A shout out to South Bay AYSO Commissioner Marco Beltran, who also coaches the Southwest High Girls Varsity team. SOH is loaded with South Bay Matrix/South Bay AYSO players. The squad reached the finals of the Barons Tournament, losing a heartbreaker to Our Lady of Peace 3-2 after the fourth OT and with just seconds to go until a penalty shootout. The team captains for Coach Marco’s squad include Kimberly Avalos, left in photo, who played U19G South Bay recreational, and Juliana Campos, right, who played on the U19G SB Matrix team this fall. So much for the theory that you have to play on a high-priced club soccer team to make a high school team, much less captain the squad. SOH upended El Capitan High in the semis, and came back from two goals down in the final to send the match to overtime. OLP notched the game-winner on a corner kick right before time expired. The semis and final were played on December 14.
This year’s Southwest High team had an infusion of talented freshmen from the U15G Matrix team coached by Hector Ordonez.
Look for future updates about South Bay Matrix players who are now starring on Varsity squads across the South County, from Mar Vista High in Imperial Beach to Otay Ranch and Olympian high schools in eastern Chula Vista. Mar Vista High in particular boasts a high number of Matrix U19G players (Coach Santiago Villanueva).
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