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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.

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Girls Under 19G Team Has Openings

There’s still time to join U19G South Bay Matrix! Tryouts: Saturday, May 10, 2014 1 p.m. Check in at 12:30 p.m. at SOH Stadium Field, Girls Under-19 Division. Coach Santiago Villanueva has a talented core of returning players from last season’s First Place AAA team. If you know of players who want to push themselves at a higher level of play, share the attached information and have them come out to join the squad. Tryouts U19G-2014-SUHSD

Upcoming Events: Save The Date!

Matrix South Bay upcoming events:

  • Tuesday, February 11 – Club Fundraiser at Boll Weevil’s on Saturn Blvd. from 5 to 9pmBollWeevil-web1
  • Wednesday, February 19 – Coaches Meeting at SOH room 708 from 6.30 to 7.30pm
  • Monday, February 24 – 2nd Registration Night for Younger teams (U10-U14) at SOH cafeteria from 6 to 8pm
  • Wednesday, March 5 – Managers Meeting at SOH room 708 at 6.30pm
  • Tuesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 20  – Older Tryouts U15-U19) at SOH Stadium Field from 6.30 to 7.45pm
  • Wednesday, March 19  – Coaches Meeting at SOH room 708 6.30 to 7.30pm
  • Monday, March 31 – Registration Night for Older teams (U15-U19) as well as remaining balance of Younger teams due at SOH cafeteria from 6 to 8pm

A ‘South Bay United’ Squad Wins Rangers Thanksgiving Tourney

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

South Bay Matrix Club Record: Another Winning Season!

Hours and hours of practice and hard work culminated November 17 with the conclusion of the Presidio League season for all olders and youngers teams. There were quite a few highlights for our league. But it all starts with our volunteer coaches and team managers. I want to thank each for their time and dedication to our youth this season. Of the 8 teams we had entered in the Presidio League, 2 went undefeated in AA-C, and another finished second in AAA–good enough to earn a Premiere seed. As a club, we finished with 19 more wins than losses. We have had several years in a row with more wins than losses. That speaks to the quality of AYSO teams in the competitive club environment of Presidio. We have accomplished all this at a fraction of the cost of other clubs.


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Ties
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I am especially proud of the fact that we went through the whole season with only 1 red card. Special congratulations go to Coach Hector Ordonez, whose U14G team went 8-3-3 in their first season in AAA, good enough for second place in their bracket and a Premiere seed. The Ordonez team showed you can build Premiere caliber teams with players right here in our own league. His team was ‘homegrown.’

South Bay AYSO Matrix teams are truly about player development. We don’t have to recruit or ‘steal’ players from the North County. We simply need to retain and develop the talent right here in our own backyard. This is a contrast to clubs that talk about player development, but what they really mean is they do not have talent in their own neighborhoods and so must recruit from South Bay.

Our ‘Outstanding Matrix Volunteer’ is Coach Santiago Villanueva. Every week of the season, Santiago and his family striped the fields for our program at Nestor Park and Southwest High. They would have done Mar Vista Middle, too, if it were not for flag football on Fridays. As the high school soccer season approaches, our older divisions are seeing player after player make Varsity Womens’ soccer teams, which is a credit to their development under Coaches Romo, Villanueva and Ordonez.

Finally, let me express my gratitude to Coach Diego Terry and Coach Marco Meza, who worked with training our teams and coaches and have made a huge impact on our program. We look forward to adding 2-3 more teams to our Matrix program next season. Our focus is on quality growth. For now, have a great Thanksgiving and good luck to our teams that are competing in the Presidio Cup this December!

Warm regards,
Anthony Millican
South Bay Matrix FC
South Bay AYSO

Volunteers Help Improve Fields at Southwest High

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A special thanks goes out to the volunteers who are making a difference in our community by improving the look of Southwest High, which provides the home fields for South Bay AYSO/South Bay Matrix. On Saturday, Aug. 4 Coach Hector Ordonez of U14G and two parents from his team (Coach Mario Posada and Raul Moreno) helped bring in clean topsoil to fill the gopher holes and pits at the big field. Coach Ordonez filled his truck bed with quality topsoil, and put his back into getting it onto the high-need parts of the field (see photos).

