Manchester Soccer Club’s BU11 Academy Elite are champions of San Diego Pegasus Cup held June 23-25. Runners-up in last year’s tournament, this year Manchester took home the cup with a 3-1 victory over West Coast FC of Orange County.
“The last thing I told the players before they took the field in the final was to enjoy it,” said Head Coach and Co-Director of Coaching Jeff Illingworth. “It was a fantastic match, well played on both sides, and I’m extremely proud of how this young team played with not only the skill I know they are capable of but with heart and passion as well.”
Competing in BU10 Flight 1 (the changeover to the new age divisions for the 2012-2013 season occurs in July), Manchester bested Chula Vista Pumas Premier 4-0 and Lightning Red 4-0 in group play. In the semifinal against tournament host SDSC, Manchester drew even with five minutes remaining in regulation before winning in penalty kicks.
(ABOVE) Head Coach Jeff Illingworth with team, left to right. Front row: Saul Serpas, Luis Mario Islas, Jorge Kuri, Jeffrey Hansen, Bryan Delgado, Andrew Espinoza, Jose Rios, Azareel Pineda, Liam Koeneke. Back row: Mallel Rios, Diego Gonzalez, Daniel Tavares, Marcos Calderon, Elias Waisbord, Daniel Delgado, Erik Figueroa, George Cole.