What a 2014 for our Matrix South Bay U13B AAA team. The squad finished the fall Presidio League with 7 wins, 2 losses, and 3 ties, good enough to capture third place in their division. The boys also reached the finals of the Presidio Cup in early December. Now, Coach Santiago Villanueva’s squad is preparing for State Cup in the highly competitive President’s Division. It is fast, fit, and skillful squad. Thank you, coaches, for the time and effort invested throughout the 2014 year in support of the boys! We look forward to another great season in 2015.
In the biggest summer tournament victory in our club program’s history, South Bay AYSO’s Under-13 Girls Matrix team won the Las Vegas Labor Day Classic by defeating the reigning Nevada State champions in the final 4-3. The South Bay girls stormed through bracket play to set up the championship showdown with FC Warriors (Las Vegas), which is ranked #21 in the Southwestern U.S. by GotSoccer. Coach Polo Aviles’ South Bay squad, known as Matrix Elite, has a high flying attack. Including the final, the girls scored 18 goals in four matches. The girls appear to be peaking at the right time, fresh off consecutive victories in the recent San Diego Development Academy (SDDA) College Showcase. The team starts play on Sept. 6 in the SDDA’s Flight 2, as Matrix South Bay U13G Red. By any name, these girls are playing really well!
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.
South Bay only entered five teams in the Memorial Super Cup. Yet three of those teams made the finals, and U12G Red academy won it all. For the U12G team, it was their second consecutive weekend at the winner’s podium. Coach Polo Aviles’ squad crushed the competition on the sand and on the pitch. Coach Polo says his team is looking forward to a step up in competition in the weeks ahead. Our other South Bay finalists included Coach Trujillo’s team in U9G, Coach Villanueva’s team in U12B and semi-finalists Coach Romo’s U10G team. It was a good showing by our club, and preview of success to come.
- 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.
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.
A South Bay Matrix team of combined U14 and U15 age players won the U16G division of the Rangers Thanksgiving Tournament last weekend. South Bay went undefeated in bracket play before winning the championship match vs. Nado’s U16 team in a dramatic penalty kick shootout 4-3. It was a 1-1 tie in regulation. South Bay’s Xanthie Ordonez hit the winning shot from the mark. It touched off an immediate celebration from a packed sideline. Supporters included players from the Lil Matrix U9g team, and parents and extended family, many of whom took the field to congratulate Ordonez, Goalkeeper Natalie Cassidy and teammates.
Ordonez, a midfielder, and Briana Gonzalez, a defender and mid, were key additions, having been called up for the tournament from the U14G South Bay Matrix. Coach Hector Romo’s U15G team was pleased to have the help and cap off its season with another tournament championship, the squad’s 12th tournament victory since U10 competition. During the march to the Rangers tournament championship, South Bay defeated teams from San Diego United, Albion, and Freedom. “We had a challenging Presidio season, so it was nice to end the calendar year on such a high note,” said Anthony Millican, team manager and assistant coach. “Full credit to Coach Romo for his dedicated training and faith in the girls. Our new players improved tremendously over the course of the season, and our veteran players showed they are still a force to be reckoned with. There was quite a bit to be proud of. We look forward to building upon this in the months ahead.”
South Bay had a balanced attack during the tournament, with goals coming from Jeny Tapia, Leslie Fonseca, Ordonez, Briana Romo, Berenice Portillo, and Andrea Mendez. In addition, Leah Delgado notched her first goal of the season–and that came during the tournament championship. Over the course of the season, the defense was anchored by Romo, Tapia, Gabriella Millican and especially Nicole Rea. Midfielder Nat ‘Jelly’ Morales created chances for her teammates throughout the year with stellar footwork. On the wings, Deavine Guijarro gave opposing teams fits. Angelica Lara was the most improved.
For now, a majority of Coach Romo’s players will be starring on varsity high school teams across the South County. Watch them shine! View video of penalty kick shootout here: http://youtu.be/94aepgBJkLc