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
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
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 email@example.com. 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.
Matrix South Bay is South Bay AYSO’s competitive club soccer program, with teams competing in the Presidio Soccer League, San Diego Development Academy and in the Coast Soccer League as Pacific SC South Bay. Our club routinely has among the highest winning percentages, focusing on player development, quality versus quantity, and style of play. In addition, our G2002 team competes in Coast Soccer League is the reigning State Cup Champion, playing under the banner of AYSO United.
Director of Coaching Polo Aviles has earned a US Youth Soccer National D License, NSCAA ‘Premier’ Diploma as well as a ‘Director of Coaching’ Diploma. He has been part of the SDDA Select Teams Coaching Staff. We encourage you to talk to our parents and coaches about our program. We do not charge monthly coaching fees.
Come be part of the best, most cost-effective family oriented youth soccer program in the region! South Bay Matrix is forming teams now for the 2017-18 competitive season.
South Bay Matrix has a proven track record in developing ‘High School Ready’ soccer players who typically are standouts on their varsity teams. Our alumni include two former South Bay League High School ‘Players of the Year,’ community college and university players. Current rosters of local high school teams are filled with South Bay Matrix players. Our club is a member of the San Diego Development Academy, where our teams compete under Matrix Elite and Coast Soccer League, where our teams compete under the Pacific SC South Bay banner.
Our first place teams in 2016 include B2006, B2005, B2004 and G2002. Our highlights include:
- B2004 Back to Back Presidio League Champions 2016 & 2015
- G2002 5 Time League Champions , Coast Soccer League, SDDA & Presidio
- Southern California National Premier League acceptance
- G2004 & G2003 CalSouth State Cup Round of 16
- G2002 CalSouth Presidents State Cup Finalist
- Regional Championship appearance in Seattle
- NSCAA ‘Premier’ Licensed Director of Coaching–among the highest-licensed directors of any youth soccer program
- Among the highest winning percentages
The G2004 Matrix Elite Team is seeking a few more outfield players to complete the 2017-2018 roster. The team has a fantastic schedule lined up and will offer a high level of competitive soccer, competing in the San Diego Developmental Academy (SDDA) division. Please come out to our team practice if interested and or contact Coach Hector Romo at at the email below.
Hector Romo: (619) 876-9440
The Boys 2002 team is looking for talented players to fill its roster for the 2017 season. We are interested in committed, hardworking, team oriented players who are looking to take their game to the next level. If you are a high level SDDA flight 1 or 2 player who is serious about his soccer development and is interested, please contact Coach Santiago Villanueva to arrange a time to come to a training session to meet the team to see if we’re a good fit.
Santiago Villanueva: 619-623-1037
The Pacific SC SouthBay Girls 2002 team is looking for talented players to fill its roster for the 2017 season. We are interested in players who are looking to take their game to the next level. If you are a high level SDDA, Flight 1 or 2, CSL or SCDSL flight 1 player who is serious about her soccer development and is interested in competing in some of the highest level tournaments in Southern California, please contact Coach Polo Aviles to arrange a time to come to a training session to meet the team to see if we’re a good fit.
Polo Aviles: 858-336-8529
G2001 Matrix is looking to complete its roster with a game changer. If you are looking for serious development, an organized and passionate club and team please contact Coach Angel Briseno. We have great girls with great attitudes, come join our exceptional club!
Angel Briseno: 619-823-4786
For information about our registration cost, click here: SB Matrix Registration Info
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
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!