South Bay’s G2002 team fell 1-0 to Las Vegas on Sunday in the championship match of U.S. Youth Soccer’s Far West Presidents Cup. But the South Bay girls won anyway. They won our hearts. And on the way to playing its sixth match in as many days in Salt Lake City, Utah, the team struck a blow for AYSO competitive teams everywhere. Coach Polo Aviles and his 16U squad are believed to be the first AYSO-affiliated team to advance so deeply into regionals. The girls showed “Dad Coaches” are winners indeed. They do it for love of the game, not a paycheck. On Father’s Day, what more beautiful message is that? Congratulations, Coach Polo and South Bay girls. You made us proud. #MadeInTheSouthBay, and @CalSouthSoccer reigning 16U State Cup Champions. @AYSO_Soccer @sdutzeigler
The road to the Far West Regionals in Salt Lake City is a path the South Bay G2002 team has traveled before. This is the second time this squad has made it to the Regionals, having attended as a wildcard a couple years ago. This time, the South Bay girls are entering play as the reigning CalSouth State Cup Presidents Division Champions. Coach Polo Aviles said his team knows full well the path will not be easy, and preparations began almost as soon as State Cup ended.
“We finished first out of 71 teams in State Cup, but it wasn’t an easy road to the final,” Aviles said. “We had to face some very competitive teams and almost found ourselves out of the competition in the round of 16 match vs. Apple Valley Storm. In that match, we had to come from behind to tie, and play two overtime halfs before winning it in kicks from the mark.”
With such State Cup experiences as well as challenging Coast Soccer League schedule the last two seasons, Aviles said his team is more battle tested than ever. The 2018 Regionals in Salt Lake City start on June 12. As part of the team’s preparations, the South Bay G02 team entered the Albion Las Vegas Memorial Cup tournament for the long weekend. The South Bay girls reached the tournament finals, before falling to Players SC and taking home a runner-up medal.
“I want my team to be more detached from the wins and losses and be more focused on doing the little things well,” Aviles said. “When you focus on getting the win, it can suffocate you, especially during State Cup and now Regionals, when the pressure gets thick. It is not what the coach knows; it is what his players have learned that will get you deep into State Cup or Regionals.”
South Bay will play under the new “AYSO United” brand, thanks to AYSO sister clubs in South Orange County. AYSO United is AYSO’s official club program, where players enjoy a more advanced play, participate in intense competition and receive cutting-edge training while still enjoying the benefits of AYSO and its Six Philosophies. AYSO United absorbed AYSO Pacific Soccer Club, where South Bay played under their umbrella to provide the team a greater challenge than San Diego County could provide.
The team’s “home region” is Region 712—South Bay AYSO/South Bay Matrix, the Region where most of the team hails from. New players have been skillfully integrated and welcomed over the years. “I have learned over the years how to hold a team together. How to lift some up, how to calm others down, until finally they’ve got one heartbeat, together, a team and that’s what South Bay soccer is all about. It’s our recipe for success,” said Aviles, who also happens to be South Bay Matrix Director of Coaching.
The G2002 team is actively fundraising for assistance in travel costs associated with the Far West Regionals. To help the team with a donation, please contact Luisa Dasis at email@example.com .
South Bay Matrix competitive soccer teams put on an impressive show over the holiday weekend, with six teams making the finals of Memorial Day tournaments. As of press time, at least two champions were crowned. Overall, the following South Bay teams made finals: B2007 (Memorial Day Super Cup Champions), G2004 (Memorial Day Super Cup Champions), B2005 (Memorial Day Super Cup Finalist), G2006 (Poway Country Shootout Finalist), B2009 (Memorial Day Super Cup Finalist), G2002 (Albion Las Vegas Memorial Cup Finalist). South Bay Matrix is the competitive soccer arm of South Bay AYSO. “We only have eight teams overall, and to have six of them make tournament finals in one weekend is an impressive accomplishment,” said Anthony Millican, South Bay Matrix Coordinator.
South Bay teams have a noticeable style of play, blending skillful soccer with tactical awareness. An example is B2007, which is coached by father and son combination Jose Govea and Jose Antonio Govea, respectively. The younger Govea was a South Bay AYSO standout in his youth, and is passing on his soccer knowledge to a new generation of South Bay players. The B2007 won their tournament final 3-2 vs. GPS SD, with a “golden goal” in the waning minutes of sudden death overtime.
South Bay’s G2004 and B2009 teams are coached by Hector Romo, whose girls cruised to a 4-1 victory over Santee Matrix and whose boys lost a nail-biter in overtime on a golden goal.
South Bay’s G2002 team is building momentum for its second appearance in the Far West Regional Championships in three years. The reigning CalSouth State Cup Presidents Division Champions start play the Regionals in Salt Lake City starting on June 12. As part of its preparations, the team entered the Albion Las Vegas Memorial Cup tournament for the long weekend. The South Bay girls reached finals, which were to be played at 12:30 p.m. Monday, and the results were not known at press time.
