Surf Academy Boys '95-'96: Surf BU-14 News

Sunday, April 25
Surf Academy Out of National Cup in Penalties

Surf Academy fell out of Cal-South National Cup in the Round of 16 on Sunday morning, falling to Fram CQ in penalty kicks. The loss ends the Boys Under-14 Season for Surf Academy. Despite the disappointing loss, Surf Academy had a successful season, with the following achievements:

  • Albion Cup Champions
  • Surf Cup Quarterfinalists
  • NHB Cup Semifinalists
  • Far West Regional League – Third Place
  • Presidio Cup Runners-Up
  • Surf Thanksgiving Cup Finalists
  • Cal-South National Cup – Round of 16

Surf Academy had the early edge on Sunday morning, creating several chances before breaking through with the first goal. Mario cut back on the goalkeeper to give Surf the early lead. Surf continued to press for an insuarnce goal, but a mix-up on a long ball into the Surf half freed up a Fram attacker, who evened the score.

Although Surf pressed throughout the second half and overtime, they could not convert their chances. A header from Corey was well-saved by the goalkeeper, shots by Brian and Corey were cleared off the line by defenders, Jesse had a shot saved by a lunging goalkeeper and one hit off the post, but none would find the back of the net.

In Penalties, Jesse, Mario, Tyler, and Johnny all converted their penalies, but a saved penalty against Corey's shot would prove costly, as Fram was perfect to win 5-4.

Saturday, April 24
Surf Captures Group D with 4-0 Shutout
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Surf Academy played a complete match on Saturday morning, dominating LAFC Chelsea throughout the match, scoring four times and keeping a clean sheat to capture first place in Group D. By capturing Group D, Surf Academy avoids Group A winners, West Coast FC, in the round of 16.

The first two goals came through the forward tandem of Brian and Issac. Brian fed Isaac to open the scoring, and Isaac returned the favor, playing a though-ball for Brian minutes later to give Surf a 2-0 advantage. Corey would score a brace with goals on both sides of halftime to give Surf their final margin.

Monday, April 19
Surf's National Cup Future in the Balance
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Despite playing some of their best possession soccer of the season – and creating many, many chances – Surf find themselves in a precarious spot headed into their last group match of the 2010 Cal-South National Cup. Surf is currently leading Group D; however, they play their last group match against co-leader LAFC Chelsea and the third team tied for first, Arsenal South, plays the last place team, Cypress FC, in their final group match.

To sum it up, if Surf wins or draws against LAFC, they will advance to the round of 16. If they win on Saturday morning by four or more goals, they will advance as group winners. If they have a narrow win, there are a number of different scenarios in which they will advance in either first or second place.

Last weekend, Surf started quickly against Cypress FC. They jumped out to a 6-0 halftime lead, in route to a 9-1 final score. Corey, Brian, and Mario all scored twice, while Max and Isaac added goals.

In their afternoon match against Arsenal South, Surf also dominated, creating many scoring chances. Corey would score early and another route seemed likely, but it wasn't until 10 minutes remaining, when Corey scored his second, that Surf appeared to have the game in control. Unfortunately, Arsenal South would score with five minutes remaining, and in the last couple of minutes, a penalty was awarded for a very unintentional hand-ball, allowing Arsenal South to tie the match.

On Sunday morning against Viking SC, Surf must have felt they were watching a replay. For 58 minutes, Surf completely dominated, barely allowing Viking out of their own half. As the first half closed, Isaac finally netted a goal from a great through-ball from Brian. Although Surf appeared in control, they could not extended their lead, Viking getting strong performances from their sweeper and goalkeeper.

In the 59th minute, Surf would pay for their inability to extend their lead, as Viking would break on a counter-attack and equalize.

Last weekend's results leave Surf in first place, but needing a result in their final match to advance.

Monday, December 7
Surf Down Aztecs Premier
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With Aztecs FC Premier already having clinched the Premier League title, this match did not carry the usual importance for both teams. That said, Surf Academy still had a second place finish on the line and neither team wanted to allow the other to earn any bragging rights.

The match itself was well-contented throughout. Surf would edge possession and create many well-contructed attacking chances. As they have been throughout the year, Aztecs were especially dangerous in the counter-attack, using their speed to create several opportunities against the run of play.

The match looked destined to end in an entertaining, scoreless draw until Corey broke behind the defense with ten minutes left and deftly chipped the ball over the on-rushing goalkeeper and into the open net behind him. Surf nearly tripled their score in the final minutes, but left the match with a satisfying 1-0 victory.

