Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks BU9 Team finalists at Cal South Soccer State Cup

Back, l-r: Coach Rachel Ashcroft, Daniel Hong, Cole Dickerson, Luke Esses, Justin Woodbine, Jack Bottini, Lucas Pierce, Adam Ambrus-Aikelin; Front, l-r: Moises Tejeda, Inaki Alvarez, Aidan Jennings, Laith Khoury, Jasper Buck, Magnus Falkiewicz.

The Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks BU9 Team finished off a great season last weekend as Cal South Soccer State Cup Finalists. Coached by Rachel Ashcroft, their success built on an already great run during league and tournament season, making the finals in all five tournaments they entered and winning all but one game in league play.

During State Cup, the team got eight consecutive wins over four weekends in challenging weather conditions. They fought a tough fight against the impressive team from Total Football Academy (TFA) in the finals, which ended in a 3-0 loss. They may have taken silver during the final battle, but the memories and inspiration they have brought to the club and their families will last a lifetime. As Coach Rachel concluded, “I found the biggest believers in 13 young boys who will inspire me forever.”