The Surf boys U8 White team, led by Coach Dave Currie, won first place in the U9 division in the Temecula Valley Shootout Soccer Tournament held the weekend of Jan. 21-22.
In the Championship game the Surf boys faced a very motivated and aggressive Legends FC. Surf had just beaten Legends FC 4-1 in bracket play, but in the Championship the Legends U9 team played a completely different game. Legends FC dominated the first half of the game, keeping the Surf defense under constant pressure. The Surf team struggled to establish their rhythm and passing game.
Late in the first half a series of events lead to Surf’s first goal. It started with a game-changing, strong defensive play by Jesus Bazan and a beautiful pass by Elijah Zelkind to Charlie Kosakoff who then placed it in the back of the net. Surf was leading at the half 1-0. Early in the second half, Legends kept up the pressure and powered through Surf to score. With the score now 1-1, a very persistent Ryan Flather blasted down the left side of the field, around the Legends defense, and scored the winning goal with a well-placed, powerful left foot strike. This gave Surf the 2-1 lead and Championship title.
Leading up to the Champion game, the Surf team (and their parents) braved the wind, rain and mud to dominate in bracket play the previous day beating the Orange County United Futbol Club 8-2 and The Temecula Valley Hawks 7-1. These games really showcased the Surf boys’ speed and skills which they have been working on diligently in practice. Congratulations Surf Boys U8!