Surf Academy Boys '95-'96: Surf News

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!

Natl Cup Champs

Saturday, May 21
Surf Advance to National Cup Finals
Cal-South National Cup 2011

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.

Surf Academy vs. Santa Barbara - Semis

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.

Saturday, April 2
Surf Finish Strong

Surf Academy finished strong in their final match of the first round for this spring's Far West Regional League, winning 1-0 against Arsenal FC this Saturday in Rancho Capistrano. In a match where Arsenal had a man sent off, Surf shook off a missed penalty, found a goal before halftime, and kept a clean sheet to finish second and advance to the second round. This marks the third time in four FWRL seasons that Surf has advanced to the second round.

Next weekend, Surf plays Bayern SC, Tuzos Pachuca, and AZ Fury Juventus to determine who receives the FWRL Spring berth into the Far West Regionals.

Today, Arsenal had a player sent off early for an intentional handball denying a goal scoring opportunity. Although Surf failed to take advantage of the penalty chance, they would take the lead on a set piece opportunity. Marcus sent the ball in and it was deflected to Andrew, who made no mistake. Surf was playing with a few new faces in different positions, and played extremely well to get the result today.

In earlier matches over the past three weeks, Surf tied three matches against AZ Fury, Sereno White, and and won against Laguna Niguel to earn nine points and advance to the second round.

Monday, November 29
Surf Capture Thanksgiving Tournament

Surf overcame a slow start on Friday and penalty kicks in the final to capture the Surf Thanksgiving Tournament.

The tournament started slowly. Against Striker FC, Surf trailed twice before Justin drove through the middle and finished well to give Surf a 3-2 win. Andrew volleyed well to equalize the first time, and Isaac went past the goalkeeper to equalize the second time. In Friday's second match, Surf struggled to create any chances against Mission Viejo Titans, while Titans scored from a very tight angle to score the game-winner.

On Saturday, Surf stormed past Orange SC Rage 6-1 to win their group and advance to the semifinals. Corey opened the scoring with a free kick in the first five minutes, and Brian converted two penalty kicks to open the match up. Andrew, Isaac, and Bryce all scored (against one Rage goal) in the second half.

On Monday, Surf faced it's third knock-out match against Milan FC this year. Despite being awarded a questionable penalty in the first half, Surf was unable to convert and the match remained scoreless at halftime. In the second half, Brian scored on a free kick to give Surf the lead, but Milan equalized minutes later when Surf failed to track back and left a winger wide open. Surf would close strong, however. Corey found Isaac running free on the right. and Isaac crossed perfectly for Brian, who scored the game-winner. Brandon would score the final goal after Isaac ran through the entire Milan defense. His goal was blocked, but Brandon's great run was rewarded, as he tapped in the rebound.

 In the final, Surf faced Titans in a rematch of their group match. Surf was much more dangerous in the final, but had difficulty scoring. Several great chances were not converted, and finally, Brian gave Surf the lead when his long-distance strike caught the goalkeeper off his line. Surf almost extended the match on a few occasions, but the 1-0 scoreline left the match in question. Surf's failure to extend the lead cost them late in the match, when Titans counterattacked, beat a few defenders and equalized.

Playing overtime at the end of five matches yielded few scoring opportunities, so penalty kicks would decide the tournament winner. Brian, Corey, and Tyler would convert their penalties, and three misses by Mission Viejo would give Surf the championship.

Sunday, November 21
Rain Dominates But Surf Clings to Hope
Rain 128

Despite field conditions that should have mandated postponed matches, Surf completed two of its three matches in the second round of the Far West Regional League's fall season.

In the first match, played in a heavy rain and increasingly difficult playing conditions, Surf played to a near-stalemate against  northern California's Santa Clara Sporting. Surf created most of the chances in the first half, with a couple of chances just missing the frame or being saved by Sporting's goalkeeper. However, early in the second half, Sporting made the most of a set piece. From nearly midfield, Sporting sent the ball into the box. Surf closed on the first header, but in doing so, allowed Sporting to flick the ball to an open player, who was able to convert the first and only goal in the match. Surf created pressure in the second half, but the diminishing playing conditions made it difficult to set up quality chances.

