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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.


Wins

Losses

Ties
52 33 17

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

AYSO Opening Day Was About Fun and Futbol!

South Bay AYSO kicked off the 2012 season with fun for the whole family. Coordinator Luisa Dasis helped bring in a number of booths/vendors–from SportZone to The Super Dentists to Italian Ice Cream. Scrimmages were held throughout the day, and two Matrix competitive matches took place on the big field. Commissioner Marco Beltran was assisted by youth players in leading the Pledge of Allegiance. This year, we had to overcome a number of obstacles to make sure Opening Day was possible, including preparation of the fields and access to the new parking lot. We are very grateful to our volunteer coaches, team managers and Board members who helped make the day a success.

“Thanks to all for a great Opening Day!” Mrs. Dasis said. “The players had fun, there was great food and the kids got some free stuff from Dr. Keri’s Dental Office. Thanks to each and every one of you for your dedication, hard work, time. I greatly appreciate all of the volunteers that were sent help to help out!  I look forward to forward to another exciting Opening Day next year!”

Indeed, AYSO thanks Mrs. Dasis in particular, and all of our volunteers for making a difference for our youth.

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Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast

You’re invited to an Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast to support the South Bay Matrix Girl’s Soccer Team on Sunday, August  19th from 8:00am – 10:00am. The Flapjack Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, bacon or sausage, orange juice and coffee for only $10 per ticket. The proceeds will go towards coaches fees and equipment. The fundraiser will take place at the Applebee’s Restaurant located at 7677 Balboa Ave San Diego, 92111. Just let me know how many tickets you would like. 🙂

–Luisa Dasis, Team Manager U11G Matrix (Gonzalez)

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 Captures Kickin’ It Challenge Tourney

The South Bay Matrix U14G team coached by Hector Ordonez won the KICKIN’ IT CHALLENGE tournament during the weekend of June 23-24. In Silver bracket play, the girls won 4-0 vs. Poway Vaqueros (Domingo), 3-0 vs. Poway Vaqueros (Argueta) and tied 1-1 vs. FC Heat. In the Championship match, the South Bay girls won 1-0 vs. FC Heat. The team gave up only one goal in the tournament, and looks to continue making progress as the squad enters AAA in the Fall 2012 Presidio Season. The Kickin’ It Challenge raises funds and encourages teams to “Unite in the Fight” against Breast Cancer. Congratulations to the U14G team, and for supporting a good cause!

Matrix Logo History

We are sometimes asked about our logo, what the shield means and the symbolism. I am searching the memory bank here, which is always a scary proposition. But if I recall correctly, it was created by Erin Lingo, with input from others including Ivan Medellin. Anyway, here is the description:

Star=celestial goodness, noble person

Wreath of laurel leaves and berries= Triumph

Gold= Generosity and elevation of the mind

White=  Peace and sincerity

Maroon= Patient in battle, and yet victorious