Surf Academy Boys '95-'96: Surf BU-13 News

Tuesday, June 16
End of 2008-2009 Season
Surf finished the 2008-2009 season with a great trip to Dallas, and a successful run at Dallas Cup 2009. Have a great spring and we'll see everyone back this summer!

Thursday, April 9
Surf Falls to Cal-South Rival, West Coast FC, in Quarterfinals

Despite a very strong effort from Surf, West Coast FC defeated Surf 2-0 on Thursday afternoon to advance to the quarterfinals. Facing into the strongest winds of the week, Surf would have to be content to play defense most of the first half against West Coast. And while West Coast would have its share of crosses and corner kicks, Surf held firm for most of the first half, denying many clear scoring opportunities. Lucas would also step up with a couple of key saves to help preserve the 0-0 score. About ten minutes before halftime, however, Surf would crack. West Coast's borrowed player from Las Vegas would best three Surf defenders before slotting the ball into the right-hand corner to give West Coast the 1-0 lead.

In the second half, the wind would shift almost 90 degrees. Unlike the beginning of the match, where Surf was disadvantaged to be headed almost directly into a south-to-north wind, Surf would gain no such advantage in the second half, as both teams dealt equally with a west-to-east wind the rest of the match. Regardless, Surf competed evenly against WCFC for most of the entire second half, winning balls, holding possession, defending when necessary, and creating opportunities.

Their best opportunity would come about mid-way through the second half, with Brian and Isaac linking up to free Isaac behind the defense. But the ball would not bounce well for Surf on this day, and Isaac inadvertently touched the ball away and would not be able to get off the possible equalizer. A few minutes later, Surf would create another half-chance on goal, but when Corey's shot was blocked, West Coast broke out on a fast break counter-attack. Despite the fact that West Coast's forward appeared to be offside, he was able to finish smartly to give West Coast the second goal, and to ensure their passage into the semifinals.

Surf played a very strong match against a very strong team, ending what had to be considered a positive end to Surf's 2008-2009 season.

Wednesday, April 8
Surf Advances to Quarterfinals with Win over FC Dallas
FC Dallas Match

Behind a very strong effort from Lucas, the Surf defense and midfield, Surf kept FC Dallas off the scoreboard on Wednesday, and two goals from Isaac led to a 2-0 victory over FC Dallas. With a perfect nine points in group, Surf White advanced to a quarterfinal matchup against West Coast FC on Thursday.

Having played FC Dallas at Surf Cup last summer and watched them play earlier matches this week, Surf knew that they would need to match FC Dallas' physical style of play. Moreover, facing into the wind in the first half would make the challenge that much more difficult. Yet Surf stepped up in a big way; in fact, Surf was not only able to defend expertly for nearly the entire half, they created several scoring chances of their own. Notable during the first half was Lucas' excellent save on FC Dallas' lone breakaway chance, as well as Corey's three good opportunities, each of which were stopped by the FC Dallas goalkeeper.

In the second half, with the wind at their back, Surf would begin to take full control of the match. FC Dallas was not able to create any real scoring chances throughout most of the first half, with Surf increasing its possession and territorial advantage. The breakthrough would come mid-way through the half, when Julian would beat the defense around the corner and cross the ball perfectly to Isaac, who coolly to force FC Dallas to score twice to win the group.

Isaac would score his second and lock up the group with a thunder-strike minutes later. Freeing himself outside the box, he would unleash a shot that beat the goalkeeper into the top right corner of the goal. FC Dallas would create a couple of chances late in the match, but trailing by two goals, Surf played smart defense and held onto their second straight clean sheet.

Wednesday, April 8
Dallas Cup Extras
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Tuesday, April 7
Surf Take Charge Against Vardar

Surf took control of Group C on Tuesday afternoon with a dominant 4-0 win against the Michigan team, Vardar. The match would start slow, and while Surf held the advantage most of the match, they failed to create many quality chances. Early on, Corey was able to get free off of cross from Brian, but would shoot over the keeper and hit the cross bar.

Finally, about 20 minutes into match, Tyler would take a corner kick. Julian's near-post run forced a poor header by a Vardar defender, and the ball fell to Corey, who had a simple volley into the back of the net. Surf might have doubled their advantage a few minutes later, but they failed to execute on a great cross and volley attempt.

In the second half, Surf started to take firm control of the match. Corey made a long run down the right hand side, before laying the ball back to Brian, who made no mistake. Brian would complete his brace later in the half with a great volley from near the edge of the penalty box. Finally, Mario would complete the scoring, as he dribbled through several Vardar defenders before scoring.

Surf enters their final group match with a clear directive: win or draw against FC Dallas, and they will advance to the quarterfinals. It is very unlikely that Surf would be able to earn the wildcard berth should they lose Wednesday's match.

