The San Diego Surf Soccer Club Boys Academy I Under 9 team won the prestigious CalSouth President’s Division Championship on March 9. CalSouth is the official youth and adults state soccer association in Southern California and its annual tournament represents the highest level of competition with over 140 teams competing in the Boys’ under 9 division. The President’s Division represents the top 54 teams from the participating clubs from Santa Barbara to San Diego. To win the championship title, the Surf team competed against some of the best teams in California over the course of four weeks while winning eight straight games. In their final two games, against the Total Football Academy in the semifinals and the Golden State Soccer Club Pre Development Academy in the finals, the Surf team surrendered a total of only 1 goal [behind its strong defense and stellar goalie Ramon Lucero], while scoring 4 goals of their own.
“I am extremely proud of the team,” said Coach Dave Currie, a longtime Surf coach. “They played each game with a lot of focus and passion. In our quarterfinals game against LA Galaxy, we were down three goals at half, and yet these boys did not give up and came back to win the game. That shows amazing character and composure for such young boys.”
Wayne Harrison, San Diego Surf Soccer Club Boys Academy director of coaching, commended the team for its outstanding effort and added “At Surf, we try to develop the individual player as well as the entire team. We train the boys with a long-term view. We believe in both development and winning; and, in particular, winning the right way so that they can continue to be successful at older ages.”
The Surf team’s championship victory in the CalSouth tournament demonstrates a continued strong trend in San Diego soccer, showing why San Diego is becoming a bastion of youth soccer that is competitive with the best teams in the country.