“The G2002 team is so dominant, we needed to place them in the Coast Soccer League the last two seasons, which is the gaming circuit north of San Diego County,” Millican said. “Their games are in Orange County, and the Inland Empire because there was no competition left for them in San Diego County.”
Nearly all of South Bay’s G2002 squad consists of “home grown” players developed in South Bay AYSO Region 712, from South San Diego and Imperial Beach. Coach Polo Aviles himself is a Mar Vista High alumnus. Winning the State Cup was an incredible accomplish, a first for South Bay Matrix.
The South Bay girls are pioneering in another sense as well. They will play under the new “AYSO United” brand, in South Orange County. AYSO United is AYSO’s official club program, where players are selected through a tryout. Once selected, players are guaranteed 50 percent of playing time. Players will also enjoy a more advanced play, participate in intense competition and receive cutting-edge training while still enjoying the benefits of AYSO and its Six Philosophies.
The G2002 team is actively fundraising for assistance in travel costs associated with the Far West Regionals. To help the team with a donation, please contact Luisa Dasis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Four South Bay Matrix FC soccer teams reached the finals of the Memorial Weekend Super Cup Tournament, and all four won championships.
South Bay’s Boys 2002, Girls 2002, Boys 2004 and Girls 2004 teams each won their respective brackets in impressive fashion. “To go four for four is amazing, and really shows the quality of our program,” said Anthony Millican, South Bay’s Executive Director.
A fifth South Bay team, Boys 2005, reached the semi-finals and lost in kicks from the mark (PKs). The sixth South Bay team entered in the tournament, Boys 2007, made a quality showing in its first competitive club soccer tournament.
“We’re really proud of all the teams,” Millican said.
The Girls 2002 team played up in age in the G2001 division. The South Bay girls won the final 3-0 vs. Tactical FC of Las Vegas. The Boys 2002 team won its final 2-1 vs. a CVFC team. The Boys 2004 team won its final 4-1 vs. Hotspurs Academy. And the Girls 2004 team won its final with a similar 4-1 score vs. Matrix Santee.
“We have something special growing here in South Bay,” Coach Santiago Villanueva said. “Our grassroots efforts will only continue to grow and attract more people as we develop players the proper way. I am glad to be part of this special movement.”
The tournament marked the transition to South Bay Matrix Football Club’s new branding and new color scheme logo. The previous burgundy color scheme will continue to form part of our AYSO Region 712 programs. South Bay Matrix is the competitive soccer arm of South Bay AYSO, which is based in the Imperial Beach, South San Diego and San Ysidro communities. The new Blue and Teal colors are similar to partner club, Pacific Soccer Club, which is the AYSO competitive soccer program in Orange and LA counties. The words “South Bay” are across the chest, front and center of the new uniforms.
“In selecting a new color scheme and rebranding, we wanted the primary focus to be on South Bay,” said Director of Coaching Polo Aviles. “We really wanted to embrace our community orientation and make it a focal point. That has always been our strength. We wanted to give our competitive club members and fans something that readily identifies the club as South Bay’s.”
Established in 2003, South Bay Matrix FC has consistently crowned Presidio League Champions, starting in its first season of competitive soccer participation. Since the early beginning, South Bay has been a club to be reckoned with and has consistently won competitive/club soccer championships year in and year out whether in the Presidio League to San Diego Developmental Academy (SDDA), and now even in Coast Soccer League. Its teams have reached the CalSouth State Cup President Division Finals. South Bay teams annually compete and succeed in several high level showcase tournaments. South Bay’s G2002 is also currently participating in the National Premier League (NPL), which is an invitation only prestige travel league.
For more information about our program and how to become a member of South Bay, contact: Polo Aviles, Director of Coaching, at email@example.com or 858-336-8529.
Congratulations to PSC South Bay G2002 in the U15 age group for making National Premier League (NPL) for the 2017 season. Our team is breaking into the NPL soccer scene.
The Southern California NPL serves as the National Premier Leagues (NPL) Division of the SouthCal Premier League. The SouthCal NPL Division is one of 19 leagues across the United States that are part of the NPL, which has been created to provide a national developmental platform with the highest level of competition in given geographic areas, and to elevate and change the competitive youth soccer landscape based upon fundamental principles in US Club Soccer’s 10-year vision. The champions of each NPL (including the SouthCal NPL) are awarded a spot in the US Club NPL National Finals.
