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South Bay Teams Dominate Memorial Weekend Tournament

Four South Bay Matrix FC soccer teams reached the finals of the Memorial Weekend Super Cup Tournament, and all four won championships.

South Bay’s Boys 2002, Girls 2002, Boys 2004 and Girls 2004 teams each won their respective brackets in impressive fashion. “To go four for four is amazing, and really shows the quality of our program,” said Anthony Millican, South Bay’s Executive Director.

A fifth South Bay team, Boys 2005, reached the semi-finals and lost in kicks from the mark (PKs). The sixth South Bay team entered in the tournament, Boys 2007, made a quality showing in its first competitive club soccer tournament.

“We’re really proud of all the teams,” Millican said.IMG_8494 (1)

The Girls 2002 team played up in age in the G2001 division. The South Bay girls won the final 3-0 vs. Tactical FC of Las Vegas. The Boys 2002 team won its final 2-1 vs. a CVFC team. The Boys 2004 team won its final 4-1 vs. Hotspurs Academy. And the Girls 2004 team won its final with a similar 4-1 score vs. Matrix Santee.

“We have something special growing here in South Bay,” Coach Santiago Villanueva said. “Our grassroots efforts will only continue to grow and attract more people as we develop players the proper way. I am glad to be part of this special movement.”

The tournament marked the transition to South Bay Matrix Football Club’s new branding and new color scheme logo. The previous burgundy color scheme will continue to form part of our AYSO Region 712 programs. South Bay Matrix is the competitive soccer arm of South Bay AYSO, which is based in the Imperial Beach, South San Diego and San Ysidro communities. The new Blue and Teal colors are similar to partner club, Pacific Soccer Club, which is the AYSO competitive soccer program in Orange and LA counties. The words “South Bay” are across the chest, front and center of the new uniforms.

“In selecting a new color scheme and rebranding, we wanted the primary focus to be on South Bay,” said Director of Coaching Polo Aviles. “We really wanted to embrace our community orientation and make it a focal point. That has always been our strength. We wanted to give our competitive club members and fans something that readily identifies the club as South Bay’s.”

Established in 2003, South Bay Matrix FC has consistently crowned Presidio League Champions, starting in its first season of competitive soccer participation. Since the early beginning, South Bay has been a club to be reckoned with and has consistently won competitive/club soccer championships year in and year out whether in the Presidio League to San Diego Developmental Academy (SDDA), and now even in Coast Soccer League. Its teams have reached the CalSouth State Cup President Division Finals. South Bay teams annually compete and succeed in several high level showcase tournaments. South Bay’s G2002 is also currently participating in the National Premier League (NPL), which is an invitation only prestige travel league.

For more information about our program and how to become a member of South Bay, contact: Polo Aviles, Director of Coaching, at sbmfcpoloaviles@gmail.com or 858-336-8529.

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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!

South Bay’s U13G Team Knocks off Nevada State Champs

In the biggest summer tournament victory in our club program’s history, South Bay AYSO’s Under-13 Girls Matrix team won the Las Vegas Labor Day Classic by defeating the reigning Nevada State champions in the final 4-3. The South Bay girls stormed through bracket play to set up the championship showdown with FC Warriors (Las Vegas), which is ranked #21 in the Southwestern U.S. by GotSoccer. Coach Polo Aviles’ South Bay squad, known as Matrix Elite, has a high flying attack. Including the final, the girls scored 18 goals in four matches. The girls appear to be peaking at the right time, fresh off consecutive victories in the recent San Diego Development Academy (SDDA) College Showcase. The team starts play on Sept. 6 in the SDDA’s Flight 2, as Matrix South Bay U13G Red. By any name, these girls are playing really well!LVchampsU13G

U13G Matrix Elite Takes Attack Summer Classic

The U13G squad took another title this weekend, capturing the Attack Summer Classic. The Matrix Elite (Matrix South Bay Red) team rolled through bracket play the weekend of Aug. 16-17. The South Bay girls won the final 3-1 vs. Arsenal SD, winning their second title in as many tournaments this month alone. “The bracket matches served the purpose of letting us get comfortable with our new formation and new set plays,” Coach Polo Aviles said. “The final was another story, we faced the 1st place finisher of the other bracket and they made us earn the Championship.”

The girls appear to be peaking at the right time. Coach Aviles and Coach Gustavo Padilla are looking forward to the squad’s upcoming showcase weekend in the San Diego Development Academy. Congrats to the team, and keep up the hard work. The SDDA season is just around the corner.

Two More Tournament Championships–U13G and U10G

Matrix South Bay U13G and U10G teams were up to the challenge, as each team took the championship title in their respective divisions in the United Summer Challenge on Aug. 2-3. The U13G rolled through bracket play in the highly competitive Black division of the tournament, held at locations throughout San Diego. The South Bay team defeated Poway Vaqueros 3-0 in the semis, and Encinitas Express 3-1 in the championship match. In four matches overall, the South Bay squad recorded 12 goals, with only two allowed. Coaches Polo Aviles and Gustavo Padilla are looking forward to this fall’s San Diego Development Academy Flight 2 season. The girls have defeated Flight 1 teams this summer, and will continue to practice hard in preparation for academy season.

In U10G, the girls coached by Manny Trujillo reached yet another final, and won this one in dominant fashion 5-2 over TVSA Hawks. This young squad continues to improve with each tournament. Congrats to each of our South Bay teams!

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Youngest and Oldest Teams Roll Through Goya Cup

South Bay’s littlest ladies and its most experienced girls soccer players each dominated the competition in the recent Goya Cup. The South Bay Cowgirls, coached by Christian Valderrama, continue to grow in their skills and footwork by the week. This U7 team is really too young to measure by victories or goals scored. So we will celebrate their obvious joy of playing, and the advanced skills they already demonstrate. Great job, Coach Christian and our Cowgirls!

In U16G, Coach Hector Romo’s Matrix Elite squad kept rival Nado scoreless in both bracket play and the championship match. Matrix Elite defeated Nado 2-0 in the Goya Cup championship on Sunday, June 1. The girls dominated play from the opening whistle, and in all facets of the game. Nado and Matrix Elite will face each other in the Fall 2014 San Diego Development Academy league, where each plays in Flight 1–the highest level in San Diego County.

Matrix Elite is composed of girls from both South Bay and Bonita AYSO. It is a deep, talented squad. The majority of the players have been in AYSO for their entire youth soccer experience.  They have proven that it is not the logo on the jersey that makes the players. It is not the brand of the jersey, the amount of coaching fees the parents pay, or the smoke blown by rival clubs of ‘college’ exposure that makes the players. It is the coach that makes the players, who puts them in a position to succeed, to maximize their training and hard work. While our program in South Bay AYSO/South Bay Matrix is still a work in progress, Coach Christian and Coach Hector are the latest in a long line of outstanding South Bay coaches. We celebrate the passion for the game that each coach has instilled in their players. Way to go!

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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).

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

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!