Wednesday, November 25
Surf vs West Coast FC Highlights on YouTube

Monday, November 16
Surf Races Past Sharks to Finish Second in Presidio
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On Sunday afternoon, Surf Academy dominated Del Mar Sharks to edge them on tiebreakers and finish second on the Presidio League Premier table. In the 20th minute, Jesse would head home a corner kick from Mario for the only goal of the first half and give Surf a deserved lead at the half. Surf created many more chances, but could only net one goal.

Early in the second half, Sharks would take advantage of a rare opportunity to equalize, but Surf would answer quickly...and often! Less than two minutes later, Jesse and Mario would hook up again. This time, Jesse would head home a free kick from Mario to allow Surf to regain the lead.

 In the last ten minutes, Surf would leave no doubt. Jesse would complete his hat trick, taking a pass from Bryce and finishing strongly. Justin and Brian would take advantage of some sloppy play from Sharks to give Surf a 5-1 victory and second place on the season.

Monday, October 12
Surf Sweep "Derby" Weekend Doubleheader
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Despite playing less than their best soccer this past weekend, Surf Academy won twice against fellow club mates in what amounted to a pair of local "derby" matches.

On Saturday, Brian led the way with a "hat trick," scoring all three of Surf Academy's goals en route to a 3-0 victory. Surf Academy would start fast and in the fifth minute, Tyler's cross would find Julian on the far post. Julian laid the ball back across the face of the goal, where Brian finished calmly into the back of the net.  Ten minutes later, Brian would double Surf's tally, finishing well into the right corner of the goal after receiving the ball from Corey.

As the match wore on, Surf Academy appeared to lose focus and urgency. They created fewer chances and the pace of the match slowed considerable. In fact, Surf Premier would create opportunities of their own. Erik came through with an excellent save at the far post on a shot that would have beaten Lucas. In the last ten minutes, however, Surf Academy's quality would show, with Brian taking the rebound off a shot from Corey that was too hot for the keeper to handle cleanly.

On Sunday, Surf Academy did not pick up the pace from Saturday's match. Corey appeared to give Surf an early lead, receiving and finishing a well-placed cross from Zack. Despite being in back of a far-side defender, the AR's flag came up and offside was called, negating the early goal. Surf would finally take the lead near halftime. Erik would play an excellent long ball over the top to Brian, who would play the ball dangerously across the goal. Corey would beat the Surf Premier defender to the ball and tap it past the goalkeeper for the first goal.

Things would not improve in the second half. Despite creating a few chances, Surf Academy could not extend their lead, and Surf Premier came close on a few occasions. Erik again made an excellent saving tackle to stop a Premier attacker that had broken free. And the crossbar would also come to Surf Academy's defense. Finally, in the waning minutes of the match, Isaac would start a 1-2 with Bryce and take the return pass into the box unmarked and finish.

Monday, October 5
Surf Fall to Aztecs in Five-Goal Affair
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On Sunday morning, Surf fell to Aztecs FC Premier in a back-and-forth match in which both teams led and both teams surrendered equalizers. For Surf, an unfortunate mistake late in the match surrendered the lead too late to get it back.

It would be Surf that would strike first in this match. Following a corner kick, Corey would settle the ball and pass to Jesse in front of goal. The crowded penalty box would prevent Jesse from getting a clean shot on goal, but the rebound would fall directly to Bryce, who made no mistake and gave Surf the 1-0 lead.

Before halftime, Aztecs would answer back. Despite being in an apparent offside position, the AR's flag would stay down, and a fast, dangerous Aztecs forward received the ball behind the Surf defense and was off to the races. He would calmly finish in the far side net to equalize the score at 1-1. It did not take long for Aztecs to double their score. In the first minute of the second half, Aztecs would counter-attack off a Surf turnover, catching the Surf defense off guard. A nice finish would give Aztecs a 2-1 lead.

Surf would battle back, and Jesse would make an excellent forward run, receive a well-placed pass from Tyler, and finish well to tie the match at 2-2. Surf appeared to be getting on top of Aztecs, maintaining more possession and creating more chances. In fact, Surf received a free kick in a dangerous position about 25 yards out. The kick would deflect into the wall, however, and Aztecs yet again would counter-attack with dangerous precision. Surf's defense and goalkeeper appeared to have the counter-attack under control until a miscommunication left the ball loose for Aztecs to finish and take the lead.

