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Matrix South Bay to Host Coerver Skills Training for Coaches

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 matrixfc712@gmail.com

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U12G Matrix Ready to Make a Statement

Fresh off a dominant performance in its most recent summer tournament, the U12G Matrix South Bay team is looking forward to the start of Presidio League play in September. Coach Hector Romo has his squad mixing impressive footwork and 2015081695145619fundamentals with the tactical know-how necessary for player growth and development. The girls went undefeated in bracket play in the Riptide Summer Classic on the weekend of August 15-16. In the tournament final, the South Bay squad defeated San Diego SC 4-1 to take home the hardware. Congratulations to the players and coaches!

Matrix Elite U17G Close Out Season With Tournament Championship

It was under 14 minutes in the championship match of the Memorial Super Cup between Matrix Elite U17G and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Blackhawks. Matrix was down 3-2 when Coach Hector Romo moved his daughter Briana from center back to forward. The move paid off as Brianna drilled home the tying goal. With minutes left in the match, winger Jeny Tapia maneuvered her way down the left flank and curled in a shot that dropped just inside the far post, sealing a dramatic 4-3 victory for our U17G team in the Memorial Super Cup on May 24. It was an emotional win for Coach Romo, in his last match with the team that he has guided as coach or assistant coach since the girls were U10. South Bay Matrix is so often about family, and that was never more evident than in this last match for several players who are soon graduating high school and moving off to college or military careers. It could not have been scripted better with Brianna scoring the tying goal and Jeny the game winner in their last match together with Coach Romo, who will continue coaching his U12G team next season. Matrix South Bay Director of Coaching Memo Medina will take the reigns of this talented group of ladies as the team reloads for next year as U19G Matrix Elite. For now, however, parents and players relished the victory in a tough, physical match that saw yellow cards earned by both squads. Parents and players thanked coaches Hector Romo and Ronaldo Tapia (their first Matrix coach and Jeny’s father) for their dedication and support. Credit was given to Blackhawks soccer as a good, athletic side and quality competition.

Matrix South Bay congratulates each of our U17G graduating seniors Jeny Tapia, Nicole Rea, Bri Romo, Jazmine Garcia, and Alex Valenzuela. Going out as champions!

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U13G Matrix Elite are Headed to Regionals in Seattle!

Our GU13 Matrix Elite Academy team is this year’s 2015 CalSouth President State Cup Finalist. These talented young ladies now move on to compete in the US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup Championship Tournament, which takes place June 9-14 in Seattle, Washington.

We believe this is the first time in AYSO history that a team from the competitive program has reached Regional play. In fact, it’s been several years since a San Diego County team reaches the Regionals.

The event will feature Boys and Girls teams in the Under-13 through Under-17 age groups who will compete for a regional championship and a spot at the 2015 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, July 9-12 in Overland Park, Kan. Please help sponsor our girls get to Washington.  Click on the following link:

South Bay Matrix Elite sponsor letter

to learn how you can make a donation or sponsor the team.

State Cup Finalists: Matrix South Bay U13G

A dramatic run in the highly competitive State Cup Presidents Division ended as finalists for our AYSO South Bay Matrix Elite girls Under-13 team. The squad lost to Santa Monica United in the championship match on Sunday, March 1 but won over our community. To get to the title match,  the South Bay girls had to defeat teams from Rebels, Nado, and Inland Empire Surf just to name a few. We can’t say enough about our South Bay girls. They made AYSO proud, South Bay Region 712, our communities of South San Diego, San Ysidro, and Imperial Beach. Our girls were home grown–made in the South Bay. They showed what a talented team and talented coaches can do when they stay together. Congratulations to all the players, coaches and parents. These are just a few of the photos that helped capture a special moment in our league’s history. #PlayerDevelopment #EverybodyPlays #Believe

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On to the State Semi-Finals!

AYSO South Bay’s U13G Matrix Elite team defeated rival Nado 2-1 in overtime on Sunday, February 22, 2015 to advance to the Final Four of the State Cup Presidents Division. The semis take place on Saturday, February 21 in San Bernardino.

“We’re very proud of the girls, who showed they are skillful as well as mentally tough,” said Anthony Millican, Matrix South Bay Coordinator. “They handle pressure well. The burden of expectations seems to fall more and more upon their opponents with each match.”

South Bay trailed Nado 1-0 at the half. The equalizer came in the second half, which seemed to swing the momentum to the Matrix Elite squad. South Bay scored in the first overtime period, and held on to secure the victory.

Coach Polo Aviles was complimentary of Nado, which plays just up the Silver Strand from South Bay’s home fields. “They made us earn it,” Aviles said. “We’ve played them before, so they knew our plays and style of play. This was a hard fought, well earned victory and hats off to Nado for a competitive match.”

The South Bay girls had knocked out another local rival, Rebels Blue of eastern Chula Vista, 1-0 on Saturday, February 21 to advance to the quarter-finals.

Aviles said his team is not satisfied just advancing. “This isn’t over yet. We’re happy to advance to the semis, but we believe in each other and believe the State Cup can be ours for the taking no matter how challenging these last steps are going to be,” he said.

Photo Caption: South Bay U13G Matrix Elite squad proudly represents their community–and AYSO—in the Cal South State Cup Presidents Division.

About Matrix South Bay FC

Matrix South Bay Futbol Club is dedicated to providing a quality player development program using the philosophies and programs of the American Youth Soccer Organization. Our goals are to provide youth players an environment that nurtures and develops their abilities in soccer within a competitive arena that matches their skill with basic values and character development off the pitch.

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U13G Matrix SB Team Advances to State Cup Quarter-Finals!

South Bay AYSO’s U13G Matrix Elite team defeated Rebels Blue 1-0 on Saturday, February 21 to advance to the Great 8. The South Bay girls take on Nado at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the SoCal Sports Complex in Oceanside.  At stake in the quarterfinals is a trip to the Final Four of the prestigious State Cup President’s Division. Coach Polo Aviles and the girls (photo below) are proudly representing their community–and AYSO.

About Matrix South Bay FC

Matrix Futbol Club is dedicated to providing a quality player development program using the philosophies and programs of the American Youth Soccer Organization. Our goals are to provide youth players an environment that nurtures and develops their abilities in soccer within a competitive arena that matches their skill with basic values.IMG_2445

Fresh From the Presidio Cup Finals, U13B Prepares Now for State Cup

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.

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