This team is a five time league champion that has moved up the ranks. They won back to back Presidio League Championship as well as back to back San Diego Development Academy (SDDA) Championships. Fresh off their Coast Soccer League (CSL) Championship in the Silver Elite South bracket, our highly talented G2002 team has been accepted to participate in the prestige Southern California National Premier League and is seeking a few more talented players for its 2017 Spring Season. If you would like more information, or to schedule a tryout at a scheduled training session, please contact Coach Polo Aviles at (858) 336-8529 or email Coach Polo at firstname.lastname@example.org. This team has an impressive track record of success, including reaching the finals of the State Cup President’s Division in 2015 as a U13G team. The team finished first in 2016 CSL Silver Elite South U15G, Flight 1 U14G of the SDDA in Fall 2015, after winning first in Flight 2 SDDA in Fall 2014. Coach Polo is an experienced teacher of the game, someone who believes in player development and implements strategies necessary to meaningfully carry it out.
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: email@example.com
South Bay Matrix FC is proud to announce a collaboration with Pacific Soccer Club (PSC) that will enable South Bay’s highest caliber teams to participate in Coast Soccer League. Pacific Soccer Club (PSC) is the AYSO Competitive Club Soccer program for Orange and Los Angeles counties. PSC has boys and girls teams that compete in Coast Soccer League. Last season, they had 35 teams competing in either Bronze, Silver or Silver Elite brackets.
“This is a huge step forward for our program,” said South Bay Matrix Executive Director Anthony Millican. “This partnership with our sister club in Orange and LA counties opens doors we never thought possible. We have teams that have been successful in San Diego, and now our best teams will have the opportunity to compete with the best in Coast Soccer League.”
Since PSC was founded 16 years ago as part of a third, elite Club-style tier to the AYSO organization, it has grown to involve more than 500 boys and girls in Southern California playing on 35 teams from San Clemente to East Los Angeles. With the addition of South Bay Matrix, PSC will now extend its program to south San Diego.
SB Matrix FC will work closely with Pacific Soccer Club’s directors and coaching staff in implementing PSC’s training plan to enhance the development of players’ skills and technical abilities. The partnership will start with a single team: the newly formed Pacific SC South Bay G2002 team, which will have immediate access to the TAGA GOALKEEPER TRAINING ACADEMY as well as entrance to CSL League Cup, Spring Cup, and California Cup.
Polo Aviles, South Bay Matrix FC coach and Technical Program Director, as well as Asst. Coach Luis Rivera will be joining PSC as coaches for the Girls 2002 squad, which will compete in Coast’s Silver Elite bracket. Coach Aviles will continue serving as Technical Program Director of South Bay Matrix FC.
“We are looking to provide additional options for our teams and coaches,” Coach Aviles said. “Our aim is to provide more opportunities for soccer players, both competitively and recreationally. Our hope is that this relationship in the near future will also include boy’s teams under the PSC banner to compete in Coast Soccer League.”
Bruce Bricks, the President of Pacific Soccer Club, said he is pleased to welcome Pacific SC South Bay to the club. “They will add another dimension to our club and provide players the opportunity to develop their skills further. Polo and his staff will also add coaching expertise to our program.”
South Bay AYSO has long fielded quality soccer teams, with coaches who have proven that volunteers can and do “make a difference.” South Bay Matrix was developed as the region’s competitive soccer option for players and coaches looking to grow their game. Coach Aviles’ squad has taken the program to yet another level.
“The core of this 2002 girls team won back-to-back championships in the San Diego Development Academy,” Millican said. “They have done all they can in San Diego. The team is the perfect candidate to pilot our partnership under the Pacific Soccer Club umbrella.”
This new structure will offer three playing options for each division:
- CSL – Silver/Silver Elite/Gold & someday Premier for the most competitive teams, which should also increase exposure on a regional and national basis and give players a chance to compete against top clubs. Entrance criteria for this league would be previous SDDA team with a level of success in their respective Flight 1 or 2 bracket.
- SDDA – The local premier league, which is the most competitive level in San Diego and gives teams exposure to National Cup. The highest platform for our local competitive teams.
- Presidio League – Competitive, which also gives our players a chance to compete in the bracket of their choice, but also gives players just entering the competitive level the chance to see if it is the right fit.
- AYSO Extra – A program that offers organized soccer for players who want to play at a more competitive level. Club soccer teams are in place in many parts of the country, but for those who want to play harder and still be a part of AYSO, EXTRA is a perfect starting point before transitioning to Presidio.
For more information visit http://www.pacificsc.org/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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:
- U14G Matrix Elite Back to Back SDDA Academy League Champions 2014 & 2015 (Coach Polo and Coach Luis)
- U13G CalSouth State Cup Finalist 2015 (Coach Polo and Coach Luis)
- Director of Coaching Guillermo “Memo” Medina earned his U.S. Soccer Federation National “A” license. This is the highest license available in youth soccer.
- Temporary lighting project designed, developed and installed by volunteers and supported by donations from community leaders and companies.
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!