final, the South Bay squad defeated San Diego SC 4-1 to take home the hardware. Congratulations to the players and coaches!
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From start to finish, the U13G South Bay Matrix Elite team put together the greatest competitive soccer season in the history of South Bay AYSO. The ‘Dream Season’ of 2014-15 finally came to an end for our U13G team at the US Youth Soccer Regionals. Our girls dropped a tough one to Idaho Rush Premiere, 3-2, on Friday, June 12 in the state of Washington.
We are proud of this team. It earned a host of tournament finals and championships last summer, including the defeat of last year’s Nevada State Cup champion on Labor Day Weekend. The team followed that up with a first place finish in the San Diego Development Academy, and had a great run in making the finals of the State Cup in Cal South. Team officials were understandably disappointed at not advancing to the knockout round of the US Youth Soccer Region IV President’s Cup this week. Their bracket included FC Warriors Blue, which was again the Nevada state represenative, CalNorth Manteca Rangers, and Idaho Rush Premiere. The 4-0 victory over Manteca was the highlight. The overall experience had to have been incredible for the players, parents and coaches. While there is disappointment in today’s loss, there is also great hope for the future of this hard-working group of young ladies. Way to go South Bay!
It was under 14 minutes in the championship match of the Memorial Super Cup between Matrix Elite U17G and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Blackhawks. Matrix was down 3-2 when Coach Hector Romo moved his daughter Briana from center back to forward. The move paid off as Brianna drilled home the tying goal. With minutes left in the match, winger Jeny Tapia maneuvered her way down the left flank and curled in a shot that dropped just inside the far post, sealing a dramatic 4-3 victory for our U17G team in the Memorial Super Cup on May 24. It was an emotional win for Coach Romo, in his last match with the team that he has guided as coach or assistant coach since the girls were U10. South Bay Matrix is so often about family, and that was never more evident than in this last match for several players who are soon graduating high school and moving off to college or military careers. It could not have been scripted better with Brianna scoring the tying goal and Jeny the game winner in their last match together with Coach Romo, who will continue coaching his U12G team next season. Matrix South Bay Director of Coaching Memo Medina will take the reigns of this talented group of ladies as the team reloads for next year as U19G Matrix Elite. For now, however, parents and players relished the victory in a tough, physical match that saw yellow cards earned by both squads. Parents and players thanked coaches Hector Romo and Ronaldo Tapia (their first Matrix coach and Jeny’s father) for their dedication and support. Credit was given to Blackhawks soccer as a good, athletic side and quality competition.
Matrix South Bay congratulates each of our U17G graduating seniors Jeny Tapia, Nicole Rea, Bri Romo, Jazmine Garcia, and Alex Valenzuela. Going out as champions!
Our GU13 Matrix Elite Academy team is this year’s 2015 CalSouth President State Cup Finalist. These talented young ladies now move on to compete in the US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup Championship Tournament, which takes place June 9-14 in Seattle, Washington.
We believe this is the first time in AYSO history that a team from the competitive program has reached Regional play. In fact, it’s been several years since a San Diego County team reaches the Regionals.
The event will feature Boys and Girls teams in the Under-13 through Under-17 age groups who will compete for a regional championship and a spot at the 2015 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, July 9-12 in Overland Park, Kan. Please help sponsor our girls get to Washington. Click on the following link:
to learn how you can make a donation or sponsor the team.
South Bay Matrix teams will be sporting a new uniform style for the 2015 season. Our teams’ adidas jerseys will display the Fox Sports 1 logo prominently out front, as well as our region specific shield/logo. All new Matrix South Bay and Matrix Elite (Academy) level teams will wear the new style. Returning teams with existing jerseys will be able to retain the prior style for one more season. In addition, Matrix or Matrix Elite will adorn the front of the jerseys. The additions to the front of the jerseys will help build brand recognition for Matrix, South Bay AYSO, and Fox Sports 1. The traditional AYSO logo will adorn the left sleeve.
Matrix is the competitive soccer arm of South Bay AYSO. Our teams play in either the Presidio League or the San Diego Development Academy. Teams are issued home and away jerseys. The new design looks good, and will enhance pride in our traditional maroon South Bay AYSO league color, and look sharp in the white alternate jersey as well. Special thanks go out to Uniform Coordinator Santiago Villanueva for working with AYSO National to secure approval for our new style.
Parents, Community Members and Players: Come out and support our league as South Bay Matrix holds a fundraiser on Monday, April 27 at Boll Weevil on Saturn Blvd., just off Palm Avenue. The fundraiser will take place from 5pm-9pm and 20% of the proceeds will go towards coach gear and equipment. The more family and friends who come out, the more funds get pumped right back into our program in the form of coaching apparel and equipment. Equipment such as team sets of practice balls or training goals will help ensure our players get the maximum experience from training sessions. Help us make this event a success!
Kick off the tournament season with the San Diego Super Cup on Memorial Day Weekend. This tournament hosts teams from Silver and Bronze levels. This Cal-South sanctioned tournament is held on Saturday and Sunday May 23-24, 2015. Click here for more info.
