Surf Academy Boys '95-'96: Welcome

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Welcome to the Web site for the Surf Boys Academy ’95-’96 soccer team. Surf Soccer Club is based in San Diego, California, and competes in Presidio League, Cal-South, and US Youth Soccer events. The Academy Under-15 team for the 2010-2011 season will be coached by Paul Currie and is building upon the significant success the team has had over the past several seasons — including numerous league and tournament titles and Cal-South National Cup semifinalists in 2008.

Go Surf!



Sunday, May 22
Surf Win Cal-South National Cup Championship

Congratulations to Surf Academy for capturing the 2011 Cal-South National Cup championship. Surf defeated Arsenal FC 2-0 to capture the trophy.

With the game scorless at half and neither team with an advantage, Surf came out in the second half looking to change that. Zack took the ball out of the backfield for a run up the right sideline and a headfake allowed him to get to the end line first and cross to Justin who put it off the crossbar and into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Isaac scored the second goal with fancy footwork up the middle through 3 defenders to put the game away with 7 minutes to play.

Surf Academy now advances to the Far West Regional Championships in Boise, ID to be played June 20-26. This tournament is open only to State Champions from Region IV - Hawaii, Alaska, Northern California, Southern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana (Not competing this year), Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming (Not competing this year), and Colorado; Far West Regional League Winners from the Fall and Spring Leagues; and two Wild Card teams - this year one from Northern California and one from Colorado.

Winner of the Far West Regional tournament moves on to face winners from Regions I, II, and III Regionals for the National Championship in Phoenix, AZ in July.

Well done, boys!



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Saturday, May 21
Surf Advance to National Cup Finals

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Surf Academy advanced to their first-ever National Cup final on Saturday morning with a thrilling 3-2 win over Santa Barbara SC. Isaac provided the game winner on a driving run down the left side with only minutes remaining.

Surf would open the scoring early, with both Isaac and Brian scoring in the opening minutes. Surf would control the match throughout the first half and might have been unlucky not to use their dominant possession to extend the lead.

In the second half, Santa Barbara worked their way back into the match. They cut the lead in half in the opening minutes and equalized on a close play that was not called offside. In the end, Surf reasserted it's dominance and  scored the well-earned match-winner just a few minutes before the end of regulation.

Surf will play Arsenal FC on Sunday for the state championship and the berth in Region IV championships in Boise next month.



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Sunday, May 15
Old Foes

Surf and Aztecs play each other twice each year in Presidio League, and usually 2-3 more times throughout the year in various tournaments.  The games are always very tough and highly competitive.  This year's Quarterfinal match would be no different.  Under cloudy skies with intermittent rain, winds gusting 18-25 knots, and 43 degree temperatures at gametime, the elements could easily have become a distraction but both teams were focused and ready.

Surf scored first on a cross from Brian that hit the back of an Aztec defender and went in the net for an own goal.  The half ended 1-0, and Aztecs scored to tie the game midway through the second half.  Regulation ended 1-1 and went into two 15 minute overtime periods.

After no score in the first OT, and a stalemate going in the second OT, it looked like the game could be headed into PK's, but with 6 minutes left in OT Isaac would score to break the tie and the defense held on for the win sending Surf to the Semi-Finals for the second time in 4 years.



Saturday, May 14
Surf advances to National Cup Quarterfinals

Surf finished first in Bracket O of National Cup to face ISC Strikers, last years National Cup Finalist, in the Round of 16 in Lancaster.  With 2 of the Strikers receiving red cards in the previous match, their bench was limited and Surf prevailed 2-1 to move on to face Aztecs Premier in next weeks Quarterfinal back in Lancaster.



Sunday, April 10
Rough Sledding in Round 2

Day 1 of Round 2 of the Far West Regional league was a disappointment for the team who was playing some of their best soccer of the season despite the loss of their Captain, Corey Baird.  Corey moved up to the U16 Academy team for the remainder of the season and the team stepped up in his absence against the defending National Champs, Bayern, in game 1.  The game was well played by both sides but Bayern prevailed 2-0 while Surf had chance after chance but could not finish.

In Game 2, Surf controlled play the entire game but once again had issues finishing. Combine that with a clear foul on a Surf player in the box that was a non-call with 30 seconds to play in the game and a quick whistle to restart play gave the AZ Fury Juventus striker a 1 v. 1 against the Surf goalie resulting in the AZ winning goal with 10 seconds to play - final score 2-1.

Surf would bounce back Day 2 for a 2-1 victory over Tuzos Pachuca for a third place finish in the Spring League.



