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FREE Soccer Clinic is Scheduled for 3/8

South Bay AYSO is inviting students in Grades 4-6 to participate in a FREE soccer clinic. Help your child develop his/her soccer skills in a fun environment with players of similar ability. Register on-site day of event.AYSO Free Clinic-2014-SBUSD

Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014

Location: Robert Egger, Sr., South Bay Recreation Center Park, 1885 Coronado Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92154. (Corner of Saturn Blvd. and Coronado Ave.)

For more info, click on the flier at right or visit us on the web at www.ayso712sb.org or www.facebook.com/ayso712

SOH Varsity Has a Matrix Flavor, Reaches Tourney Finals

A shout out to South Bay AYSO Commissioner Marco Beltran, who also coaches the Southwest High Girls Varsity team. SOH is loaded with South Bay Matrix/South Bay AYSO players. The squad reached the finals of the Barons Tournament, losing a heartbreaker to Our Lady of Peace 3-2 after the fourth OT and with just seconds to go until a penalty shootout. The team captains for Coach SOH-AYSO finalistsMarco’s squad include Kimberly Avalos, left in photo, who played U19G South Bay recreational, and Juliana Campos, right, who played on the U19G SB Matrix team this fall. So much for the theory that you have to play on a high-priced club soccer team to make a high school team, much less captain the squad. SOH upended El Capitan High in the semis, and came back from two goals down in the final to send the match to overtime. OLP notched the game-winner on a corner kick right before time expired. The semis and final were played on December 14.

This year’s Southwest High team had an infusion of talented freshmen from the U15G Matrix team coached by Hector Ordonez.

Look for future updates about South Bay Matrix players who are now starring on Varsity squads across the South County, from Mar Vista High in Imperial Beach to Otay Ranch and Olympian high schools in eastern Chula Vista. Mar Vista High in particular boasts a high number of Matrix U19G players (Coach Santiago Villanueva).

Matrix South Bay Posts Best Season Yet!

Dear Coaches, Team Managers, Players and Parents:

I am proud to note that Matrix South Bay FC completed its most successful season ever, with 40 more wins than losses among our teams in the Presidio League. Three of our seven teams won first place, and another won second place. The amazing level of play from our teams is evident in our collective record of 60 wins, 20 losses, and 10 ties. We were a small club in terms of teams, but mighty in our level of play. In addition, for the first time I can remember, our teams in the Presidio League did not receive a single player or coach red card. That is outstanding.

In the new San Diego Development Academy, our two girls older teams took some lumps, literally, with a number of injuries. But I am proud to say that each team fought hard to the last minute of their respective last matches. The teams each entered the season in a rebuilding mode, and will clearly be stronger in the coming year.

Congratulations go out to our U12G Red and U12G White teams. Both finished in first place. For the U12G Red team, coached by Hector Gonzalez and assisted by Polo Aviles, it is their second consecutive first place finish in Presidio competition.  They went undefeated in compiling an 11-0-2 record. For the U12G White, coached by Joel Garcia, this is a great success story. Coach Joel and Asst. Coach Ivan Martinez began training the team last winter under a lamp post at the South Bay Recreation Center Park with just a handful of players. With the great assistance of trainer Marco Meza, this team gradually attracted players from across the area.  They finished 10-1-1. Let me say it again. Congratulations to the U12G White and U12G Red teams. Equally awesome! Presidio League Champions.

Our U19G AAA Matrix team also finished first, posting an 11-1 record. This, too, is a tremendous success story. The team rebuilt itself into Presidio League Champions from one season to the next. Credit goes to Coach Santiago Villanueva, who juggled two Matrix teams throughout the season. Our U19G team is our oldest team, and many of the players started in South Bay AYSO when they were 4-5 years old. We are very proud to see how so many have grown into varsity high school players, and with such great success in Matrix as well. Way to go, ladies!

Our South Bay U14G Matrix team took second place this season, completing one of the most remarkable turnarounds we have seen in a while. A huge ‘Thank You’ to Coach Luiz Loya, whose exceptional skill and ability with youth was noted by many. Awesome!

South Bay Matrix U11B and U12B teams each took third place in their respective divisions. Our U11B team coached by Luis Sanchez was the highest scoring team in our club, and likely in their bracket in AA-B. Coach Santiago’s U12B team compiled a 6-2-4 record in its first season in AA-A. ‘Well done’ to each boys team!U11B

A special thanks goes out to our longtime trainer and director Diego Terry, whose assistance was invaluable in establishing a strong foundation for our club within the spirit and guidelines of AYSO. Coach Diego’s knowledge of the game, and skill in working with youth is applauded, and appreciated. It was because of Coach Diego that we first established a winning tradition. He will be missed, and we wish him well in his new endeavors. More recently, trainer Marco Meza began assisting our teams, and we appreciate his work too in demanding proper technique and skill development. We thank Mr. Meza, too, for his work with our teams.