Monday, April 6
Surf Steal Points with Late Winner Against Crewe
Surf vs Crewe

In a roller-coaster match on Monday afternoon, Surf White defeated Crewe Alexandra 3-2 at Richland College. Surf would take the early lead on some terrific teamwork. Isaac beat the Crewe defenders and crossed the ball to Corey, who headed the ball into the far corner of the goal.

Crewe would fight back, however, taking control of play. Midway through the first period, they would equalize with some great passsing. After beating the Surf defense, Crewe placed the ball perfectly into the lower corner of the goal to tie the score at 1-1. Crewe would continue to press their advantage, and a few minutes later, they would have the lead. After Lucas made a terrific save on a breakaway, Crewe's forward would find himself unmarked inside the penalty box and headed in the go-ahead goal.

As the first half neared the end, Surf would raise their game and create a few opportunities. Finally, the ball would fall to Brian, who powered the ball past the Crewe keeper to tie the match 2-2 at the break.

In the second half, Surf would have the wind at their back, but Crewe would continue to create chances. Fortunately for Surf, Crewe's goal scoring opportunities would  go wanting. In the dying moments of the match, Isaac would play a ball forward. Although of the through-balls for Surf reached the goalkeeper, Corey was able to reach the ball inches before the keeper and poke it free. Then, he was able to get composed and shoot the ball into the open goal to give Surf the game-winnner.

Sunday, March 8
Surf Fall to Legends in National Cup Quaterfinals
National Cup 09

On Saturday, Surf White lost to Legends FC 1-0 in a National Cup Quarterfinal match. Like last year's matchup against the same team (then known as Stampede SC), Surf would create the majority of the scoring chances, but (also like last season) Surf would be unable to score a first-half goal.

In the second half, the match remained very even. Neither team created any clear chances until Surf fouled Legends about 30-35 yards straight out from the goal. The free kick was very well taken and headed right underneath the crossbar, but Louie was able to tip the ball into the crossbar and the ball deflected over the net. While Surf would survive that foul and subsequent set piece, the next foul would be costly. A free kick was awarded outside of the penalty box, near the end line. On essentially what was a shorter version of  a corner kick, Legends would fight its way through two Surf defenders to earn a free header and head the ball into the corner of the goal to take the lead.

Surf would push forward in search of a tying goal. And while there were two shouts for penalties, neither were given, and Surf was not able to score an equalizer. Surf finishes as National Cup quarterfinalists and now moves on to prepare for Dallas Cup in April.

Sunday, March 1
Surf Advances to National Cup Quarterfinals
National Cup 09

Surf White played their best match of National Cup at exactly the right time, beating FC Barcelona Blue for the second straight time. Unlike their win in Surf Cup, however, there can be no doubt that Barca Blue was in this match to win. In advancing to their second straight quarterfinal appearance, they set up a rematch of last year's semifinal with Legends FC (then Stampede SC).

Although the match was evenly fought in the middle of the field, the difference would be in the attacking and defending thirds. Surf was able to finish its chances while Surf's defense would frustrate Barca's attack. The objective for today's match was to shut down Barcelona's dangerous forward and the back four accomplished their mission, repeatedly beating him to balls in the air, double-teaming him, and limiting his chances.

Brian recorded a brace in the critical round of sixteen matchup, scoring once in each half. In the first half, Surf White took control of the half-cleared corner kick and sent the ball wide to the far side. Corey crossed the ball to the near post, where Brian superbly directed the header towards the far post, away from the Barca keeper, and into the side net. Brian would double his tally in the early minutes of the second half, Julian would cut in from the right side before squaring the ball to Brian, who finished past the Barca keeper.

Saturday, February 28
Surf White Falls to Pateadores Blue
National Cup 09

Surf White lost 2-1 to Pateadores Blue on Saturday afternoon. Fortunately, the result did not affect Surf's passage into the round of 16 elimination bracket. It did, however, mean that Surf would fall into the bottom half of the bracket, setting up a Sunday matchup with Group E winner FC Barcelona Blue and a potential quarterfinal matchup against either Arsenal FC or Legends FC.

On Saturday, Surf White continued an unfortunate National Cup trend: surrendering an early goal. Within the first five minutes of the match, Surf White fouled outside of their penalty box, and Pateadores took full advantage. The free kick evaded the wall and the goalkeeper to give Pateadores the advantage.

As the half progressed, however, Surf began to take control. Eventually, Pateadores conceded. Corey fought through several Pateadores defenders and got around the corner before finding Mario in front of the goal. Mario made no mistake and equalized from close range. Surf had several more chances before halftime but was unable to convert.

In the second half, the match tightened up considerably. But halfway throught the second half, Pateadores was able to break down Surf's defense. Louie came up big with the initial save, but Pateadores was there to volley the deflection into the net to give Pateadores the advantage. Surf managed a few opportunities to re-tie the score, but failed to convert.

