Ahead of the 2017 Cal South State Cup Mayors Division competition, Aztecs FC Coach Wilson Posadas knew that the tournament would be a challenge for him and his team. After all, he was mainly working with 2008 boys who were playing two years up and against all odds.
But his team surprised him and many others. The San Diego based team swept through the group phase, knocking in a total of 17 goals in the group phase, and sliding through the knockout phase, defeating every rival they faced. However, coach Posadas’ team would truly be tested in the Boys 2007 Championship Final against CDA FC Slammers, but they got the job done, coming away with a 3-0 win and the title.
“For us it means, first and foremost, where the team is today, something they’re going to remember for all of their lives,” Posada said after the game. “To get to a State Cup final is not easy. For them, I think it’s going to be a great memory. And what Cal South is about; Cal South is the best. I feel very proud for the boys because they’re going to have this for a lifetime.”
The smiles on the players’ faces, as well as their families said it all. The players had overcome all adversity to win a championship that they had talked about ahead of the start of the tournament, but were unsure of the road ahead. After leaving their hearts out on the field, all the work that they put in at training had paid off.
“We all want to get to the final,” coach Posadas admitted. “To do that, we had to work hard three times a week, what their age permits, in order for them to get to the game in the best shape possible to win.
“The players go home happy, their parents as well, and me. I’ve been coaching younger teams for years and it’s a nice experience for everyone,” he finalized.