In the afternoon, the field was ridiculous. Large puddles littered the field, making it nearly impossible to pass the ball along the ground or to dribble the ball forward. The game was largely long balls and challenges all over. Within the first five minutes, Corey drove the ball forward, and patiently waited for Brian to break free. A great touch from Corey's cross and deft finish allowed Brian to give Surf the deserved lead.

In the second half, Laguna Niguel was awarded a penalty, despite the fact that the Laguna attacker appeared to simply slip in the miserable field conditions. Laguna converted the resulting penalty kick to equalize. The poor field conditions fit Laguna's style much more than Surf's ball-control offense, and that limited Surf's ability to create opportunities to regain the lead late in the match.

The reality is that the referees or Region IV officials should not have allowed the afternoon matches to be played. All of the fields at John Blanche were completely soaked, with large puddles on every field. These were not the field conditions to determine the FWRL champions. 

Monday, November 8
Surf Capture Presidio Title

Surf defeated Arsenal FC South twice over the weekend to secure its second Presidio Premier Division championship. Shortly following the clinching win against Arsenal, Aztecs FC Premier called to forfeit Surf's final match, ending the season for both teams.

Over the fourteen match season, Surf accumulated 39 points (only three short of the maximum). They scored 51 goals while only conceding 11. Congratulations to the boys!

Tuesday, September 7
Strong NHB Cup Ends in Finals
NHB Cup Logo

San Diego Surf Academy played well throughout the Labor Day tournament before injuries and fatigue contributed to a sound defeat in the finals to National Cup champions, South Coast Bayern. The 5-1 beating was difficult to swallow, but it's important to emphasize that Surf made it to the final by playing well through the first five games of the weekend.

 The tournament started with a wild match versus LA Galaxy. Surf started brightly and led 2-0 at halftime – Corey scoring from a through-ball from Justin and Brian scoring from a well-hit goal kick by Lucas – but Galaxy came out quickly to start the second half and evened the match within the first fifteen minutes of the second half. Surf appeared to have won the match when Isaac scored after Corey ran through the entire Galaxy midfield, but Galaxy scored an amazing goal from well outside the penalty area to tie the match at three goals each.

 Against Mustang Hotspur, from northern California, on Saturday afternoon, Surf played a very tight match. The first half was scoreless, as each team had few opportunities. Mustang's quickness caused Surf some difficulty, quickly closing the space and preventing Surf from building up the play. Eventually, Justin broke through on the left and laid the ball back to Isaac, who gave Surf the lead. With five minutes remaining, Surf appeared to secure the win with Jesse's volley off a corner kick from Brian. Mustang made the final couple of minutes eventful, as they pulled back a goal with two minutes to play. Surf held on to win 2-1.

The final group match was against CZ Elite. Surf scored early, as Justin knocked in the rebound after some good build-up from Isaac and shot from Mario. Surf was unable to hold the lead, however, as CZ broke through midway into the second half. Erik broke the tie with ten minutes remaining, however, heading home a corner kick from Tyler, to give Surf the 2-1 victory and secure first place in group.

In the quarterfinal, Surf played the very talented Under-14 team from Cosmos Academy, formerly LAFC Chelsea. Surf played well throughout this match, taking the lead about five minutes before halftime. Isaac worked with Luis through midfield to create the opportunity. Unfortunately, a tough penalty call just before halftime allowed Cosmos to equalize. Surf continued to battle into the second half and were rewarded as Isaac's surge through the middle resulted in a good shot. The shot was well-saved, but Brian was there to clean up and give Surf the advantage. Surf extended the lead in the closing minutes, as Brian chipped the goalkeeper after being sent through by Corey.

