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.
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
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 FC
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).
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, @ firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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.
We are often asked, ‘What is Matrix?’ Well, we could tell you. For example, we could note that: “Matrix is designed to provide a more challenging level of play for those players who possess the appropriate interest, skills and abilities and to enhance each player’s experience and individual growth through the game of soccer while retaining the spirit and organization of AYSO.”
But we thought it would be much more fun to show you. So please take a moment to view the following video clip by simply clicking here or cutting and pasting this link into your web browser:
Guess who makes a guest appearance? Hint: He wears a funny hat on Saturdays.
The prospect of a free t-shirt, soccer ball and a hamburger only added to the experience of soccer enthusiasts, as the city of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department hosted a Soccer Expo on Saturday, May 11 with the help of South Bay AYSO/South Bay Matrix. It was quite a day of activities as the soccer skills clinic attracted well over 100 participants. The recreation center also hosted a community yard sale, and South Bay Matrix teams held an inaugural Jog-a-thon at the park. That made for a jam-packed, fun-filled morning. South Bay AYSO’s U5 Jamboree division showed up in force.
Special thanks go out to Luisa Dasis for coordinating the Matrix Jog-a-thon and our concession booths. Volunteer coaches from Matrix for the skills clinic included Diego Terry, Hector Romo, Rogelio Lopez, Santiago Villanueva, Polo Aviles, and several Matrix high school-age players who dedicated their community service hours to helping the younger players.
Thank you to all our participants and volunteers.
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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