Surf tried to get back into the match a second time, but Aztecs remained well-organized and Surf was unable to find a way to break through to equalize. With the loss, Surf fell further behind Aztecs in the standings and now needs help to recapture their Premier league title.

Tuesday, September 29
Surf Fall to West Coast FC in Far West Regional League
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Although it was a match against the best team in southern California, it was nearly a friendly match in importance, at least to Surf. Since they had already clinched a spot in the second round of the Far West Regional League, Saturday's match would only determine whether they finish first or second and what their schedule would be for the second round.

Despite that, Surf was anxious to test themselves against the best. The first few minutes were tentative, and WCFC took advantage to press forward and create a few scoring chances early. As the first half went on, however, Surf steadied itself and even created a few counter-attack chances. In fact, Surf looked to take the lead in the first half before missing a 1v1 chance against the WCFC keeper.

In the second half, the match remained fairly balanced until a 90-second span did Surf in. Surf dangerous left forward was able to get behind our defense and laid the ball back for a shot across the goal face. While the shot was not on goal, there was a WCFC player sitting on the far post to tap it in. He appeared to be in a clear offside position, but the assistant referee's flag stayed down and WCFC took the lead. Moments later, indecision in the defense caused Louie to leave his line to clear the ball. Unfortunately, his clearance was blocked, leaving an open net for WCFC to double their advantage.

At the end of the match, WCFC took advantage of the excessive stoppage time to score a third goal, but despite the loss, Surf advances to the Far West Regional League second round as the second place team from Group A.

Sunday, September 27
Surf's Lone Goal Edges Lightning
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Surf capitalized on a strong first-half performance on Saturday and a single goal by Luis to win a key Presidio League match against Carlsbad Lightning.

The match would start out fairly even, with both teams creating scoring opportunities in the first ten minutes, but after the start, Surf began to dominate possession and create several scoring opportunities. In the 21st minute, Surf would finally break through. With Carlsbad's national team defender pulled wide, Corey found Brian breaking into the penalty area. Brian's creativity allowed him to get around the edge of the Carlsbad defense before finding Luis in front of goal. With the keeper worried about Brian, Luis found an open net and made no mistake and gave Surf the one-goal advantage. Surf continued to press the remainder of the half, but could not break through again.

In the second half, Lightning was remotivated and began to exert themselves on the match. With the lead, Surf played a bit cautiously, but that defensive posture allowed them to withstand most of Carlsbad's attacks. Carlsbad found some success on the wings, but Surf's solid central defenders, with help from the midfield, were able to contain most of Lightning's attacks and limited Carlbad to a long-distance opportunities for most of the match.

Surf was faced with crisis about midway through the second half. After a challenge with Lightning's most dangerous forward, Mitchell fell awkwardly and broke his wrist. Fortunately, the wrist was set in a cast late Saturday evening, and the team expects Mitchell back in 4-6 weeks. Get well soon, Mitch!

Due to the long stoppage to put Mitchell's wrist in an air cast, nearly ten minutes of stoppage time was added and the last couple of minutes almost cost Surf the three points. Despite being able to create several late scoring chances, Lightning found a counterattack in the closing moments. After getting behind the defense, a great shot would slam off the crossbar, rebounding directly to another Lightning attacker, who somehow shot the ball above the open net.

In the end, Surf would survive the late drama and win the match 1-0 and secure a cruicial three points ahead of their trip to South San Diego to face Aztecs next Sunday morning.

Tuesday, September 8
Arsenal Defeats Surf in NHB Cup Semifinals
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Despite strong play throughout the weekend and wins in their last two meetings, Surf were not up to the task on Monday against Arsenal FC. Surf found Arsenal's pressure difficult to handle, while Arsenal applied plenty of pressure against Surf's defense throughout the match. In the end, the 2-0 scoreline was fair and allowed the better team to advance to the final.

Arsenal scored just late in the first half on a bit of a fluky goal. A long, apparent cross sailed over Lucas' head and despite Lucas getting a hand to it, Arsenal's star forward was there to head the ball into the goal. Surf created a few half-chances in the match, but it always seemed like there was a slight mis-timing that kept Surf from creating a real scoring opportunity. Late in the match, Arsenal's star forward settled the match by rounding the GK and scoring a second goal.

Monday, September 7
Three Saves in PKs Lead Surf into Semifinals
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Surf play in the NHB Cup Semifinals on Monday morning in large part due to the incredible saves made by Lucas on Sunday afternoon. Surf would trail in the quarterfinal match against Placer United early. A turnover near midfield would leave Surf defense out of position, and Placer United's quick counter-attack would get behind the defense and a good finish would give Placer the first-half 1-0 lead.