In the semifinal, Surf faced a rematch of the Surf Cup finals against Milan FC from the Central Valley. The match was extremely balanced, with very few chances for either team, and the match went into overtime scoreless. In the first overtime half, Surf finally broke through with a very well-constructed goal. Corey surged through the midfield, before sending a through ball past the defense for Isaac. Isaac saw Brian making a great run and crossed the ball, allowing Brian to score the match winner.

By the time Surf reached the final, they were tired and beat up. Marcus was unable to play after the first day, and Bryce re-injured his collar bone. Bayern started quickly, but Surf came back quickly with a goal from Isaac (John providing the overlapping run and assist). Bayern finished the first half with three additional goals, capitalizing on mistakes from Surf , and cruising to a 5-1 win in the finals.

Wednesday, July 28
Tournament Pictures

Enjoy a couple of albums with pictures from our first two tournaments. The good news is that Margie has taken lots of pictures. The bad news is that Margie has taken lots of pictures – almost 1,000 from Surf Cup alone! Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 27
Surf Capture First Surf Cup Championship
Surf Cup Logo

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.

Surf Cup 2010 Champions

Sunday, July 25
Surf Win Twice, Advance to Quarterfinals
Surf Cup Logo

Surf Academy waited until late to defeat Washington Premier 1-0 and rolled over Houstonians 4-0 to advance to the Surf Cup quarterfinals for the second straight year.

 More details to follow...

Monday, July 19
Surf Play Pats to a Stalemate in Final, Lose in PKs
Albion Cup

Surf Academy played one of the stronger Coast Gold teams on Monday in the Albion Cup. Despite creating several good scoring opportunities, the teams played to a 0-0 stalemate over 100 minutes of play. In penalty kicks, Pateadores prevailed 7-6 in eight rounds of kicks from the spot.

Details to follow…

Sunday, July 18
Surf Advance to Albion Cup Final
Albion Cup

On Sunday, Surf Academy continued their strong play in the Albion Cup tournament, advancing to the Albion Cup final against familiar foe, Pateadores Blue. 

Surf Academy vs. FC Golden State

On Sunday morning, Surf Academy faced a new opponent, but one that had a definite familiar sense to it. FC Golden State features several players and the coach from one of Surf's top rivals, Legends FC. So, with a renewed sense of rivaly, Surf took the field against FC Golden State to determine who would win the group and who would advance to the semifinals as runners up.

Surf started brightly, creating most of the possession and a few chances in the first ten minutes. FC Golden State had a few minutes on the counter-attack, but had little in the way of possession. As might be expected from its former Legends players, FC Golden State played a physical brand of soccer, and Surf would take advantage of a foul just outside the box. Instead of setting up for a shot or a set piece, Brian took the restart quickly, passing to Corey straight out from the goal. Corey chipped the ball deftly over the FC Golden State defense to Isaac to break down the defense. As the defense scrambled to keep up with the quick ball movement, Isaac found Corey breaking to the goal. Corey's shot was blocked, but Isaac was there to put away the rebound and give Surf the early advantage.

As the half wore on, FC Golden State began to possess the ball much better, creating a few opportunities, and as the half closed, it was clear that this would remain a very tightly played match.

The second half remained a well-contested, with both teams creating chances but no goals. Surf was unable to find a way through to put away the match, but they were effectively keeping Legends far enough away from good scoring positions. As the match entered the final 15 mintues, Legends physicality was increasingly a factor, either fouling or, in many cases, using their aggression to win possession from Surf. But at the end of the match, they were not able to break through and Surf went through as group winners and avoided Pateadores in the semifinal stage.

Semifinal: Surf Academy vs. OC Revolution


Saturday, July 17
Surf Open Season Strong at Albion Cup
Albion Cup

On Saturday, Surf Academy opened the Albion Cup tournament, hoping to find out a bit more about what this season had in store for them. After day one, the results so far have been a rousing success, and the payoff for their first two matches is a pass to the semifinal on Sunday afternoon, regardless of the Sunday morning result against FC Golden State.

