San Diego Surf, CDA Slammers FC, Beach FC and Rebels SC are returning to Southern California as 2018 US Youth Soccer National Champions after a successful campaign in the tournament that took place in Frisco, Texas. FC Golden State finished as runner-up in the 19 & Under Boys age group.
A total of 13 teams represented Cal South for the national tournament that began on July 24 and ended on July 29 at Toyota Soccer Center.
San Diego Surf claimed its second consecutive National Championship in the 13 and Under Girls age group with a 1-0 win over KHA 05 Red from Kentucky. The two teams had met on the first day of competition, with Surf taking a 5-1 win over their Kentucky counterparts.
“Lots of emotions right now as this is my last game with these girls,” Surf head coach Craig Barclay told usyouthsoccer.org. “I’m really proud of them and a little bit speechless to be honest. I’m really proud that they get to feel the physical rewards of all the hard work they’ve put in.”
CDA Slammers FC earned the 13UB National Championship title with a 2-1 win over Kansas’s Soccer Nation Academy. In group play, CDA defeated Soccer Nation 2-0 on the final game of preliminary play. In Saturday evening’s championship match, Soccer Nation gave CDA a scare by going up 1-0 early in the second half. However, CDA fought back and was able to equalize and the lead by halftime, maintaining the score until the last minute of the match.
Beach FC clinched the 15 and Under Girls Championship with a dramatic 1-0 win over Ohio-North team Cleveland FC in extra time. After a scoreless draw in regulation time and in the first extra time period, Beach finally earned the game winner in the 105th minute with Amanda Scott poking the ball into the back of the net.
Rebels SC redeemed themselves by coming out on top in the 17 and Under Girls National Championship match against FCKC Academy Blues from Missouri. In the first match of the competition, the San Diego based team fell 3-2 to FCKC, but on Sunday morning, turned the game around by notching in the lone goal of the match in the 96th minute for 1-0 win.
Upon the conclusion of this year’s competitions, Cal South now holds a total of 77 National Championships, 28 National Presidents Cups, 207 Far West Regional titles, and 54 Far West Presidents Cup titles.
*With information from US Youth Soccer Communications