Torrance, Calif. (March 11, 2015) —The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) and FOX Sports today announced a jersey sponsorship as part of the five-year partnership between the two organizations. Starting this spring, it’s expected that 500,000 AYSO players will wear the new official AYSO-FOX Sports 1 jersey. FOX Sports 1 is prominently displayed on the right chest of all AYSO jerseys. The AYSO logo has been displayed on the left chest of all AYSO jerseys for 50 years. The announcement and jersey were unveiled on-air during FOX Sports 1’s coverage of the U.S. Women’s National Team Algarve Cup Final by FOX Sports analyst and AYSO alumni Alexi Lalas and AYSO National Executive Director Ian McMahon. To view full announcement or for additional information, click here.
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.
What a 2014 for our Matrix South Bay U13B AAA team. The squad finished the fall Presidio League with 7 wins, 2 losses, and 3 ties, good enough to capture third place in their division. The boys also reached the finals of the Presidio Cup in early December. Now, Coach Santiago Villanueva’s squad is preparing for State Cup in the highly competitive President’s Division. It is fast, fit, and skillful squad. Thank you, coaches, for the time and effort invested throughout the 2014 year in support of the boys! We look forward to another great season in 2015.
In the biggest summer tournament victory in our club program’s history, South Bay AYSO’s Under-13 Girls Matrix team won the Las Vegas Labor Day Classic by defeating the reigning Nevada State champions in the final 4-3. The South Bay girls stormed through bracket play to set up the championship showdown with FC Warriors (Las Vegas), which is ranked #21 in the Southwestern U.S. by GotSoccer. Coach Polo Aviles’ South Bay squad, known as Matrix Elite, has a high flying attack. Including the final, the girls scored 18 goals in four matches. The girls appear to be peaking at the right time, fresh off consecutive victories in the recent San Diego Development Academy (SDDA) College Showcase. The team starts play on Sept. 6 in the SDDA’s Flight 2, as Matrix South Bay U13G Red. By any name, these girls are playing really well!
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.
Southwest High School was the place to be on Thursday evening for a free futbol clinic, thanks to a partnership involving AYSO Matrix South Bay, SoccerNation and the Army National Guard. The session was part of the National Guard’s Grassroots Soccer (GRS) program. The program was created to inform and educate high school-aged soccer players, their parents, club coaches, and high school and college coaches about how joining the Guard can assist youth with reaching their educational goals.
Matrix South Bay Director of Coaching Guillermo “Memo” Medina helped coordinate the session, and was supported by Matrix (San Diego) Director of Coaching Mike Hovenic. Both Hovenic and Medina hold USSF B Licenses. Instructors included Marco Beltran, who is SOH Women’s Varsity Coach, and Matrix South Bay Coaches Hector Romo and Santiago Villanueva.
The National Guard’s game plan is to open the doors of possibilities for today’s youth soccer players. Interested in helping the scholar athletes, the National Guard is sponsoring the free clinics as well as providing a meal and T shirts for all the players. The clinics have been well received by players and parents alike. With the sound of an occasional Navy helicopter overhead, Southwest High seemed to be the perfect place to host. The South Bay is home to one of the highest concentrations of military-connected families in San Diego County.
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.”
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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.
Location: Robert Egger, Sr., South Bay Recreation Center Park, 1885 Coronado Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92154. (Corner of Saturn Blvd. and Coronado Ave.)
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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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The South Bay Matrix FC U10G team coached by Hector Gonzalez won its age group in the held May 5-6 in ChampionshipsOceanside. 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
2011 U10G AA-b division, top 6
2011 Oceanside Beach Soccer, Champions U10G
2011 FC Sol Invitational, Champions
2010 AYSO U10G, Champions
2010 La Mesa Indoor Soccer, Champions
2010 Oceanside Beach Soccer, Semi Finalists U10
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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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Team Manager Daniel Hernandez email@example.com 619-549-7771. Join today!
We still have an opening for players born in 2004 for our Boys Matrix team. Contact Coach Joshua Guzman about attending a practice and possibly joining the B2004 Matrix South Bay squad. The team is coming from a back to back Presidio League Championship run in their division. Find out more by contacting the team.
2004 Boys Matrix (Back to Back Champions 2016 & 2015 1st Place Presidio League):
It’s that time of year where we reflect on the last 12 months and build and plan for an even better 2016. As a club, it was an amazing 2015 for our Matrix South Bay and Matrix Elite teams. Our first place teams in 2015 include U14G, U12G and U12B. Our U11B team won the 2015 Presidio Cup (in photo). In addition, our U9G team finished in second place, just one point out of first. Think about this for a moment: five of our nine teams in competitive soccer took home a first or second place award. Volunteers make a difference. We’ve proven that over and over. To each of our coaches, we express a debt of gratitude and a shout out, “Well done!”
Our additional 2015 highlights include:
There is a lot to be proud of, and a lot of exciting soccer ahead of us. Our South Bay AYSO recreational program is as strong as ever, and will continue to feed top talent and coaches into our competitive Matrix soccer side of the house. Our motto for the new year is adapted from the teachings of the great John Wooden: Full Preparation + Full Effort. Here is to unlocking each player’s full potential in 2016, each child’s potential. We look forward to another year of outstanding player and coach growth and development!