Surf Academy vs. North Valley Juventus

On Saturday morning, Surf Academy faced North Valley Juventus of Arizona. In April, Surf Academy lost to Juventus in Phoenix, and Surf was outplayed in that match by the stronger, faster Arizona side. Saturday's result would be different, however.

In the sixth minute, Isaac and Brian worked a 1-2 down the middle of the field, and Isaac might have taken the goalkeeper by surprise with a quick shot into the left corner to give Surf the early lead. But Juvenutus battle back into the match quickly. Three minutes later, Juventus flicked on a long ball, freeing the forward to go to goal. He would finish to pull Juventus even.

From there, however, Surf would begin to take control of the match, controlling most of the possession and limiting the Juventus counterattack. In the 29th minute, Surf would translate the advantage to the scoreboard. Mario got free in the box for a good attempt, and while the goalkeeper was able to save the intial shot, Brian was there to put the rebound away in the bottom right corner.

In the second half, Isaac would complete a brace, working again with Brian to get free in the box. An excellent low finish would give Surf a two-goal advantage and seal their first victory of the season.

Surf Academy vs. Mission Viejo Titans

Later that afternoon, Surf Academy faced Mission Viejo Titans. A year ago, Surf struggled to defeat Titans in this same tournament, and at the start, it looked like more of the same. The opening three minutes were dominated by Titans possession. Surf was slow to close down the ball, and slow to win 50/50s.

But on virtually their first possession of the match, Surf would strike quickly. In the fourth minute, Corey would flick on ball to Issac, and he did it all fromm their, beating a couple of defenders and scoring his third goal of the day. Four minutes later, Corey would collect the ball near midfield and slip through both the midfield and defenders. With the full attention of the goalkeeper, Corey cooly passed the ball across the box to Brian, who made no mistake from about 10 yards out, scoring his second goal of the day and doubling Surf's lead.

The rout was on halfway through the first half. Andrew scored his first Surf goal on a corner kick, finding Brian's cross and directing across the goal into the net. And before halftime, Surf's lead would increase to four goals. Justin shot on goal from the left side of the penalty box. The goalkeeper appeared to have the ball well covered, but the shot powered through his hands and into the goal.

In the second half, three more players registered their first goals of the season, as seven goalscorers led Surf to a convincing 7-1 victory. Bryce would both start and finish the first goal of the second half. After winning the ball in the middle, he would find Mario out wide; Mario laid the ball back to Corey, who found Bryce running to goal. Bryce would finish well for the fifth goal. Johnny and Mario would close out the scoring, Johnny reaching and finishing Mario's corner kick, and Mario finishing well from Tyler's cross.

Only a well-struck free kick from Titans, awarded after a questionable foul call,  would spoil the afternoon, but two well-played matches would be enough to get Surf into the semifinals. Sunday morning's match against FC Golden State, also qualified for the semifinals, is only to determine which of the two teams finishes first in group.

Friday, July 16
Surf Opens Under-15 Season Saturday at Albion Cup
Albion Cup

The Surf Academy Boys Under-15 team opens the 2010-2011 season Saturday morning at UCSD in the annual Albion Cup tournament. In this weekend's tournament, Surf faces two familiar teams and one that is going to seem familiar, as well. Both North Valley Juvenus, from Arizona, and Mission Viejo Titans are opponents from last season, and FC Golden State will feature a very familiar coach and several players who have joined FCGS from Legends/LAFC.

Surf plays three group matches on Saturday and Sunday morning and hopes to advance to the semifinals on Sunday afternoon. The tournament final is on Monday morning.

Monday, May 16
Surf Prevail in Overtime Thriller vs Aztecs
Cal-South National Cup 2011
As overtime was waining and penalty kicks loomed, a bullet from Isaac propelled Surf through the quarterfinals and set up a semifinal meeting with Santa Barabara SC. Great job, boys!