Surf almost equalized immediately, as Jesse's free kick would clang off the crossbar. Despite trailing for most of the first half, Surf would equalize before the break. Mario's cross was mishandled by the Placer goalkeeper, and Justin was there to clean up the mess, tapping the ball into the open net. In the second half, Surf would have several opportunities to take the lead, but the timing was slightly off and Surf could not capitalize.

In the final minute of regulation, both teams would find the woodwork. Brian's last-minute would-be game winner would find the crossbar. That missed chance would turn into a counter-attack opportunity for Placer, with their speedy forward getting an open chance that would tip off and over the crossbar just before the referee blew three whitles to end regulation time.

In penalty kicks, the first four kickers were successful, with both Corey and Jesse scoring for Surf. In the third round, Louie would make a good save going right to give Surf a narrow advantage, but Erik's shot was saved to leave the match tied. In round four, Louie would make a save to the left to give Surf the edge again, and Zack would convert to leave Surf on the brink of victory. Placer would score their fifth kick to stay in the match, and while the Placer goalkeeper would tip Tyler's shot, it looked in. Unfortunately, the deflected shot came off the goal post and right back to the goalkeeper, giving him a second chance to tip the ball out.

In sudden death penalty kicks, Louie would again come up big, saving his third out of six tries, and Mario would put Surf into the semifinals with a well-taken penalty high and to the right. Surf will play Arsenal FC for the second time this summer for the right to play in the NHB Cup final.

Earlier on Sunday morning, Surf wrapped up first place in Group A by drawing against Legends FC. Surf would create many more chances than Legends, but the draw was good enough for Surf. Surf Academy would win Group A with seven points, while Legends would finish second with five points. In group B, Pateadores would win the group with seven points, and Placer would finish second with four points.

Sunday, September 6
Two Surf Wins Equals Quarterfinal Berth
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Wins against both CZ Elite and Almaden Storm guaranteed Surf Academy a place in the NHB Cup Quarterfinals. Surf will play Pateadores Blue, Placer United Prestige, or Neusport Green on Sunday afternoon.

More details to folllow, but Corey bundled in the rebound from Justin's shot to defeat CZ Elite 1-0. Against Almaden Storm, Surf Academy dominated throughout and received contributions from Isaac, Bryce, and two goals from Julian to win 4-0.

Monday, August 31
Surf Split Matches in the Opening Weekend

Surf Academy had mixed results during the first weekend of play in the Presidio League. On Saturday, Surf fell to Del Mar Sharks 2-1 but rebounded on Sunday to defeat PQ Premier 3-0.

Del Mar SharksOn Saturday, Surf’s opponents may have been wearing different uniforms, but in the fixture that gives them trouble every year, Surf struggled once again against Johnson Asiedu’s team. Now wearing Sharks uniforms, they came out with the same aggressive nature that they do every season, and it caused Surf problems. Touches were not as good, passes were not as crisp, and the result was an inability to hold possession and create good chances. In a pretty even first half, Sharks broke the ice midway through the first half.

After attempting to clear and push up, Attack’s most dangerous forward would receive the ball in a one-on-one situation. Although Surf’s defense recovered to push him wide, Surf was not in a good defensive position. His initial save was blocked, but not cleared, and in the resulting scramble, the ball deflected off a Surf defender and into the goal. In the second half, Surf began to control the match much better, but Shark’s left-footed defender was left too open on a counter attack, and perfectly lofted the ball over the goalkeeper and into the far-side netting.

Down by two goals, Surf continued to create half-opportunities, but were not able to work together to maximize their opportunities. A late free kick by Jesse was too much for the Sharks goalkeeper to hold gave Surf a lifeline, but there was not enough time remaining to equalize.

PQ PremierOn Sunday, Surf would rebound, at least in the result. PQ Premier is a much weaker side this year, compared to the past couple of years, and despite an obvious advantage on the field, Surf continued to struggle putting together scoring opportunities in the final third. Despite these struggles, Surf was good enough on the day and won easily 3-0.

In the first half, Brian would open the scoring. Isaac would take a shot from just outside the penalty area, but the shot would be deflected directly to Brian. Despite shots of offside from the PQ sideline, the AR adjudged Brian was onside, and his resulting shot would end up in the back of the net. Before halftime, Surf would double their advantage. Luis’s corner kick would cause confusion in the PQ defense, and PQ would end up deflecting the ball into their own net.