In addition, coaches Marco Corral and Luiz Loya of U13G and Coach Jesus Jimenez of U10G AYSO Extra also donated their time to improving the fields. Mr. Corral mowed all of Borja Field, Mr. Loya fertilized and evened out the big field, and Mr. Jimenez connected the new battery for the riding mower (purchased by yours truly). We also watered, cleaned up trash and organized the league’s shed. We got a lot of work done, but there is still much to do. Please join us Saturday, Aug. 11 after 8 a.m. for the next round of improvements.

South Bay AYSO also thanks Mr. Albert Sais, a dedicated parks worker, for donating his time and talent to repairing the sprinklers at the fields. He has been a real life saver–because without working sprinklers our fields would have had no chance to be ready in time for Opening Day on Aug. 25. As it is, we are going to have to work extra hard to get them in shape in time.

–Anthony Millican

Shakey’s Fundraiser Was a Good Time for All

South Bay AYSO and Matrix teams and families participated in the recent Shakey’s fundraiser at the Chula Vista Mall. Special thanks go out to coordinator Luisa Dasis. The players from the U15G team and U11G Gonzalez team came in their jerseys and spirit wear. Many hit a jackpot of yellow game tickets to redeem for prizes. Our younger recreational players from U8 divisions also had a great time. Check out the slide show below.

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Support Our Youth By Supporting AYSO Matrix Fundraisers

South Bay AYSO/South Bay Matrix FC has a number of fundraisers going on. We are currently selling Discount Cards that offer great deals on everything from Brunswick bowling to KFC meal deals to the Golden Spoon, Subway, Domino’s, Soak City, and much more. For example, the Sport Zone is offering $3 off purchases of $25 or more. There are many more great deals with the Discount Card, which only costs $10. No need to carry around a large coupon book in your car. The Discount Card fits easily into your wallet or purse. Buy yours today!

Contact Coordinator Luisa Dasis at 619-322-1228, or your favorite Matrix team manager for more info.

In addition, remember to save these dates:

Current Shakey's logo in U.S. markets

  • Wednesday, July 18 for the Shakey’s Matrix fundraiser (Broadway and H St. Chula Vista mall). Shakey’s will donate a percentage of net sales back to South Bay Matrix FC.
  • Saturday, August 25 Opening Day festival (all teams)
  • Friday, August 31 Casino Bus (details to come)

We will update with more info.

Thanks,

Anthony Millican

 

U14G Take on Some of the Best in Nomads Tourney

The U14G South Bay Matrix team represented the club very well in the Nomads Showcase Tournament March 31-April 1. The girls were entered in the tournament’s First Division and came away with two ties and one loss. On Sunday, the Matrix squad played Slammers FC to a scoreless draw. Each team had opportunities to win it in a tightly fought second half. A goal scoring opportunity for South Bay was nullified late in the match that was fairly controversial. Even so, the girls did well.  And here is an interesting fact about that Slammers team: they were 2011 Cal South State Cup Presidents Division – Champions. South Bay Matrix FC gave Slammers FC all they could handle. Hats off to Coach Hector Romo and the girls.

 

Matrix Players in the News

Updated:

Matrix U19B player and Southwest High Boys’ Varsity member Jess Bojorquez was in the feature photo accompanying an article in the Star-News about his school’s first place finish in South Bay League play. And Nicole Rea and Natalie ‘Jelly’ Morales helped make news at San Ysidro High, where their experiences as freshmen varsity players included the first playoff matches in their school’s history. Jelly was also mentioned in the Star-News for her goal in a league match that clinched San Ysidro’s league title. Nicole and Jelly were on the U14G Matrix last fall, and are looking to carry over their success to the upcoming State Cup. In addition, this week’s El Latino weekly Spanish-language newspaper ran a team photo and extended caption of the U10G Gonzalez team in the youngers’ State Cup.

Way to go!