We are undergoing significant changes as we close 2013 and look forward to 2014. Matrix South Bay is excited to announce Guillermo “Memo” Medina as our new Director of Coaching for the 2014 season. Coach Memo brings 20 years of coaching experience, from assisting at the Southwestern College and San Diego State University Men’s teams to serving as an instructor for Cal South and NSCAA in coaching education. He holds a USSF ‘B’ license, NSCAA Premier diploma, MS in Physical Education, and is currently the Athletic Director at Southwest High School. It is no accident that the Men’s Varsity at Southwest High has made the CIF playoffs eight years in a row, including several Finals appearances. We welcome Coach Memo to Matrix South Bay/AYSO 712.

Be on the lookout for January 28 and January 30 tryout information (younger divisions) for next season’s teams!


Anthony Millican

Coordinator/Operations Director, Matrix South Bay

Asst. Commissioner, South Bay AYSO

Coach Note from AYSO

“Good coaching [is] the development of character, personality and habits of players, plus the teaching of fundamentals and team play.” Pretty good advice from AYSO. And consider this practical bit of advice from the Coerver Coaching website: “Coach with your heart, not only your head. Young Players need care and attention, winning is not everything at this age. So think before you say anything other than encouragement and praise.” We couldn’t agree more.

For more instructional tips, and great links to video instruction, see our updated Coaches Corner. Also, for those who need more training balls, Score Sports has a multi-pack special.


South Bay AYSO Wins Big with Donations from Michelin and San Diego Tire Pros

(SAN DIEGO – September 6, 2012) — Kicking off the 2012 soccer season, the Michelin Soccer Program is coming to local communities in support of youth soccer. Beginning September 8, 2012, families of AYSO Region 712 will receive certificates to be redeemed for a free, high-quality, four-ply soccer ball (official size and weight) while supplies last at San Diego Tire Pros. The certificate entitles each family to one free soccer ball from the participating tire dealer and includes an exclusive rebate for a future tire purchase.

After the 30-day program period, AYSO Region 712 (South Bay AYSO) will receive $2 on behalf of Michelin and San Diego Tire Pros for every MICHELIN® tire sold to the general public. Donations can be used to purchase items such as new soccer equipment, uniforms, and entry fees for local soccer tournaments.

“Making a difference in our community and supporting our youth is so important to us,” said Jeffrey Yasukochi of San Diego Tire Pros. “We look forward to connecting with players and families from AYSO Region 712 when they come in for their free soccer ball.”

“The nationwide Michelin Soccer Program provides a unique way for our dealers to connect with their community, while igniting the spirits of players and families committed to youth soccer, said Don Byrd, vice president of Marketing for Michelin Americas Small Tires. “It is especially rewarding to know that through the program, we are able to provide more families the opportunity to participate in the sport, while enhancing our community involvement.”

Soccer is easily the fastest growing youth sport. This fall, over 1,300 dealers and soccer leagues are partnered up with plans to donate nearly 200,000 soccer balls to youth soccer players in their local communities.

To learn more about the Michelin Soccer Program, visit http://www.michelinsoccer.com/?league_overview. To find out more about San Diego Tire Pros, contact Jeffrey Yasukochi, 619-428-8473, at 750 Dennery Rd in San Diego or visit http://www.sdtirepros.com/index.htm.

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.


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!

South Bay Rules the Sun, Surf…and Beach Soccer!

Another South Bay Matrix FC Team Wins a Beach Soccer Championship

The South Bay Matrix FC U10G team coached by Hector Gonzalez won its age group in the Beach Soccer Championships held May 5-6 in Oceanside. South Bay defeated a Surf U10G team 6-2 in the championship match.

South Bay teams have a strong record in beach soccer. In addition to the U10G success, the South Bay U13G team coached by Hector Ordonez made the semi-finals in its age group in the Oceanside tournament, only a week after capturing the Beach Soccer Jam tournament at Fiesta Island.

For the Oceanside tournament, each South Bay team was entered into the highly competitive ‘Sun’ bracket. The South Bay teams trained on the sand in Imperial Beach to prepare for the Oceanside tournament. The girls’ hard work paid off in dominant performances in the Sun brackets’ opening rounds. The U13G team (photo at right) scored an incredible 24 goals in its first three matches, including a convincing 7-2 victory over rival Kodiak. The Ordonez team narrowly lost in the semis, losing 4-3.

The U10G team recorded 16 goals in its first two matches, before smashing Surf in the championship match. For the U10G team (feature photo), it was a second title in three years in this tournament. And defeating a team from Surf, with its cadre of professional coaches and trainers, is another feather in the cap of all-volunteer AYSO, and South Bay soccer specifically. Way to go!

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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

Matrix Players in the News


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!