The Surf Girls Academy I U-11 team captured the SDSCL title last weekend, finishing the season with a very impressive 12-1-1 record. There were two games left going into the final weekend of league play. Two tough opponents were left on the schedule.
Going into Saturday’s game, the Surf team couldn’t afford to lose or tie any of the two remaining games because Blue Baker was right behind with only 1 point separating both teams. On Saturday, under muddy field conditions, the Surf team managed to pull off a 1-0 win over a very talented Laguna Hills White team. The game was back and forth without each team giving an inch. With 10 minutes left to play, Lexi Wright one timed a perfectly crossed ball with a beautiful shot into the keepers left corner. Surf managed to hold on for the win.
On Sunday afternoon, it was a classic San Diego match-up. There was excitement and tension in the air. SDSC Navy, having played great all year, was coming into Surf territory trying to spoil Surf’s title chances. SDSC Navy came out strong the first 10 minutes on a surge that had Surf backed up on their heels. Gabe Arredondo said,”Once we managed to hold on during the first part of the game, I knew things would start going our way. We were a little nervous at beginning of the game, and we weren’t making good decisions.”
After that, Surf took over the game, keeping possession and controlling field territory. Twenty minutes into the half, it was a thing of beauty. Samantha Duggan hit Daniela Chavira with a beautiful played ball from the back. Daniela took the ball and performed a couple of outstanding moves on the defender, shaking her enough for a pass down the middle to Alyza Eckhardt, who then took the ball and hit Lexi Wright. Lexi then took three defenders on to finish with a monstrous goal in the bottom left side corner of the keeper.
In the second half with the lead, Surf took control of the game and Lexi Wright took a loose ball from outside of the box to beat one defender and placed the ball for a fantastic goal. Congratulations to the girls and Coach Gabe Arredondo for a tremendous season.