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Matrix Players Shine at National Guard Soccer Clinic

Matrix South Bay and Matrix Bonita players trained with UC Irvine Women’s soccer star Zoya Farzaneh (in photo, center) at a National Guard Soccer Clinic organized by the San Diego Development Academy. The March 15 clinic was located in Carlsbad, and eight Matrix players made the nearly hour long drive to attend. In addition to NationalGuard-clinic1an excellent training session, the girls learned about what it takes to be a college athlete, and the resources available to help them reach college and career goals. They called it a great experience, and those who were in Coach Zoya’s group praised her skill.

Matrix South Bay will host a National Guard Soccer clinic here in the South County on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Details to come.

Southwest High Boys Varsity CIF Champions vs. Xolos’ U17 Champions

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.”

For more information, click here.

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FREE Soccer Clinic is Scheduled for 3/8

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.AYSO Free Clinic-2014-SBUSD

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.)

For more info, click on the flier at right or visit us on the web at www.ayso712sb.org or www.facebook.com/ayso712

Upcoming Events: Save The Date!

Matrix South Bay upcoming events:

  • Tuesday, February 11 – Club Fundraiser at Boll Weevil’s on Saturn Blvd. from 5 to 9pmBollWeevil-web1
  • Wednesday, February 19 – Coaches Meeting at SOH room 708 from 6.30 to 7.30pm
  • Monday, February 24 – 2nd Registration Night for Younger teams (U10-U14) at SOH cafeteria from 6 to 8pm
  • Wednesday, March 5 – Managers Meeting at SOH room 708 at 6.30pm
  • Tuesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 20  – Older Tryouts U15-U19) at SOH Stadium Field from 6.30 to 7.45pm
  • Wednesday, March 19  – Coaches Meeting at SOH room 708 6.30 to 7.30pm
  • Monday, March 31 – Registration Night for Older teams (U15-U19) as well as remaining balance of Younger teams due at SOH cafeteria from 6 to 8pm

Fut-Boll Fundraiser, Thanks to Boll Weevil

Who loves a good burger? You do, and it tastes even better for a good cause.

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Time: 5PM – 9PM

Where: Boll Weevil 695 Saturn Blvd. San Diego, 92154

(Near Von’s Shopping Center)

Enjoy a great Steerburger or any other great menu items and just mention to your SERVER that you are supporting the SB Matrix FCBollWeevil-web1

SOH Varsity Has a Matrix Flavor, Reaches Tourney Finals

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 SOH-AYSO finalistsMarco’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).

December Schedule of Events

Following are events that have been scheduled for the month of December 2013:
  • GK Clinics on the first three Mondays (Dec. 2, 9, and 16) of the month from 6-7pm at SB Recreation Center Park. The clinics will be conducted by Coach Memo Medina. Please invite all GK’s or aspiring GK’s to attend. They must bring their gloves and ball.
  • Managers Meeting on Wednesday, December 4 at 6.30pm at SOH in room 708. Please send your manager or a potential manager. We will discuss roles and responsibilities of managers, as well as fundraising events.
  • Coaches Meeting at Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, 285 Palm Ave., Imperial Beach, on Wednesday, December 18 at 6.30pm. All coaches are expected to attend.
Please contact Guillermo Medina, Director of Coaching, @ sbmfcdoc@gmail.com for more information.

Matrix South Bay Posts Best Season Yet!

Dear Coaches, Team Managers, Players and Parents:

I am proud to note that Matrix South Bay FC completed its most successful season ever, with 40 more wins than losses among our teams in the Presidio League. Three of our seven teams won first place, and another won second place. The amazing level of play from our teams is evident in our collective record of 60 wins, 20 losses, and 10 ties. We were a small club in terms of teams, but mighty in our level of play. In addition, for the first time I can remember, our teams in the Presidio League did not receive a single player or coach red card. That is outstanding.

In the new San Diego Development Academy, our two girls older teams took some lumps, literally, with a number of injuries. But I am proud to say that each team fought hard to the last minute of their respective last matches. The teams each entered the season in a rebuilding mode, and will clearly be stronger in the coming year.

Congratulations go out to our U12G Red and U12G White teams. Both finished in first place. For the U12G Red team, coached by Hector Gonzalez and assisted by Polo Aviles, it is their second consecutive first place finish in Presidio competition.  They went undefeated in compiling an 11-0-2 record. For the U12G White, coached by Joel Garcia, this is a great success story. Coach Joel and Asst. Coach Ivan Martinez began training the team last winter under a lamp post at the South Bay Recreation Center Park with just a handful of players. With the great assistance of trainer Marco Meza, this team gradually attracted players from across the area.  They finished 10-1-1. Let me say it again. Congratulations to the U12G White and U12G Red teams. Equally awesome! Presidio League Champions.

Our U19G AAA Matrix team also finished first, posting an 11-1 record. This, too, is a tremendous success story. The team rebuilt itself into Presidio League Champions from one season to the next. Credit goes to Coach Santiago Villanueva, who juggled two Matrix teams throughout the season. Our U19G team is our oldest team, and many of the players started in South Bay AYSO when they were 4-5 years old. We are very proud to see how so many have grown into varsity high school players, and with such great success in Matrix as well. Way to go, ladies!

Our South Bay U14G Matrix team took second place this season, completing one of the most remarkable turnarounds we have seen in a while. A huge ‘Thank You’ to Coach Luiz Loya, whose exceptional skill and ability with youth was noted by many. Awesome!

South Bay Matrix U11B and U12B teams each took third place in their respective divisions. Our U11B team coached by Luis Sanchez was the highest scoring team in our club, and likely in their bracket in AA-B. Coach Santiago’s U12B team compiled a 6-2-4 record in its first season in AA-A. ‘Well done’ to each boys team!U11B

A special thanks goes out to our longtime trainer and director Diego Terry, whose assistance was invaluable in establishing a strong foundation for our club within the spirit and guidelines of AYSO. Coach Diego’s knowledge of the game, and skill in working with youth is applauded, and appreciated. It was because of Coach Diego that we first established a winning tradition. He will be missed, and we wish him well in his new endeavors. More recently, trainer Marco Meza began assisting our teams, and we appreciate his work too in demanding proper technique and skill development. We thank Mr. Meza, too, for his work with our teams.

We are undergoing significant changes as we close 2013 and look forward to 2014. Matrix South Bay is excited to announce Guillermo “Memo” Medina as our new Director of Coaching for the 2014 season. Coach Memo brings 20 years of coaching experience, from assisting at the Southwestern College and San Diego State University Men’s teams to serving as an instructor for Cal South and NSCAA in coaching education. He holds a USSF ‘B’ license, NSCAA Premier diploma, MS in Physical Education, and is currently the Athletic Director at Southwest High School. It is no accident that the Men’s Varsity at Southwest High has made the CIF playoffs eight years in a row, including several Finals appearances. We welcome Coach Memo to Matrix South Bay/AYSO 712.

Be on the lookout for January 28 and January 30 tryout information (younger divisions) for next season’s teams!


Anthony Millican

Coordinator/Operations Director, Matrix South Bay

Asst. Commissioner, South Bay AYSO

South Bay Night at SDSU

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.

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U14G Matrix Reach Finals of Forest Cup

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.U14GLoyateam