Based on possession and time in the PQ Premier end of the field, you would have expected Surf to score many more times, but Surf’s difficulty scoring continued. One bright spot was Mario’s clever shot from 35 yards out. Seeing the goalkeeper well off his line, Mario lofted on over the keeper. Despite his best efforts to get back to the goal, Mario’s shot would end up giving Surf its final 3-0 score line.

Surf takes a break from Presidio League play. Surf will compete in NHB Cup this upcoming weekend. Surf’s next Presidio League match is not until September 30th, when Surf will play again Aztecs FC Premier, who are in first place with 6 points, having secured two convincing wins – including one over Lightning SC – over the weekend.

Sunday, August 23
Surf Win Secures Spot in Second Round
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With their 3-0 win over Tuzos Pachuca on Sunday afternoon, Surf Academy earned them a place in the Far West Regional Second Round. The top two teams in each group will advance to the second round in November, and with 12 points through four matches, Surf Academy can do no worse that finish in second place in Group A.

Early in the match, Louie made a fine save to keep the ball out of the net, but Pachuca signaled how dangerous they could be in the a counter-attack, beating the Surf defense with both skill and speed. Despite numerous scoring opportunities in the first half, Surf could not break the ice. Hesitation and indecision prevented Surf from turning their dominance on the field into a lead on the scoreboard. As a result, the match would reach halftime scoreless.

Surf continued to apply pressure, and in the third minute of the second half, Jesse would finally create the breakthrough. Surging forward from the defense, Pachuaca could only slow him down by clipping him in the shin. Despite protestations from the Pachuca coach, the referee made the clear and correct call, awarding Surf a penalty. Corey was able to convert the penalty to give Surf the 1-0 advantage.

Although Surf continued to apply pressure, their 1-0 lead was tenuous, and Pachuca's they were unable to build upon their lead until the Pachuca goalkeeper, who played very well throughout the match, made a big mistake. In attempting to keep a back-pass in-bounds, he played the ball directly to Brian. Although he was able to get back into the net, he was left one-on-one, and Brian cooly finished to double Surf's lead. In the last ten minutes, Brian took Isaac's through ball and converted to give Surf a three-goal victory.

Saturday, August 22
Surf Notch Pair of Victories in Murrieta
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On Saturday afternoon, Surf Academy defeated Arizona's Sereno SC and New Mexico's Striker FC to remain undefeated in three Far West Regional League matches.

On Saturday morning, Surf Academy started a bit slow against Sereno SC, but would take the lead in the 15th minute. Corey made a late run into the penalty box, and Brian's cross was well-timed, allowing Corey to power the ball into the back of the net. Sereno would answer back quickly, however, as Sereno's tall forward would head a ball over the outstretched arms of Louie, tying the score.

Six minutes into the second half, Surf would finally regain the lead. After winning the ball back in midfield, Corey would find Justin streaking down the left side of the field. Justin headed towards the penalty box and his low cross was dangerous. Both Brian and Isaac had a chance to finish, but Isaac would tip the ball into the far corner for the game-winner.

In the afternoon match, Surf would face Striker FC from New Mexico. In heavy winds, the match lacked the good passing and build-up that Surf strives to play. Instead, both sides struggled to keep the ball on the ground and connect passes. Despite the sloppy play, Surf would dominate for most of the match. Although scoreless through the first third of the match, Surf would take control of the match with two quick goals. In minute 22, Jesse would power a header into the back of the net, converting Brian's cross. Then, two minutes later, the two would combine again in a very different way: Brian dribbled into the box, evading the Striker defender's pushing only to be tripped up by the goalkeeper and win a penalty. Jesse would convert the penalty kick to build the lead to 2-0.

Just before halftime, Bryce would get on the scoreboard, dribbling into the penalty box and tapping past the goalkeeper. On the other side of halftime, Bryce would double his tally with another well-placed finish. Although Surf would have many more chances, the combination of high winds and tired legs made it difficult for Surf to extend their lead further, but Surf would finish 4-0 winners.

With a win on Sunday against Arizona's Tuzos Pachuca, Surf Academy will earn at least second place and ensure that they will be playing in the second round of the Far West Regional League's fall season. Rount Two of the fall season is tentatively scheduled for November 21st and 22nd at the John Blanche complex in Murrieta.

In group B play, Arsenal and Aztecs finished up their first round play. Arsenal won both matches on Saturday to finish with 13 points and secure first place and a spot in the second round. Aztecs finished with 6 points and are unlikely to advance to the second round.

