Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks GU16 Elite crowned Far West Regional League Champions
Just four weeks after earning the National League Championship title, the DMCV Sharks GU16 Elite team were crowned Far West Regional League Champions. This treasured Far West Regional League title has evaded the team for the past two years. Round 1, held in March in Chino Hills, Tuscon and San Juan Capistrano, found the Sharks attacking each team in the five games and outscoring their opponents 20 - 0. Round 2, held April 13 and 14 in Pomona, began where the team left off, scoring 5 -0 over Bay Oaks Botafogo 96 on Saturday afternoon. That night, under the lights, neighboring team Carlsbad Elite G96 came to play. Battling back and forth on the pitch, it was an exciting game to watch and both teams had opportunities to score. Two beautiful unreachable arching shots over the goalkeeper’s head gave the Sharks the 2-0 win. Sunday, the final game of the round robin format, matched Sharks against the wild card team Beach FC. At noon both teams came out wanting to win. The Sharks started a little slowly then gained control, made some great through ball passes and scored 2 goals in the first 15 minutes of the game. The parents started thinking about booking airline tickets but didn’t dare say that out loud! The final score 4-0 sealed the title and a trip to Hawaii. This League title was a complete team effort with 12 different girls scoring and the both goalkeepers keeping clean sheets.
Coach Felicia Kappes said, “As a coach, I am extremely proud with how we won the Far West Regional League this spring season. We went undefeated in pool play and the FWRL Final Four Championship this weekend, scoring 31 goals in eight games and conceding no goals against (every game a shutout victory!). Truly amazing and a stat that is almost unheard of at this level.
Nothing makes me more proud as a coach than the fact that we demonstrated a commitment to playing on both sides of the ball, great transition soccer offensively and defensively. This team continues to impress me every time they step on the field. Even when we don’t play well they seem to find a way to win, a true sign of a champion!” Coach Kappes continued, “We now have accomplished two of the goals we set for this year: National League and FWRL Championships! Now we will begin to prepare to defend our National Cup title at the end of April. We know it will be a very difficult task but we look forward to the challenges ahead. Either way, we have a lot to look forward to with the Regional Championship in Hawaii in June and the National Championship in Kansas at the end of July.”
The girls who are high school sophomores and juniors, are even more excited about the fact that they now have the opportunity to compete in the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships for the second straight year. The venue is very exciting since Hawaii is hosting the event!