Tuesday, July 27
Surf Capture First Surf Cup Championship

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On Monday, Justin, John, and Lucas accomplished something they only dreamed about seven years ago when they first stepped out on the Polo Fields wearing the Surf jersey: winning Surf Cup.

Surf Academy defeated Milan FC of Turlock, CA to capture the 30th edition of the presitgious San Diego Surf Cup tournament. Surf came into the final as heavy underdogs, based on widespread public opinion, but the boys had no fear. Despite allowing Milan a healthy dose of possession early on, Surf gradually began to take control of the match.

Surf would start to create chances about midway through the first half. Isaac appeared to break the offside trap and was headed to goal, but the assistant referee flagged him for a questionable offside call. Moments later, the center referee would ignore the AR, as Isaac slipped by the defense, but his shot went just wide. Brian would also beat the trap, but the goalkeeper was able to block Brian's shot. The chances were coming...

Finally, as halftime approached, Surf would break through. Brian would again break past the Milan defense and this time he would make no mistake, beating the goalkeeper and giving Surf the halftime advantage.

Milan is an extremely dangerous team, and they can score goals in bunches, as their 16 goals over the first five matches would attest. As they second half began, everyone had to be anticipating adjustments and a Milan assault. But Surf kept their composure, played excellent defense, and continued to put the pressure on Milan. Within ten minutes in the second half, Brian would double Surf's lead with a brillant shot over the keeper and into the far corner of the goal.

Milan would attack the remainder of the match, but Jesse and Marcos brilliantly read plays and cut out numerous balls attempting to find streaking forwards, Lucas punched corners and crosses away from danger throughout the second half, and Corey harrassed the midfield attack, continually forcing the Milan attack wide and often taking the ball and getting the counter attacks started that continued to threaten Milan throughout the match.

 But this was a complete team effort: Brandon and John were masterful at delaying the attack on the outside, while Erik confidently cleaned up any danger that would get past the four in front of him. Mario and Justin distrupted many attacks before they even got started, and created many great scoring chances by getting around Milan's outside midfield and defense. Second-half subs Tyler, Luis, Zack, and Mitch didn't miss a beat, offering fresh legs against the tiring Milan side. On Monday, Surf were without two key team members on Monday that contributed to early victories that got Surf to the final: Bryce, who was extremely unlucky to fall and break his collarbone on Sunday afternoon, and Andrew, who had previous vacation plans.

In the end, Surf Academy prevailed 2-0, securing the presigious San Diego Surf Cup Boys Under-15 Championship. Great win, boys!

In the semifinal on Monday morning, Surf defeated Diablo FC in a rematch of last year's quarterfinal. In a match that was even for most of the first half, Diablo would turn up the pressue in the second half. On at least two occasions, Surf looked to have conceded a goal, but somehow, it remained scoreless. Finally, Surf started to create a few counterattacks to relieve some of the pressure from Diablo's attack.

With 13 minutes remaining in regulation, Surf would create the break they needed. Zack received the ball wide on the right side of midfield, and whipped in one of his patented crosses. Corey saw the opportunity and timed his run perfectly, deftly touching the cross and beating the goalkeeper in the right corner. Despite being outplayed on the morning, Surf was able to get the goal and preserve the shutout to advance to the final.



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Surf Academy Accomplishments

  BU-15 Highlights    BU-14 Highlights  
  • Far West Regional League – 2nd Round (Spring)
  • Surf Thanksgiving Champion
  • Presidio League Premier Champion
  • Far West Regional League – 2nd Round (Fall)
  • NHB Cup Finalists
  • Surf Cup Champion
  • Albion Cup Finalist
  • National Cup – Round of 16
  • Surf Thanksgiving Finalist
  • Far West Regional League – 3rd Place (Fall)
  • Presidio League Premier
    Runner-up
  • NHB Cup Semifinalist
  • Surf Cup Quarterfinalist
  • Albion Cup Champion
   BU-13 Highlights BU-12 Highlights  BU-11 Highlights
  • Dallas Cup Quarterfinalist
  • National Cup Quarterfinalist
  • Arsenal Winter Classic Finalist
  • Surf Thanksgiving Champion
  • Presidio League Premier
    Runner-up
  • Carlsbad Cup Champion
  • National Cup Semifinalist
  • Surf Thanksgiving Champion
  • Presidio League Premier Champion
  • NHB Cup Finalist
  • Albion Showcase Champion
  • State Cup
    Round of Sixteen
  • Celtic Cup Semifinalist
  • Nomads Thanksgiving Finalist
  • Presidio League AAA Champion
  • Surf Cup Semifinalist