Sunday, February 22
Surf Storm Back from Two-Goal Deficit
National Cup 09

Despite a slow start, Surf White won their first group match against Zorritos and assured passage into the round of sixteen on Sunday afternoon. The group H winner will be determined on Saturday afternoon, with Surf winning the group with a win or draw against Pateadores Blue. Both Surf and Pats Blue will play teams from Group H on Sunday afternoon in the round of sixteen.

Sunday's match did not start well for Surf; a free kick from 40 yards out found its way over Lucas' grasp and into the goal. A few mintues later, a misplayed ball gave Zorritos' forward an opening, and he rounded the Surf keeper to score a second.

With their National Cup future in the balance, Surf White raised their game. Just before halftime, Corey drove forward and found Julian, who cut back free of the Zorritos defender and beat the keeper, to get Surf back in the match.

In the second half, Surf White looked like a different side, and their consistent pressure finally wore Zorritos down. Corey left-footed shot hit the underside of the crossbar before hitting the back of the net to equalize before Mario gave Surf the lead half-way through the second half. Two additional goals, from Julian and Corey respectively, would give Surf a 5-2 win and the three-goal advantage they needed to hold the tiebreaker over Pateadores, should they draw next Saturday.

Monday, January 19
Surf White Captures Presidents Cup Title
SD Presidents Cup

On Sunday evening, Surf White captured the San Diego Presidents Cup Boys Under-14 Champions. Surf prevailed over Presidio League rival Lightning Red in penalty kicks, 4-3, with Louie making the game-winning save on the fifth kick for Lightning. The match was tied 2-2 after both regulation and overtime. Using their outside speed, Carlsbad seized the early lead, but Surf rallied to tie and then take the lead in the second half. Julian tied the score on an amazing, 60-yard sprint past everyone, and then Brian scored a header goal, taking the well-placed cross from Mario. But Carlsbad was able to equalize, making good on a set piece from outside the penalty box. Louie made the initial save, but Carlsbad was able to get to the rebound and tie the match. But at the end of the day, Surf was more precise from the penalty spot, exacting a bit of revenge from Saturday's defeat and taking home their third tournament title of the season.

In the semifinals, Surf White cruised past the FC San Diego BU-14 side. Brian opened the scoring, taking the assist from Eric, and Mitchell doubled the score, heading home the cross from Brian.

In group play, Surf White opened against Presidio AAA Champions, FC San Diego, on Saturday. Julian scored twice and earned a penalty, while Johnny, Brian, and Luis all added goals, as Surf White cruised to a 5-0 victory. Later in the afternoon, Surf would face Lightning Red. Lightning's size and speed gave Surf trouble throughout the match, and Lightning was able to score once and keep Surf from netting an equalizer. As a result, Surf faced a must-win on Sunday afternoon to advance to the semifinals. Against the Matrix BU-14 side on Sunday morning, Surf White found their form. Julian opened the scoring, converting a Zack pass, and Julian secured the match, scoring from Luis' pass.

Monday, January 5
Surf White Fall in Finals at Arsenal Winter Classic
Arsenal Winter Classic

On Sunday afternoon, Surf White fell to league rival, Aztecs FC Premier, 4-0, reaching the finals but failing to capture the Arsenal Winter Classic title. Aztecs opened the scoring early, converting a header goal into the far corner of the goal. Surf create a few chances to equalize, but failed to put the ball into the back of the net. Shortly before the half, Aztecs doubled their advantage. In the second half, a questionable red card made Surf's task almost impossible, and Aztecs pressed their advantage, scoring two more goals.

Prior to the final, Surf White had been playing very good soccer. On Saturday afternoon, Surf faced Coast Premier League Gold runners-up, Arsenal  FC, in their opening group match. Arsenal established an advantage over Surf, with more possession and several scoring opportunities. Surf's defense held firm, however, and it would be the defense that provided the offense, as well. Erik headed home Tyler's corner kick to give Surf the advantage early in the second half. As the match progressed, Surf gained more and more control, and they should have sealed the match in the closing minutes. Brian turned the corner on the end line, passing back to Max, who converted the apparent second goal. Somehow, the referee ruled Max offside. Despite the terrible call, Surf's defense kept the clean sheet and securing the victory.

In their second match on Sunday, Surf would face Del Mar Sharks. Surf started fast, with Brian scoring another header goal off a corner kick, again from Tyler, and Julian doubled the lead shortly before halftime, volleying Brian's cross into the back of the net. Surf would add two more goals in the second half: Brian volleying a cross from Mario, and  Mario adding a fourth with an outstanding strike from distance. Although Del Mar would take advantage of some slack defending late the match to score a consolation goal, Surf would close out a 4-1 victory.

