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!
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.
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 an 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.
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.