UIFC Laguna Academy didn’t quite have the best start in the 2017 Cal South State Cup Governors Boys 2008 Division, falling 4-1 to Rebels SC. However, they had the best ending possible.

In the final championship match that took place at Temecula’s Galway Downs, UIFC Laguna Academy, led by coach Robaire Romero, took the early lead over their Central California Aztecs counterparts. However, the Aztecs were able to bounce back to equalize the game. It was in the final five minutes that Coach Romero and the players’ families were finally able to take a breather as his team knocked in the 2-1 final score, leading them to their first Cal South State Cup Championship.

“[State Cup] was just what we were looking for, after the season is over, we prepared for this, we worked hard,” the UIFC Laguna Academy coach said after the game. “I’ve told my boys to work hard, and they did it, they made it happen.

“This is just the beginning to something great,” he added.

To prepare for State Cup, coach Romero and his team did everything they could to be fully and appropriately prepared for the competition. Coach Romero brought in athletic trainers from Spain to share their wisdom with the players, and to get them in the best shape possible.

With all the hard work and dedication that the team put in during practice, coach Romero knew that his team could go far in the tournament, and he was outspoken about it, leading his team to believe it and achieve it.

“I told them we were going to be in the top final four and in the end, we made it happen, in the end we won the championship,” he finalized.

Cal South State Cup Finals - Feb. 26