In the semifinal, Surf would face Arsenal White, runners-up from Group B. Despite dominating possession and creating several chances, Surf was not able to score until late in the first half. Brian was able to penatrate into the box and score. Nursing a one goal advantage, Surf would foul Arsenal in the box, conceding a penalty and allowing Arsenal to tie the match halfway through the second half. Four minutes later, however, Arsenal would return the favor, felling Brian and allowing Johnny to give Surf the lead again. Classy goals by Corey and Brian would extend Surf's advantage late and secure their spot in the final.

Wednesday, July 23
Surf White Capture Carlsbad Cup Title
Carlsbad Cup

On Monday, Surf White defeated both Laguna Niguel SC in the semifinals and PQ Premier Red in the finals to capture the Carlsbad Cup title.

In the final, Surf would face a rested PQ Premier team that advanced to the final after Aztecs Premier withdrew from the tournament. Against the run of play, PQ Premier would take the early advantage. Lack of communication in the back would free the PQ forward to take a close-in shot and put PQ ahead 1-0. Surf answered before the end of the half, however. Brian got around the right corner and played the ball across the front of the goal. Luis would miss-hit his attempt, but the ball would fall right to Julian, who put it into the back of the net.

 In the second half, Surf increased the pressure on the PQ defense. Julian made a nice run down the right side of the field and played a perfect cross across the middle, and Brian ran onto and headed the ball well past the keeper to give Surf the 2-1 advantage. As the match neared the end, PQ would create a few chances, but the Surf defense was stout enough to hold their advantage. Then, a few minutes before the end of the match, Brian would score unassisted to give Surf the 3-1 advantage and put the match away.

In the semifinal, Surf faced Laguna Niguel SC, the side that Surf ousted in last year's National Cup semifinal. As with the National Cup match, the match was hotly contested, with plenty of physical play. In the first half, Laguna Niguel made use of the field's slope, wind, and aggressive play to dominate possession and create more scoring chances. As halftime neared, Surf began to take the fight back to Laguna Niguel and following Nico's halftime talk and change of sides, Surf looked more like a team capable of winning the tournament. Goals were tough to come by, however, and penalty kicks looked almost certain until the final minute of regulation. In the dying seconds, Julian crossed the ball to Tyler, who fired the ball into the back of the net for the game winner.

On the weekend, Surf would finish with four wins and a tie, scoring ten goals and conceding four goals. While it was not the most impressive weekend of play from the boys, the result was a tournament title and trophy against strong competition. Well done, boys! On to Surf Cup!

Carlsbad Cup Champions

Sunday, July 20
Surf Advance to Semifinals at Carlsbad Cup

Surf advances in second place in Group B to play Laguna Niguel SC in Monday morning's semifinal of the Carlsbad Cup.

Surf and Aztecs played to their highest goal total in the past three years on Sunday afternoon. All four of the goals would be scored in the first half, as Aztecs edged Surf in points to win Group B. Both teams advanced to the semifinals on Monday morning.

Against the run of play, Surf would take the early lead. After winning a free kick in the 9th minute, Julian smartly played the ball early to a streaking Brian, getting behind the Aztecs defense to finish low into the far corner. Aztecs would equalize less than two minutes later. A long kick freed the Aztecs forward, who maneuvered past the Surf defense to tie the match.

Before the end of the half, Aztecs took the advantage, with the Aztecs scorer turning quickly and firing into the far corner, but a minute later, Surf responded. Corey won the ball and sent Julian free. Julian worked his way into the penalty box before finding Brian on the far side of the goal to tap in the equalizer.

Despite Aztecs having a man sent off with 15 minutes left in the second half, the second half would go scoreless, and Aztecs would advance in first place, with Surf also advancing in second place.

Day Two at the Carlsbad Cup began with Surf White continuing to shake off the rust from their layoff against the Hawaii State Champions. Despite the fact that they fell 4-0 to Aztecs Premier on Saturday, the Honolulu Bulls battled throughout against Surf.

A first half goal from Brian, rebounding after Mitch headed Justin's cross, and a second half goal from Johnny, converting a penalty, were the only goals, but Surf walked away 2-0 winners.

On Saturday, Surf White began their first game predictably rusty, allowing Pateadores Blue to control the early play. Inconsistent touches and poor decisions marred the first half, and the inability to clear the ball in the air forced Surf White to concede a corner kick in the 17th minute, and Pats' new forward converted the unlikely corner kick into a goal, curling the ball high into the far corner of the goal.

In the second half, Surf looked like a different team. Early pressure created opportunities, and Brian was able to head Tyler's cross back across the goal to equalize the match. With only six minutes remaining, Julian gave Surf the deserved advantage, taking Justin's low cross and finishing into the far corner of the goal. Although Surf was unable to extend their lead when awarded a penalty two minutes later, they finished the match with a 2-1 victory.