Monday, August 17
Surf Start Strong Against CZ Elite
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Surf Academy opened their Far West Regional Campaign with a solid 3-0 win against Coast Soccer League power CZ Elite. Surf converted three one-touch, tap-in goals on the afternoon, and combined a solid advantage in possession and strong defensive performance to capture three points.

Brian scored two goals on crosses, one from Justin in the first half and the second from Jesse in the second half. Brian would also contribute on the final goal, sending the ball across the goal before being finished by Tyler.

Sunday, July 26
Surf Fall to Diablo FC in Surf Cup Quarterfinals
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Surf Academy finished Surf Cup as quarterfinalists, falling to eventual finalist Diablo FC. Despite holding the advantage through most fo the first half, Surf was unable to convert any of their scoring chances into goals. Diablo's physical style of play – as well as the referee allowing Diablo to get away with several apparent foulds – eventually took it's toll on Surf, shutting down their passing game.

In the second half, Diablo was awarded a free kick after Jesse tackled the Diablo forward perfectly, and Diablo was able to score on the set piece after a deflection. After Diablo took the lead, Surf was unable to generate enough good chances and fell 1-0.

In group play, Surf won its first two match 1-0 to guarantee their passage into the quarterfinals. In their opener versus Concorde Fire, Surf would dominate possession and create many chances, but it wasn't until the last ten minutes of the match before Justin was able to receive the ball from Mario and drive around the Concorde defense to give Surf the game-winnner. Against Placer on Saturday afternoon, Surf took advantage of the pressure earlier, with Julian scoring  midway through the first half after getting behind the defense, but Surf's consistent pressure earned a 1-0 vicory but almost certainly should have resulted in a few more goals in their favor.

In the final group match, Surf played an exciting five goal match against Arsenal. Arsenal would take the lead early, following Surf's turnover out of the back, but Surf would answer back quickly to equalize. Surf would concede a penalty, as Corey attempted to steal a ball from behind, and Arsenal would convert to regain the lead. Surf would again equalize before halftime.

In the second half, Surf appeared to win the match with Jesse's incredible effort and touch over the keeper and into the net. Unfortunately, Surf would give up its second penalty kick with only a few minutes remaining. Eric's shoulder-to-shoulder challenge would be judged too aggressive and Surf would concede their second penalty. Fortunately, Arsenal would strike the kick off the crossbar and Surf would win both the match and the group.

Sunday, July 19
Surf Capture Albion Cup Trophy
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On Monday afternoon, Surf Academy captured its first tournament title of the young season, defeating Palos Verdes Exiles 1-0 in a rematch of an earlier group match. Jesse would score the lone goal of the match, placing the ball in the far-side net after receiving the through-ball from Brian. Steady defense and a dominant midfield would hold off Exiles and preserve the victory.

On Saturday, Surf struggled to two draws. In the morning match, Justin put Surf ahead 1-0 in the first half, but Mission Viejo's hard work would be rewarded when they pounced on a mistake to equalize. In the afternoon match, Surf played better and created many more chances, but lacked the ability to get off a good shot and had to settle for a second draw.

On Sunday, Surf  rolled to two dominant 3-0 victories. In their final group match, Max scored in the first minute to give Surf the early advantage. Although Surf struggled to put the match away in the first half, early second half goals from Mario and Jesse would enable Surf to capture the group and advance to the semifinals. In the semifinals, Surf would dominate play against San Bernardino Pumas, but struggle to lead on the scoreboard. Despite being scoreless at halftime, Surf finally broke through in the second half with three goals in five minutes. Jesse opened the scoring, heading home a cross from Tyler. Max would one-touch a Brian cross, and Brian would convert a flick-on from Mario to guarantee passage to the finals.

Saturday, July 11
Surf Academy Opens Season with Interclub Friendlies
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On Saturday, Surf Academy would take on two other teams in the club in a couple of friendly matches. In the first match, Surf Academy would face the new Surf Premier team (formerly Del Mar Sharks) and win convincingly, 6-0. Brian would score three goals, and Julian, Jesse, and Corey would all add single goals. Cole stood out with two great crosses for header goals within a two-minute span in the second half.

In the second match, Surf Academy would match up with the Under-15 Academy team. Despite holding thier own for much of the match – especially in the second half – a mistake would allow the older side to take the lead early in the match and some good passing opened up the defense to allow a second goal just before halftime. The Under-15 team would win the friendly 2-0.

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